This place is scary in a lot of ways. Especially for a girl.
- —Aeris Gainsborough
Wall Market (ウォールマーケット, Wōru Māketto?) is a shopping center in the Sector 6 of Midgar Slums in Final Fantasy VII. It is famous for its dangerous "red light district" atmosphere run by the local crime lord, Don Corneo.
A mercenary working for the eco-terrorist organization AVALANCHE, Cloud Strife, ventures into Wall Market with a florist he met in the slums, Aeris, while following Cloud's childhood friend and fellow AVALANCHE member Tifa. They discover she is one of the three girls local crime lord Don Corneo wants to audition to pick his "bride". For Cloud to get in to Corneo's abode he has to disguise himself as a woman.
Cloud and Aeris run various errands to obtain a dress and wig and other accessories for Cloud. With his disguise in place Cloud and Aeris enter Don's mansion where they find Tifa, who reveals she is there to extract information from the Don following rumors he is an informant for the Shinra Electric Power Company, the corporation that runs Midgar and pollutes the Planet with its Mako Reactors.
Don takes his pick out of the three, but no matter whom he picks, he ends up being confronted by the trio in his bedroom. He reveals that Shinra is about to obliterate Sector 7 where AVALANCHE's hideout is located by destroying the pillar that holds up the Midgar plate, then sends Cloud, Tifa and Aeris plummeting to the sewers below via a trap door installed in his bedroom where they fight the Don's "pet", Aps.
After Sector 7 is destroyed, its debris damages parts of Sector 6 and Wall Market. Cloud, Tifa and the AVALANCHE leader Barret pass through Wall Market to find a way to the upper levels of Midgar to save Aeris who has been kidnapped by Shinra. The wreckage has opened a path, which Cloud and the others use to make their way up to the plate. Don Corneo has left Wall Market and gone into hiding by fear of retaliation from Shinra, having tipped AVALANCHE off on their plans.
The Market includes several different places the player visits during their trek through the area.
Directly at the entrance to Wall Market is the inn that costs 10 gil to stay in. It has a vending machine, and if the player speaks to the Materia Store owner, agreeing to fetch an item for him, and then sleeps in the inn, they can use the vending machine. The items in the vending machine cost either 200 gil, 100 gil or 50 gil. Buying the most expensive item nets the best reward from the Materia Store keeper.
The shop that says "Item" out front holds nothing during the player's first visit to the Wall Market, but if the player returns after having obtained the Highwind and examines the shop, they will find Tifa's ultimate weapon. An additional scene is seen if the party consists of Cid and Tifa when this is done.
- Items: Premium Heart
In the food joint the player can eat for 70 gil; the options are the Korean B.B.Q. Plate, Sushi Plate, or Today's Special. It doesn't matter which food the player orders, and if they answer favorably when asked about the food, they will receive a coupon that can be traded at the pharmacy for a key item.
- Key Items: Pharmacy Coupon
The player can buy items at the pharmacy (see below for shop list). If the player has a coupon obtained from the diner, they can choose an item for exchange. The item can be given to a sick woman in the bar; Digestive is the best item for this.
At the clothing store the player can get a dress custom-made for Cloud, but they must first fetch the shop's owner from a bar. The quality of the dress depends on the description the player gives to the owner. The best dress is obtained by asking for something that "feels soft" and "shimmers".
The Materia Store doesn't actually sell any Materia the first time the player visits Wall Market. The man running it wants to know what items are sold in the vending machine in the inn, and hires the player to go buy one. He gives a tiara as reward. The best tiara is obtained by bringing him the most expensive item from the vending machine, costing 200 gil at the inn. When the player returns to Wall Market after the Sector 7 incident, Materia Store has been stocked up with some basic Materia and will sell them to the player.
Honey Bee Inn EntranceEdit
The entrance to Honey Bee Inn is to the southwest from the South end of Wall Market. It is initially packed with would-be-visitors, Johnny included. Aeris will stay here while Cloud goes inside.
