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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Paintings on the walls of Hogwarts in the PC release are copies of famous portraits that have their heads replaced with the developers' heads to avoid copyright infringement.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Midway through making the game, PC version developers KnowWonder had to do a hard reset and completely restart their development of the game after the lore restrictions employed by Rowling made their original game uninteresting and a "glorified walking simulator", as they put it. Specifically, much of the KnowWonder's ideas had to be abandoned or worked around because many of the spells they wanted to adapt to gameplay they couldn't because first year Hogwarts students didn't have access to such abilities.

Going back to the drawing board caused the redone game to be rushed and the developers to experience crunch, but despite this, they still "found their groove" that helped them create the final game. The team also greatly understood Rowling's strict demand as they were huge fans of the source material.

Rowling also helped KnowWonder by creating a new spell for the team which didn't appear in her novels or on-screen before: Flipendo, a movement spell. Developer Christo Vuchetich opines that Rowling knew what went into making a game by giving his team vague and simple descriptions for the list of first year spells (i.e. "Flipendo moves things").
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Super Mario Sunshine
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In the Japanese version, the texture for signposts uses English placeholder text taken from a dictionary, with some portions inexplicably removed. The unaltered text reads "This isn't gonna hurt a bit. Just a little stick. Ready? 1...2...3. There you go. All done," while the text that appears in-game reads "This isn't gonna Just a little stick. Ready? 1...2...3. There you All do." The international release replaces the text with a series of unreadable, swirl-shaped glyphs.
Contributed by game4brains
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Despite being developed by different studios, in all versions but the Game Boy Color version, during the final battle with Voldemort Spoiler:/Professor Quirrell, the player must use the Mirror of Erised in the middle of the room in order to strike and defeat him. This does not happen in either the book or movie version of the story. Spoiler:In those stories, Harry involuntarily "defeats" Lord Voldemort when the villain tries to touch him only for Lily Potter's protection spell that she put on Harry to disintegrate Quirrell and in turn Voldemort's physical vessel.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Due to a loop hole with the Tolkien estate, Vivendi Games was able to make the game independently from Peter Jackson's film adaptations and have it more based on the book. However, despite this, the game's console and PC versions still open with a narration by Lothlorien Elf Galadriel where she describes the history, lore, and creation of The One Ring, which is something that happens in the very beginning of Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring film and not the original novel.
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Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
In the Nocturne Mainax version that features Dante from the Devil May Cry series as a guest character, jumping from the Mantra Headquarters will normally cause your party's HP to be reduced to 1 HP. However, if Dante is in your party, he will take no damage from the fall.

In the Nocturne Chronicle version only released in Japan featuring Raidou from the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner games replacing Dante, he also takes no damage if you jump from the building.

These appear to be references to how each character can fall from great heights and land without any visible damage, such as in the beginning of Devil May Cry 2 where Dante successfully lands a jump from a tall cathedral tower.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Kirby's Dream Collection
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The Japanese release of the game includes scans from the official manga "Kirby of the Stars" by Yoshiko Sakuma; these are omitted in international releases.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Unused dialogue for "Of Their Own Accord" suggested that if the player neglected to, or otherwise failed to defend the Washington Monument evac site, it would eventually be overrun and destroyed by the Russian army resulting in the deaths of all military personnel and civilians on-site, and thus mission failure.

The dialogue itself features the previous operator being replaced with a far more desperate one warning the player of the site's worsening combat effeciency. This would eventually result in the untrained civilians taking up arms against the Russian invaders before being completely overrun. In the original final game, effectiveness never goes below 80% and the danger is more to the player themselves.

The 2020 campaign remaster implements some degree of dialogue, including combat effectiveness dropping to 50% if the player is on harder difficulty levels, though never lower than that.
Contributed by MightyKombat
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The North American box art appears to feature a less-detailed replica of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
In a video interview with former Capcom game designer Shinichiro Obata, he stated that the reason why the character Pet Shop is so overpowered to the point of being banned in competitive play is because he was originally intended for the PlayStation version and not arcade one, as such he wasn't really intended for competitive play.

