ClassicRadar: Console cameos in videogames

Super Smash Bros Melee/Brawl

Console cameo: Nintendo's biggest and best

Melee is cram-jam-packed with Nintendo fan service. That's part of the reason why it was GameCube's biggest title. But nothing in-game compares to the trophy room's collection of every Nintendo system that matters. They even bothered to differentiate between Game Boys. Not sure about the gravity-defying N64 controller though.

Oh, did we say Melee was cram-jam-packed with Nintendo heritage? Brawl trumps it with ease, even without a special trophy room displaying the company's entire history. Not much in the way of console appearances, but there is this stage based on the ancient Game & Watch. See it in action here.


Beautiful Katamari

Console cameo: Xbox 360

You'd think a series involving hundreds of household items lying about would have more console shout outs. Unless we missed something, only Beautiful has a system in its sticky sights, and it's an Xbox 360. Well, tons of Xbox 360s. And controllers.


Condemned: Criminal Origins

Console cameo: Xbox 360

Most of the Achievements in Condemned involve collecting rotting birds and finding as many blunt instruments of death as possible. Then there are a few completely out of place Xbox units plugged into malfunctioning TVs. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Bonus nerddom: the 360s actually have Condemned faceplates.


Brave Story

Console cameo: Sony PSP

Not-too-bad RPG Brave Story has a cameo right away, and actually becomes part of the main plot. Due to the main character's intense PSP gaming, a series of events are set into motion that ultimately lead to grand adventure, chatty party members and all of that wonderful JRPG junk.


PlayStation Home

Console cameo: Sony PSP

"Hey, what should the interface for Home look like?"
"…w..what? Sorry, I was taking a nap. Hm, can't we just put a PSP in there?"


Metal Gear Solid

Console cameo: Sony PlayStation

After beating Ninja and talking for god damn ever to Otacon, you'll find this... thing on a shelf next to a TV. It's supposed to be an original PlayStation, but that might as well be a Saturn. Or a briefcase.

Six years later, the Twin Snakes remake for GameCube replaces the PS1 for Nintendo's purple box.

The ambiguous PlayStation is replaced with a GameCube and wireless Wavebird controller, plus the Cube's startup menu on the TV. And thanks to actual graphics, you can tell what everything is supposed to be.

Before we go, we have to acknowledge titles we didn't have a chance to dissect. Toy Commander apparently has a Dreamcast. DOAX has some kind of prototype Xbox too (or so we hear). Even with a four page list, there are bound to be plenty of instances we missed. But if you're still in the mood for remembrance, how about a quick recap of everything we've seen?

Originally posted Feb 20, 2008

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  • 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.
  • philipshaw - March 6, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    I remember reading this back in the day but it has been so long since i read it that it feels new again. Thanks for re posting this and updating this Brett

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