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Pokémon Stadium 2
On the Game Pak Check screen, there is a Nintendo 64 cartridge with a vague label on it. This label does not match the cartridge for Pokémon Stadium 2, but instead appears to be the one used for the game Road Rash 64.
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L.A. Noire
During the cases "The Black Caesar" and "The Consul's Car", you can find two pieces of toast with images of a cowboy's face burnt into them. This toast is not interactable, and fans have assumed that these are the likenesses of John or Jack Marston from Red Dead Redemption.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Capcom vs. SNK 2
The game's artist Kinu Nishimura, likely used a picture of Masutatsu Ōyama (more commonly known as Mas Oyama) doing his stance as a reference work for her illustrated work of Ryu.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
In the 2/86 interview with the game's designer Masanobu Endō published in the issue of Famimaga magazine, he commented that one of the team's employees named Akira was nicknamed "Bakira", because he had a tendency to break things. This in-joke is likely a play on the kanji "爆" (baku), to explode/burst/roar. Endō then admitted he used his nickname as an inspiration for the enemies as "Bacura" enemies in Xevious, commenting:

"...my generation, the "Gundam Generation", we love to make up stupid reasons for every choice we make. Even if it's a lie. (laughs)"
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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
In Hyrule Town, three travelers in the lobby of the Happy Hearth Inn, named Din, Nayru, and Farore, are the same characters as the Oracles from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Seasons. They are each looking for new homes to move into, which is the basis of an optional side quest that can be started after completing the Fortress of Winds. Gorman will now be renting out a house to tenants, and Link can convince one of the travelers to move in and obtain a Charm from that traveler. Afterwards, if Link fuses Kinstones with Bremor, Mutoh will become motivated to build a second house for Gorman to rent out. Link can then convince one of the remaining two travelers to move in, and will obtain their respective Charm. Each of the two houses built have a red roof and a blue roof, reflecting the color schemes of Din and Nayru respectively. However no third house can be built in the game, leaving the third Oracle homeless and stuck in the inn's lobby. In the European version of the game, Gorman makes a comment about wanting to build a house just south of the Royal Hyrule Library, on a plot of land occupied by cats, but he never does. This comment was removed from the North American release of the game which came out two months later.

Although the choice of who will remain homeless is entirely up to the player, the most probable canonical traveler to remain homeless is Farore. This is based on the lack of a green-roofed house to reflect her color scheme, her figurine description noting that she is bothered by people who "take advantage of her kind nature" (unlike Din and Nayru's descriptions which only point out where they are from and are looking for a new home), and by the development history of Oracle of Ages and Seasons, which was originally planned to be three games with each focusing on a different piece of the Triforce represented by a different Oracle, although only two games centering on Din and Nayru would ultimately be developed.

It's unknown if this incomplete side quest was an oversight, or if it was an intentional in-joke by Capcom, who developed both The Minish Cap and Oracle of Ages and Seasons.
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Tank Battalion / Battle City
A secret message can be found on the title screen of the NES version of the game with the use of two controllers. At the title screen, select "CONSTRUCTION" on the menu. Press Start on Controller 1 to enter the mode, then press it again to return back to the title screen. Repeat this seven times. After the seventh enter-and-exit, hold Down on Controller 1 and press A eight times on Controller 2. Then, hold Right on Controller 1 and press B twelve times on Controller 2. Finally, press Start on Controller 1 to activate the message featuring an animation of a green droplet falling.


The most likely person as to the identity of "Open-Reach" is Tomcat System's founder and programmer Ryoichi Ookubo because of the similarities between "Reach" and "Ryoichi". It should be also noted that his name is hidden twice in the game's ROM, and from one fact pointed out by a Russian LiveJournal user, that the name Open-Reach appears as "OPR" on the title screen of another game Tomcat System developed, the 1991 Famicom game Castle Quest published by Hudson Soft.

As for Noriko, her identity remains unknown. In the comments section of the sourced video, one commenter claimed that Noriko was Ookubo's daughter who was three years old at the time of the game's development, while the aforementioned LiveJournal user claimed that Noriko was a romantic partner, claiming her to be a former Namco graphic designer named Noriko Ikegawa (whose name would later appear in the credits for the Nintendo game Animal Crossing as a model designer), but there is no substantial evidence to support either of these claims.
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Pokémon Gold & Silver
Within the games' data is a scrapped map for a dense, maze-like forest leading up to Mt. Silver. Since the mountain is inspired by Mt. Fuji, the maze is likely derived from Aokigahara, a forest at the base of Mt. Fuji that is famous for its density and natural soundproofing. Because Aokigahara is also notorious for its popularity as a suicide site, it's likely that the maze was removed in favor of a shorter, more conventional route to avoid stoking controversy from Japanese audiences.
Contributed by game4brains
Persona 5
Fans believe Suguru Kamoshida is based off of former judo gold medalist Masato Uchishiba who spent 5 years in prison for rape and had all his medals and honors revoked.
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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Although the Paldea region is based on Iberia, its starters may take inspiration from the modern culture and fauna of New World places that Spain and Portugal colonized and influenced. Specifically:

•The Skeledirge line may represent Mexico. Its name, secondary ghost-typing, and skeletal imagery evokes Mexico's Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration of the former lives of deceased loved ones where, among other things, celebrators may dress in flamboyantly colored costumes and paint skulls on their faces. Crocalor also has a head growth resembling a Sombrero. This and the line's theme of singing to attack may also be a reference to Mariachi folk music. In a fauna sense, Crocodiles are also endemic to Mexico.

