In an interview with USGamer, Hiromasa Shitaka revealed a cut costume idea from Tri Force Heroes. The team wanted to include a costume inspired by The Emperor’s New Clothes, which is a story where the Emperor believes he is wearing something which is the epitome of all fashion, but it is revealed that he is actually wearing nothing at all. Nintendo had no idea how to implement this into the game, so the idea was ultimately cut.
USg: Were any costume ideas for Tri Force Heroes left on the cutting-room floor?
HS: I can think of one right off the top of my head. That would be one that was inspired by the folktale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” which as you know is the story of the emperor who thinks he’s wearing something of the highest fashion, but he’s actually—when other people look at him, he’s not wearing anything. They thought that would be a great idea for an outfit, but they weren’t able to come up with an implementation that would—they weren’t sure how to wrap up that whole thing as one good feature spec, you know, “How could we actually implement that neat idea as something that’s relevant to the game?” They unfortunately weren’t able to come to a conclusion, so that never made the cut.