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The Greatest Video Game Easter Eggs of All Time

Updated February 27, 2020 11.2k votes 1.5k voters 725.7k 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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    Fire off a Hadouken Like Ryu in Mega Man X

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    Street Fighter and Mega Man are two of Capcom’s biggest franchises, but the two series didn’t cross over until this super secret Easter egg in the first Mega Man X. After jumping through an insane number of hoops (including collecting every upgrade and beating a stage without taking any damage), you’ll find a hidden upgrade Dr. Light - who’s dressed like Ryu - left behind. X can now fire off a Hadouken with the same quarter circle attack command. Mega Man X2 continued the tradition by adding a Shoryunken, but it was much easier to unlock. Here's a guide to unlocking the Hadouken if you want to try it.
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    Majora's Sells Mario’s Mask in the Legend of Zelda

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    Majora’s Mask might be the weirdest game Nintendo has ever put out (that's a compliment), and the creepy mask salesman at the start of the game helps set that tone. If you take a look at the many masks he has to sell, you’ll see a little Mario mask as a wink to the fellow Nintendo franchise. The existence of that mask makes some fans wonder if you’d transform into Mario if you wore it, but that’s one Easter Egg that we’ll sadly never get to see.
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    Level Specific CODECs in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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    Smash Bros. is built upon a mountain of clever secrets for fans to find, but none had as high production values as these Easter eggs. If you played as Solid Snake in the Shadow Moses stage and continually hit down on the d-pad, you’ll hear Snake have a lengthy radio conversation about his current opponent, all with new dialogue recorded by the voice cast. The same happens for the Star Fox crew on their stage.
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    Access the Secret Cow Level in Diablo II

    Chances are you've slain dozens of bipedal cows for loot in Diablo II's Secret Cow Level. Funny thing is, this was included as homage to a false rumor about the original Diablo that stated you could access a hidden level if you continuously clicked on the cows just outside of town. To access the wondrous land of Hell Bovines, simply combine Wirt's Leg and a Tome of Town Portal within the Horadric Cube while standing in the Rogue Encampment.
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