Beta refers to a stage in a game's development. It is the software development phase following alpha. It generally begins when the software is content complete. Software in the beta phase will generally have many more bugs in it than completed software.
List of Beta Elements in Animal Crossing
|Service||Travelling Doctor (Speculated)|
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Chestnut (previously called Blazel by fans) is a beta special character in Animal Crossing. They can only be accessed by using an Action Replay code. Digging through data from Dōbutsu no Mori+ led to the discovery of her name. "Blazel" was her unofficial name, based on the fact that her appearance combines features of Bliss and Hazel. If hacked in game, her name shows up as ù«–•B¡¡. ù«–•B¡¡ is ジョニー・B in Dōbutsu no Mori+, which translates to Johnny B. This is used similarly to the John Doe pseudonym in the United States. It should be noted that ù«–•B¡¡ is the default name for any special character which lacks a name. Her text data was scrapped, leading to use of multiple animals' texts.
Chestnut exists as two different character indexes, one under 0xE15A and the other under 0xD06C. She uses one of Kapp'n's lines if the character index is 0xD06C, and has the ù«–•B¡¡ name. When using the character index of 0xE15A, Chestnut will recycle Jambette's data. This happens because only the lower byte is used to determine the villager's name (0x5A in this case). Jambette's villager index is 0xE05A.
Shortly after her name, とりゃ〜 (Torya〜) is found; it is likely that this would've served as either a default catchphrase or an opening text box, as all special characters in Dōbutsu no Mori+ have a saying or catchphrase. Her name and text are the last two entries in the file.
Internally, her texture and model files refer to her as "xsq", which likely means extra squirrel. However, in the game's code, she is called "ac_ev_dokutu". That can be broken down into "Actor Event Dokutu". Characters with ev in their name are travelling characters like Crazy Redd or Saharah. Dokutu most likely is shorthand for dokutoru (ドクトル) which means doctor in Japanese, as strings before her name in Dōbutsu no Mori+ include "sick" and "patient". These things point to her being a travelling doctor of sorts. She was likely cut due to uninteresting/useless mechanics, or time constraints.
Chestnut's fur is red, and her eyes are large and blue; similar in color to Bliss' eyes. On her tail, she has a creamy white pinstripe, similar to Hazel. In addition, she has another creamy white swirl on her head that resembles a question mark. Her shirt appears to be a green apron over a white undershirt. Her hands are white, so she may be wearing gloves.
Blue FishThe Blue Fish is a beta item in Animal Crossing. It is simply a blue fish with a hook in its lip.
Although it's purpose is original unknown, it is suspected it was used to test fish items or fishing. Its final use was most likely as a placeholder or default texture, as it is the texture for quite a few invalid item indexes.
DUMMYThe DUMMY is a beta item that is only available in the original Animal Crossing. Its hexadecimal item index is 0x33C4.
When placed in the player's house, it appears as a floating white triangle with red Japanese characters in the center reading "ダミー." The characters, when translated into English, read "dummy." It is widely considered a glitch item, since it cannot be sold nor does it appear in the catalog.
As it can be placed as an actual item, it is assumed that it was a substitute item for real furniture during testing of the game.
It is only obtainable by talking to a villager inside an Igloo through specific conditions. It can be awarded through the "pick two cards" game. One card results in an item that must be purchased with Bells, and the other card will award a free prize. This free prize card is occasionally the DUMMY.
Glowing Yellow Box
The Glowing Yellow Box is a beta item in Animal Crossing, possibly a beta for the Lighthouse. It is a yellow cube that shifts from side to side, changing its color to brown and back every once in a while. It can alter where the paper airplane spreads to, and can push the player, sometimes causing them to "fly" and stand on top of the cube. This beta item can be seen in Animal Crossing's Beta World 01, when used with cheats.
The hexadecimal item index number for the glowing yellow box is 0x8003.
Paper AirplaneThe paper airplane is a beta item in Animal Crossing. It cannot be obtained without the use of cheats. Its hexadecimal item index is 0x8000.
The reasons for its removal are unknown, but the item still remains in a buggy state. When added to the inventory, it acts similar to a piece of paper, giving the player the option to "Read" or "Write a Letter". It is invisible when dropped, but running out of the acre it was dropped in and returning causes it to appear. It has the ability to spread and shut down acres. It may spread throughout the entire town, rendering the game unplayable. The areas it spreads to are altered by the Glowing Yellow Box.
The sickle is a beta item for Animal Crossing. Its hexadecimal item id is 0x222C. It is in the game's programming and in the Animal Crossing guide, but it cannot be obtained without hacking or using the Action Replay, as it was never completely programmed. When obtained, it can be found in the player's pocket and appears as a net. When equipped, it looks as if the player is holding nothing, as well as acts like they are holding nothing, but on the pocket menu when the cursor is over the player the game shows that they are holding it. When dropped, it appears as a toolbox, which appeared in Animal Forest, Wild World, and New Leaf.
Unknown ItemUnknown is a beta item in Animal Crossing. It shows up for most invalid item indexes in the inventory. Certain unknown items can be placed like furniture and show up as the DUMMY beta item.
List of Beta Elements in New Leaf
The following are only seen in the original 2010 screenshots:
- The cliffs were a lot different: wavier than the actual cliffs.
- In the dialogue box, the villager's name is written a lot smaller.
- The player houses look more like released villager houses than in the final release, and there is no paved exterior bar a hedge closely fitted to the house.
- The bench is surrounded by an oval of pavement, as is the street lamp.
- The player is able to look down on a villager walking on the beach with the villager actually noticing them and looking back. This rarely happens in the actual game.
- Villager houses are the same as in previous games.
- Flowers and bushes appear to be a lot more abundant.
The following are only seen in the 2011 E3 trailer:
- Originally the villager speech boxes were rectangular, rather than cloud-shaped as in the final release.
- The cobblestone bridge was darker.
- Rosie's house is more similar to her Wild World house. It evidently hadn't been redesigned yet.
- The Dock was slightly longer and was more of an L Shaped design.
- Sounds, such as the sound when a tool is equipped or the sound when clothing is changed, were the same as in Animal Crossing: City Folk.
- Trees, flowers, bushes, and other plants had a shape different from the ones in the final release.