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A prototype version of this game contained an item, called "Flametrail", which is not present in the final release of the game. It is theorised this item would use the jet engines of the ship as a means of damaging other ships.
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Deltarune
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One piece of concept art for Chapter 2 by Gigi DG, depicting the entrance to Queen's Mansion, features a note indicating that the design of the building is taken from "that toy story ride." This most likely refers to the Tokyo DisneySea version of Toy Story Mania, which similarly features a giant, grinning effigy of Woody's head as its entrance.
Contributed by game4brains
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
In the January 1993 interview with game's programmer Yuji Naka published in the Beep! magazine, he stated that the rumors about Tails being a girl or Sonic's girlfriend wasn't true, he was always intended to be a boy from the very beginning. He also stated that Tails' name was originally Miles for most of the game's development. His nickname first came up from during a meeting with a producer from ABC.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Although announced, the game was never released in Europe. The release date had been constantly pushed back from its original June 24th, 2005 date before being cancelled altogether with no official explanation.

One rumor that circulated about why the European release was cancelled were false claims that the game's unique gyroscope cartridge required mercury, which the European Union had banned from use in certain electrical and electronic products, to help the gyroscope function.
Contributed by GamerBen144
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
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Several unused enemies, as well as evidently bosses, still exist within the game's data and can be spawned in-game with a proper third-party cheating device.

A Naga-styled enemy (In Japanese mythology, the Naga is a snake-based monster with the upper torso of a vicious woman) is one notable example, as well as an anthropomorphic demonic tiger which utilized some type of area-of-effect based ice powers. Most notably of all is a towering, multi-armed Hindu-inspired being with green skin and wind-based attacks, who also has functioning "jiggle physics" coded for her breasts during certain animation frames. This unused boss noticeably towers over the player's when hacked in, filling a decent portion of the player's screen.

Although not yet explicitly stated by any developers of Shaolin Monks, it's possible that should these unused characters have made it into the final release, their designs could have emphasized the lore and world building aspects that John Tobias was publicly passionate about in the early installments of the Mortal Kombat continuity. It's equally possible that the two bosses in particular were scrapped simply due to their in-game models holding such stature that extra time and resources would need to be invested in specially designing stages which would house their positions in the linear progression of the story. Hacking either boss in as mentioned above will cause them to clip through surfaces in many of the playable environments.
Contributed by Regen-33
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
Due to the Instruction manual mentioning a "young Tim", and the DS version having a Tim Drake character, the primary Robin in this game is most likely Tim Drake.
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Elden Ring
The sorcerous NPC character Selvius may be based on the enigmatic wizard Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise. Both have similar first names and Selvius speaks in a posh, judgmental, and condescending tone just as British actor Alan Rickman does frequently in his performance as Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
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Elden Ring
The description for the Blaidd's Armor accessory ends with the line "...but the cold never bothered him anyway." This line is an homage to a lyric from the song "Let It Go" from the Disney film Frozen.
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WWE 2K22
37 superstars featured in WWE 2K22 were no longer with WWE when the game released, many due to "budget cuts" by WWE during the game's development. Usually a released superstar would be removed from the game prior to it's release, however most were kept in the game because they were included in the initial submitted roster list that was approved by WWE. While superstars like Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, and Kalisto would still be in the game despite being released as early as April 2021, superstars such as Aleister Black, Ruby Riott, Bray Wyatt, and Adam Cole released later in the year would not be included in the game.

The decision to keep certain superstars ultimately came down to the relationship between them and the WWE, whether or not they were still on good terms.
Contributed by SOGESNAKE
Pokémon Platinum
In Platinum and HeartGold & SoulSilver, Bidoof's gender difference has more to it than in any other game. In Diamond & Pearl and every future game after HG/SS, Bidoof's gender difference is that the male has an additional 2 curls on the tail. However in these 3 games, Bidoof's patch of white around the face has a more pronounced bump in between the eyes on the male, with a more flattened bump on the female. Whether this is intentional or not is unknown, but due to the fact it was fixed later in Generation V, it's safe to assume this was a mistake.
Contributed by TrainerRobo
It is possible to unlock an alternate ending sequence featuring Yogurt. The requirements to unlock this ending are unknown, but an unsubstantiated claim on a fan forum suggests it could be tied to unlocking the alternate bikini outfits which are only in the Japanese version of the game.
Contributed by pixelrbv
Soldam
In 2021, several cheat codes were discovered in the Game Boy version of the game, the first two of which must be activated through the title screen.

•Ending and Credits: Up/Down/Left/Right/Select/Start.

•Sound Test: Down/Up/Down/Up/Select/B.

•Level Select: While paused in normal gameplay, press Down/Select/Up/Left/Select/Right/B. Press A or B to select a level.

Hidden Tribute to Hiroko Kasahara: To access it, you must first access the Sound Test menu. Then, set the BGM/SE index to 02 and press A once, then set BGM/SE index 19 and press A once more. Lastly, you must input the following lengthy code:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right, Select, Select, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right, B, B, Up, Down, Left, Right, Select, Up, Down, Left, Right, B, Select, Right, Left, Down, Up, B, Right, Left, Down, Up, Select, Select, Right, Right, Left, Left, Down, Down, Up, Up, B, B, Right, Right, Left, Left, Down, Down, Up, Up, Start.

