Interesting that the header of the earliest ROM reads "VOLT - THE VOLTAGE". I'm assuming this was another name / identity for the main character that took place some time during the change from Feel to Ristar.
It certainly explains that "RISTAR IS NOT VOLT!!" text found among unused stuff in one of the final ROMs though. = / I think it was the JP version, but can't be sure. If only Ristar Cluster was still up, I'd be able to check it up..
Actually, the text is in the game even back as far as the earliest prototype here. It's at the end of the credits text in the Jul 01 proto (though is unused even in this version, as I didn't see it after having skipped levels using A + Start to view the credits), and reads:
CAUTION! -... -RISTAR- IS NOT.. V O L T !!
Interesting that the localisation team was going to change his name to Dexstar, too, but reverted it. I wonder if they thought the name "Ristar" wasn't appealing enough initially or something..?
This post has been edited by McAleeCh: 23 February 2008 - 09:36 PM