Clockwork Knight 2 (Aug 30, 1995 prototype)
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A late localization prototype of the US version of Clockwork Knight 2 for the Sega Saturn. While this version would later go on to be used for the final PAL version of the game, the final US version would be released later and be instead based on the code for the Japanese exclusive title "Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Fukubukuro", making this version very different to the final US product.
This prototype was bought from a private seller on eBay in late 2017. The seller said they bought it from a "gentleman in Santa Cruz, Californa, who used to be a developer", along with a bunch of other games, including another Saturn production CD-R (No idea what that may be).
The date of this build appears to be 1995.08.30 (Based on the file dates), which would make this build just over 1 month newer than JP release (1995.07.28), just under 2 months before the final PAL version release (1995.10.27) and 5/6 months before the final US version release (1996.01/02).
Just to be clear, this is not simply a conversion of the later dated PAL version, as mentioned above, the file creation dates for this builds burn are 1995.08.30, where as the final PAL version's files have a creation date of 1995.09.08, making this build around 10 days earlier.
This seems to be a 95-98% copy (If not 99-100%), and is possibly the version shown in several Saturn VHS promo tapes around the time.
The game was burned to a blank Sega Saturn branded CD-R (Common at the time for proto builds), and has the following text written on the CD: JM CK2 #3 8.30
An interesting thing to note is, as this was the same version that was later used for the PAL release, it actually contains a "credits" screen after defeating the final boss and watching the ending FMV, unlike the US version of the title, which simple brings you back to the title screen after counting the cards you collected in the game (Which is the same case for Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Fukubukuro). It also includes the "Crazy TV" boss fight at the start of the game, as is the case with the Japanese and PAL versions of Clockwork Knight 2.
Above mentioned "Crazy TV" mini-boss that is part of this build as standard, but is not present in the final build of the US version of the game outside of a cheat code to unlock an alternate character "Ginger":
Above mentioned "Credits" screen not present in the final version of the US version of the game: