I’ve created a top 10 list for you that is chock full of Easter Egg surprises without the tin foil. We all have played and beaten games, but did you ever take a minute to wonder if maybe there’s more to the game than you knew. Reminiscing that my childhood video games were sitting on the shelves at that time unplayed yet still full of Easter Egg life ticks me off. But it’s never too late to go back and try these Video Game Easter Eggs, after all there should be an Old School Sunday (OSS) article around here somewhere.
10. Legend of Zelda
The Egg: When you start the game type in “Zelda” as your character name to unlock the 2nd quest mode.
The System: NES
Don’t expect to breeze through this game these monsters are tougher and items are more difficult to get. Don’t believe me try the game here. Nintendo8.com has every NES game all in flash. Pretty awesome site if you ask me.
9. Monkey Island Series
The Egg: Hit Ctrl+W to beat the game.
The System: PC
For those players who could not take the insults anymore, this code allowed you to simply…beat the game. This code worked in ALL Monkey islands, and I’m glad it’s not THAT publicly known. The Monkey island series were fun, puzzle style PC games that mixed in humor. Why on earth would anyone want to hit those key combination’s is beyond me, but now you know! You Cheater!
8. Metal Gear Solid
The Egg: Change your controller port to player 2 against Psycho Mantis
The System: PSone
This is by far the most creative idea in a game to date. I mean who would think of switching your controller while your playing against a boss. Genius I tell ya, GENIUS!
7. Doom II
The Egg: Enter “idclip” during the game. When you get to the final boss, run under him to reveal a narrow tunnel. And there he is, like a scene from “Lord of the Flies” John Romero’s (lead designer) head on a stick.. Eww gross.
The System: PC
6. God of War II
The Egg: To enable HD mode hit L1, L2, L3, Circle and Square simultaneously any time before the “Sony Computer Entertainment Presents” screen pops up. If you’ve done it right the letters should turn purple.
The System: PS2
By far, one of the best games to hit the PS2. If you were looking for a great game that will hold up on the PS3 give this a try. Kratoss’ kick ass approach along with his fear nothing, fear no one made this game a hit. To watch it in HD makes it THAT much Kick-Assier.. is that a word?
5. World of Warcraft (WOW)
The Egg: THE CHICKEN QUEST: Head to Sal-deans’ Farm in Westfall and find a chicken. To unlock the secret you have to do the “Chicken Dance” for the chicken about a hundred times. Set up a macro to enter the command easily–bring up Options, select Macros, choose the icon you want and enter the command “/chicken”. Then put the icon in an action bar.
Soon you’ll see the message, “Chicken looks at you quizzically. Maybe you should inspect it?” Accept the quest and purchase the special chicken feed from Farmer Saldean. Return to the chicken and type “/cheer” before feeding the chicken. Do this right and the chicken will lay an egg. This egg is your new pet, a prairie chicken.
The System: PC
I’d recommend trying this quest when no one is around. You still might want to let other’s in the area know that your trying this just incase they try and kill the chicken. But you will get the occasional “South Park Jerk” who will not leave you alone and attack the chicken anyhow.
4. The “Konami Code”
The Egg: up, up, down, down, left, right, left right, B, A, Start (or select start for 2 players with 30 lives in Contra like my brother Gonzo says)
The System: All
Anyone who has played video games has heard of this code. But what a lot of people might not know is that this code can be used in over 100 Konami and non-Konami games alike. I created a sub category Top 10 Konami codes below:
- Contra (Famicom/NES) – Entering the code at the title screen gives the player 30 lives.
- Gradius (Famicom/NES) – The first ever use of the code. Pausing the game and then entering the code activates all powerups except for Speed Up and Double.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Famicom/SNES) – Entering the code at the title screen on controller 2 allows the selection of 10 lives in the Options menu.
- Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Remix (PS) – Entering the code Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right on the Mode Selection Screen will unlock Super Mode.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2, Xbox, PC) – In addition to the usage in the original Sons of Liberty, entering “UUDDLRLRBA” as the player’s username in Missions mode will unlock all missions and characters.
- Silent Hill 3 (PS2, PC) – Beating the game once, then entering the code in the title screen will cause Douglas Cartland, a supporting character, to appear in his underwear in each cutscene.
- Final Fight 2 (Capcom, SNES) – This game features a variant on the code: Down, Down, Up, Up, Right, Left, Right, Left, L, R. When entered at the title screen, both players will be able to select the same character in a two player game.
- The Orange Box (Valve, Xbox 360, PS3) – Entering Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A (Circle, X on the PS3) in either Half-Life 2, Episode One or Episode Two spawns a medkit directly to the player’s location, which replenishes a maximum of 25 health points.
- Viva Piñata: Party Animals (Xbox 360) – Entering the code on the main menu will unlock an achievement worth 10 gamerpoints, entitled “Classic Gamer Reward”
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (LucasArts, PS2, Xbox, GameCube) – At any menu screen, when the code is entered, the Ewok celebration song from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will play.
Like I said, this list is well over 100 so if your interested check out the rest here.
3. Mortal Kombat
The Egg: After landing a strong uppercut against the opponent, the face of sound designer Dan Forden would appear in the lower-right corner of the screen and shout, “Toasty!” The “Toasty” shout had originated from Scorpion’s finishing move. He would remove his mask to reveal a (sometimes) fiery skull and spit fire at his opponent. This is demonstrated in “Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks”. In the Portal stage, if the player very quickly held down and hit the start button before Dan’s head left the screen, they would then instantly begin a new stage against a secret character named Smoke, a grey recolor of Scorpion.
The System: Arcade, SNES
Unfortunately no matter how fast my fingers are my brain isn’t. I’ve only seen a couple people accomplish this and my brother BB is one of them. Damn you BB.
2. Hitman: Contracts
Ah ha, so you found me… either you somehow highlighted this text to read this one or the damn JPEG gave it away. Smart fellow you are (Yoda Jive)
For figuring this out, here’s your Egg.
1. In the traditions of the trade level enter the building and turn right
2. Go in the door and wait for the guard to leave
3. Once he leaves and the door closes pick the lock on the door opposite to the one you used to come into the room
4. Once you open the door go through the door and look right
5. When you are looking right you will see a corner
6. If you quickly run to the wall you are facing and look left you can see a ghost go through a wall
BONUS: If you pick the lock on the door that the ghost go’s and enter the room you can see a myou go into the bathroom and look in the mirror you can see the ghost for about 2 or 3 seconds
The System: PS2, PC, Xbox
1. Grand Theft Auto
Now I was thinking of creating a whole article to all the Easter Eggs in the GTA series, and if this post is a hit I will. The GTA franchise know what people want, small lines of code which a few people will see but all will appreciate them. Without further a due the GTA series Easter Eggs!!!
The Egg: Go to the bridge that connects San Fierro to Las Venturas. Get to the top some how and you will see a sign that says,
“There are no Easter Eggs up here Go away.”
The System: PS2
-1. Super Mario Bros.
Since I received many nasty comments for not mentioning this “The Minus World”, I’ve decided to do one better by providing you with the video. Now I know this also works because I’ve taken out my dusty NES and blew the cartridge, haha, anyways it works.
The Egg: As Super Mario, get all the way to the green pipe at the end of 1-2. Stand on top of the pipe and smash the blocks above you. Do not smash the very last block on the right. Now, stand on the end of the pipe and face left. Jump straight up, then press and hold Right on the controller. What you are trying to do here is jump through the bottom left corner of the block backwards.
The System: NES