Console Cameos

We track down the real-world systems that hide in your virtual playground

Game: Super Smash Bros. Melee

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.

Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Console cameo: Game & Watch

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.

Game: 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 the newest game has a system in its sticky sights, and it's an Xbox 360. Well, tons of Xbox 360s. And controllers.

Game: 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

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