Friday, July 20, 2012
Shadow Dragon Trivia
I'd like to say thanks to everyone who sent me a message about yesterday's volunteering task. I'll reply to everyone soon and begin the difficult task of narrowing down who to recruit...
In the meantime, I'm going to apologise for interrupting progress yet again, to mention something curious I spotted in Shadow Dragon, which is slightly related to this game.
When NTG was helping me insert the tutorial graphics, she was asking me where file 19 is. The tutorial files are numbered 01 to 38 internally, but there's no 19 and instead a weird gap between 18 and 20.
Well it turns out the missing tutorial 19 actually appeared in Shadow Dragon... or didn't appear, would be more accurate. It seems Intelligent Systems were planning to implement the ability to issue orders to units, like in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, but dropped it at the last moment.
The image below shows the unused tutorial card about issuing orders:
As you can see, Nintendo of America's localisation team translated the tutorial text, but cleverly didn't bother changing the graphics. I can completely understand their actions, since graphics are always more fiddly to edit than plain text; why bother translating a graphic that nobody's ever going to see? Amusingly, NTG actually translated a few unused graphics because she hasn't played the game and didn't realise they weren't used : P
For those interested, these are the orders that were planned:
Avoid[X] Order units to stay out of enemy range unless otherwise instructed.[X]
Protect[X] Order units to protect Marth unless otherwise instructed.[X]
Attack[X] Order units to attack nearby enemies unless otherwise instructed.[X]
Wait[X] Order units to stay put unless otherwise instructed.[X]
Follow[X] Order units to stay with Marth unless otherwise instructed.[X]