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Feature: The Nintendo Easter Egg Hunt - 2014

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Not literally, please understand...

Last year we celebrated Easter Sunday with The Nintendo Easter Egg Hunt, so it's only polite that we do so once again. While getting from start to finish is part of the challenge in any game, finding its quirky secrets is a whole other aspect worth exploring.

Last year we gave you six 'Easter Eggs' to consider and you highlighted a good number more in the comments, so we've picked a few of your suggestions and some others from around the web for this year's entry. We even reference a game from this year, just to be all cool and with the times...

DK Rocks a 3DS in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has a number of hidden secrets, from subtle background appearances of Samus' ship and the Rare logo, to hidden musical treats. One that makes a humorous return from its Wii predecessor is that DK, after too long standing around waiting for you to play, will settle down for a bit of his own gaming. On the Wii he'd wait before breaking out a DS, whereas in Tropical Freeze he fires up an assortment of games on a blue 3DS XL.

Yoshi Says Hi at the End of Super Mario 64

This is one of those rewards for really completing a game, as collecting 120 stars in Super Mario 64 unlocks a cannon which takes you to a short and — possibly — underwhelming meeting with Yoshi. A neat cameo for everyone's favourite green dino, though considering we got to ride him around in Super Mario World, this may have been a minor disappointment.

More Backwards Zelda Music Shenanigans

The Zelda franchise does like to employ some trickery with its music, and brilliant 3DS entry The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is no different. This time around it was noticed that the theme of the 3DS title, when played backwards, resembles the Hyrule Castle theme from sort-of-prequel The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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Majora's Mask Shows the Love for Star Fox

Here's one from last year's comments section. When you collect all of the masks in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the second row appears to be a reference to the classic series. From left to right we have animal masks to represent Fox, Falco, Peppy, Slippy and Pigma Dengar. The dude on the bottom right, humorously, looks like something out of 2013 Wii U title The Wonderful 101. [Image credit: ]

Satoru Iwata's First Ever (Sort of) Nintendo Direct

This is another entry from last year's comments, as Satoru Iwata appeared on a TV in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!. In our own mad world we'd like to think this was some kind of early inspiration for Nintendo Direct, but in reality was just one of many wacky references in this GBA title which is now, conveniently, available on the Wii U Virtual Console.

The Master Sword Appears in inFAMOUS: Second Son

[Editors note: This replaces a Mirror of Fate entry that was accidentally used again after its appearance in last year's list]

This is another 2014 example, though is from PS4 exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son. Developer Sucker Punch Productions loves throwing in hidden references and, it seems, likes Nintendo. As well as the near-Master Sword pictured above this title also seems to have a brief and barely visible Mario and Luigi cameo.

Added to last year's list those are quite a few Nintendo-themed Easter Eggs. Let us know which are you favourites below, and by all means share more that haven't been covered.

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User Comments (34)



Aran said:

Great observations! Though I was a little perturbed with the last one. I also loved the Punchout-like fight in The Wonderful 101. Though I don't know if that counts as an Easter egg.



ThomasBW84 said:

The Castlevania reference was actually in last year's list. Oops! Replaced it with an inFAMOUS one.



bofis said:

has anyone seen the Easter Egg hunt on the WiiU eShop right now?



BakaKnight said:

Did Retro really putted the Rare logo in the game? First time I hear of this and sounds like a very unexpected (even if meaningful) reference O_O;

Anyway I love Easter eggs, both the chocolate ones and games' ones, they are all so tasty ^o^



Maelstrom said:

"It that really you" makes the anticlimax even more anticlimactic. Nintendo apparently never expected anyone to get that far.



sinalefa said:


Others that I liked were when you set your Unite Hand on fire and the fireballs sound and behave like Mario's and that you get an achievement for cutting grass with your sword.



Andyjm said:

Apparently in DKCTF if you turn music down and FX up you can hear what games DK is playing on his 3DS.



NintyMan said:

Hey, thanks for bringing up my Iwata cameo in WarioWare from last year!

When you turn the music volume down and have Donkey Kong play his 3DS in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, you can faintly hear sound effects from what game Donkey Kong is playing. The game he's playing is either Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, or Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Another cameo in Tropical Freeze is Cranky's record player from the first Donkey Kong Country. Ground-pound in front of it, and it plays the Donkey Kong Country theme just as it played in the past!

The other Tropical Freeze Easter egg could be debatable, but in Grassland Groove, there is a rock formation that looks roughly like King K. Rool's head. There's a big banana bunch floating where his crown would be.



Aran said:

@sinalefa yeah! You're right, I forgot those. I really love that fireball ability. Remembers a lot of Mario's. And that grass-cutting sword. I really liked those details that made me remember of Nintendo characters. Do you think Bayonetta is gonna have some details like those?



sinalefa said:


I really hope it does, being a Nintendo exclusive. The original has nods to other Platinum and Sega games. And W101 has also some references to Bayonetta, so it looks possible.



wing0black said:

In the Lorule shops in Link Between Worlds, when you examine an item and decide not to buy it the shopkeeper says "buy something will ya" backwards. The shopkeepers in the original Legend of Zelda used to say the same line when you entered their shops.



FritzFrapp said:

I remember a nice egg in Chibi-Robo on GameCube. If you had a GameCube microphone plugged in you could talk to Chibi and shouting would scare him.

The biggest gaming surprise to me, in recent times, was the discovery that Ballad of the Goddess is Zelda's Lullaby backwards.



GamerZack87 said:

"Mario!!! It that really you??? It has been so long since our last adventure!"

I just noticed that^ typo!



WindWakerLink said:

In DK: Tropical Freeze, when DK is playing his Blue 3DS XL he's playing:
Mario Kart 7 & Animal Crossing New Leaf. [I know this by the sounds that come from it. Haha.] There is a 8 bit DK in the background in one of the stages.
I didn't know about Rare logo and Samus ship in the background stuff.



World said:

Not sure if it's an Easter egg, but I was shocked by the Pokemon X trainer whose body was ready.



Linkuini said:

I hadn't heard the one about the Lorule Castle music! I can't believe it sounds that awesome both backward and forward. How do they do it?



Henmii said:

The Rare logo in Tropical freeze: Is Lol, I sound like a Starwars character!

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