Welcome to the Shining Force Central Forums!
SFC Forums Index Shining Forums Shining Force III
Register for your free forum account now or Login to remove this advert.

Shining Force III Prototype Located

Incorporating Scenarios 1, 2, 3 and the Premium Disc, all in one handy board!

Shining Force III Prototype Located

Postby MicrowaveableHamster » Sun Sep 18 2016 3:45am

Hey all!

I popped in a couple years back and posted some pics of a SF2 proto I had obtained and dumped. Well, I have been fortunate enough to find one for the great SF III, as well, and figured I would post a couple, as well. Please note I have not dumped the files of this yet, since I've never really worked with Saturn protos before. Please note the CD is dated 4/23/98, which is about 5 weeks before the US release and a couple months before the final US build (not sure how that works, maybe there were some edits post-release?).

Obviously finding any differences in a game this size could be extremely difficult, so I'm hoping to get the files ripped and compared as best as possible. Like I said, though, I'm not entirely sure how to accomplish this with Saturn stuff...I'll figure it out :). Now continues my quest to find a SF 1 proto and complete the Holy Trinity for one of the best RPG series ever created!

I will work with these over time and pop in and share anything interesting that I may find.

Image

Image

Oh, and I also got a couple Shining Wisdom CDs as well! The silver is basically a copy ripped from the assembly line, and the backup build is dated a few months prior to its US release, but I believe a couple days after the final build was created:

Image

Image
Last edited by MicrowaveableHamster on Sat May 06 2017 3:54pm, edited 1 time in total.
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue Jul 01 2014 3:43am

Re: Shining Force III Developmental Build

Postby Special T » Thu Sep 22 2016 12:59pm

You might want to check out the saturn dumping guide on redump.org

http://forum.redump.org/topic/4495/sega ... -28112010/

People there are pretty helpful.
Special T

User avatar
Shining Member
Shining Member
 
Posts: 420
Joined: Thu Sep 16 2004 8:15pm
Location: Riverview

Re: Shining Force III Developmental Build

Postby RedShine » Fri Sep 23 2016 9:27pm

That's quite an amazing find. Makes me wonder if at any point SOA considered releasing all three Scenarios overseas, and if earlier builds than this were created to reflect that.
RedShine

User avatar
Shining Member
Shining Member
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Sat Apr 05 2014 6:22am

Re: Shining Force III Developmental Build

Postby MicrowaveableHamster » Sat Oct 08 2016 4:21pm

RedShine wrote:That's quite an amazing find. Makes me wonder if at any point SOA considered releasing all three Scenarios overseas, and if earlier builds than this were created to reflect that.


I believe that the original builds of SF3 America contained the original dialogue after the last battle, but it was changed at some point after SEGA decided it was just going to be Scenario 1. I am unsure which dialogue this has, but I will do my darndest to figure it out eventually!
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue Jul 01 2014 3:43am

Re: Shining Force III Developmental Build

Postby knight0fdragon » Sat Oct 08 2016 5:33pm

That is definitely possible, an ISO would be nice so we could rip it and see
knight0fdragon

User avatar
Shining Hero
Shining Hero
 
Posts: 996
Joined: Fri Nov 05 2004 5:36am
Location: Good ol(Not Really) Pennsylvania USA

Re: Shining Force III Developmental Build

Postby RedShine » Sun Oct 09 2016 5:17am

MicrowaveableHamster wrote:I believe that the original builds of SF3 America contained the original dialogue after the last battle, but it was changed at some point after SEGA decided it was just going to be Scenario 1. I am unsure which dialogue this has, but I will do my darndest to figure it out eventually!


By that you mean the dialogue that alludes to the continuation of the story in later scenarios hm?
Indeed, if that bit of text could be found, it would at least corroborate my assumption somewhat.
Do keep us posted, and thanks for sharing the information.
RedShine

User avatar
Shining Member
Shining Member
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Sat Apr 05 2014 6:22am

Re: Shining Force III Developmental Build

Postby MicrowaveableHamster » Sat May 06 2017 3:50pm

Hey all,

Sorry for the necro bump, but after a long few months with a new kid and moving, I finally have had time to have someone dump the CD (no damage, w00t) and compare it to the US release. And...

GOOD NEWS! Looks like there are a significant number of differences in the files - roughly one-third of the binary files are different and predate the US release, most by a couple months and some by like 7-8. We're looking more into stuff now to see what we can do electronically, and from there I guess we'll just have to spot them ourselves in the game, to the extent possible.

The text files, however, appear to all be identical, so I'm guessing that means the ending must be the same. Unless some of the binary files contain the text? I'm not educated enough on the subject.

Anyway...I'm not one to keep stuff like this under wraps for value or anything. I am having a good number of copies made for cheap, so...like if anyone wants to send me a PM to say hello and see how I'm doing, please feel free!


Edit: Oh, almost forgot! Here's a link to the Google Doc Excel chart of the file comparisons between the Beta and the US release:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... d=50099644

:)
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue Jul 01 2014 3:43am

Re: Shining Force III Prototype Located

Postby knight0fdragon » Wed May 17 2017 2:48pm

Looks like the scripts are different, Anything X5_ related is the text for the game, my translator app should be able to open those up
knight0fdragon

User avatar
Shining Hero
Shining Hero
 
Posts: 996
Joined: Fri Nov 05 2004 5:36am
Location: Good ol(Not Really) Pennsylvania USA


Return to Shining Force III

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests