List of Paper Mario: The Origami King pre-release and unused content
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This is a list of pre-release and unused content for the game Paper Mario: The Origami King.
Before entering Peach's Castle for the first time, the player was originally going to have a 360-degree view of the castle as well as some models of Princess Peach, which appear unused in the game's files with different hair and jewels on her crown.
Leftovers from Paper Mario: Color Splash in the game's graphic include Mario swinging his hammer (which is 2D rather than 3D), the host of Snifit or Whiffit (P_MUCL.Default.bntx.zst, although with incomplete graphics), red paper Koopa Troopas, red, blue, yellow, and green Whistle Snifits (although the red one only appears in an ending screenshot), Princess Peach with her parasol (which is only seen in title screen screenshots), blue, green, yellow, and pink Shy Guys (although the green one only appears in an ending screenshot), Toads with silverware (which are only seen in an ending screenshot), a Spiny Egg, and Bowser's shell.
The accessory-selling Monty Mole originally had walking animations, as seen in P_CRP_Shop.Default.bntx.zst.
The Big Thwomp has back graphics, but they are unused. They are seen in P_DSN.Default.bntx.zst
Captain T. Ode has many unused sprites, all of them showing his eyes open, paired with different poses.
Some graphics depict Bowser and Bowser Jr. in the Koopa Clown Car.
The Rescue Squad captains (palettes of P_KNPRL.bfres.zst and P_KNPRL_E.bfres.zst) have unused graphics including them blowing a whistle, pulling an object, and carrying an object. These are leftovers from Paper Mario: Color Splash.
Multiple characters, including the Toad and Snifit Accessory Shop owners, the Toad Researchers, the ninja Toad, the inked Toad at the Princess Peach, and the faceless Toads (P_KNP_HoleBundle.bfres.zst), have unused color swaps.
The P_KNP_L.Default.bntx.zst file contains graphics for lime-capped Toads with neon blue vests. This Toad is not used in the game. P_KNP_LL.Default.bntx.zst contains Toads of the same coloring, except in a group of three and sometimes placed at different heights.
In the blue and yellow Snifit's graphics (P_MUC.Blue.bntx.zst and P_MUC.Yellow.bntx.zst), sprite 66 is a purple crosshair. Sprite 67 is a slightly wider version of the crosshair.
Graphics for the Black Shy Guy can be found in P_HEI.Black.bntx.zst, despite the character not appearing in this game. While some of the graphics are recycled from Paper Mario: Color Splash, there are some new sprites added.
Most Toads, such as Professor Toad, have unused relaxing poses.
On Overlook Tower, Mario can look into a telescope to see a Toad's face covering the viewpoint. A full, unobscured graphic shows that this Toad is depicted with a very large head; it exists in red, blue, green, yellow, and purple, with screaming animations. It is found in P_KNP_Telescope.bntx.zst and its palette swaps.
Bob-omb has ghost versions of nearly all of his sprites, located in P_BOMG.Default.bntx.zst.
Every character has a "Kusya" file that is displayed when Mario hits them with his hammer. Some of these characters have Kusya graphics even though Mario cannot hit them, such as Emcee Shy Guy.
Various Toads in sunglasses have graphics, although they do not appear in-game.
An item icon called Kicon_X_DLAGONPEARL_BLUE is located within the item preview graphics. It is a blue recolor of the Red Gem.
Among the partner IDs in the save file, there is data for a Sombrero Guy partner for Mario. This partner does not appear in battle or have any special abilities, but was presumably meant to be the one from the Canned-Food Par-tay Trio whom the player is meant to rescue along with the others.
There is also an EXP variable, which indicated the game had experience points during development.
The glossary.msbt file contains multiple item names that cannot be seen in-game: 1-Coin, 10-Coin, 100-Coin, 1000-Coin, Healing Heart, Shiny Healing Heart, Flashy Healing Heart, Star, small confetti bag, medium confetti bag, and large confetti bag. Additionally, an item called the Dirty Coin is listed between the Soul Seed and Shriveled Mushroom, suggesting it was another item that has to be thrown into the spring in Whispering Woods. This file contains battle-related text not used in the game: Arrow Panel, Hint Envelope, Treasure Chest, Magic Circle Switch, Magic Circle Panel, Action Panel, ×2 Striking Power, Extra Action Panel, ×1.5 Striking Power, Angry Enemy, and Damaged Weapon. Various characters' names, including Slurp Guy, Bony Beetle, Parabones, Poison Blooper, Dino Rhino, are listed despite not being visible in-game. The text string OVERLOOK is also present among the "other" section of the glossary.
As with the art gallery at the Prisma Museum in Paper Mario: Color Splash, there is an art gallery in the Musée Champignon dedicated to concept art showing various original designs for characters and locations.
The Red Streamer section shows early ideas such as:
The Blue Streamer section shows early ideas such as:
The Yellow Streamer section shows early ideas such as:
The Purple Streamer section shows early ideas such as:
The Green Streamer section shows early ideas such as:
The origami character section shows a few unused enemies such as:
There are also various designs for characters such as Mario and Olivia relating to Japanese culture.