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Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire
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The games' most prominent subplot focuses on the conflict between Team Aqua and Team Magma in their efforts to gain control of the legendary Pokémon Kyogre and Groudon to change the climate in response to the effect of humans on the environment in order to create expanded environments for sea and land Pokémon respectively. This subplot may (although it has not been confirmed by the developers) have drawn direct inspiration from a real life controversy that was a prominent issue in Japan at the time of the games' development and continues to be. The Isahaya Bay land reclamation project on the Japanese island of Kyūshū, which the Hoenn region is based on, aimed to expand the available farmland in one of Japan's last wetland habitats. This lead to fierce political conflict from environmentalists who argued that the project would cause long-term damage to the wetlands and the marine ecosystem of the area through agricultural runoff released into the sea, and from reclamation activists who argued that Kyūshū needed the land as Japan has very little arable land already and needs to produce enough food to feed its increasing population and keep up with rapid industrialization. The concept of Team Aqua and Team Magma draw striking parallels to each side of this issue (i.e. reclaiming land where there used to be sea and protesting to reclaim sea where there is now land) while being written as cultic villains akin to Team Rocket from past games without distinct arguments to their positions, causing these parallels to be obscured and emphasizing the personal gain of expanding or reducing land for the sake of certain land or sea Pokémon to be won out from the conflict with little to no regard for humanity.

In Pokémon Emerald, the unified story featuring Kyogre and Groudon both being pacified by the presence of Rayquaza, a Pokémon heralding from the sky which in many religions and mythologies is where powerful gods and deities live, hints that a divine compromise between civilization and nature is the necessary solution, with how Hoenn is presented in the final game through the coexistence of different environments, humans and Pokémon being the result. This suggests that the preservation of Isahaya Bay while allowing for land reclamation elsewhere is the compromise this subplot is trying to get across.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
One of Hideo Kojima's early ideas for the game's ending was to have Snake and Otacon turn themselves in to the United Nations for breaking the law (presumably for the crimes they committed operating as Philantropy during Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty), and be convicted and executed. The rest of the developers reacted negatively to this ending, which resulted in Kojima changing it. However, it's possible a remnant of this ending was left behind in the form of the game's end credits theme, a cover of "Here's to You", originally written for the 1971 Italian docudrama film "Sacco & Vanzetti". Both the song and film center on two Italian anarchists who migrated to the United States in 1908, and in 1920 were convicted and sentenced to death after being accused of murdering two people during an armed robbery. The original 1971 recording of the song would later be used as the opening theme to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Mega Man Battle Network 4
It was previously believed that the Z Saber Battle Chip could only be accessed by trading it into the game from Mega Man Zero 3, of which each copy of the game had only one copy of the chip. However, in 2022, an easier way to obtain the chip was discovered by entering the following hidden code at the Number Trader: 72794137. This code also works in the Japanese version of the game, causing its existence to baffle players as it has never been released in any of the game's official strategy guides. It's possible that the code was intended to be used during development as an easier way to access the chip without having to trade it across games, and that it was never meant to be found by players.
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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
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On page 6 of the game's manual, there's a news article about how a protest group called A.R.S.E. (American Road Safety for Everyone) is pushing to get motorcycles banned from Liberty City, and might also be responsible for getting bicycles banned from Liberty City a few years prior. This explains the absence of bicycles and motorcycles in Grand Theft Auto III.
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Mega Man 9
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A device used in Dr. Light's Laboratory to hold certain items during cutscenes appears to be the same device used in the opening cutscene of Mega Man 4 that turns Rock into Mega Man.
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Super Mario 64 DS
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In the only instance of a character having a move exclusive to VS Mode, when Yoshi is wearing Wario's Cap, he can perform an additional move called the "Swing and Fling" by picking up a stunned Yoshi, spinning around in a circle and throwing him. This move is only mentioned in the game's manual. Wario's animations when using this move share similarities to the "Wild Swing-Ding" move featured in Wario World, although the Swing and Fling does not take over spinning automatically.
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Metroid Fusion
The short jingle titled "Objective Complete" that plays at certain points throughout the game sounds nearly identical to the "Race Start" jingle from F-Zero.
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Using the Human Torch's flame powers near Venom will have the latter cower in fear in reference to the symbiote's fear of fire in the comics.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Piranha Plant's side special, Poison Breath, seems to come from the Paper Mario series, specifically from the Putrid Piranhas from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Piranha Plant's "bud" even changes color to match a Putrid Piranha's yellow and red color scheme during the attack. This would make Piranha Plant the only Mario series character to have a move derived from the Paper Mario series.
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The Longest Journey
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In the living room of the Border House, to the left of the corkboard, there is a small, unmarked wall area that when hovered over will reveal a caption for a "Painting". Clicking it will instead cause April to walk to the adjacent right wall where the unseen painting is hung and comment:

"It's a reproduction of an early Lebowski. Not a particular favorite of mine, but, there ya are."

