3D Dot Game Heroes' hero roster is packed with cameos

If you've picked up 3D Dot Game Heroesthis week (or just readour review), you already know that it's a love letter to the 8- and 16-bit eras of gaming, jam-packed with references to old-school games and game culture. It also features more than a few sly references to developer From Software's earlier efforts, like Demon's Souls. What a lot of people might not have realized, however, is that From "hid" a bunch of self-referential character cameosright in its character-select screen.

Above: Seriously, there's a ton of them in here

Nearly all of the selectable characters were originally released as DLC for the Japanese market, but since US gamers get them all by default, for free, their significance may be lost on all but the most die-hard fans. That's why we've pulled together all the ones we recognized and revealed their origins in the following list: