CONTRA III: THE ALIEN WARS > PRE-RELEASES > NTSC-U SAMPLE
SUPER PROBOTECTOR NTSC-U SAMPLE (SUPER NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM)
NTSC-U copies of Super Probotector for the SNES were created for QA purposes. What is very unusual is that while several copies of this sample cartridge are known to exist, they do not all contain the same build. There are at least 2 known builds found in these types of cartridges: a debug-style sample version, which is discussed here, and the final version, shown here. Disregarding the build version, there are 6 known copies of this sample cartridge.
The sample contains the entire game; it is, however, compatible with North American SNES machines. Interestingly, in this build, the level select cheat is enabled by default; in addition, the player is able to freely select 30 lives in the options menu (a feature that is normally accessible only via a cheat code, and only in the Japanese release).
Another interesting quirk with this sample is that the game hangs as soon as the brain boss appears, on all 3 difficulty settings.
The other known difference is that the Attract Mode demos are out of sync. In fact, the players’ action sequences differ from any other known version of the game (all 3 retail releases, as well as the Contra IV prototype).
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