•Quaquaval's influence may derive from Brazil's culture. This can be seen in the name which has elements of Carnival, a Catholic festive season popularly celebrated in Brazil with lavish parades. In addition, it being part fighting-type and being dance-themed may be based on the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, a fighting style that heavily resembles dancing in many of its moves. Quaquaval is also based upon the South American Crested Duck.

•Meowscarada, while possibly taking inspiration from Iberia itself with its resemblance to the Iberian Lynx, could also take cues from the Southern United States, specifically the State of Louisiana. This is because New Orleans, in Louisiana, is known for its Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) celebrations as part of Carnival, which iconically feature performers in elaborate masks, hence Meowscarada's name evoking the word Mascarade. Although Louisiana was influenced by France, it was also conquered by Spain later, along with a lot of the Southern U.S. It may also be based on Louisiana's prominent diasporic religion surrounding Voodoo. Meowscarada's species may furthermore be based off of the Bobcat/Red Lynx, a relative of the Iberian Lynx.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Tandemaus and Maushold may have dark origins as they may be based on the concept of a "Rat King", where several rats' tails are tied together or tangled by a person (although there have been reported cases of this happening without human interference). Explaining the German-sounding name of the Pokémon, the Rat King concept is named after the German term "Rattenkonig" which, in turn, is based on the villain of the same name from the short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" who is sometimes depicted as being comprised of several mice or rats.

Also the Pokémon themselves may be aesthetically based on toy-like dioramic objects called "Sylvian Families" in Japan (or "Calico Critters" in English countries) which are essentially dressed-up mouse dolls in different whimsical small settings that make the mice look more like a human family. These Sylvian Families started in Japan in the 1980s, which is when many of the veteran developers at Game Freak would have grown up.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Alien: Isolation
There are a few references to the original movie.
1. Scattered around the Torrens and Sevastopol station are drinking birds. The first one found is in the hypersleep chamber.
2. During Mission 2 in the baggage claim area, players can hear the faint sound of meowing before it abruptly stops as they approach the primary airlock. This is a possible reference to the cat Jonesy from the first movie.
3. Another reference is found when players discover the deceased Alistair Smythe who has a rolled-up magazine shoved down his throat. Spoiler:This is how Ash tried to kill Ellen Ripley.
Contributed by raidramon0
Series: Pokémon
In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, Roaring Moon's Violet Dex entry as well as the occult magazine's description of the Paradox Pokémon both imply that there is a deep connection between Roaring Moon and Mega Salamance. Considering that Roaring Moon, like all past Paradox Pokémon, is a prehistoric version of an existing Pokémon, in this case Salamance, this could mean that there is also a connection between Mega Evolution and Pokémon prehistory.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
The headpiece worn by a Pokémon when they Terastalize into a Ghost-Type greatly resembles the Sprite used in the Gen 1 games for ghost Pokémon in the Pokémon Tower of Lavender Town that can be seen when the player goes there for the first time without the Silph Scope. It's also notable for being a sprite used by the Gen 1 glitch Pokémon MissingNo.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Sonic Frontiers
Some of the Cyberspace levels have layouts and elements taken almost directly from previous Sonic games, even if the aesthetics of the Cyberspace levels don't match the legacy ones at all sometimes. They are as follows:

Zone 1-1: Windmill Isle Act 1 from Sonic Unleashed

Zone 1-2: Windmill Isle Act 2 from Sonic Unleashed

Zone 1-4: Green Hill Act 2 from Sonic Generations

Zone 1-5: Chemical Plant Act 2 from Sonic Generations

Zone 1-6: Green Hill Act 1 from Sonic Generations

Zone 1-7: City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2

Zone 2-1: Green Hill Act 2 from Sonic Generations (2D sections)

Zone 2-2: Dragon Road Act 3 from Sonic Unleashed

Zone 2-4: Shadow's Radical Highway level from Sonic Adventure 2

Zone 2-5: Sky Sanctuary Act 2 from Sonic Generations (2D sections)

Zone 2-6: Shadow's Sky Rail level from Sonic Adventure 2

Zone 2-7: Sky Sanctuary Act 1 from Sonic Generations

Zone 3-1: Green Forest from Sonic Adventure 2

Zone 3-2: Savanna Citadel Act 1 from Sonic Unleashed

Zone 3-3: Sky Sanctuary Act 2 from Sonic Generations (3D sections)

Zone 3-6: Rooftop Run Act 2 from Sonic Unleashed

Zone 3-7: Chemical Plant Act 2 from Sonic Generations (2D sections)

Zone 4-1: Metal Harbor from Sonic Adventure 2

Zone 4-6: Chemical Plant Act 1 from Sonic Generations
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Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
The game's title theme sounds similar to the Space Junk Galaxy theme from Super Mario Galaxy.
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Kirby's Adventure
Part of Grape Garden's background music greatly resembles the song "Silver and Gold", sung by Burl Ives, from the animated holiday musical film "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Diddy Kong Racing
The music for Frosty Village seems to be a faster-paced, copyright-law-friendly version of the popular Christmas song "Winter Wonderland".

Part of the Walrus Cove theme also resembles Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus" in the same regard as well.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Resident Evil Village
The design for Castle Dimitrescu was likely influenced by Peles Castle, which is found in Transylvania, Romania.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Civilization III
The design of the Tower of Babel in the game's cinematic intro features a brief glimpse of a section that appears to be modeled after the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
The North American box art appears to feature a less-detailed replica of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California.
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