Trivia / Final Fantasy VIII

  • Cultural Cross-Reference:
    • The French translation, full of gratuitous English that does not match the original English, has an item called a 9 inch nail... described as "the claw of an industrial monster." Guess the French translator must've been a fan then. The same translation also has an NPC remarking that Galbadia Garden's ice hockey team watches the Friday the 13th movies while they train. Then when you fight them on disc 2 they're not called "Slapper" but are instead named "Jason."
    • In the English version, Zell is obsessed with obtaining hot dogs from Balamb Garden's cafeteria. In the original Japanese script, it was 'pan' i.e. sweet bread. It is considered an exotic treat in Japan (introduced when they began trading with Portugal in the 16th century) and comes in flavors such as apple, curry, and melon. It was changed to hot dogs in the English version simply because the pan shown in the ending FMV vaguely resembles hot dog buns.
  • Jossed:
    • The Ultimania josses the theory that Ultimecia is a future version of Rinoa simply by not mentioning it at all. Due to Ultimecia's line about "SeeD swarming across generations", the only way it would work is if sorceresses have extended lifespans. Square points out that if that were true, Ultimecia would have no reason to cast Time Compression (as she's afraid of dying).
    • The "Squall is dead" theory was also shot down, this time by Yasunori Kitase in an interview (where he shots down the previous theory yet again, too). He did, however, note that he found the idea interesting and suggested that if they ever remake the game, they might "go along with that story in mind" (although he didn't elaborate on what he meant by that).
  • No Export for You: Unless you have the PC version or import a Japanese PocketStation, there is no way to play the ChocoboWorld game in international releases.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • Selphie had two additional Limit Breaks in her 'Slot' command: Percentage, a gravity-based attack - that cuts all enemies by 15/16 of their current HP. And Catastrophe - a spell even more powerful than Apocalypse. These can be accessed with a gameshark - and are seen with the Fire spell animation.
    • Rinoa's name was initially mistranslated as 'Lenore' in a lot of magazines - and her name is 'Linoa' in the French version of the game.
    • Adel was meant to be the final boss of Disc 3 - following the tradition of finishing every Disc with a sorceress battle. Game data also shows that the player is supposed to be awarded 40 AP for the battle, as well as receiving the Samantha Soul item. As there is no results screen after the battle is over, the player never gets either (though the Samantha Soul can be mugged from Adel during the battle).
    • Part of the game's dummied contentnote  states that a sorceress's powers weaken whenever they're passed on. It's unknown if this is canon or not.
    • Large amounts of data exists for more Laguna sequences that were deleted from the game. Background graphics exist for the Great Salt Lake before it dried up, Close-ups of Ellone's parents' old house in Winhill, a moving green truck also for Winhill (and an overhead shot of some buildings, and for Ragnarok in the Air Station before the Lunar Cry (since the sky is blue). There also unused battle formations for Esthar soldiers within the city.
    • The game's data shows that Triple Triad was originally going to have a rule called 'Retry', assumed to be similar to Sudden Death.
    • Dummied dialogue for the love scene between Squall and Rinoa in the Ragnarok had Rinoa assume Squall would be jealous that she used to date Seifer. When he doesn't catch on, she comments that he doesn't care about other people's pasts.
    • Selphie was originally designed with overalls. But Tetsuya Nomura wanted one of the females to wear a skirt and, upon realising neither Quistis nor Rinoa would wear one, gave Selphie a mini-skirt/overall hybrid and Quistis a skirt worn over long pants.
    • A popular remix of "Eyes On Me" was supposed to appear in Dance Dance Revolution, but never appeared.

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