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April Fool Jokes – The Dust Settles

Posted by Damien McFerran

We select our favourite Nintendo-related pranks from the big day

April 1st is a day feared by regular inhabitants of the internet. It’s the one day of the year when you can practically ignore all amazing and outlandish news stories as rival sites attempt to out-do each other with their attempts at humour. However, putting aside the more pathetic jokes for one moment (anyone here still think the Nintendo Life merger is an April Fool?) it’s also one of the most amusing days of the year and some of these pranks are genuinely funny.

Possibly the most cruel Nintendo-related joke came from Japan. Japanese website Akiba Blog ran a story stating that the eagerly-awaited Square Enix RPG Dragon Quest IX – which has been subject to some annoying delays and is due for release in July – had been released and even showed a photo of keen Otaku queuing up to receive their copy.

The end result was that people logging onto the site believed they had legitimately missed the biggest DS launch of the year. We wonder if any of them dashed out to their local video game store and argued with the staff about the release?

Elsewhere, UK site Pocket Gamer scored a significant victory with a Zelda-related jape. The news stated that the forthcoming DS release Zelda: Spirit Tracks would possess a DSi-only option where you could take a photo of a train in real life using the DSi’s camera and the game would automatically ‘skin’ it around a 3D locomotive:

A source close to Nintendo has revealed exclusively to Pocket Gamer that yes, there will be DSi functionality, in the shape of a unique train-snapping element.

As we reported, this Zelda will feature Link in full-on train-driving mode, but if you own a DSi you'll be able to take snaps of real-life trains and import them into the game. The skin will then be wrapped around Link's locomotive, and hey presto - you'll have a custom set of wheels to chug around Hyrule in.

The story was so successful that it even made the front page of popular news site N4G.

Finally, we have this Wii Fit fool, which looks like a fake but is actually real! If you happened to boot up your copy of Wii Fit on April 1st (ours is stuck at the back of the cupboard gathering dust, sadly) then you will have been greeted with this message:


While we're at it, check out this classic April Fool from UK magazine Computer & Video Games. It was run in the early '90s and had quite a few people tricked!

Personally we can’t wait till next year!

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User Comments (18)



Dazza said:

The funniest April Fools joke was WWW and VCR merging into this site of course!



WiiGuy said:

i was meaninig to play wii fit to see that, but kept forgeting to do it...



Kawaiipikachu said:

Well the Virtually Reallity one um is nice but this year I been fooled by an article about street fighter if coming to Wii.
It really had my hopes up but at the end of the article it had the very same court jester image as above.



Digiki said:

I can't see why anyone would get worked up by putting train skins on Spirit Tracks.



Quimby said:

Im still waiting for my VirtualBoy channel on Wiiware...
I have been saving 2000 points for a year now so I can grab me some sweet sweet Wario flavoured candy in my own personal red light district.
Wario was sweet before he started with his gay little minigame BS...
"Drink the water!" How bout no, arseh*le - Blow me.
I personally blame him for the abomination that is Wii Music.... If there was a god, he/she would be so pissed! He'd be all " HEY, IWATA... WHAT THE HELL? I MEAN THE DRUM THING WAS PRETTY SWEET, BUT DUDE... NOT COOL." in a suitably deep and booming voice.
What was I talking about? Ah, who cares. Im going to bed. Only 2 hours more sleep till I get to go to work. Yay!



Terra said:

The best one i've ever seen would have been that Zelda movie trailer from IGN, but that was last year. This year, that Spirit Tracks one was pretty well done. Could've fooled me easily.



Ricardo91 said:

@Terranigma. Yeah, I was disappointed to see that it was an April Fool's joke. I was actually looking forward to a Zelda movie... Then I saw the trailer and was glad it wasn't real.

The Tetris movie trailer was also a riot!

My favorite's the Dragon Quest IX one. It was cruel, but hilarious!



Crazynoodle said:

Ya, that was funny, with marios head coming of i would have so bought that just for laughs it was real



Zenman said:

i 'm not sure how many of you saw this but blizzards "terratron" and WoW dance battle system made me laugh my head off..



Outrunner said:

I like to play Christmas NiGHTS and play as Reala on April 1st. Woo I'm ebil... :



LztheQuack said:

I will always think that the "Wii Want More" joke last year was one of the best, and worst, April Fool's Joke there was



Kirk said:

What's really frightening is that the "Virtual Reality" one is pretty much going to happen when the likes of PS3 gets it's 3D functionality implemented sometime early next year...

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