List of Wario Land 4 pre-release and unused content
This is a list of pre-release and unused content for the game Wario Land 4.
The first screenshots of Wario Land 4 were revealed at E3 2001. They show several differences to the final game.
A difference seen in all of the gameplay screenshots is the Heart Gauge. It was shorter and had a garlic icon next to it, implying that Wario originally had to collect garlic rather than little hearts to recover his Heart Meter. Furthermore, unfilled parts of the Heart Gauge were not segmented and filled parts appeared in green rather than red. Unlike in the final game, the Heart Gauge was also seen during boss fights. At least in the final version, little hearts don't appear during boss fights, making the Heart Gauge obsolete in those parts of the game.
The energy meter of bosses was different as well. While the meter's color changes depending on the boss's remaining hit points (high, middle or low) in the final version, it originally appeared in three different colors from the start, which labeled a high, middle and low amount of hit points each. The meter was also not generally segmented, but only the currently highest of its three differently colored parts. For example, if the boss still had a high amount of hit points, only the green part of its energy meter was segmented. Another difference is that a horizontal black line was in the center of the energy meter's unfilled parts.
Levels and Enemies
A small room was removed from the end of the level Palm Tree Paradise. It would have been accessible by ramming the wall behind the switch. The room itself has programmed sprite layouts for each game mode. Normal mode includes a single Totsumen with a Diamond at the end. The number of enemies increases to five on S-hard mode, and the Giant Diamond is removed.
Before creating full levels, the game's developers prepared a simple debug level with lots of different obstacles. This area allowed them to test Wario's moves and abilities as they were programmed, to prevent future problems with gameplay. The level itself is quite simple in design, with a blue background, and black blocks with dotted outlines for flooring. Several slopes, blocks of varying sizes, coins and enemies are found throughout the level. Wire mesh can be seen in some rooms as part of the background. Many doors are also included to move between different rooms.
Various levels also have unused tiles not found in the finished game stored in their level data. These include a very early design for the windows and doors in Crescent Moon Village, a foreground grate tile meant for the sewer sections in the same level and a skull meant to be embedded in the walls of Hotel Horror as a hint that certain walls could be broken or walked through.
In the last level, Golden Passage, the player inevitably lands on the switch upon entering the level, regardless of the Game Mode. So in result, the switch music plays throughout the whole level. But if the player uses a hacking device such as an Action Replay, to avoid stepping on the switch, a hidden soundtrack plays which can not be heard in normal gameplay. It can be heard at reduced volume by pausing the game before Wario steps on the switch.
Within the graphics of the 'all bosses will be revived' message screen, there's a mention of 'Intense Mode'. It's likely that this either refers to an early name for Super Hard mode or another scrapped difficulty level beyond it.
An option to select English or Japanese similar to Wario Land 3 was planned. Graphics for it remain in the game. Both game versions contain the actual data used by each language, which can be loaded using a hacking device.