Honey Bee InnEdit
- Main article: Honey Bee Inn
The Honey Bee Inn is a members-only adult club. Cloud can receive a membership card from a man around the south end of Wall Market after visiting Don Corneo's mansion, but having been denied entry. He is one in south-east corner, next to the Honey Bee Inn entry screen. In Honey Bee Inn, Cloud can walk around, peep into the keyholes of the occupied rooms, and visit one of the two available rooms himself. After staying in a room Cloud can visit the dressing room to get make-up applied on him from one of the girls. Honey Bee Inn is visitable only on the initial visit to Wall Market; when the party returns after the Sector 7 incident Cloud is barred entry due to notoriety of his crossdressing exploits, and later still, Honey Bee Inn has been closed down.
The pharmacy item can be given to the sick woman in the bar at the north end of Wall Market to receive a bottle of perfume. The best perfume is received if the player offers her a Digestive. The man running the clothes' boutique is also initially found here.
The weapon store sells weapons and armor (see shop list below). The player must buy three batteries for 100 gil each while on their way to the upper plate. After the party has the Highwind, the player can buy an accessory from the owner for a hefty 129,000 gil.
The gym is a gathering point for cross-dressers and is led by a man named "Beautiful Bro". The player can play a squatting minigame to obtain a wig. The best wig is obtained by winning the squatting game. The gym contains some banners with Japanese and English text: the mat says "FIGHT", the front of ring "S.W.C" and "Square Wrestling Club", left of ring エネルギーＶ ([Enerugii V]?, lit. Energy V), banners 燃えろ男よ！！ ([Moero otoko yo!!]?, lit. Burn, Man, Burn!!), 男乃中乃男!! ([Otoko no naka no otoko!!]?, lit. The Man Inside the Man), 肉質剛健 ([Nikushitsu gouken]?, lit. Muscular Vitality) and 好色美男 ([koushoku binan]?, lit. Sensual, Beautiful Man). Notice to right of mirror says 男の道 ([otoko no machi]?, lit. Way of Man).
Corneo Hall EntranceEdit
Corneo's mansion is at the north end of Wall Market. The entrance is guarded by a bouncer who only lets women enter. During Cloud and Aeris's first visit to Wall Market, they must speak to the bouncer to progress, prompting Aeris to come up with the idea to disguise Cloud as a woman. After the Sector 7 incident, the mansion is abandoned and the bouncer will be gone.
Corneo Hall at the north end of Wall Market is the headquarters for the crime lord Don Corneo and home to many scenes of debauchery and perversion. Rigged underneath Corneo's personal chambers lives the monster Aps. The player gains access by disguising Cloud as a woman, but after the first visit to Wall Market is over, the mansion will be empty and the player can enter at will.
Aeris and Cloud are told to wait here when they first enter the mansion. After Corneo's lackey leaves, the two must find Tifa in the "Torture Room". This area has entrances to the other areas of the mansion: Office (middle), Torture Room (to the left) and Lackey Room (to the right).
This is where Corneo chooses his "bride". The party is taken here after rendezvousing with Tifa in the basement. Corneo's decision depends on the items the player has acquired for Cloud's disguise. If Cloud is chosen as the "bride" he is taken to Corneo's bedroom. If Tifa or Aeris is chosen instead, Cloud will be taken to the "lackey room". If Aeris is chosen as Corneo's "bride", Cloud will meet Tifa here outside the office after leaving the lackey room. The answer given to her affects the date mechanics (for the Gold Saucer date scene): asking if Tifa is okay actually lowers her affection for Cloud, but telling her they need to save Aeris boosts her affection despite the somewhat annoyed answer she gives in reply.
If Cloud is chosen as the "bride", he is taken here with the Don and must answer to his advances. If the player rejects Don they can gain affection in the date mechanics with Barret by saying that is Cloud's "boyfriend's" name. If Cloud is receptive to Corneo's advances, things are stopped from escalating by the sudden entry of Tifa and Aeris. After the trio interrogates Corneo, the party is sent plummeting to Sewer - Sector 6 through a trapdoor where they must fight a boss.
