List of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 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 Thousand-Year Door.
This game was initially titled Paper Mario 2 and featured a far different logo, one reminiscent of the original Paper Mario's logo.
Part of the original trailer shows an extra ledge above the pipe in the room directly east of the Thousand Year Door, with an HP Plus badge on it. It could be accessed via a moving platform which had a wall over it halfway, which appeared to be passable with help from Vivian. Also, Beldam and Doopliss were originally going to be fought somewhere in Riverside Station. The trailer also showed that Item Shops would be labeled with Mushrooms, much as in Super Paper Mario, rather than the Fire Flowers seen in the final game. Red Bones was initially named "Red Koopa Skeleton". In the same trailer, one can see that "Tornado Jump" was initially called "Hurricane Jump". The status element Slow had a different icon, a snail instead of a sad purple face.
Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 18 Demo
A demo version released on a GameCube promotional disc includes various scriptual differences. Though the demo only allows for fifteen minutes of play at a time, the files inside of the game reveal several early concepts and placeholders.
By pressing , , , , , and on the title screen, debug mode is enabled. Subsequently, pressing on the title screen displays the game's build date, and crashes now display a crash report. This works on all versions.
All of the partners from Paper Mario were going to appear but were cut-off as well. Lady Bow and Parakarry were the only ones left. There was also a strange robot creature and two palette swaps of Screamy. Admiral Bobbery also had a different sprite, which depicts him wearing army gear. There was also going to be a dark version of the Atomic Boo, which would've appeared in the Poshley Sanctum as a mini-boss. Bonetail's head also looked different, having blue eyes, as he did not have eyes in the final game. A businessman Cheep Cheep was going to appear with an unknown role. Red variants of Buzzy Beetles, Parabuzzies, and Spiky Parabuzzies were going to appear, but they were removed in exception of the pair of Glitz Pit Red Spike Tops. Hyper and Ultra Bob-omb sub-species were also unused.
Unused status effect
There are two unused tracks. One sounds like a theme used for an introduction of a character, and the other sounds like a boss fight. This may mean that another character was going to be in the game but was written out of the final version like these songs.
Inside the game data, dialog files are stored in the directory "root/msg/$C", where "$C" is an appropriate language or country code, such as "US". The dialog is split between 1 global file and 259 local files. English and other Latin languages are stored in raw ASCII format. Japanese and other non-Latin languages are stored in 2Byte unicode format, with a few modifications to save space.
Names in parenthesis in the table headers (eg. "hom_00" below) are the names of the text files in which the dialog can be found. Names in the first column of the table are identifier strings used for specific dialog scenes within those files.
The dialog uses several XML-like tags to alter the presentation of the text. These are enclosed between "<>".
The official site depicts KP Pete as a red Koopa Troopa and a trash-talker. This may represent KP Pete's personality and appearance in early versions of the script, or is simply an error on the part of the website's creators.