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Liyla and The Shadows of War
Liyla and The Shadows of War was originally rejected for iOS devices because Apple didn't think the app's strong political themes would be appropriate in the "Games" category. Apple then suggested that developer Rasheed Abueideh re-categorize the game as a "News" or "Reference" app. Apple rescinded this decision a week later after a public outcry, and the game is now available on iOS devices under the "Games" category.
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During the "Behind the Scenes of Banjo Kazooie" video in Rare Replay, the developers revealed that the decision to do garbled noises for each of the characters rather than full voice acting was due to time constraints, since recording so much dialogue would have greatly increased the development period of the games.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Fallout 4
The trailer for the the official Fallout 4 Garden of Eden Creation Kit (or "GECK") mod features a Giddyup Buttercup power armor suit called "Horse Armor". This is an intentional jab at Bethesda's own horse armor DLC for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which was notorious for being poorly received by the gaming community.
Contributed by Psychospacecow
Mortal Kombat
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On September 20, 2008, Brandon DiCamillo of Jackass fame broke the arcade world record on Mortal Kombat with a score of 10,226,500. His record was then beaten on May 2, 2009 by Isaiah TriForce M. Johnson, and DiCamillo's score is currently ranked 3rd overall.
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Dynasty Warriors
All of the regular 'Wu' characters (Zhou Yu, Taishi Ci, and Lu Xun) are fought at the Red Wall (Chi Bi) stage. In reality, only Zhou Yu participated in the actual battle.
• Zhou Yu led the Wu forces during the battle and conceived the plan to burn Cao Cao's fleet.
• In the 14th century novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Taishi Ci acted as Zhou Yu's second-in-command during part of the battle, but died shortly after while fighting Zhang Liao at He Fei. In reality, he died of illness two years before the battle.
• Lu Xun was a only minor official serving on the other side of the Wu nation at the time of the battle.
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Dynasty Warriors
While playing as Guan Yu, the player must defeat all three 'Wei' characters at the Guan Du stage. Guan Yu is the only non-Wei character in the game who was at the actual battle of Guan Du, where he fought alongside Cao Cao's forces.
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Dynasty Warriors
All of the regular 'Wei' characters (Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei, and Xu Zhu) are fought at the Guan Du stage. In reality, only two of the three were at the actual battle.
• Xiahou Dun led the defense of a vital pass to protect against a counterattack by Yuan Shao.
• Xu Zhu was acting as Cao Cao's bodyguard at that time and stopped an assassination attempt.
• Dian Wei had died 6 years before the battle took place, while protecting Cao Cao.
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Dynasty Warriors
All of the regular 'Shu' characters (Zhao Yun, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei) are fought at the Chang Ban stage. This is fitting, as each of them performed an act of valor at the actual historic battle which took place there:
• Zhao Yun rode behind enemy lines to rescue Liu Bei's family.
• Zhang Fei halted Cao Cao's army at the Changban bridge with a ferocious display.
• Guan Yu led an ambush of Cao Cao's forces to slow down their pursuit.
Contributed by SamuraiGaiden
Super Mario 3D Land
After the release of the game, the animal rights group PETA created a website and Flash game called "Mario Kills Tanooki." The game involves a skinless raccoon dog chasing Mario, who is wearing the suit. According to Eurogamer, Nintendo later made a statement saying:

"Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games. These have included a frog, a penguin, a balloon, and even a metallic version of himself. These lighthearted and whimsical transformations give Mario different abilities and make his games fun to play. The different forms that Mario takes make no statement beyond the games themselves."

PETA later stated that the game was "tongue-in-cheek", and intended to draw attention to real issues.
Contributed by GamerBen144
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
A local game retailer in Australia released the game on November 6, 2009, six days prior to the official Australian release date. 24-year old James Burt bought the early copy of the game and shared it with others on a file-sharing network, where people could illegally download the game. Despite the 50,000 downloads, Nintendo of Australia later took it down and sued James in court for copyright infringement on February 6, 2010. He was forced to pay AU$1.5 million.
Contributed by GamerBen144
It took five months past the game's release for players to find a secret hidden mode which rendered the game in 3D, rather than its typical 2D presentation.
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Developer: Nintendo
Nintendo prohibits Shigeru Miyamoto from either walking or biking to work, asking him to drive instead. This is because he's become an invaluable asset to the company and they fear he might get hit by a motorist if he commutes to work outside the safety of a vehicle.
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Pokemon Go
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Brooklyn-based Nick Johnson was the first person to officially catch all 142 original Pokemon available in the US, and the first to catch all 145 original Pokemon that were globally available. After his first feat became public, he got sponsored by Marriott Rewards and Expedia to travel to Paris, Hong Kong, and Sydney to catch the missing three.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
El Shaddai was one of Ignition's two original IP's along with Dragon's Crown. However, when Ignition was acquired by Disney, El Shaddai was instead acquired by Takeyasu Sawaki's studio Crim.
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Megadimension Neptunia VII
Tara Platt, the voice of Vert/Green Heart, was the only voice actress to not reprise her previous role for this game due her unavailability at the time of recording. Her replacement voice actress, Carrie Keranen, has also been the voice of Rom since Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2.
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Series: Pokemon
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Snorlax's appearance and its Japanese name Kabigon seem to be based on Koji Nishino, a programmer at Game Freak. Nishino's in-game appearance even uses a Snorlax as his highest level Pokemon in Black 2 and White 2.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
Dynasty Warriors
The stage in which the player would fight the boss character Cao Cao is called the "Great Hall - Shang Yong". It was supposed to represent Cao Cao's capital. In reality, Cao Cao's capital was in Xu Chang, considerably further north than Shang Yong.
Contributed by SamuraiGaiden
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In the November 2014 issue of GameInformer, it was revealed that Masahiro Sakurai takes photos of a pose-able action figure to create the moves for new characters whenever one is being made. The image shown is the action figure poses used to make the Mii Fighters' moveset.
Contributed by GamerBen144
Civilization V
The theme of the Scramble for Africa scenario, "Ujuba na Takaburi," has its lyrics taken from a Swahili poem written during the European and Arab colonization of Africa. The poem itself is protesting against the Arab rule at the time.
Contributed by Kitsune Hawk
Vib-Ribbon
Sony's decision to bring Vib-Ribbon to the PlayStation Network came as a result of Sony Computer Entertainment of America's President and CEO, Shawn Layden, throwing out the name on-stage at E3 2014, unaware that Vib-Ribbon was never originally released in North America. The outcry from fans to release it in North America following the conference spurred Layden to demand a port of it for American consoles.
Contributed by Kitsune Hawk
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