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Doki Doki Literature Club!
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Various Easter eggs are hidden in the game's character files, most of which require their extensions to be manually altered:

• If the player changes the extension for Monika's character file to .png, the resulting image depicts a square of white noise inside a ring of fire and cracks. Converting the white noise to binary gives a text message encrypted in Base64. Decrypting it reveals what appears to be a monologue from Monika, who mentions a "Third Eye" that causes "some kind of deja vu," which is how she and the other girls are able to perceive alterations to the game's data.
• If the player changes the extension for Natsuki's character file to .jpeg, the resulting image file depicts a painting of a white-haired girl with blank white eyes. The image is heavily distorted, requiring the player to invert its colors and change its rectangular coordinates to polar ones in an image editor in order to view it properly.
• If the player changes the extension for Sayori's character file to .ogg, the resulting audio will become a discordant shriek, similar to that normally heard when converting a data file to audio. However, running sayori.ogg through a spectrograph reveals a QR code which, when scanned, leads to a fictitious examination report for a character named Libitina; her last name and a procedure administered to her are both redacted with a series of X's. Of note is that like Monika's hidden monologue, the report repeatedly mentions a "third eye."
• If the player opens Yuri's character file in a text editor, the result will be a message encrypted in Base64; the file extension does not need to be modified in order to do this. Decrypting the message reveals that it's "I Found a Box Containing the Story of a 19-Year-Old Girl Who Killed a Random Person for No Reason", a creepypasta that was anonymously posted on Thought Catalog in June 2015, over two years before Doki Doki Literature Club's release. In a Twitter reply, developer Dan Salvato confirmed that he was the creepypasta's author and the one who hid it in the game.
person VinchVolt calendar_month June 1, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Doki_Doki_Literature_Club!#Characters_Folder

Hidden website in sayori.chr:
https://projectlibitina.com/

Tweet from Dan Salvato confirming his authorship:
https://www.twitter.com/dansalvato/status/911627120132055040
Mega Man X4
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When fighting the final boss Spoiler:Sigma, the music that plays in the fight, Spoiler:"Sigma 1st" (where the cloaked and uncloaked form fight occurs) & Spoiler:"Sigma 2nd" (where the final form fight occurs) is oddly swapped in the PC version of the game. This is due to mislabelled filenames, and can be easily fixed by manually swapping the filenames within the data for the PC version.
person SonicNicholas1995 calendar_month April 27, 2024
PC version footage of music swap:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imlfTxaTyzE

PlayStation version footage with correct music order:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkpf6f7J5Xc?t=13788

The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Mega_Man_X4#Windows_version
Skullgirls
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Attachment Finishing the match with any Blockbuster attack will cause the background to change and display a portrait of the defeated character with a pained expression on their face. This is a reference to the Capcom fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which features similar portraits for when a match is finished with a Super. The shaders that Skullgirls uses for its portraits in-game are also internally labeled as "JojosDeathPortrait" in the game's files.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month April 21, 2024
Finishing a match normally in JJBA (no portrait):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1IfMOtufRo?t=342

Finishing a match in JJBA using a Super:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1IfMOtufRo?t=207

Finishing a match normally in Skullgirls (no portrait):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92sem4JFgt0?t=125

Finishing a match in Skullgirls with a Blockbuster move:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92sem4JFgt0?t=426

The name found in the game's files:
https://tcrf.net/Skullgirls#Internal_Names
Freddy in Space 3: Chica in Space
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Attachment The background music for the "Merch Cemetery" stage has the filename "97 115 99 105 105 10", which when converted into ASCII spells "asciiLF". It is not known what this title means.
person Violett calendar_month April 21, 2024
Freddy in Space 3: Chica in Space - 97 115 99 105 105 10 (Merch Cemetery):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKoPx2LpWCU
https://www.youtube.con/watch?v=6UaOGxUSiB4

ASCII Conversion Chart by Alfred State College:
https://web.alfredstate.edu/faculty/weimandn/miscellaneous/ascii/ascii_index.html
Golf
subdirectory_arrow_right Nintendo Switch (Platform)
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Within the Nintendo Switch firmware prior to Version 4.0.0 (for Japanese, US and European systems only), there is a hidden NES emulator stub called "flog" that can be unlocked under very specific conditions. flog can only be unlocked on the Home Screen and when the console's internal clock is set to July 11th (if the date is changed in System Settings, but the console is connected to the internet and can see the actual date, this method will not work). The method to unlock it involves detaching the Joy-Cons from the console, holding them pointing forwards/downwards, then moving them to a vertical position and holding it for a few seconds. This gesture may take some time to hone due to it being a specific movement tracked by the Joy-Cons, but when it is matched, the system will check to see if flog is installed. When checked, an audio clip of a man saying "chokusetsu" ("直接"), the Japanese word for "direct", will play and the screen will cut to black and launch the 1984 NES title Golf. This emulator is unique in that it includes specific instructions in English and Japanese on how to play depending on how the Joy-Cons are held, and has a more stripped-down and simplistic appearance than the emulators that would be used for NES games on Nintendo Switch Online. Pressing the Home button while playing Golf will return you to the Home Screen without any visible software running there.

