Many people around the world are currently celebrating Easter, either observing an important religious occasion, using it as an excuse to scoff chocolate or perhaps a bit of both. One of the traditions of the day for kids and big kids, meanwhile, is going on an Easter Egg Hunt.
With that in mind we thought we'd pick out some favourite Easter Eggs from past features (in 2013 and 2014) and two recent discoveries in Miitomo and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. It's like a greatest hits CD (or mp3, whatever) with a couple of bonus tracks - not at all a lazily conceived article by a writer that's on a day off. No siree.
So, without further ado...
Chris Houlihan's Secret Room in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Back in 1990, and one of its various quirky competitions back in those times, Nintendo Power offered one lucky reader the chance to appear in a future Nintendo game. The winner was Chris Houlihan, and so he was given his own room in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past; definitely something to show off, as not many people can say they've featured in a Zelda title.
Nintendo Shows It Hasn't Forgotten Zelda Wii U With a Twilight Princess HD Painting
One of our new ones - Nintendo hasn't shown much footage of arguably the most anticipated title of the year, but what it did do is keep us interested by dropping two screenshots from the first Zelda Wii U trailer within Twilight Princess HD. The two screenshots can be found in the Chudley's Fine Goods and Trinkets Emporium in Hyrule's Castle Town, however it should be noted that you won't be able to find them after the store turns into Malo Mart later in the game.
Mario's Long Lost Brother Meets a Sad End in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
One of our favourites as it's so grisly; in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate you spend large parts of the game finding and reading the memories of those that have met a nasty end before you, and one set of remains lies within some pipes. You can guess where this is going, as Nintendo's most famous mascot and his bro gets a namedrop in the Castlevania universe.
Trolling Becomes an Art Form in Wave Race: Blue Storm
Wave Race: Blue Storm, the GameCube follow up to popular Nintendo 64 title Wave Race 64, may unfortunately turn out to be the last in the series. If it is, then hopefully this Easter Egg will keep it on the radar for people at this time of year, as it's possibly one of the most fun examples out there. If you manipulate the audio settings in a certain way you can unlock a sarcastic, mean-spirited commentator to troll you as you race. Awesome.
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.
Satoru Iwata's First Ever (Sort of) Nintendo Direct
This was an entry pointing out to us in the first article's comments, as former and much loved Nintendo President 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.
A Lovely 'Direct' Tribute to Satoru Iwata in Miitomo
There are multiple fun little secrets to find in Mii reactions to key words in Miitomo. Some are pretty simple - typing "Dog" or "Cat" makes your Mii's face change momentarily - and "Game Boy" generates the famous "Mario Coin" sound. The most interesting, however, is when you type in "Direct", which makes your character do the iconic Nintendo Direct stance made so popular by the late Satoru Iwata. You can see it in the GameXplain video below.