During the cutscene "Vision in the Living Room" which is only played if April has chosen to not work the evening shift at the Fringe Café, a shot of the painting depicting an abstract rendition of a woman's head can be seen. This painting appears to be a caricature of American actress Julianne Moore, who appeared one year prior to The Longest Journey's release in the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski" in the role of artist Maude Lebowski, suggesting that the painting may be a self-portrait.
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Pokémon Sword & Shield
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Leon's battle theme in the Battle Tower, composed by Undertale and Deltarune creator Toby Fox, appears to interpolate the track "A Baby Legend - The Baby is 2", from The Baby is You, a 2010 concept album by Fox based on the webcomic Homestuck. The choice of interpolation garnered attention for its strangeness by the standards of a Nintendo-affiliated game, as The Baby is You was a joke album about male pregnancy, made to poke fun at the Homestuck forum's rule against fanart surrounding the topic.
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In the Canalave Library there is a Book that was not in the original games for the DS, called the "The Sea's Legend", that the game describes as being "recently discovered" and that states the mysterious following text:

Spoiler:"Once upon a time in the East Sea, there was a Pokémon known as the prince. A brave human asked Pokémon living in the sea to let them see the prince. Mantyke, Buizel, and a Quilfish with huge spikes acknowledged the human's bravery and joined them. Together, they set off in a boat over the sunset-streaked sea, sailing through the ocean gate stretched over the waves. News of this reached the ears of the prince, who went to meet the brave little party at the Seaside Hollow."

It's possible that this text was put into Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Spoiler:to tease the upcoming game Pokemon Legends: Arceus via giving the player a hint of a storyline or event that may happen in the latter game's plot. Furthering the suspicious nature of the text, Game Freak, when sending out review copies of the games, forbid any reviewer from talking about any of the text in the library.
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Console: GameCube
In an interview with VGC for The GameCubes's 20th anniversary, veteran Rare developer Martin Hollis revealed that not only was he among the first people to see "Project Dolphin", but also that he was possibly responsible for the GameCube's name and theme:

“I arrived in Kyoto, went into the big building, and Mr. Miyamoto and his team straight away took me to this empty meeting room and sat me down in front of a television [...] They switched it on, and Miyamoto told me to press the A button on the controller. I pressed it and the purple rolling cubes appeared on screen with the boot up music that we now know so well, revealing the GameCube name. [...] As the on-screen reveal happened, Mr. Miyamoto stared at my face intensely! That was my initiation, which was maybe because I’d actually suggested the name ‘Cube’ during my time at NTD. Months earlier I did a sheet of paper at Nintendo of America with a whole load of suggestions for names and one of them was ‘Star Cube’ or something like that.”

Nintendo did indeed trademark "Starcube" lending more legitimacy to Hollis' suspicion.
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Resident Evil Village
In May 2021, Richard Raaphorst who directed the 2013 film "Frankenstein's Army" accused Capcom of plagiarism, because the boss enemy Sturm looks almost identical to one of the monsters in the film.
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The internal name for the Alaska level on the game disc is "05_GREENLAND". this suggests that the level was originally going to be themed around and take place in the Dutch-owned island of Greenland instead of the U.S. state of Alaska.

Also, internal file names for the Pacific Island level ("07_EASTERISLAND") reveal that it was possibly supposed to be Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Sanctum 2
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In Level 7: Outpost, the hidden area where that level's Elysian Archive code can be found earns you an achievement called "Loekrise Kingdom". In that area, a small tent and clothesline are set up surrounding the code by a shoreline, with a message laid out in rocks along the shore that reads "LOEKRISE KINGDOM". This is believed to be a reference to the 2012 film "Moonrise Kingdom".
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A model and a self-heal ability parameter for Ratchet were extensively worked on, suggesting the Autobot Medic was going to play a bigger role in the game than just appearing in cutscenes, possibly as a playable character in the Autobot Campaign or as a boss in the Decepticon Campaign.
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On the disc, there is an unused character called "Evil Bumblebee" with black blood-splatter-like spots on his vehicle mode, which is Bee's old '77 Camaro alt mode. It is unknown if this was supposed to be a separate character from Bumblebee or the same character sporting a different look.
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Cyclonus' signature Mini-Con Crumplezone appears attached to Cyclonus' Vehicle Mode as his cockpit, but never appears anywhere else in the game outside of this, not even alongside Cyclonus or part of his "chest" when he is in Robot mode. It's possible this was done by the developers to make the Decepticon a little more intimidating during his boss battle.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
If the player has enough meter then they can have Jill preform two Supers consecutively. If this is done a certain way and timed well while the Tyrant is on the level, she will fire a rocket launcher at it and the opponent it is attacking, Spoiler:making it look like the ending to Resident Evil (1996) where Jill does the same thing to the Tyrant to defeat it.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
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