With Version 4.0.0, Nintendo removed all of the code required to launch flog and play Golf, but the company seemed unusually hesitant to even acknowledge its existence when asked by news outlets. One month before its removal, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie released two statements regarding it when asked by Kotaku:

"So, two comments on this. It was identified by folks playing around in the firmware. We've got nothing officially to announce for that content or what the plans are for that content. So that's that. Certainly anything that pays respect to my friend Mr. Iwata is something that is near and dear to me personally, but in terms of that execution and what it was meant to do or what the plans are, we've got nothing to announce."

"I'm struck whenever I go back to Kyoto and spend time in our headquarters and spend time in the offices where Mr. Iwata, myself and others would be meeting. It's always personally touching. And so, again, no comment on that particular execution."

While this seems to allude that the secret emulator and Golf's inclusion were not authorized within Nintendo, this all but confirms that their purpose was to act as a tribute to Nintendo's late CEO Satoru Iwata. Iwata, who programmed Golf and previously hosted the company's Nintendo Direct showcase series, passed away on July 11th, 2015, with the method to unlock the emulator mimicking a gesture he used during Nintendo Directs. Japanese fans on social media referred to the Easter egg as an "omamori", an amulet purchased at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan that if kept close are said to protect the bearer and bring good luck, speculating that Golf was included by Iwata as a secret charm to watch over every Nintendo Switch unit after his death.
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month April 20, 2024
Seaman
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Banjo-Kazooie
subdirectory_arrow_right Banjo-Tooie (Game), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Game)
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person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 13, 2024
Official Japanese Nintendo website page for Banjo-Kazooie controls:
https://www.nintendo.co.jp/n01/n64/software/nus_p_nbkj/action/page03.html

The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Banjo-Kazooie#Animation_Filenames
Sonic the Hedgehog
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The file header (the game's name used as an introduction for its code) for Sonic the Hedgehog is supposed to have a line break in the middle, so it reads as:

SONIC THE
HEDGEHOG

However, this line break was done through spaces instead of an actual line break, so if one plays Sonic the Hedgehog on an emulator that shows the file header name (such as Kega Fusion), it will instead read:

SONIC THE...............HEDGEHOG

[Note: periods added due to VGFacts automatically removing multiple rows of spaces.]
Mort the Chicken
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The game’s files have four .txt files titled DEUTCH.TXT, ENGLISH.TXT, ESPANOL.TXT and FRENCH.TXT, suggesting German, Spanish and French versions were planned for the game. In the end, only an English version exists.
Star Fox 64
subdirectory_arrow_right Star Fox 64 3D (Game)
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Attachment As admitted by Mitsuhiro Takano (the original script writer for Star Fox 64) in an issue of Iwata Asks regarding Star Fox 64 3D, the development team had initially planned on including more aquatic stages based around the Blue Marine in the original game, but these were removed because they felt they dragged down the pace too much. In the Japanese version of the Aquas stage in Star Fox 64, Falco says:

こんな物 後にも先にも1回きりだぜ!(This is like the only time in our life we'll ever use this thing!)

English SF64's equivalent to this is "This thing will never hold together."

Apparently, this was the result of Takano feeling bad about there only being one underwater stage in all of SF64's single-player mode.

Going by files pertaining to Star Fox 64 found within the Nintendo Gigaleak, it seems one of these cut Blue Marine stages was known as カトレア (Katorea), which properly translates into Cattleya. Cattleya is a genus of orchids, which adds more credence that this was planned to be a beautiful water planet. The planet's initials (CL) show up in many other other source files, which gives clue to what it would've been like; for example, fox_edisplay references CL_SHIP0, CL_SHIP1, and fish00, whereas fox_boss.h refers to CL's boss as 鯖/saba, or "mackerel.” fox_jyuza.o meanwhile refers to a "saba snake", which heavily implies that the stage's boss would have been a giant fish creature or an eel of some kind.