- Items: Hyper (behind Don Corneo's bed)
After left alone in the reception room, the party must make their way to the "torture room" to find Tifa, who explains what she is doing at the mansion. After a discussion the trio is fetched to line up in Corneo's office. If Tifa is chosen as the Don's "bride", Cloud must break out from the lackey room and finds Aeris in the basement being chased by Kotch, Corneo's bodyguard. After she pushes him down the stairs Cloud's response affects the date mechanics: asking if she is okay boosts affection with Aeris, and telling her they must hurry to rescue Tifa lowers it. If Aeris was chosen as Don's "bride", the player can still visit the room after leaving the lackey room, finding Kotch already knocked out on the floor, having been defeated by Tifa. On a subsequent visit after the Sector 7 incident, players will find Kotch tied up in the basement and can free him.
If Cloud is not chosen as Corneo's "bride", he will be taken here. The lackeys will crowd around him until Cloud removes his disguise and fights the lackeys in a set battle, after which he can leave the room. If Cloud is chosen by Don, this room is not visited, but the player has an option to return to the mansion later, during which they can get the item from this room.
- Items: Phoenix Down
The wall becomes the "Golden Wire of Hope" after Cloud and friends return to Wall Market after Cloud and Aeris's initial visit. The player can use the wire hanging down to climb to Sector 6 - Plate Lower. Here, the player may wish to conserve the remaining Battery for being a unique item, or use it to obtain an Ether from a locked contained. There is a bit where Cloud must swing on a hanging piece of debris. The correct timing is to jump when it is nearest to Cloud.
Honey Bee InnEdit
- Main article: Honey Bee Inn
After talking to the man outside Don's place, the player can talk to the man in the bottom right corner of Wall Market south end to get a membership card to Honey Bee Inn. Inside, the player can view numerous humorous scenes and get make-up for Cloud's disguise (see below). The place is notable for having hoards of dummied out content.
During the player's first trip to Wall Market they must dress Cloud as a woman to get into Don Corneo's house. Depending on Cloud's attire, Don may choose either Cloud, Aeris, or Tifa for his "bride for the night". Cloud will battle Corneo's lackeys if he is not chosen, but the storyline leads to the same conclusion no matter whom out of the party is chosen.
The outcome of the decision depends on Cloud's "attraction value"; there are three items the player can get for each piece of apparel, and each are graded. If Cloud obtains all of the highest grade items (a silk dress, a diamond tiara, a blonde wig, and sexy cologne) Corneo will choose him. The quality of the make-up work Cloud can have done is random, and the Bikini Briefs and Lingerie key items do not affect the value at all. Tifa is Don's default choice.
Only the dress and the wig are necessary for a disguise, but will only lead to Tifa being chosen. Getting more items means Aeris and Cloud also have a chance of being picked.
To get a dress the player must visit the Clothes Boutique where a woman will tell that the dressmaker is in the bar. After talking to him Aeris convinces the man to make a dress for Cloud. The description given to the dressmaker determines the type of dress Cloud will get; the best dress is obtained by asking for something soft and shimmery.
- Soft + Shimmers = Silk Dress
- Soft + Shiny = Satin Dress
- Clean = Cotton Dress
The player can get a wig from Beautiful Bro in the gym by taking part in a squatting minigame where the player must press , and in succession. The key is not to tap the buttons too fast or too slow, tapping the next button when Cloud has stopped moving or he'll scratch his head. The opponent usually does around 17 squats. Winning the minigame gives the best wig.
- Winning the squats game = Blonde Wig
- Tying = Dyed Wig
- Losing = Wig
In the bar there is a woman in the toilet who needs medicine. The player must eat in the diners and then answer with "It was alright" when asked how they liked the food to get the key item Pharmacy Coupon. In the item shop the player can trade it for either Disinfectant, Deodorant, or Digestive. Depending on which item the player takes and gives to the woman in the bar, she'll give a different cologne in return. The best one is to give her Digestive.
- Digestive = Sexy Cologne
- Deodorant = Flower Cologne
- Disinfectant = Cologne
In the Materia Store the owner wants to know what the vending machine at the inn has for sale. After agreeing to help him, the player must stay the night at the inn and Cloud will have the option to buy something from the vending machine. Afterward Cloud and Aeris should return to the Materia Store and show the owner the item. The most expensive item gives the best tiara.
