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The Greatest Video Game Easter Eggs of All Time 

Bobby Anhalt
Updated December 3, 2019 9.5k votes 1.2k voters 715.4k views 103 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!


Super Mario Portraits Appear in Courtyard in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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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
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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
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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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How to Fight in Reptile in Mortal Kombat
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Photo: Midway Games
Though Reptile wasn't a playable character in the console port of Mortal Kombat, unlocking the battle with him was the only way to fight in the spike pit arena. To do so, fight an opponent (in single-player mode) on the bridge arena, and be sure to get two flawless victories back to back. Unleashing a fatality on the second round means your next fight will be with Reptile in the spike pit.
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