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subdirectory_arrow_right Nintendo Switch (Platform)
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.
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Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Attachment In the Hall of Justice Area, two tribute plaques can be found for Kevin Conroy and Arleen Sorkin, the respective voices of Batman and Harley Quinn in "Batman: The Animated Series" who passed away during the game's development.
Dance Dance Revolution A3
"SURVIVAL AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE", released for Gold Class on May 3rd, 2023, marks the final BEMANI song by composer Akira Complex, who later passed away in June 2023.
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Remy Wiki Page on Akira Complex:

Twitter Announcement of Akira Complex's Death:
Garfield's Mad About Cats
Garfield's Mad About Cats is believed to feature the last non-advertising performance by original voice actor Lorenzo Music as Garfield. The final performance by Music as Garfield before his death in 2001 would be in a PSA promoting the Cub Scouts after the game's release in 2000.
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Disney Magic Kingdoms
This game marks the final appearance of R. Lee Ermey as the voice of Sarge from the "Toy Story" franchise, as he passed away in 2018.
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During the reboot of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics, several characters and aspects adapted into the comic from the 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon (commonly referred to as "Sonic SatAM") were noticeably altered for a variety of factors:

• Ixis Naugus (referred to simply as Naugus in the show) was changed to "Walter Naugus". His species (which was never actually stated in the show, though the pre-reboot comics depicted him as a rhino-bat-lobster hybrid) was changed to that of a troll, with a tail being added to his design to help make him look as such, alongside his attire being updated to more resemble a warlock. Additionally, despite what was initially believed, the term "Ixis" was originally applied to Naugus' cartoon production materials, and was not invented by former writer Ken Penders. This meant it was still usable in the comics, and was later given to the deity worshipped by the troll species.
• Muttski was changed to "Ben "Mutt" Muttski", and was changed from a non-anthropomorphic dog to an anthropomorphic one. Notably, his new name was given in honor of Ben Hurst, the main writer of "Sonic SatAM" who sadly passed away in 2010.
• Snively Robotnik (referred to simply as Snively in the show) was changed to "Doctor Julian Snively", with his first name being a nod to "Sonic SatAM", as Dr. Robotnik's original name in the show was Julian. According to Ian Flynn, he is no longer related to Dr. Eggman in the reboot due to Sega's mandates not allowing other media to invent family members for the main "SegaSonic" cast. Ironically, while his half-sister Hope Kintobor was removed from the reboot, Snively inherited her position as G.U.N.'s R&D Specialist.
• Maximillian Acorn (referred to simply as "The King" in the show) was changed to "King Nigel Acorn". His name was most likely changed due to being coined by former writer Ken Penders. Notably, his new name, speech pattern and mannerisms are shared with Nigel Thornberry from the animated series "The Wild Thornberrys": Nigel was voiced by British actor Tim Curry, who also voiced the King in "Sonic SatAM".
• Nicole the Holo-Lynx's new backstory in the reboot has her being created by Dr. Ellidy in an attempt to digitize the consciousness of his dying daughter Nikki. This may have been loosely inspired by Ben Hurst's plans for the cancelled third season of "Sonic SatAM", where it would have been revealed that Nicole was originally a normal girl until she was tricked by Dr. Robotnik into having her entire personality transferred into a computer satellite.
• Although the Wolf Pack originated from "Sonic SatAM", the only member of the group who was not created by Ken Penders was their leader Lupe the Wolf, who also originated from the show. As such, when the comic was rebooted, she was the only member of the group to be carried over.
• Aside from King Acorn, the only parent of a "Sonic SatAM" character to make it into the reboot was Sabina, the mother of Dulcy the Dragon and herself a character from the show. However, while Ian Flynn did confirm that she was still Dulcy's mother in the reboot, she never actually appeared in the comic prior to its cancellation. Additionally, given that Dulcy refers to her with present tense, it's likely that Sabina is still alive in the reboot, whereas she had died in the original continuity.
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Batman: Arkham Asylum
subdirectory_arrow_right Batman: Arkham Trilogy (Game)
The Nintendo Switch version of Batman: Arkham Trilogy pays tribute to Kevin Conroy, a long-time voice actor of Batman including the Arkham Trilogy, who passed away in November 2022. Once the credits roll on the first game in the trilogy, Batman: Arkham Asylum, a black and white drawing of Gotham City appears with the text: “In memory of Kevin Conroy”.
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Batman: Arkham Trilogy on Switch pays tribute to Kevin Conroy:

Batman: Arkham Trilogy on Nintendo Switch Includes Tribute to Voice Actor Kevin Conroy:

