Instead of the usual death explosion, Mega Man Voluntt, at life's end, would lay on the floor stiff as a board as the screen faded to black. Game Over.
That was death in Mega Man Legends 1 (and Legends 2). But in the game's primordial days, back when it was known as Mega Man Neo, Volnutt met a demise similar to his Classic and X counterparts: combusting into a fiery blaze. Newly unearthed footage from Neo's E3 1997 exhibit reveals this gruesome moment in plain detail (nine seconds in). Viewer discretion advised; it's not a pretty sight!
... alright, so maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit.
Still, it's a neat throwback. Why was it removed? Well, maybe it really was considered a bit gruesome. I mean look at it this way: Volnutt was considered the most "human" of Mega Men at the time. I don't think that would have sat well with some folks -- parents, primarily. You know how some can be.
Thanks to STFUandPlayTV and KeijiDragon for the video!