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Man, lemme tell ya. I really love Mega Man rarities. Rockman oddities. You name anything like that, I crave it. I find it so interesting and appealing to see obscure relics unearthed for all to see. Whether it be old promotional footage, rare commercials, concept art and designs used in the production process, scarce memorabilia, prototype toy models and of course, prototype and demo game builds.
As you can see, one for Rockman X7 has been released courtesy of Protodude. He obtained the CD from a private auction with the aid of his good friend, Henger83. The demo was given to select retailers in Japan to demonstrate what the product had to offer. I am an advocate for everything X7 has to offer and I am glad it found its way to the market despite its apparent flaws, which I am able to overlook.
Now, being as this is a demo version it does have its differences and it does have more bugs, of course. Below are some things Protodude spotted.
- Axl's intro stage music lacks one to two instruments.
- No voiced dialogue.
- Unused player select portraits.
- Placeholder voice samples (grunts and exclamations) from X5 and X6.
- You can't pause the game!
Man, Axl's "Conflict" theme sure sounds different without the prominent guitar. Either a earlier mix of the tune, or one without some instruments. I also think the character models looks slightly different. Minor alterations were likely administered before release. Uh, and...what's with that cam at times (apparently it's an emulator bug). If you think can find more differences, sound off in the forums! Below is a gameplay video of the game played by SuperMega233.
Or perhaps you'd like to take it for a spin yourself!
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Many thanks to Protodude, Henger83, and SuperMega233. They've found so many neat things they're pretty much known for it. I eagerly await what else they may discover!
As for this X7 demo...it's yet to be dissected. With that in mind, I welcome any treasures that may be waiting to be found in the depths of its data. Grab your pickaxes!