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101 game facts that will rock your world

21. There are currently over 100 million Game Boys in the world; both the original and the colour variant. 32 million of them are in Japan, and there are 44 million in America.

22. Before they settled on its unique, painted look, the developers of Okami, Clover, originally intended the game to look realistic. You can unlock a concept video of this by finishing the game. It was changed because the PS2's hardware wasn't sophisticated enough.

23. Online gaming isn't as recent a development as you may think; in the '90s, a modem peripheral called the Satellaview was released for the Super Nintendo. It let gamers download gaming news and specially-designed games. They were mostly remakes of retro classics.

24. Early iterations of Nintendo's failed Virtual Boy console included a gun you'd set vertical on a flat surface that would project a 3D image into the air.

25. GoldenEye's famously brilliant multiplayer mode originally contained three Bond actors as playable characters; Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. Their data was left on the cartridge, but you couldn't select them without using a cheat device.



26. Namco developed a special PSone controller to be used with Ridge Racer Type 4. It was called the Jogcon and had a wheel in place of the analogue sticks.

27. In critically panned crime caper Driv3r, there was a Hawaiian shirt-wearing character called Timmy Vermicelli - a clear parody of the star of GTA: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti. The character wore swimming bands, poking fun at the GTA hero's inability to swim.

28. In Grand Theft Auto 3, one mission saw you chasing a "badly animated" (in the words of Asuka) character called Tanner, who bore more than a passing resemblance to Driver lead character of the same name.

29. The PSone was originally planned as a Nintendo console, with Sony set to design its electronic components. When Nintendo ditched the project, Sony decided to make a console anyway.

30. The death screams of the bad guys in the original Golden Axe are digitized from screams used in the films First Blood and Conan The Barbarian.



31. Star Fox Adventures originally started life as Dinosaur Planet, a game developed entirely by Rare. It starred a blue fox called Krystal, who later became part of the Star Fox crew.

32. The damsel-in-distress that Mario rescues in the original Donkey Kong is called Pauline. In the Japanese version she was known simply as 'Lady'.

33. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith wasn't the wrinkly rockers' first videogame appearance. In 1994 they starred in an on-rails shooter called Revolution X where you had to rescue the band from kidnappers in a dystopian future. No, really.

34. In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty, a scene was removed from the final game where Snake is chased through the sinking tanker by a rush of water. Kojima said it looked good, but wasn't fun to play. Footage still exists of this in early trailers.

35. The first western-developed Xbox 360 game to break into the top 10 of the Japanese game chart was Gears of War. It made its debut at number seven after selling 33,000 copies. It charted in January 2006, over two years after the Japanese launch of the console.

36. Attacking the fat, black pig on Outset Island in The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker will eventually cause it to attack.It's 100% invincible, though, so watch out.

37. Mega Man is known as Rock Man in Japan. This was changed in America because 'rock' is well-known slang for crack cocaine, and the name stuck.

38. The name Atari comes from the Chinese game Go. 'Atari' refers to a situation where a stone or a group of stones is in imminent danger of being taken by another player; a state Atari ironically found themselves in when the brand was bought by French company Infogrames.

39. The Xbox was originally named DirectXbox, as it was initially designed to show how Microsoft's Direct X graphics technology could benefit the console market.

40. The Texas Instruments TI-83 calculator has more graphics processing power than the Commodore 64. Amazingly, some basic C64 games can even be programmed into it.

53 comments

  • albert-wesker - September 21, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    I don't know how you managed to mess up #70 so badly, first of all RE2 takes place in the middle of RE3, not after, and there's no Nemesis on RE2 at all, there are several T-101 (the tyrant from RE2) during the final battle of RE3 though, Nemesis actually eats one of them in order to evolve into his final form. The monster that appears in the locked room on RE2 is actually an Hunter and only appears in the N64 version of the game.
  • NathanTheHunt - October 27, 2009 6:42 a.m.

    Fact number 46 was in last years article also.
  • NathanTheHunt - October 27, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    Xbox=DirectXbox was mentioned in last years article also.
  • maedene - October 7, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    But there IS a game called Star Fox: Dinosaur Planet.
  • yax51 - November 29, 2008 6:03 a.m.

    Good article, however #100 is inncorrect. The sheeps' password is not "bo-ram-u" nor is it whats said in Warcraft 2. The correct password in the movie is "Baa-ram-ewe". Ewe being a female sheep thus making the sheeps' password more "sheepish"
  • xmattyoungx - November 25, 2008 8:14 p.m.

    52 is incorrect. The NBA 2K games have had branded achievements.
  • WingNutZA - November 25, 2008 8:34 a.m.

    Nursery rhyme... "Little Bo Beep has lost her sheep, And can't tell where to find them. Leave them alone, and they'll come home, Bringing their tails behind them." And if you click on the sheep enough times in Warcraft 2, eventually they'll explode.
  • Zenrel - November 21, 2008 6:09 a.m.

    Its Baah-ram-ewe, what has "bo" got to do with sheep....?
  • blocpartier - November 19, 2008 3:39 a.m.

    I knew quite a few of these but I wasn't aware about pressing a button only 16 times in one second. That's kinda frustrating if you ask me....
  • Sash - November 17, 2008 12:12 p.m.

    I have to lol at how crappy the goldeneye graphics look now xD
  • A.J_Smiles - November 16, 2008 7:36 p.m.

    haha tunerracer. better luck next time! any way this article was awesome. i feel...enlightened...and kinda hungry.
  • xXHaloKillerXx - November 16, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    @RonnyLive19881 Your probably a Nintendo fanboy.People bought wiiplay for the remote and the reviews sucked for and so does Wii.
  • AbleCluster - November 15, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    LOL, thats pretty funny dude. Well done. jess http://www.crypted.de.tc
  • Soulreaverm - November 15, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    Awesome article, but I found that at least a tenth of this I already know, because of reading GR articles. Some things in this article have been mentioned so many times...
  • NullG7 - November 15, 2008 2:04 a.m.

    I had already heard about 2/3 of this before but none of the intresting stuff like "If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure" or Xbox = 'Direct' X Box. You should have things like this more often.
  • zombieddeath - November 14, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    How the hell did Wii Play sell twice as more than Halo 3?
  • Darkness710 - November 14, 2008 10:17 p.m.

    it sounds fun to work on Dead Space
  • MobstahLobstah - November 14, 2008 7:51 p.m.

    Intriguing.
  • Z-man427 - November 14, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    this was really pretty interesting. and I'm a sponge for useless trivia
  • TheFish - November 14, 2008 5:33 p.m.

    my mind was fried with your beams of truth.

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