10 greatest gaming April Fools

A word of warning. As some people are likely to skip the intro paragraph text of an article and just look at the pictures and big text - none of these things are actually true.

In advance of the slew of 2010 April Fools gags (that are only valid til 12pm) we've sought out some of the best April Fools of past years that nearly had us looking like big fools.

Just remember for the next few hours, if it seems even *slightly* unlikely, it probably is.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 'nude code'

US games mag Electronic Gaming Monthly became infamous for its yearly April Fools gags, exemplifying the effect of a respected publication printing a downright lie - it sticks, and some people actually believe it. There's a few we could have gone for here but our favourite is the Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 'nude code' which promised nekkid beach babes. 

Legend of Zelda movie trailer

Concieved and produced by IGN, this fan-baiting faux-trailer plyayed into the hands of the most critical group of fans - the Zelda faithful.

The IREM console launch

This Japanese developer has a bit of a love affair with April Fools and produdces a high concept effort every year. One of our favorites was this Irem hardware launch.

Master Chief appeaing in the Halo 3 player map

Bungie like an April Fool, but this was the one we remembered best - the 'Master Chief is in ur player map'.

Merging of Hitoshi Sakimoto and Mooi Sakuraba

Somewhat obscure, but amusing for the images, this 'merger' falsehood reported that two senior Square-Enix composers had been made into one single person (the old womane in the picture), This was a nod to the merger of Square Co. and Enix Corporation that happened in the same year.

The Terra-Tron

This isn't the only Blizzard effort in the list, but its dedication to detail in fools is second to none. This Terra-Tron unit for StarCraft 2 was so believable (at first glance) we actually fell for this.

Xbox Alpine Legend

Microsoft had a little laugh with this lederhosen and flugelhorn simulator.

Assassin's Creed/Metal Gear video

This video was so well put together it had to be real. Until you remember this is Hideo Kojima we're dealing with here and he doesn't do trailers by half measures - even April Fool ones.

The Wii Helm

Created by retail website ThinkGeek, this Wii peripheral offered lazy gamers the chance to play Wii hands free, via the medium of their head and some foot pedals. You can guess what happens if you click the 'buy now' button.

The 'Bard Hero' Class


Blizzard's other entry in our list showed that even Warcraft had been bitten by the Guitar Hero bug. We're almost 100% certain that the majority of WOW players would have paid to have this for real.

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  • philipshaw - April 2, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    Love that MGS4 april fools joke."Did you like it?"
  • grayson.burrows - April 1, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Are the typos part of the joke?
  • Cyberninja - April 1, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    i am shocked that some one would actually want a nude cheat for DoAx
  • Ded - April 1, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Loads more from Blizzard this year: And WoW Armory turning everyone into Tuskaar :D
  • Blasto - April 1, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    It's mister chief dammit!
  • Spydie4x4 - April 1, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    You mean "Mister Chief"
  • Chapmoin - April 1, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    Of course you know that the old woman created by the merger of Sakimoto and Sakuraba is Helena Blavatsky, famed occultist and contemporary of Aleister Crowley, founder of the Order of the Golden Dawn, and I'm sure that's meant to make the joke funnier but I don't know how. The best I can do is that many of Blavatsky's crazy teachings were incorporated into Terranigma, which was one of Enix's best games? I'unno.
  • Vitoruss1 - April 1, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    I wanted that bard class so bad you have no idea.
  • breener96 - April 1, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    I don't know whether to believe this or not! >_<
  • Feeleep1396 - April 1, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    der is halo lego
  • crumbdunky - April 1, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    hatemelerwii-when they made the video we didn't know that the Altair costume was just an unlockable-IIRC. Whatever-I think it's always great to see Koj at the end just to hear the guy say "did you rike it?". Priceless. I hate April fools , mind, hate them.
  • Daedazrael - April 1, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    Just one nitpick. That's MISTER Chief, not Master Chief. Frankie thanks you for remembering the distinction.
  • Conman93 - April 1, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    A Zelda movie..A man can dream! I remember I saw a fake lego halo somewhere before. It had screenshots and everything
  • hatemelerwi - April 1, 2010 noon

    ok am I missing something here ? cause the MGS4 vid is no April Fools joke , that Altair Costume actually IS in the game ... dumbasses
  • drewbian - April 1, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    nice article, didnt know about pretty much all of these, happy april fools guyz
  • speno93 - April 1, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    lol some of thses are really staaggering. funny, its only starting for you guys here in AUS April 1st is nearly over
  • gamesradar_george1 - April 1, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    @Corsair89 We did consider that, but it's such a well-known one that we thought we'd go for the DOA one. Plus it made for a better image. @FunkyDarkKnight Not sure what causes that - we'll look into it.
  • FunkyDarkKnight - April 1, 2010 9:35 a.m.

    for some reason on most articles the box where you type in two words to show you don't spam doesn't show up for me and when i type in something only to see the box isn't there i click post comment and it says '500 error: sorry kiddies, it blew its load' and the comment isn't posted, any help please? (P.S. I know it's ironic i'm doing this on an april fools article but it's one of the few articles that let me type something in the box)
  • Corsair89 - April 1, 2010 9:30 a.m.

    Really? EGM's infamous Shang Long joke for Street Fighter II didn't make it?
  • Brutus - April 1, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    FIRST!!!!!! Lols all over the place in this list

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