However when the updated arcade version JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future was in development, Pet Shop was added as a playable character and Mr. Obata couldn't help but notice how weak this version of the character was. So he started doing everything he could to buff Pet Shop, with Mr. Obata himself remarking that he “might’ve overdone it”.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
On the Credits of the PC version, switch from the Scrolling Credits over to the Photo credits featuring headshots of the developers who worked on the game. From this point, quickly click on the photos as they appear on-screen. After an unknown amount of clicking, a secret minigame will begin where you must click the photos before they disappear to score points.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
MultiVersus
One of Velma's moves in the game consisted of calling the police to take the opponent away. This was changed on September 8th, 2022 with the release of patch 1.02. With the release of this update Velma will now call the Mystery Inc. gang and the Mystery Machine instead.
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In the SNES version, the main antagonist General Akhboob is sent to prison, unlike all other versions of the game where he is sentenced to the electric chair for his crimes. In regards to the final boss fight against his giant head, the SNES version depicts his muscular final form as dark green, while all other versions depict it as being red human muscle.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
To detect if the Steam version of the game is a pirated copy, the game registers a fake DLC ID with SteamAPI. If a Steam emulator unlocks all DLC, the game won't progress past the first chapter and will open browser windows to the Steam page of the game every frame, potentially freezing your computer for having too many tabs on your browser.

pack/database/stat.rbrb also contains this text about a popular Steam emulator. It's referenced in the exe so it's not completely unused, but if it actually triggers anything is unknown.

"steam_api.dll.ali123
ALI123.INI
- STEAM NOT DETECTED! RESTART GAME TO ENABLE STEAM FUNC! -"

As of 2.00 the game also checks the integrity of steam_api.dll and will softlock after defeating a boss in Chapter 2 by disabling your controls.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Tetrisphere
Normally, if you change the music selection to "Choose" in the Audio menu, the game will not allow the track "Prophetic - Title" to play. However, a glitch in the European version causes the song to play if the player loops through the list by pressing D-Right after the last song. This is the only way the song can be played in-game, though the game will change the song to "Azule Lux" every time a new level is loaded.

This is most likely caused by the game trying to play "Extol", as it was the last track in the US version. Since its placement was changed, the game loops the list and plays "Prophetic" instead.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Tetrisphere
The song "Flim Flam" is not present in the European version. The Brick variation which used this song now uses "Extol" instead, which is also the song that replaced it on the Audio menu.
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MultiVersus
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In the game's Beta, Tier 15 of the battle pass features the rewards of Pajama Finn and the feline character Cake, both from the animated series Adventure Time. This is a possible euphemistic reference to the "Tier 15 of Dating" joke from the series episode "Burning Low" implying in-game that Tier 15 is bestiality, although it's never actually stated what Tier 15 is in the episode.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Halo: Combat Evolved
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In 2022, an Easter egg was discovered on the title screen of the Beta 1749 build of the game dating back to August 15, 2001. A hidden legible message can appear among the 8-bit text reading:

"this is whack
if you can
read

this you are to damn close"

This presumably refers to staring directly in front of the screen to read the tiny message.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Although Banjo and Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie would not appear in the series until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, their names appear as two of the random default names selected in the Name Entry in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Melee. The same is true for Conker from Conker's Bad Fur Day, another Rare character.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Saints Row 2
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In the Xbox 360 version of the game, there is a bizarre game-breaking glitch that can be triggered. This glitch is not exclusive to this version, but it's most easily executable there due to the physical release of the Xbox 360 version presumably being an earlier build of the game.

First, turn on the cheat codes for Low Gravity (#18), Infinite Ammo (#11), Never Die (#36), and Super Explosions (#7), and then start playing the Zombie Uprising game. When you unlock the Hand Grenades, go to a specific marquee on the map, aim correctly, throw a grenade behind you and jump. If done correctly, you will be launched onto the ledge. Go further into another corner of the building on the ledge and use a second grenade to launch yourself out of bounds. Once you successfully glitch yourself out of the map, you will fall into the void, and be respawned in the main overworld with the Zombie Uprising HUD still present (the actual location you are respawned in appears to vary with each copy of the game). From this point on, random events occur as a result of the enabled cheats and the game trying to run in spite of the glitching, including floating debris, surprise zombie attacks, or moments where you just float around. As the game continues to break down, all items inside of buildings will disappear, random items outside will vanish, and the sky will eventually turn a bright, blinding white. However, despite all of these worsening side effects, the killing blow can occur at any time. At a random point, a grainy, ice-blue silhouette will flash on a nearby wall, and within the next few seconds, the game will freeze, permanently damaging the game itself and rendering it unplayable.

This glitch, and specifically the silhouette, has come to be known as "The Freezer", and since its discovery had lead to the corruption of numerous physical copies of Saints Row 2 for research purposes. The Freezer effect itself is believed to occur when the game tries to spawn either a zombie NPC or the player's shadow in an invalid location, specifically after the player had previously glitched out of the Zombie Uprising map and back into the main overworld. The digital Xbox 360 version of the game is not believed to have this glitch, as it had been patched unlike the physical version.
Contributed by MehDeletingLater
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