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Kingdom Hearts III
According to Tetsuya Nomura, the aesthetic and environment design for part of the Hercules-based "Olympus" world was primarily inspired by California's Yosemite National Park, despite, story-wise, taking place in Ancient Greece. This decision came about when co-director Tai Yasue had visited the real-world location.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
When Miis speak the word "Direct", they'll do the pose that Satoru Iwata was known for having done in Nintendo Directs when saying "Directly".
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Solid Snake's series logo was changed from the FOX emblem that was used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, to the exclamation point seen when being caught in most Metal Gear Solid games.

This is likely because the FOX emblem (which first appeared in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) is also commonly associated with series creator Hideo Kojima and his company Kojima Productions, a former subsidiary of Konami. Kojima left Konami in 2015 and the removal of the FOX emblem to represent the series is likely a biproduct of the split.
Contributed by Boyobmas
When asked about the game’s subtitle, a developer stated that the game was originally going to be titled "Bomberman Begins”, but due to the release of the film Batman Begins, they opted against using that title. The name “Act Zero” was then chosen, as, to them, it represented a new beginning, and a fresh start.
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Series: Harvest Moon
The Bokujō Monogatari series, as it's originally known in Japan, which translates to "Farm Story", was known in the West as Harvest Moon up until 2014 where it was changed to Story of Seasons. This was because Western localization of the series was handed over to XSEED, a subsidiary of Marvelous AQL who owns Bokujō Monogatari, instead of to Natsume, who had been localizing the series in the West since the very first title. Because Natsume owned the trademark for Harvest Moon and not Marvellous, Natsume decided to create their own series of original games under the Harvest Moon name, prompting XSEED to rename the Bokujō Monogatari series in the West to Story of Seasons.
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Ninja theory originally signed a deal with Green Screen to publish the game, however, Green Screen went out of business a month later, resulting in Bandai Namco picking up the title.
Contributed by Operationgamer17
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
The Cold War setting was chosen, because Director Hal Barwood felt that nazis were used too often in Indiana Jones properties, and a change of setting would benefit the title.
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Having been released on the PlayStation 2 as well as PC, the game became the first cross-platform MMORPG ever created.
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Series: Fire Emblem
Shouzou Kaga, creator of Fire Emblem, has stated that "Final Fantasy III" influenced him during the development process of the first Fire Emblem game, "Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light".
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Steam: Rails to Riches, along with Acram Digital's other title Eight-Minute Empire, were removed by Valve from the digital distribution service Steam after it was discovered that Grzegorz Kubas, a staff member of Acram, had been leaving positive reviews on their game's Steam pages. In a statement from Valve in regards to Acram they said "we have removed all games/DLC developed by Acram from our store, and will no longer be doing business with [them]."

Kubas later published a post on reddit apologizing for the situation and claimed the reason he did it was in spite of some "bad, unfair reviews".
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Primal Rage
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A mother from Gilber, AZ started a grass-roots campaign in 1996 (2 years after the game's initial release) that resulted in the game being pulled from various stores nationwide. The controversy started when her 11-year old son executed Chaos' "Golden Shower" fatality in which Chaos finishes his opponent off by urinating on them.

Time Warner Interactive, the publisher of the game, dismissed the claim because the mother went straight to the media and not to them or the developer Atari. They proved their point when they re-submitted the game to the ESRB board for another rating, but the board stuck to it's original "T" (Teen) rating and called the mother out for letting her 11-year old play a game that rated above his age.
Contributed by KidDivinegon
In an interview, Ryu Watabe stated that “I gotta believe” came from his old high school football team. The phrase was used as a motto the crowd would cheer when they were losing.
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The Legend of Zelda
Shigeru Miyamoto stated, in a developer interview, that he wanted to remake “Ravel’s Bolero” for the title screen as he thought it best suited the opening crawl seen in the final game. However, this was changed to avoid legal issues since the song was 1 month away at the time from entering the public domain.
Contributed by GamerBen144
The Revenge of Shinobi
Naoko, Joe Musashi's bride, was named after the sister in law of designer and director Noriyoshi Ohba.
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Final Fantasy VII
In an interview, Tetsuya Nomura stated that he envisioned Cloud and Sephiroth to be in th relationship of Musashi Miyamoto and Sasaki Kojiro. This influenced their appearances and their swords.

"For me, it’s of course Cloud and Sephiroth. My concept for Sephiroth from the beginning was that everything about him would be kakkoii. His battle movements, and all his in-game scenes too. My image of the relationship between Cloud AND Sephiroth was that of Musashi Miyamoto and Sasaki Kojiro, and I had them in mind when I designed their appearance, as well as their swords. Of course Cloud is Musashi, and Sephiroth is Kojiro."
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Series: Tetris
Named after the Tetris game series, The Tetris Effect (or Tetris Syndrome) occurs when a person's thoughs, mental images and dreams are impacted by the prolonged devotion to an activity. One such example being playing Tetris for a long time, then subconciously thinking about how shapes in the real world could fit together or seeing the "tetrominos" at the edge of one's field of vision when falling asleep.
Contributed by KidDivinegon
Pokemon Red & Blue
In an interview with Yomiuri Online, Pokemon designer Atsuko Nishida revealed that the reason why Pikachu was made a rare encounter in Viridian Forest was because of her own personal favoritism towards the character and what she described as a feeling of "not wanting to let other people have Pikachu."
Contributed by game4brains
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
In 2005, LucasArts partnered with Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. to promote the game on barf bags given out on trans-Atlantic flights. There were 4 variants of the bag, one featuring an instruction guide on using a lightsaber, one detailing the components of a lightsaber, the third on Jedi combat, and the fourth of a flight seating chart on where to seat Jedi and Sith.
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Console: PlayStation 4
The sticker on the back of the console which states "Warranty void if removed." is actually illegal. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the sticker violates the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which states that any manufacturer that charges more than $5 for their product cannot put repair restrictions on a device that it offers a warranty for. On April 9th, 2018, the FTC sent a letter to Sony, as well as Nintendo, Microsoft and Apple, who place similar stickers on their consoles and devices, giving them a 30 day warning to change their official warranty policies or face legal action.
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
According to an interview published by the South China Morning Post, Yoshihisa "Kowloon" Kurosawa stated that the game came to be because he wanted to make the worst game possible as a mockery to the game industry at the time, being completely dominated by Nintendo and Sega. Since Kurosawa wasn't proficient in his programming skills, he had an anonymous Enix employee help him out, with the game being made in two days.

After completion, Kurosawa made some merchandise through articles written under pseudonyms for underground gaming magazines, and set up a mail-order service to sell the game.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
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