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Prototype

After the successful US release of the original Final Fantasy in 1990, Square began working on translating Final Fantasy 2 into English. Kaoru Moriyama led the translation of the project, and a beta version was made. However, once the SNES appeared, Square cancelled the project in order to translate FF4, which was dubbed FF2 in order to not confused gamers, but inevitably did.

The beta version of FF2 produced an actual prototype cartridge, with the name Final Fantasy II: Dark Shadow of Palakia. Although FF2 had a named cartridge, and was advertised in certain Square publications, the prototype wasn't complete. It was never actually translated, but instead, information was scrambled and/or removed due to limited memory. This created the distorted 'translation' that the FF2 Prototype is now known for.

The prototype has only a few minor changes inside. Most notable is the 'grave' that replaces the 'cross' which represents a fallen ally. Many other graphical edits exist within the prototype, however, it is fully playable from begining to end, with only the dialogue incomplete.

Prototype