Batman: Arkham Trilogy on Nintendo Switch Includes Tribute to Voice Actor Kevin Conroy:
Twisted Metal: Small Brawl
Attachment A prototype for Twisted Metal: Small Brawl has an unused 9/11 memorial screen.
Game Party Champions
Despite appearing as simply one of the many near-indistinguishable motion-controlled sports compilation games released in the wake of Wii Sports' popularity, Game Party Champions features an emotional and personal storyline about a child dealing with grief over their father's death, assisted by a character Spoiler:who is eventually revealed to be the father's ghost. Both writer Steve Bowler and voice actor Yuri Lowenthal were shocked by Warner Bros.' approval of the script. Bowler had intended for his daughter - who the protagonist, Riley, was named after - to play the game after he dies and learn life lessons from it.
Brendan O'Brien, the original voice of Crash Bandicoot from the character's inception until 2001, was in talks to do voice work for Antonblast, but unfortunately passed away in March 2023 before he could record any lines.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
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Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Attachment The four paintings in Spyro: Year of the Dragon's Midday Gardens are signed with the signature "Parvinder". This was the name of the deceased mother of Redditor TheChronoShadow, who was a Spyro fan, and was added in response to a campaign from Shadow asking for Activision to provide an early copy of the game to play with his mother before she passed away.
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
During development, the mother of the game's lead designers Brian and Andrew Allanson was diagnosed with cancer, which eventually resulted in her death. This led the team to rework certain parts of the game's plot, aiming to have "a more 'humanistic' perspective" and "sand down some of the game's more cynical edges". By the end, nearly a quarter of the game had been remade, including a slight change to the game's ending.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is the first game in the "Batman: Arkham" series to not feature Batman as the main protagonist, though he does still appear in the game. At The Game Awards 2022, a trailer for the game was released which ended with a brief tribute to longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy, who passed away on November 10, 2022. Host Geoff Keighley then confirmed that Conroy would be voicing Batman "one final time" in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League; this game being Conroy's final performance as Batman was a major promotional point in online articles. However, on January 30, 2024, days prior to the game's release, IGN reported that there were two additional projects he recorded lines for as Batman prior to his death that would be released posthumously. While one of those projects, "Batman: Caped Crusader", ultimately did not feature Conroy, the other reported project, "Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part 3", was later confirmed to be Conroy's actual final performance as Batman, making his purported last performance in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League false advertising.
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Disney Dreamlight Valley
This game marks the final appearance of Pat Carroll as the voice of Ursula from "The Little Mermaid" (excluding the "Once Upon A Studio" short which used archived audio), as well as her final role in general, as she passed away on July 30, 2022.
Pop'n Music 11
The song "Space Dog" is based on Laika, a Russian dog who became the first animal to orbit Earth from the Sputnik 2 spacecraft in 1957, and also died in the process.
This is further referenced in the song's genre "UCHU-RYOKOU" (ウチュウリョコウ), which is Japanese for "space journey".
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RemyWiki page for the song:

The song in question:
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
In an interview with the game's creative director/artist Tetsuya Nomura published on Dengeki Online on September 21, 2023, he revealed that the late voice actor Keiji Fujiwara would still be the voice of Reno for the Japanese dub of the game. Fujiwara passed away from cancer on April 12, 2020, at the age of 55, just two days after the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The news of his death came shortly before the recording sessions for FFVII Rebirth commenced, leaving the developers unable to replace him immediately. Because of this, Nomura asked the scenario team to let him use past recordings of Fujiwara’s voice for Reno in Rebirth, and "they made the necessary adjustments.” As a result of this, Reno's screentime in the game had been reduced to account for his death, and after apologizing to fans both domestic and international, Nomura revealed that the third part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake series will introduce a new Japanese voice actor for the role of Reno and that the character's presence will increase.
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Horizon Forbidden West
Attachment Located on a peninsula tip Northwest of the Isle of Spires boat launch is a small mat for the player to sit on and a note to read. When interacted with, Aloy sits down and recites a poem from the note:

"Here, we remember our friend, with a view as calming as his voice, on stone as strong as his spirit.

He was not just our rock, he was our oak, sturdy and stoic, whose presence brought us comfort and whose branches touched us all.

Rest in peace.

This is both a tribute to the late producer of the original Horizon Zero Dawn game, Patrick Munnik, and is also a reference to Ghost of Tsushima where players can frequently find small tatami mats to sit on and make haikus for a reward.
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Franchise: Mario
Attachment In 1991, Nintendo and MCA Records released a compilation album titled "Nintendo: White Knuckle Scorin'" mostly featuring songs unrelated to Nintendo by numerous rock and pop acts, although the original intention of the album was for the whole release to feature songs based off of Nintendo franchises. The album booklet featured a short comic loosely based on Super Mario World that was written and illustrated by the team responsible for the "Nintendo Comics System" comic book series released in the early 1990's. The comic and the album's release were designed to promote children's literacy, and was dedicated to Bobby Brooks, a talent agent passionate about promoting that cause who was killed in a 1990 helicopter crash that also took the life of blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The most notable thing to come out of this album's existence is an officially-licensed original song based on the Mario series titled "Ignorance is Bliss" written by Andy Sturmer and his then-girlfriend Sarah Wirt, and performed by Sturmer's psychedelic pop band Jellyfish. Sturmer, despite not being interested in video games, took it upon himself to make sure the song's lyrics remained relevant to the Mario series by directly basing them off of the album booklet's comic, which featured an illiterate Bowser ranting to Princess Toadstool about his plans of turning Dinosaur Land into fossil fuels and using his newfound status as an oil tycoon to join the real-life Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), as well as how much he hates reading. Sturmer later described the song as a "mini-opera" that was "a lot of fun to write".
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