If inputted correctly, an alternate credits sequence will play out. The normal credits plays the game's ending theme and lists the name of programmer Yutaka ★Hiroko★ Sakashita among the game's developers. This alternate credits sequence instead plays the Vs. Mode music and lists the name Hiroko Kasahara at the top of the screen. Kasahara is a J-Pop singer, and the names of the game's developers in the credits are replaced with a comprehensive discography featuring the names of several albums she had released up to 1993, including the release dates for her then-upcoming 1993 albums "L'Express Fantasie" and "Nature". Considering Sakashita used Kasahara's first name on the standard credits sequence, he is most likely the one who included this Easter egg to document his love of her music at the time the game shipped. The fact that this sequence is hidden behind two cheat codes that would take almost 30 years to be discovered, with one of them being too long to easily guess, suggests that it was never meant to be seen by players.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Console: PlayStation
Although the PlayStation has extraordinary copy protection, many hackers, home-brewers, and pirates worked around it via the infamous "Disc Swap" trick which is possible as the console uses a lid in a similar fashion to a portable CD player. This trick involves swapping a regular PlayStation disc with a back-up or rewritable CD during the startup.

Likely because of this exploit, Sony created future numbered PlayStation consoles that use disc trays rather than lids.
Contributed by GamerBen144
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Pikachu and Pichu's Neutral Special, Thunder Jolt, is actually a move taken from and exclusive to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, specifically the Pikachu Card from the very first Base Set. This is true for both the English and Japanese versions of the move, as the same exact name in both languages is used from the card (Thunder Jolt and "Electricity Attack" respectively). This makes Thunder Jolt the only adapted Pokémon Special Move to be directly taken from the TCG, instead of the games or anime.
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Series: Pokémon
In Generation V, the sounds that play with each individual hit of the move Thrash sound extremely similar to the opening notes of the "Ground Theme" from Super Mario Bros.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Silent Hill 2
In Room 209 of Blue Creek Apartments, there is a pre-determined once-per-playthrough chance of hearing a whisper after walking into the room. For years, it was unknown what this whisper was saying with fans who analyzed the audio clip speculating that it had to do with Spoiler:James reflecting on killing his wife Mary and leaving her body in his car at the beginning of the game, while one of the game's English localizers Jeremy Blaustein believed that it was a clip of one of the English voice actors practicing their lines in the sound booth, and was mistakenly added in by the Japanese developers who would not have known what it meant otherwise as it was unscripted. However, it was discovered in 2015 that the whisper was actually a snippet of a pre-existing stock sound effect of a man whispering gibberish.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Demon's Souls
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Within the game's files is a gun with the model ID "WP_A_9999" that when loaded is revealed to bear an identical resemblance to the Lancer from Gears of War, originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive. It's unknown why this weapon wasn't removed from the game considering how out of place it is with the rest of Demon's Souls, but the most likely theory is that it was leftover test data originally stemming from when From Software developed the Xbox 360 exclusive Chromehounds.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Tornado Outbreak
The game has a game-breaking glitch that triggers a blue screen of death. This glitch possibly stems from a poorly-implemented anti-cheat feature as it can be caused in multiple scenarios, with two known examples being when two different dialogue pop-ups try to appear at once, and if you grab 100 Fire Flyers at once during the final zone of Chicken Con Carnage.
Contributed by Larrye
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath
In the opening cinematic, a hidden backmasked message can be heard. When the audio is played forward, a whispery male voice is heard stating the ominous message:

"A nation of fools.
The nation is under siege.
Don't trust the corporate media.
Religious right is insane."

Two likely possibilities for the nature of the message are:

•A possible Easter Egg foreshadowing Citizen Siege, a Hollywood project separate from the Oddworld universe that Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna were designing, but fell into hiatus upon the 2008 financial crisis and it's impact on the entertainment industry.

•Around the time of Stranger's Wrath's initial release, exclusively on the original Xbox, the United State's invasion of the Middle East was very recent, and this backmasked message may have been Oddworld Inhabitants protesting the political state of affairs within the United States at this time, keeping in line with the franchise's themes of opposition towards industrialization, corporatism, and political malevolence.
Contributed by Regen-33
Series: MapleStory
The word "Maple" can be spelled when putting together the first letters of five of the six main Hero characters: Mercedes, Aran, Phantom, Luminous, and Evan. Shade, the sixth character, is intentionally not included because his existence was canonically long forgotten when the Black Mage was sealed away before the start of the series.

However, Evan did not exist at the time the Black Mage was sealed. Evan's deceased predecessor, Freud, was one of the six Heroes who sealed the entity. Considering this, Shade could still be included to spell "Maple" by way of his original name "EunWol" ("은월") used outside of the North American/European/Oceanian servers for the game, while Freud would still act as the class to leave out.

Additionally, in the Explorer characters' plotline, the NPC characters that accompany the player character are named Sugar, Tess, Olive, and Rondo. If the player character is designated as "You", their first letters spell the word "Story".
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
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