It's interesting to note that there are crystals now bricks one red, blue and green on the blue thing and one green near the car among other similar to the car of Basil the Bat. The place where the short-cut was going to start was barricaded with a fence. The sphinx is totally absent, in its place there are two obelisks. Kart Physics The 2001 version also significantly altered the game's physics, in the process removing a central feature of the game. This change in physics also results in the side-effect of being able to go up the back of the shortcut in Imperial Grand Prix. However, the original background music track for it remains in the game data.
Notice several going out of the boundary. Pirate Skull Pass Pirate Skull Pass also has remnants of a scrapped short-cut. There is a green brick under the sphinx's short-cut and it's unreachable. This unused sound is found in Knightmare-Athon's race folder. Thanks to modding and uncoverings by the developers, the secrets behind the short-cut were finally revealed. You would shoot a boulder, and it would roll out of the way for the short-cut to open. This one was totally scrapped from the final game.
Knightmare-Athon became the only track in the game that went without a short-cut, and it was searched on for years. It's under a hill and impossible to reach. In the middle of the screenshot there is water or something like that. The white rings here are invisible through normal gameplay -- they are checkpoints, and are used to determine how you complete a full lap. This is the wall where the boulder was supposed to be. Firstly, as it turns out there are remnants of not one, but two short-cuts planned.
There is a white crystal on the road to the left. The later 1999 print had SafeDisc V1 copy protection though some of the earliest prints lacked it for some reason , and you had to have the disc in the drive to run it. The very early prints of the 1999 version had the map extended to fill the entire screen. This one seems to have been removed very far into development, because more remnants of this short-cut exist than any other. This outlines where the short-cut was going to take place initially. An early screenshot shows the sphinx's short-cut with two roads. You can or to play the clip in your browser.
The 2001 version removed this code, though why it didn't remove the short-cut remnants is beyond us. From what can be inferred, you were originally to knock down the pillar in front of the castle to form a ramp and get up there, and the short-cut would have skipped over the quick tour through the castle and taken you out before that hair-pin turn, judging by a badly patched wall. The track data is identical between releases. Firstly, the copy protection differs between the three versions. This is the gist of the other short-cut.
The copy-protected 1999 prints changed this to only be a select few. The manual states that the placement and amount of bricks on a car will affect the car's balance. The 2001 version removed this, probably to cheapen it and save on space. This is the other inaccessible power-up, in the center of the photo. It was probably an early version of the cackle the witch makes near the end of the course.
Desert Adventure Dragway Desert Adventure Dragway also has a scrapped short-cut. It's not patched very well and looks blocky compared to the rest. The 1999 version awarded you trophies on your character's license for every boss you beat. You would have first gone through the wall on the left of the shot given a blocky texture , traversed under the track some, and come out under one of the hills, as said hill shows to be a glitchy corner. . The one on the right was cut in the development, the other on the left is still there.
You would drive over the tunnel, and come out at the part of the track with the ship shooting the cannonballs. The 2001 version shrank all of them into a small box in the middle, with the usual blue-studded background that all the other menus use. This game has revisional differences. This game has unused sounds. You can or to play the clip in your browser. Revisional Differences There are two prints of the 1999 version, and a re-release in 2001 that had a few minor tweaks made to it. Early prototype screenshots show that the fence was completely absent at first, so it would only make sense.