Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSuper Ultra Baseball 2
In 2008, DreamTR made a post about a prototype he had of Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 2, an unreleased localization of Super Ultra Baseball 2, on the Digital Press message board (Archive.org mirror). I have no idea what the fate of this prototype is as I do not have any records of it after this post, but I assume it was eventually sold. DreamTR posted a screenshot from the prototype.
In April 2012, qixmaster posted a picture of a prototype of Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 2 on Nintendo Age (Archive.org mirror). This prototype is unlikely to be the same one as DreamTR's, as qixmaster described the sale when someone asked where he got it from:
This is all fairly local, a good friend in the area knows a guy in the washington area. after some discussion on prices and what not, the guy delivered to my home here in portland this evening. totally rad score.
Eventually, qixmaster dumped the prototype and posted the ROM image on Nintendo Age (Archive.org mirror) in 2012. However, since this is not really a place where people interested in the preservation of ROM images frequent (I personally stopped browsing regularly by that point), this release went under the radar and did not make its way into ROM image hash databases (which generally get picked up by those making full sets of ROM images). I have included a link to the ROM image below. Many thanks to qixmaster for dumping and releasing the prototype! The prototype appears to have been sold in 2014 (Archive.org mirror).
The prototype appears to be a near final localization, but there are some things (listed below) that indicate it is not finished. The graphics saw a number of changes, and the overall colour palette has been brightened.
The title screen has been changed to what it would be in the US
The initial game options have obviously been changed to English. The graphics in the Japanese version are notably more washed out than the prototype.
The team logos have been spruced up in the prototype, as well as making them more North American oriented.
Most of the units in the prototype have been converted to Imperial, but the field length measurements are still in meters.
The fonts for various things like "Play Ball" have been changed in the prototype. Also in the prototype is a display that shows if players are on first and third. In the Japanese version, a display only comes up if players are actually on first or third.
The "STRIKE" display has been revamped in the prototype, but they still have the speed stuck in the same place which looks odd. This probably indicates that this is not likely a fully finished localization.
Between innings, the scoreboard has a "go go" display, which has been significantly revamped in the prototype.
The colour of the "Home Run" text has been changed.
The "game set" display has also been revamped.
After the game there is a news report. The prototype has changed the reporter from a woman to a man with a suit.
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