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The Greatest Video Game Easter Eggs of All Time

Updated February 27, 2020 11.9k votes 1.5k voters 725.6k views103 items

Video games are full of Easter eggs. You know this already. You've played these games for hours and hours on end and know all their secrets. But this list of video game Easter eggs and hidden features has over 100 items! From all kinds of games! So yeah, you know GTA is full of Easter eggs, but do you know about all 102 of the Easter eggs hidden in video games on this list? Let's find out!

According to Wikipedia an Easter egg is "an intentional inside joke, hidden message or feature in a work such as a computer program, video game, movie, or book." The term was coined at Atari by personnel who were alerted to the presence of a secret message which had been hidden by game designer Warren Robinett in his already widely distributed game, Adventure. Some of the best video game Easter eggs are in classic games, but it seems gamers are constantly discovering new cool Easter eggs in modern games as well.

It would be nearly impossible to list every single Easter egg found in video games, and it's likely that hundreds still have yet to be discovered, but here are some of best we’ve found. Vote up the best video game hidden features and Easter eggs below, then get back to gaming and uncover some more!

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    Super Mario Portraits Appear in Courtyard in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Photo: Nintendo
    Another Mario reference in a Zelda game. While in the courtyard where Zelda is hanging out (as child Link), look into the nearby windows. You'll see portraits of various Mario characters depending on your angle.
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    Playable Atari Games on Nuketown 2025 in Call of Duty: Black Ops II

    Photo: Activision
    If ever you've thought to yourself, "Man, wish I could play some old-school Atari games in this modern first-person shooter," then you're in luck. Classic hits such as H.E.R.O., Kaboom!, Pitfall, and River Raid can all be played from within Call of Duty: Black Ops II. To do so, start a private match on the Nuketown 2025 map, and shoot the heads off every mannequin in the level in 90 seconds or less. You'll find a TV screen near the population sign where the games can be played.
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    Psycho Mantis Knows What You Like in Real-Life in Metal Gear Solid

    Photo: Konami
    Psycho Mantis wasn’t Snake’s strongest enemy in Metal Gear Solid, but his mental powers make him one of the wiliest. The psychic operative even says he can read your mind, though he really just means your memory card. He has a description no matter what’s on there, but if you happen to have a Legend of Zelda saved on your PSOne Memory Card, Mantis will thoroughly creep you out by saying, “You seem to like Legend of Zelda, don’t you?”
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    Contest Winner Chris Houlihan's Room in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    Photo: Nintendo
    Back in 1990, the now-defunct Nintendo Power held a contest that selected a random winner to appear in a future NES game. That winner was a dude named Chris Houlihan, who received his own fancy room in 1991's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. There were five different ways you could enter the Rupee-filled room, though it had been intended as a crash prevention measure - the game would only send players there when it couldn't determine Link's destination when transitioning between maps.
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