Most of the other files label CL as "Colony", which implies that Cattleya would have been home to underwater cities. In beta versions of the map, CL is positioned between where Area 6 and Bolse would be, and presumably would have led into the cut planned Venom Normal route where Fox would have battled Andross on-foot with a bazooka.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month December 20, 2023
Marvel's Wolverine
subdirectory_arrow_right Insomniac Games (Company)
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On December 12, 2023, a ransomware gang named Rhysida announced they they had hacked internal servers at Insomniac Games and stole upwards of 1.67 terabytes of data, including unreleased screenshots and concept art of the then-upcoming game Marvel's Wolverine, a timeline of upcoming Insomniac releases, as well as HR documents, emails, tax forms, internal conversations, and passports relating to current and former Insomniac employees, with the group posting a selection of this data as evidence of the theft. The group claimed it only took them 20-25 minutes to access the company's domain server and their motive was to publicly hold the stolen data for ransom. They offered to auction it off to anyone for 50 bitcoin, or $2 million USD, so long as the data was not resold by the new owners, with the deadline being a week from then. Reportedly 2% of the stolen data was purchased by unknown parties, but Insomniac did not purchase any of it back, leading Rhysida to release the remainder of the stolen data to the public.
person ProtoSnake calendar_month December 19, 2023
Spider-Man 2 developer Insomniac Games hit by Rhysida ransomware attack:
https://www.cyberdaily.au/culture/9931-spider-man-2-developer-insomniac-games-hit-by-rhysida-ransomware-attack

Sony Investigates Alleged Hack of Spider-Man Developer Insomniac Games:
https://www.pcmag.com/news/sony-investigates-alleged-hack-of-spider-man-developer-insomniac-games

Hackers release footage from upcoming Wolverine game and 1.3 million other stolen files:
https://news.yahoo.com/insomniac-games-hackers-leak-13-million-files-after-demanding-2-million-ransom-102134429.html
Super Mario Galaxy 2
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The Bowser statues that shoot lasers out of their mouths are referred to in the game code as "KoopaStatueVomit".
Star Fox Adventures
subdirectory_arrow_right Dinosaur Planet (Game)
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Attachment Found within the files of the E3 2002 kiosk of Star Fox Adventures is a file called STORYBOARD.bin which reveals a set of storyboard images pertaining to a cut subplot in Dinosaur Planet's CloudRunner Fortress that would have dealt with Princess Kyte's traitorous uncle.

It seemed for two centuries, Kyte's uncle had been cast out by his tribe and now was seeking vengeance by allying himself with General Scales and the SharpClaw. It appears that Krystal and Kyte would combat and defeat this evil uncle, resulting in General Scales betraying him, and in retaliation, Kyte's uncle would attempt to perform a kamikaze attack on Scales and thus sacrifice himself.

While the storyboards otherwise are mostly similar to what is presented in the Dinosaur Planet condensed story and also leaked December 2000 build, there are some notable differences, just to name a few: as Krystal and Kyte enter CloudRunner Fortress, they witness a CloudRunner soldier get killed by one of the SharpClaw's spaceships (presumably provided to them by Drakor). The imprisoned SpellStone guardian, presented as a pachycephalosaurid type dinosaur from the BoneHead tribe in the leaked Dinosaur Planet build (who also appears in Star Fox Adventures with the name "Gradabug") is illustrated as more of a strange stegosaurid type of dinosaur here.

It's rather apparent that these storyboards were meant to pertain to a subarea within CloudRunner Fortress that had already been scrapped by the time of the condensed Dinosaur Planet story and also leaked build: the Trap Rooms, which would of featured an extra set of puzzles and challenges Krystal had to solve before acquiring the area's SpellStone. The storyboards show that the Trap Rooms were to be accessed through the underwater passage in the Fortress' main courtyard, which in the leaked build, instead leads to the jetbike race (in the final Star Fox Adventures, Fox accesses it through the CloudRunner's treasure rooms. Funny enough, Adventures' CloudRunner Fortress also has a scrapped area found beyond the Fortress' flooded courtyard pathway). It is worth pointing out that the March 1999 level list includes "CloudRunner - Treasure", "Dungeon", and "TrapRooms", but doesn't feature "CloudRunner - Race", which makes it all the more apparent the latter replaced the Trap Rooms in the December 2000 build, which would then carry over into Star Fox Adventures.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month December 14, 2023
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog
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Attachment The game's protagonist does not have an official name, as they are meant to be a representation of the player. However, both promotional material and the game files refer to them as "Barry". Additionally, writer Ian Mutchler has confirmed that their intended species is a quokka. As such, fans have taken to referring to the protagonist as "Barry the Quokka" when referring to them.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month December 10, 2023
Grand Theft Auto Online
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Attachment In the data for the "Heists" DLC, there's unused assets of casual clothing and a white bikini for Karen Daniels to wear, neither of which made it in the final game.
person ProtoSnake calendar_month December 10, 2023
Filepath to find this data in the game:
Grand Theft Auto V\update\x64\dlcpacks\mpheist\dlc.rpf\x64\models\cdimages\mpheist_streamedpeds.rpf\ig_karen_daniels\

