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ClassicRadar: Console cameos in videogames

This month marks the five-year anniversary of GamesRadar. To celebrate, we’re digging up our oldest, favorite-est features – most of which posted before the website even had comments – and giving them a second chance to shine. Enjoy this priceless piece of gamz jarnlism history, and expect a “new” classic every few days through March.


Most of us play games to escape reality. For a few moments, the trials of the material world trickle away and your only concern is how many goddamn gold coins you can collect in an hour. Then, out of nowhere, a friggin' Xbox 360 console shows up in the actual game and all your suspended disbelief goes right out the window. It happens more often than you'd think. So often, in fact, we had little trouble amassing a large collection of these sneaky cameos. Here are the best examples, from zombie-blasting Dreamcasts to a DS floating in space.

 

Typing of the Dead

Console cameo: Sega Dreamcast

Zombies have infested an entire city. Decaying bodies are lying in every nook and cranny. What's the weapon of choice to combat the undying legions of hell? A Dreamcast/keyboard combo strapped to your torso!

And look, all your friends thought ahead and brought theirs too. Well, this situation's totally in hand now. Type away, fellas!

 

Shenmue

Console cameo: Sega Saturn

With the taste of Saturn's death still in our mouths in 2000, it's weird Sega didn't put a Dreamcast in this slow-burning adventure. Instead, there's a Saturn neatly tucked away in a forgotten drawer under the TV. Wow, no love even in Sega's own universe.

 

No More Heroes

Console cameo: Nintendo 64

Given the state of his cluttered room, you can tell Travis Touchdown is a massive nerd. Robot models, posters of anime moe witches... yeah, that qualifies. Hidden on a shelf by the fridge lies an out of use N64, facing the wall in what appears to be eternal shame for ending Nintendo's reign of console supremacy. We can't even see what game's in there!

 

Mario Kart DS

Console cameo: Nintendo DS

Always ready to push multiplayer boundaries, Mario Kart dares to be different with a level consisting of a DS in deep space. You haven't tossed a banana peel until you've done it while peeling out on a 50-foot touch screen... IN SPACE.

The cameos don't stop with a giant DS though - we've even got ROB the robot in a pre-Brawl appearance. Strange how that thing went from Nintendo's Trojan horse to garage sale standby to misty-eyed memory of our youth. The reality? That robot sucked as a controller. Hard.

 

Banjo-Kazooie

Console cameo: Game Boy

Bonus entry for 2011! I completely missed this when the article originally posted, but reader Burn pointed it out and this time I HAD to grab a screen. There are still tons of great examples of console cameos, so even with two more pages of examples there are bound to be some I've missed. Let us know below, but for now... on to more cameos!

42 comments

  • cptnoremac - September 30, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    It wasn't exactly hidden, but the Gamecube game Geist had an NES and an SNES. It even calls attention to them. Something like "Sweet! A NES and a SNES!" It annoyed me because using "a" instead of "an" implies they pronounce it "nes," in one syllable.
  • FatherTime - March 8, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Pokemon Blue/Red: N64
  • Ariaka - March 8, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Made me nostalgic for the Lunchbox. Or the SNES. Eh, still have the last, and it functions XD Maybe I'll kill some Super Mario World later, or Super Gameboy... Be back much later. Also, the entire 4th Floor of the Dept store in Red/Blue. SNES's, with different genre games!
  • lortay15 - March 7, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    In dead or alive 4 you get 2 xbox 360s as trophies in survival mode if you take down enough people. One is black and the other is white.
  • Japanaman - March 7, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Metal Gear Saturn! Ugh, please don't remind me of how cool the graphics USED to be.
  • majorianmask - March 7, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    Tales of Symphonia has a Gamecube in the middle of a security room the first time you enter a desian base (well, supposedly desian), right when you get to Triet and get taken in as a prisoner. The PS2 version has a PS2 in the middle of that room.
  • mastersword369 - March 7, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Thank you for posting this out of all the things you could have. I love this article then, now, and forever.
  • Tenfey - March 7, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    If only there were a cameo in Kameo.
  • Rockman - March 7, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    No Virtual ON? In Cyber Troopers the robots all had Sega Saturns on their backs, and in Oratario Tangram they were modeled with Dreamcasts on their backs. When you dashed, you'd see the lid open and the disc spinning inside.
  • savvas50 - March 7, 2011 3 p.m.

    There's an Xbox 360 in Alan Wake and in MGS4 there's a PS3 and PSP
  • NeelEvil - March 7, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    Ninja Gaiden 2, Statue of Liberty- in the room with the Trial of Valour you can smash open one of the displays to find the chrome X with green glowy bit in the middle that MS showed when they first announced the Xbox. It makes the startup noise & refills your health as well.
  • minimaxi - March 7, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    all virtuaroids in virtual on (the first one, at least) have Saturns strapped to their backs as boosters
  • austincharlesbond - March 7, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    you should edit the article to include Donkey Kong Country Returns. If you stay still, he whips out his DS and plays.
  • billywitchdr - March 7, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    The whole time I was reading this, I was waiting on the MGS PlayStation cameo. Nice work, GR :) I want a Gamecube just for TTS.
  • ice_sneasel - March 7, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    For all the main series pokemon games (idk about b/w) the current nintendo consle is in your room so its not just firered leafgreen and diamond and pearl its all the games
  • Redeater - March 7, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    @Brett I believe there is a Saturn in Shenmue because it was originally planned for the Saturn. I recall seeing pictures of it from way back. This may be why it was in there. Then again that could be utter bullshit and I'm talking out of my ass.
  • NightCrawler_358 - March 7, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    That was alot of nintendo! I'm glad you put MGS in there. Every MGS has little references t playstation hidden in there. 4's references are hilarious!
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 7, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    I used to be so good at the race on Dee Ess Island.
  • BertTheTurtle - March 7, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    In the Urbz [sic]: Sims in the City, one of the wardrobes available for purchase was a giant, misshapen Gamecube.
  • TruckThunders - March 6, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    Fun article. I'm honestly surprised this isn't done with more modern games.

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