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.
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: leocom1112.blogspot.co.uk ]
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.