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Pokemon Gold & Silver
The original starting town in Gold and Silver was called "Silent Hills". It's not known why the location changed, but it could have been to avoid comparisons to the horror game Silent Hill, which was released during Gold and Silver's development.
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Mind Quiz: Your Brain Coach
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Your Brain Coach was voluntarily pulled from stores in the United Kingdom after release due to complaints that the word "spastic" was triggered when a player didn't perform well. The game was never re-released, but is still sold with the European English language in Australia, as it isn't considered particularly offensive there.

A similar incident occurred with Mario Party 8 just one month later.
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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Concept Art for A Link to the Past shows Zelda in futuristic attire. The original Legend of Zelda was planned to be set in both the past and the future. This art could be an indication that Nintendo considered reusing the concept for A Link to the Past.
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Developer: Capcom
The word "Capcom" was created from taking the first 3 letters from each word in "Capsule Computers" (from the subsidiary Japan Capsule Computer Co).
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Developer: SEGA
The word "SEGA" was created by taking the first two letters from each word in "Service Games", SEGA's original name.
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Princess Zelda was named after Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.

When asked about the name, Miyamoto said, "Zelda was the name of the wife of the famous novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald. She was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title."
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Developer: Nintendo
Hal Laboratory, Inc. (A subsidiary of Nintendo, creators of Kirby and Super Smash Bros) named themselves "HAL" because each letter in "HAL" is one place ahead of each letter in "IBM", as if to say HAL were one step ahead.
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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In early versions of Majora's Mask, the moon had no face. This could be why some promotional art shows the moon with no face.
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
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Documents about Link's Awakening in the Hyrule Historia show an image with two characters fighting an enemy and a note next to it that reads "What're we gonna do about 1P mode?" suggesting the game was originally multiplayer.
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Minecraft
Minecraft was originally called "Cave Game".
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Super Metroid
Samus Aran's appearance in Super Metroid was based on the actress Kim Basinger.
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L.A. Noire
Many of the cases in the game are inspired by real-life crimes that occurred in L.A. around 1947.
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L.A. Noire
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To create a realistic post-war Los Angeles, the developers of the game studied photographs taken from a biplane by Robert Spence in the 1920s.
The developers used the photographs to create traffic patterns and public transport routes in the game, as well as the location and condition of buildings
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Kojima initially wanted Gray Fox to play the main role in the game, but made the decision to have Raidan take the main role instead. This was to allow the younger members of his team to take control of the game.
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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During beta testing for Ocarina of Time, developers added an Arwing to the game to test enemy AI and Z-Targeting. While it was never actually used in the game, the code was never removed and can still be accessed via devices like GameShark and Action Replay.
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Shadow of the Colossus
Agro will occasionally ignore commands, as Fumito Ueda (lead designer) believed that "a real horse ... doesn't always obey. It's not like a car or a motorcycle, it won't always turn when you say 'turn!'"

He also admitted that the team had to work out a good balance of how often Agro would ignore commands to allow for playability over realism.
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Console: DS
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The white Nintendo DS Lite bears a striking resemblance to the Zelda Game & Watch released by Nintendo in 1989.
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Skyward Sword had the longest development period of any Zelda game.
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