February 28, 2021
Kakkara is a nice contrast to the Ice Country as the desert section of the world. The Kingdom of Kakkara, consisting of one town, is the only established residential area on the continent. There’s also the Fire Palace and the mysterious Moon Palace, surrounded by a huge void in the landmass.
In I, Kakkara was a blob, with only the town and the Moon Palace placed.
IIa has more terrain, and now The Fire Palace is where it is in the final game:
However, there’s no footpath to the Moon Palace. This was fixed in IIb, which reduced extra space north of the Moon Palace and added an entrance:
Despite this addition, there’s really no reason to access the Moon Palace by foot. Note the palette error; Kakkara looks more like the Ice Country here. In III, the space on the western part of the continent was excised.
In 2018, some dummy locations were added in on the bottom portion to give it more detail (IV):
The following article appeared in a Japanese magazine shortly before release. It more or less describes the concept of the Moon Palace with some alterations. Whether there was a change of plans or they had incomplete information is unknown.
Translated by Sevon
An entrance to the depths of the earth suddenly opened in the desert? A huge hole appeared in the middle of the desert, huge in comparison to other things on the map. Maybe it leads to an underground world like in [FFIV]? That being the case, this might not be the only one on the map. The area is surrounded by rocky terrain, so the only way to get there is from above? Better call Flammie, then.
I’ve been wondering for years what’s on the other side of a wall in Tasnica’s sandship. A look in the ROM reveals a huge area—either undeveloped, or removed. Or just part of the scenery, but I don’t deal in easy solutions.
A deleted or test area that resembles the Sandship:
A rough version of the Moon Palace, with Chobin Hoods: