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Nintendo Characters Who Secretly Appear In Other Video Games

December 10, 2020 370 votes 44 voters 3.1k views17 items

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Just like Disney, Nintendo likes to enrich your experience by adding little homages and secret cameos of other characters in their pantheon. These hidden references to famous characters like Mario or Link have even slipped into games outside of the Nintendo family. You may have been able to spot a few of them over the course of your gaming adventures, but there are many more that may have snuck under your radar. It's always a treat for dedicated fans to see nods to their favorite characters hidden in other titles, and the cameos provide a sense of satisfaction if you manage to spot them.

Check to see how many of these secret Easter eggs you've been able to uncover on your own, and discover new ones to hunt for in the future. Which one is your personal favorite? Let us know by casting your vote below!

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    Portraits Of Mario And Luigi Hang In Zelda's Castle

    Portraits Of Mario And Luigi Hang In Zelda's Castle
    Photo: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Nintendo

    In Ocarina of Time, when Link finally reaches the courtyard garden in Hyrule Castle before meeting Princess Zelda, he can spy some interesting artwork in the castle window.

    By angling the camera right, the player can see pictures of Mario, Bowser, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi. Shooting this window will also yield a nice 20 rupees, too!

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    Link And Samus Appear In 'Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars '

    Link And Samus Appear In 'Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars '
    Photo: Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars / Nintendo

    When in Rosetown, go to the inn and rest for the night. Link will be asleep in the bed beside yours when you wake up. Attempting to talk to him will yield the small jingle tone from the Zelda series.

    To find Samus, you must go to the castle's guest room after defeating Yaridovich, but also before going to Land's End. If you manage to find her and talk to her, she will reply that she is resting up to defeat Mother Brain.

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    Samus's Ship Appears In 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' 

    Samus's Ship Appears In 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' 
    Photo: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze / Nintendo

    Samus Aran's Gunship is hidden among the trees in the background of the level 1-B Busted Bayou in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

    Check out how one player finds its exact location within the level.

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    Mario's Face Changes To Wario On The Mount Rushmore Recreation In 'Pilotwings 64'

     Mario's Face Changes To Wario On The Mount Rushmore Recreation In 'Pilotwings 64'
    Photo: Pilotwings 64 / Nintendo

    In Pilotwings 64, if you choose to fly in the Little States area, you can find a replica of Mt. Rushmore with Mario's head in the place of George Washington's.

    Shooting this statue with the cannonball shot or the Gyrocopter missiles will cause the stone to break away and reveal Wario's face behind it.

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