Playing video games has become one of the most popular pastimes in the world and game developers always make sure to keep things interesting by including secret. While most secrets are revealed within days of the game’s release, there are some that managed to stay under wraps for a long time. Here are video game Easter eggs that took several years to find.
Batman: Arkham City
Developed by Rocksteady, Batman: Arkham City had an Easter egg that took three years to find, which is spectacular in the modern gaming world. The villain, calendar man already had quips and one-liners for the holidays and such. But if you set your consoles calendar to December 13,2004, Calendar man will utter the phrase that is a nod to the day that Rocksteady was formed and give a hint to the next game after Arkham City.
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Splinter Cell: Double Agent was released in 2006, but it’s Easter egg wasn’t discovered until 2010. But gamers can’t take credit for its discovery, as the game’s developer Ubisoft bill the beans. The game developer release a statement on how to unlock a special baby seal rescue mission which is found in co-op mode. The player must complete bizarre tasks like finding certain coins in the right order to use in vending machines to rescue five seals and all are wearing party hats.
Super Smash Bros Melee
It took seven years to find, and it has been called an accident as well as the ultimate trolling act by Nintendo. In Super Smash Bros Melee, there is away to play without ever selecting a character. Nintendo claimed this was a glitch in the game. If you erased all your friends names in the game and unlock secrets single-player mode, this results in being alone in the game’s universe, but it also unlocks the ultimate boss, ironically called the Master Hand.
Halo was released in 2007 and gamers were confident that all the Easter eggs have been found. However in 2012, and engineer for the game revealed that there was still one more Easter egg that hadn’t been found yet. It wouldn’t be until 2014 that it would be discovered. On December 25th, or if you set your Xbox to December 25th, press down both thumb sticks on the game’s loading screen and it will give you a wider look of the Halo ring where you will see a message that says, “Happy Birthday Lauren”. Which is a nod to the wife of Bungie employee Adrian Perez.
Wave Race: Blue Storm
Most players knew about the secret menu and Nintendo’s Wave Race: Blue Storm. But many didn’t know that there was an alternate announcer voice that replaced the original announcer. The genius of the alternate announcer was that he was monotone and extremely sarcastic. To access the sarcastic announcer with a major attitude problem, the player must enter a modified version of the Konami code. After holding down Z so that the waves turn into rising fog in the sound menu. It sounds ridiculous and complicated but it works.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past
In 1990, Nintendo Power Magazine ran a contest to see which reader would have their name included in the upcoming game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past. But at the time of the contest, readers didn’t know which game it was for which is probably why this Easter-egg stayed hidden for over a decade. Chris Houlihan was a winner of the contest but the location of his room was so complicated to find that it seemed to disappear into obscurity. It wasn’t until the 2000’s, when the room was finally discovered and gamers realized that they either had to glitch links location to get there or get the Pegasus boots, rush through ten specific screen and then reaching a hidden Bush inside the castle walls. All the while not getting hurt.
Final Fantasy IX
Thirteen years after final fantasy nine was released, and given how popular the game was, it is shocking that it took this long. Players notice that there seemed to be worthless dialogue with some characters called the Nero brothers about nine important events in the game. If the player had the patience to go through all the dialogue, they would unearth even more a dialog and a side quest but after it was all over, the player is rewarded with a protective ring.
Serious Sam: The First Encounter
Serious Sam: The First Encounter was first released in 2001 and this Easter-egg took 14 years to find. When a serious Sam fan only known as Solaisyosie got a job with the game’s developer croteam. He asked the CEO Ribaric if there were any secrets to the game. The CEO revealed that there was an extra secret in the game secret level and that it was possible to play the level without having to face any enemies through a speed run.
Goldeneye 007 was one of the most popular games for Nintendo 64. But many players didn’t realize that there were multiple games within the one game. The game was made with the ZX Spectrum emulator inside of it, which contained 10 additional rare games. But if sticking with 007 is your preference, there was also an island you can access by just walking on water called Dam Island or the Citadel. For the sake of time, game developers didn’t erase the island, but instead the boat that could take you there. Not realizing that the player could still access the island.
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out was released by Nintendo in 1987 but it wasn’t until 2009 when the president of the company, Satoru Iwata revealed a key Easter egg. While fighting an opponent named Bad Bull, the common strategy to beat him was to interrupt his move called a “Bull Charged”. By punching him after the third hop. If you didn’t do this, the bull charge would kill you. However, Iwata revealed that if you watch the audience during the fight, a flash will go off. After the flash, punch Bad Bull and you’ll win the match.