uppr_001_r.ydd/lowr_001_r.ydd
uppr_002_r.ydd/lowr_002_r.ydd
Fears to Fathom: Home Alone
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The Intruder in the game is referred to as "Grandpa" in the game files, specifically when he is on the map.
Mario Tennis
subdirectory_arrow_right Waluigi's Foot Fault (Game)
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Attachment The September 2000 issue of Nintendo Power contains a "Nintendo Power Online" section on page 12, featuring an article titled "Mamma Mia! It's Waluigi!" The accompanying text introduces Waluigi to readers, reveals that he has his own website: www.waluigi.com, and claims to have an upcoming online game called "Waluigi's Toenail Clipping Party".

At the time of the Nintendo Power issue's release, www.waluigi.com was identical to the official website for Mario Tennis, www.mariotennis.com. One of the files hosted on the Mario Tennis website was the Adobe Flash file "toenails_coming.swf", which is an advertisement for the game instead titled "Waluigi's Foot Fault" depicting him showing his bare feet and unkempt toenails (he also occasionally blinks). Another file hosted on the website was "toenails.swf", which was supposedly the game itself. Catalogued alongside this file are two additional .swf files named "paint_the_lines" and "deface_painting", which could be evidence of other Flash games hosted on the Mario Tennis website.

However, the waluigi.com domain has since been turned into a redirect to the official Nintendo website. The toenails.swf file was not preserved, and as of 2023 has not resurfaced.
person NintendOtaku calendar_month September 13, 2023
Undertale
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Attachment One of Toriel's sprites, a facial expression of her with an uneven frown and an eyebrow raised slightly higher than the other, is internally called "dreamworks", referencing the "DreamWorks Face", a nickname for a facial expression comprised of a confident, uneven smirk and one eyebrow being raised while the other is down. It is named as such for the film studio DreamWorks Animation, which frequently uses this facial expression in promotional artwork for its movies.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
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Every character in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl has an internal codename used instead of their name. These are:

• Orb - Garfield (Garfield is fat)
• Moon - Leonardo (Unknown, but possibly a reference to the opening shot of the '87 TMNT cartoon's theme song being the moon)
• Pizza - Michelangelo (The Ninja Turtles are known to love pizza, with Michelangelo being the biggest fan of the food among his brothers)
• Cheese - Shredder (Shredder's character design was based on a cheese grater)
• Reporter - April (April is a news reporter)
• Mascot - Reptar (Reptar is a fictional character within the Rugrats universe who appears on a variety of products, particularly toys and food)
• Duo - Ren & Stimpy (Ren & Stimpy are two characters who fight as one unit)
• Hero - Powdered Toast Man (Powdered Toast Man is a parody of superheroes)
• Squirrel - Rocko (A running gag in Rocko's Modern Life involves Rocko being mistaken for other animals, such as kangaroos, beavers, and squirrels, instead of a wallaby)
• Snake - Oblina (Oblina has a thin, somewhat curved shape akin to a snake)
• Rival - Helga (Helga has a love-hate relationship with series protagonist Arnold)
• Narrator - Nigel (Nigel hosts his own nature show-within-a-show called Nigel Thornberry's Animal World)
• Chimera - CatDog (CatDog is two animals with a single body)
• Apple - SpongeBob (SpongeBob lives in a pineapple)
• Star - Patrick (Patrick is a starfish)
• Diver - Sandy Cheeks (Sandy is a land mammal who lives underwater)
• Alien - Zim (Zim is an alien invader)
• Pie - Hugh (Hugh loves pie, and his home stage is a giant pie)
• Neo - Jenny (Jenny is a futuristic robot, and quite young, being a teenager mentally and having been built 3 years ago in the show)
• Plasma - Danny Phantom (Danny's main method of attack is shooting ghost plasma rays.)
• Kite - Aang (Aang travels using a glider, which he uses as an attack in NASB)
• Clay - Toph (Toph forms clay structures out of ground)
• Athlete - Korra (Korra partakes in a sport known as Pro-Bending)
• Rascal - Lincoln Loud (Lincoln is a mischievous child)
• Goth - Lucy Loud (Lucy is a goth)
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
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There is a questline that was accidentally left out of the final game due to a misnamed file. "A Test of Determination" is a questline for the Vampire Clan where the given objective is to confront a Daedra in the local dungeon where it lives over the control the player's bloodline has in a given region. The binary file is named P0B1XL08.QBN and the text-file is named P0B10L08.QRC. As a result of this oversight, the player can never get this quest unless you change the name of one file so that it matches the name of the other.
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