- 200 gil = Diamond Tiara
- 100 gil = Ruby Tiara
- 50 gil = Glass Tiara
Talking to the man on the lower right corner of Wall Market after being denied entry to Don's mansion the first time, nets the player the Member's Card for the Honey Bee Inn. Inside the player can talk to the woman to choose a room. The &$#% Room (upper left) acquires the Lingerie, and the Group Room (lower left) gives Bikini Briefs.
These items do not affect Don's choice, but after visiting a room the player can head to the top room and have the woman in the far left put make-up on Cloud. The outcome of the make-up work is random, and the player can determine how many "points" (see below) it is worth by the sound effect that plays when the girl does it. There is a 97/256 chance to get the worst make-up (+1, a chiming sound plays), 96/256 chance to get average make-up (+3, a healing sound plays) and 63/256 chance to get the best make-up (+5, a wind blowing sound plays).
The lowest grade item gives +1 attraction value, the middle grade item gives +3 and the best one gives +5. The underwear obtained from Honey Bee Inn doesn't give any points. If the player gains 11 points or fewer, Tifa is chosen. If the player has 12-18 points Aeris is chosen, and for 19 or more Cloud is chosen.
- Summary table
Cloud gets the highest chance to be chosen as Don Corneo's bride if he gets all the items in the third column of the table below:
- Main article: Date Mechanics
The game has a hidden "affection value" that determines who Cloud will go on a date with in Gold Saucer later. The value is determined by the dialogue and party member choices the player makes prior to this point. In Wall Market, all decisions that affect the value are in Don's mansion.
If Tifa is chosen as Don Corneo's date:
- "You alright?" (+3 Aeris)
- "We gotta help Tifa!" (-2 Aeris)
If Aeris is chosen as Don Corneo's date:
- "You alright?" (-2 Tifa)
- "We gotta help Aeris!" (+3 Tifa)
If Cloud is chosen as Don Corneo's date and he rejects his advances, when the Don asks if he has a boyfriend:
- "Yes, his name's Barret..." (+5 Barret)
Tifa's ultimate weaponEdit
To get back to Midgar after obtaining the Highwind the player must dig up the Key to Sector 5 from Bone Village. In the store that says Item the player can use the machine to receive the Premium Heart, Tifa's ultimate weapon. A scene will happen if Cid and Tifa are in the party.
After returning to Midgar when the party has the Highwind, the man who sold the batteries in the weapon shop will sell the Sneak Glove accessory for 129,000 gil. It increases the player's stealing chances by a great margin, and changes the items that can be stolen from some enemies (not always for the better; for example, it prevents the player from stealing a Vagyrisk Claw from a Bagrisk).
Don Corneo's mansionEdit
|"The Oppressed" from Final Fantasy VII|
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Wall Market has several musical themes. The theme that plays in the main section of the town is "The Oppressed" (虐げられた民衆, Shiitagerareta Minshū?). "Honeybee Inn" (蜜蜂の館, Mitsubachi no Kan?) plays in Honey Bee Inn, while "Don of the Slums" (スラムのドン, Suramu no Don?) plays in Don Corneo's mansion. "Shinra's Full-Scale Assault" (神羅軍総攻撃, Shinra Gunsō Kōgeki?) plays during the climb up to Shinra Headquarters.
The name Wall Market (ウォールマーケット?), is, in Japanese, a play on the word "Walmart" (ウォルマート, Worumāto?); only the end of the Japanese writing has been changed. Walmart is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores.
- Elena of the Turks worked as a bartender in Wall Market in her high school years, as shown in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.
- Two Guns of the Turks used to work in Don Corneo's mafia with in the Wall Market, before quitting and going under the employment of Shinra.
- The dungeon in Don Corneo's cellar was at some point during development intended as a location for a Turtle's Paradise flyer. The data for a flyer discovered there is marked flyer #2, but the text is the same as for the flyer #3, found in Gold Saucer.
- There are signs that indicate the player would have been able to buy the batteries required for climbing to the plate separately, instead of getting all three at once, but this was changed for the final version of the game. When asking for the batteries the weapon shop seller's dialogue says "how about 100 gil each", but the player must always spend 300 gil and get all three. Unused text in the game data exists for a situation where Cloud would run out of batteries while climbing.