More unused tiles have been found in Wario Land 4!

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Thanks to @shinespeciall's level editor. Basically, he posted screenshots of the tile editor for every single level in the game, showing all the game's foreground and background tiles for their respective levels:

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And as it turned out, the game had a few more secrets in store there! For example, in Crescent Moon Village's tileset, this door and window can be seen:

unuseddoortiles.png
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Neither of which are present in the level in any form, nor match the art style of the rest of the stage. This implies Crescent Moon Village's tilesets went through a fair bit of revision in the game's development process, since nothing about these tiles matches anything else in the game.

Here's how it may have looked in game (with final palette):

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Either way, the 'design changes' aspect is also supported by another unused tile found in the same stage, this time in its sewer sub maps:

unusedsewergratetile.png

As you can see, it's a sewer grate like those in the stage background. However unlike said versions, this one is placed on top of foreground blocks, indicating that it was at one time meant as a decoration for the foreground tiles instead. Here's how it may have looked in game:

sewermockup.png


Finally, Hotel Horror has a tile for a skull found in the wall:

unusedtileskull.png


This is very similar to the 'fake wall hint' from Palm Tree Paradise, and implies the designers were going to use the same motif there too. Here's a mockup showing how it may have appeared:

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So yeah, some interesting small discoveries there, don't you think? Wonder what other unused stuff will be found due to this level editor!
 

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Wow, interesting findings! Wario Land 4 has an absolutely huge amount of unused material found. And now there's even more.
It's a bit of a pity that the sewer grate and skull ultimately weren't used, but I'm actually glad they decided to ditch that Crescent Moon Village window, because it doesn't quite fit and IMO the walls look much better bare, without any windows.
 

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I want to say that the BG layer and the other layer use different Tiles, so this is what the drain tileset and the background real like:
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Thanks, that looks way better than my attempt at reconstructing it from the editor. And yeah, the grate definitely looks like it would have fit as a foreground piece.
 

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What is it with this game and burying people (possibly alive) in the walls?
That's such a dark implication.
I mean when there's bones somewhere in the ground, they could get there in all kinds of ways.
But when they're in a wall that means they had to be put there while the building was built.
That's so gruesome.
 

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What is it with this game and burying people (possibly alive) in the walls?
That's such a dark implication.
I mean when there's bones somewhere in the ground, they could get there in all kinds of ways.
But when they're in a wall that means they had to be put there while the building was built.
That's so gruesome.
Didn't Wario say in the WL4 manual that no-one ever left the Pyramid alive? Well, that could explain something. I mean, there are skeletons in the walls of the Sapphire Passage.
 

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Didn't Wario say in the WL4 manual that no-one ever left the Pyramid alive? Well, that could explain something. I mean, there are skeletons in the walls of the Sapphire Passage.
Yeah, I definitely remember hearing something like that. And it would fit pretty well with the theme of the Sapphire Passage too.
 
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