Console Cameos

Game: Pokemon Diamond

Console cameo: Wii

Now here's some marketing sense - sneak your newest console into the DS's most popular game. Doesn't matter that it could be a trash can on the screen for all we know. It says Wii, so we believe it.

Game: Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen

Console cameo: NES

This, however, is very clearly an NES. No mistaking that. It even has a cute li'l controller plugged in and everything. Pokemon Emerald has an orange GameCube if you're hungry for more Poke-references.

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Console cameo: Nintendo DS

More DS love. Kart had one in a void; Zelda puts it smack in the middle of the ocean, cheerfully known as "Dee Ess Island." Gotta love that.

Once you dock and start exploring the island, you get this map screen. We hear there's treasure buried somewhere in the touch screen...

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Console cameo: Game Boy Advance

Hourglass's predecessor, Wind Waker, got in on the stealthy product placement too. Link can use a GBA to summon Tingle and search for bonus treasure - but no one did it because who wants to summon Tingle for anything?

The inventory screen is all screwy now. You've got a GBA mixed in with a telescope, sail and grappling hook. Still, it's not as out of place as GBA connectivity. Anyone miss that crap? Didn't think so.

Game: Animal Crossing

Console cameo: NES

Smash Bros. generally gets the top nod as Nintendo's biggest piece of fan service. Let's not discount Animal Crossing though, as its many trophies and material goods are ripped right out of the company's colorful past.

The best part about these NES systems? They WORK. All of these games are playable, all bundled with the game. Don't expect that courtesy again, now that the Virtual Console is gobbling up Wii Points day and night.

Game: Mario Paint

Console cameo: Game Boy

One of our favorite Mario side-projects of all time. Its music generator still gets heavy play today, and located within its many sampled sounds is a Game Boy that produces beeping noises. Here it's used to recreate Sonic's theme.


  • Ricochet3438 - January 19, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    There's also a pictochat level in super smash bros brawl. Not reallly a console cameo but it's still there.
  • Ricochet3438 - January 19, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Also in deadrising two right after chuck and katey make it to the bunker and go into the security office, chuck asks that one chick if she'll take care of his daughter while he's out getting the zomberex. Katey pulls out a pink psp, and starts playing it.
  • RainbowStalin - May 11, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    Brett, what is it with you and the name perch?
  • Menelin - December 29, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    In Geist, when you possess the doctor, there's a Gamecube in one of the lockers in the women's locker room as well as Samus' helmet.
  • camelfro - November 25, 2009 5:20 a.m.

    kul article shin megami tensei ds had a ds as the main plot device
  • faceofmonkey - October 6, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    In the beginning of Rachet and Clack 3, Rachet is playing a Jak&Daxter, Rachet and Clank, and Rachet and Clank 2 on a PS2
  • Xplosive59 - November 28, 2008 9 a.m.

    MGS4 has a ps3 on the table, sunny plays a PSP and snake controles the mk2/mk3 with a playstation controller
  • Scoob1.0 - November 21, 2008 4:33 a.m.

    and lets not forget the Nintendo 64 in the lady's house where u save your game in Donkey Kong Country 3 I believe it was... shes even playing the system during some saves.
  • Burn - November 11, 2008 5:59 a.m.

    Hmm... Not a big deal, but Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow features a SNES in your room. Oh and in the file select screen for Banjo Kazooie - Banjo is playing a GameBoy. Yippee...
  • KirbyCupcake - November 16, 2008 4:24 p.m.

    Oh sorry, didn't see you already mentioned it..*blush*
  • KirbyCupcake - November 16, 2008 4:20 p.m.

    ^ Adding on to the comment, in Pokemon Diamond (suppose in Pearl too) you have a Wii in your room, and so does your friend.:D
  • BarryNomad - September 18, 2009 7:16 p.m.

    Here are some more: Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram: Dreamcast and Xbox 360 versions have Dreamcast's attached to the mech's backs. Sonic Adventure: The boss E-105 Zeta has a body made up of Dreamcasts Rent a Hero no. 1: The hero's computer is the SECA CREAMCAST, looks like a creamy white Dreamcast. SEGAGAGA: Every SEGA console cameos numerous times including in the final battle.
  • MoChilla - February 17, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    They Replace the PSP in Home with a PDA.
  • jokerdog - August 14, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    Don't forget the three gamecubes in REmake used to free Chris/Jill from the chamber.
  • rezapoc - August 13, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    Dont forget the dreamcasts mounted on the back of the robots in virtual on: ot.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 12, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    Grand Theft Auto needs some console cameos - perhaps a mission around stealing the new thing from Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo R&D labs.

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