In the spirit of the occasion, we take a look at some of the best Easter Eggs to be secreted away within Nintendo titles across the years…
5. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
At a duo of points through Mario’s debut role-playing game, players are able to find sprites of both Link and Samus catching forty-winks in bed. Square Enix aimed to insinuate that the two characters were resting up between both their own respective adventures!
4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Widely renowned as one of the N64’s most iconic titles, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time also made a playful nod to some Nintendo stalwarts. Having met Princess Zelda for the first time as Child Link, players are able to glare up to a nearby window in Hyrule Castle where they’ll be able to catch small posters featuring Mario, Bowser and Luigi.
3. Super Paper Mario
Having reached World 3-4, players will be provided with the opportunity to check out Francis’ enviable collection of gaming memorabilia. Adorning his shelves you’ll find various Nintendo dolls, including Princess Peach and Pennington from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, alongside various Yoshi Eggs. Of more interest are his Nintendo consoles, incorporating a NES, a SNES, a purple GameCube, a Game Boy and a Virtual Boy. Also, if you flip the view into 3D you’ll also find a large television where Francis has hooked up a Wii and Wii Remote!
2. Super Mario 64
Long considered a rite of passage for any that owned that the game, for those that sought out each of Super Mario 64’s 120 Stars, you’ll have found yourself rewarded by a cannon unlocking in the front courtyard of Princess Peach’s castle. This was then able to be used to blast yourself up onto the roof of the castle, where you’ll find none other than Yoshi, the Italian plumber’s dinosaur companion.
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Perhaps one of the greatest Easter Eggs for any fan would be to find their own name in a game, yet Nintendo Power once offered their readers such a reward for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The only issue, was actually finding it. Remaining undiscovered for years, the only way that players were able to reveal its existence was by using the Pegasus Boots to gain a necessary speed to then spring yourself into a hidden room. Here, you’d find 45 Blue Rupees alongside a plaque that read: “My name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top secret room. Keep it between us, OK?” Cool, indeed.
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Alex Seedhouse+ Alex's early adoration for Nintendo began with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land. This developed over the years, later peaking when he hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Nowadays, his enthusiasm is shared through Nintendo Insider, a place in which he can document his thoughts regarding the big N.