Sound Fantasy

Back to SNES release page

Sound Fantasy (aka Sound Factory) is a game designed by Toshio Iwai, known for making Otocky (FDS) and Electroplankton (NDS).
It was developed by Tomcat System, and produced by Nintendo. It was completed for release in October 1994, but ultimately it was never released anywhere. The main idea was eventually released as SimTunes on PC.
A prototype from the Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 (later known as Spaceworld) has been dumped and released back in April 2015, and footage from various revisions, including the final version has been found. This article talks about the differences between known revisions.
The dates shown are when the screenshots have been shown. It DOES NOT ALWAYS mean it's a revision from that year.
When "Final Version" is written, it means it's pretty much identical to the 2010 video.

I also believe Toshio Iwai owns the final ROM of Sound Fantasy.

I'm also looking for Sound Fantasy ROMs. Please let me know of any news about this game as well.
If you have the final ROM image of Sound Fantasy, please contact me.
サウンドファンタジーの完成版のROMイメージを持てばお問い合わせしてください。

Jump to:
Pix Quartet
Beat Hopper
Ice Sweeper
Star Fly
Sources and Links

Title Screen

Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Winter CES 1994 Final Version

Credits

As far as I could get, the Credits appears after the Title Screen in the final version.
Final Version

Main Menu

Eventually, Star Fly later had to be unlocked by finishing Beat Hopper and Ice Sweeper.
The 1993 prototype used music, which disappeared in the final version.
Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 September 1994 Winter CES 1994 / Final Version

Pix Quartet

The mode based on Music Insects (also by Iwai) that inspired this game.

Splash Screen

There's no splash screen in the 1993 version.
Final Version

Select 4 Insects

In the 1993 version, it asks you to select insects first, the final version just begins with the main screen and you have select insects later.
The final version has more polished artwork and more colorful font.
Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Final Version

Main Screen

Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Final Version

Menus

Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Final Version










The final version has 6 menus instead of 5, with a lot of added and removed features:
- Insect picker, which lets you pick insects and move them around.
- One more color has been added, for a total of 16 colors.
- Clear screen effects have been removed for more Auto choices.
- You can stop/move all insects at once.
- Copy & Stamp features has been added.
- You can change the color palette.
- Sample loading has its own button and menu.

Load

Samples have been seperated from the Load Screen, and now shows what the saved drawing looks like.
Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 July 1994 Final Version

Save

Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 July 1994

Select Color Palette

Changing the color palette also changes the notes.
Final Version

Ending Screen

In the 1993 prototype, this "End Pix Quartet" screen is always used regardless of the mode.
Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Final Version

Beat Hopper

Splash Screen

Final Version

Menu

Interestingly, A-type and B-type used to be swapped.
Final Version

Graphics Style (A-type)

As development goes on, Beat Hopper tends to be more diverse in its graphics style as stages goes on.
1993 Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 January 1994



Winter CES 1994 February 1994 September 1994




Gameplay has also changed, the Power Meter is giving you grace if you mess up, and has been removed altogether in the final version, making it much harder.
Sounds and rhythms have also changed between the 1993 prototype and the final version.

B-type

B-type is a mode where you follow a path of blocks. After a number of steps, it gradually speeds up.
September 1994 Final Version


Training

September 1994

Ice Sweeper

This one isn't present in the 1993 prototype.

Splash Screen

Final Version

Menu

Final Version

Graphics Style (A-type)

Again, very different graphics style.
February 1994 April 1994 Final Version


B-type?

It used to be the main attraction of Ice Sweeper.
February 1994 July 1994





Star Fly

The music box of Sound Fantasy.

Unlock Screen

You have to unlock Star Fly by finishing Beat Hopper and Ice Sweeper.
September 1994

Splash Screen

Final Version

Main Screen

1993 Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 February 1994
September 1994 Final Version
A bar was added and can be grabbed too.

Menu

Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Final Version





You can set the speed of the music. It's also the default menu when you start Star Fly.
Notes couldn't be cleared in the 1993 prototype, you had to do it manually.
And an auto button has been added, for automatically added notes.

Select Tone

Tones have their own menu instead of a whole screen for it.
Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 Final Version

Select Demo

Like with Pix Quartet, demos have their own screen.
Nintendo Shoshinkai 1993 September 1994 Final Version

Grid

September 1994

Sources and Links


Article written by LuigiBlood (08/12/2015)
Back to SNES release page