Tell me, Sega Saturn fans: Do you own a North American copy of Clockwork Knight 2, but not the original Clockwork Knight? Well guess what? You actually do own a copy of the original Clockwork Knight after all.
It turns out the North American version of Clockwork Knight 2 contained a secret code all along that unlocks access to the game’s prequel, right off of the same game disc. For many years, this code was actually rumored to exist in old video game magazines, but until Christmas Eve, 2023, it was never actually confirmed to exist. Now we know for sure. It is indeed real, it works, and you can access it with a simple button combination from the title screen.
Check in after the break if you wanna see what this long rumored code is, then you can try it for yourself.
This code to access Clockwork Knight, which was discovered by @memory_fallen (Low Context Burning Rangers), is activated by pressing Up, Down, Left, Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, L, R, L, and R on Clockwork Knight 2’s title screen. You can also check out their website here to see a detailed account of how they found this code.
As for why Clockwork Knight exists within the sequel’s disc, that’s because North American copies of Clockwork Knight 2 are actually based on the Japanese CK 1&2 compilation “Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Fukubukuro”, and not the actual standalone Clockwork Knight 2 game. It’s not currently known why Sega of America opted to adapt that version of the sequel instead. (Though the compilation does include some extra bug fixes, so perhaps Sega of America simply wanted North Americans to have the most stable version of the game available?) What is known is that they deliberately disabled access to the original game, most likely to not harm sales of the prequel, which was still in print at the time. We don’t know why they hid the original game behind a code either, rather than leaving no means of accessing it or removing the original game entirely. Even more curious than that is why they allowed rumors of the code existing to crop up. Perhaps one day, we might learn the answers, but until then, rejoice in the knowledge that you can access both Clockwork Knight games within a standalone copy of the sequel.
What do you think of this discovery? Do you own a North American copy of Clockwork Knight 2, and have you tried this code? Tell us all about it in the comments below.
Also, check out the last crazy discovery made in a Saturn game that I wrote about, where Tim Kitzrow and some dude named Fox were discovered as hidden characters exclusive to the Saturn port of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition.
EDIT: I credited Clockwork Knight.com for this code by accident and have corrected that. I’ve also discovered that @memory_fallen has a website and linked to the page where he detailed how he discovered this code. Once again, that website is here.Ad: