Trivia: Zone of the Enders

  • Fan Nickname: The HD Collection has coined "High Definition Robot Action" by the Zone of the Enders: The Unofficial Site as a play on The 2nd Runner's Tag Line.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Japanese version Dolores, i:
  • No Export for You: Prior to HD Collection's version of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, a Special Edition of game was released in Japan and Europe, but strangely never to North America. The Special Edition featured some graphical and frame-rate improvements over the original game, new difficulty levels, new cutscenes and battle sequences, an expanded Extra Mission mode, and sub-weapon tutorials for the VR Training. This changed though as the HD Collection includes the European version of the Special Edition of The 2nd Runner for the North American release.
    • And there's the two premium editions for the Japanese version of Zone of the Enders HD Edition, which has two books instead of one from the overseas release, and a Blu-ray re-release of the Zone of the Enders: 2167 IDOLO OVA with the most expense of two packages.
  • Old Shame: Whilst not necessarily ashamed of the original game, the HD Collection's pre-release hype was all focused on The 2nd Runner, with barely a word being said about the HD remastering of the original game; on top of that, the intro specially made for the HD Collection only focuses on the original game for roughly a minute and a half, with the remaining four minutes focusing on The 2nd Runner.
    • To make things even worse, the Hexa Drive patch on the PlayStation 3 version only addresses the frame-rate issues of The 2nd Runner and enhanced its visual quality to 1080p; the original game is left untouched. Granted the original Zone of the Ender's frame-rate wasn't as botched as its sequel, High-Voltage Studios only enhanced the games for 720p when these games were supposed to be in 1080p.
  • Preview Piggybacking: The first Zone of the Enders was widely known for its inclusion of the highly-anticipated Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, which was the biggest reason many Metal Gear Solid fans bought the game. History repeated itself in 2012 with the HD Collection of the series, this time bundling a demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
  • What Could Have Been: Several design sketches show unused designs for some of the frames. For example, the Raptor was initially supposed to be dual-wielding katana-like weapons, instead of having them grafted on to their arms; as well as unused names for most frames, if the HD Edition's Special Art Book is to be believed, at least. For example:
    • Jehuty went through several name changes, from New Eden to names such as Exodus, The Whisper, Vision Divine, Lightning and Megadriver.
    • Similarly, Tempest had the names Faust, I-Vanvo, Epusutain, Vadourv, Devionario, Manonresco and Volpone before settling on Tempest.
  • Z.O.E's Music Debuted in Metal Gear Online: Some music from Zone of the Enders' soundtracks was reused in Metal Gear Online; most notably "Vivid Transparency", heard here. This has led to a surprisingly large number of people wondering where someone got the notion that a Metal Gear track is from this game about flying, sword-fighting robots.