Trivia / Grim Fandango

  • Acclaimed Flop: The game was extremely well received and still has a large following, but it was complete flop in terms of sales and it partially convinced LucasArts that adventure games were a bygone genre.
  • Doing It for the Art: Remastering the game for modern computers wasn't an easy task because no one thought to preserve the original source material in its entirety. The team responsible for the remastering had to cobble together what they could by going through LucasArts' archives, tracking down original team members who took bits home as souvenirs, and even obtaining modders' homemade code. All that hard work paid off to create a well-received update.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Tobias Pfaff, a fan who modded the option for a point-and-click interface into the original game, was later asked to come to Double Fine, who wanted his permission to use his coding in the Remastered version.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In Year 1 at El Marrow, Manny was originally supposed to meet a woman wearing a giant giraffe mask. Also, he originally had to return to El Marrow after meeting Glottis in the Petrified Forest to retrieve the Bone Wagon, which was now being used to deliver pizza.
    • In Year 2, Maximino, the one who runs the gambling tracks, was supposed to have a feud with a corrupt boss of the dock workers named Alphonso Calabaza. This feud would culminate in them arguing in front of Hector LeMans and asking which of them will run Rubacava. Hector's response would have been to kill both of them and reply: "Me". In the final game, Calabaza is absent and Maximino's fate is never revealed.
    • Also cut was an encounter with a "Dillopede", a giant demon armadillo-centipede hybrid guarding Maximino's safe where he kept the fake Number Nine tickets. The sequence proved too technically challenging and had to be cut.
    • Originally, Manny was going to revisit the Land of the Living at the beginning of Year 4. He was going to go to his brother's house to get tortillas to get a black dog to carry everyone across a river.
    • The final encounter with Hector was going to be much longer, including puzzles in other parts of Nuevo Marrow, such as the "UFO Restaurant" and "Atomic Casino" (which was literally based on a nuclear reactor).