Gaming's hidden messages

Sonic and Mario can't have hidden messages in them, can they? Well, there was the famous (infamous) "U R MR GAY" scandal, with the Photoshop sparkles on the official boxart (look at your own copy if you don't believe us)picking out specific letters on the Super Mario Galaxy box art.


But Mario's not the only one said to 'drive on the other side of the road'. Listen to the Sonic trailer for Super Smash Bros Brawl played backwards:

Surely it wasn't done on purpose, surely. In a less controversial observation, it seems there's a secret nod to Mario in the very first Sonic The Hedgehog:


Deliberate cap-tip to the plumber, or just two lions standing up against a pedestal (that handily makes for a nose, eyes and moustache)? We reckon it's the former.

While we're on the subject of Sonic, there's a reference to a 'one-eyed snake' in the Sonic cartoon, too. Strange choice of words, Bunny.


  • fireall816 - July 7, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    if u zoom 2 400 % it says "clear"
  • DasavageJ - June 30, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    These were hilarious, especially the Sonic and Mario ones lol. Also if your looking for a game FULL of easter eggs try MGS4, like when your fighting the Beauties/Beasts in there bare female form and you look at them through the camera they pose like models. here's a link to show any that care: anyway nice article GR.
  • secretsearcher - June 25, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    The sonic one made me laugh.
  • LieutenantCipher - June 14, 2009 4:46 a.m.

    also, could've sworn it says CAR in the Bungie logo, everything else doesn't look remotely close to letters
  • jello500 - May 1, 2009 11:02 p.m.

    gay gay gay gay gay
  • - April 18, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    In MP3,it says "Wii is awesome" when it has the random data flow in the beginning.
  • nicksayswatzup - April 17, 2009 4:29 a.m.

    Ep1c failLlllllllz0rz Wtf/ no PoRtL?!1 the CakE Is a LIe11111 aNd so is Gamsraider1111111 thi artIcLE dIED of DysEnTARy
  • WBxRelentless - April 12, 2009 9:41 a.m.

    haha in gta vice city.. candy suxxx? haha
  • thephntm - April 10, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    tnx for no screamers. PS the optimus prime door is hilarious!
  • hockeyd44 - April 2, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    Don't forget the sign found at the UNLV level in rainbow 6 vegas. Found in the "quad" it says emo kids suck.
  • fireall816 - July 7, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    i mean on the halo
  • _D-Man_ - June 24, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    i didnt get any7thing out of the ds one lool at the AC door. alot of hidden messages in GTA IV too.
  • Warp3 - June 14, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    The one in GTA3 isn't really much of a "hidden message" as that's just the name of the Liberty City baseball team in that game (it's mentioned on the radio multiple times, after all).
  • LieutenantCipher - June 14, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    lol, Real mature GTA XD Funny though - I've palyed AC a hell of a lot of times and I never came across a door like that; or I just didn't notice it, better go play it again just for shits and giggles
  • Spybreak8 - June 11, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    lol no the halo thing said caching!
  • civver - June 7, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    Don't put the subtitles under the audio clips! It enhances pareidolia.
  • midgiemelendez - May 21, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    maybe the halo 3 thing said "CHANGE" huh? Obama, change we can believe in (or something like that)
  • Gamefreak1234 - May 15, 2009 7:06 p.m.

    Thank god. No screamer. But another one about halo 3. Who could ever forget the backwards auido files when you would look at a terminal! There classic, and anyone can hear 'em. Oh, BTW, where is the optimus prime door.
  • SwampRock - May 7, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    for a village. i thought the sonic one was gonna be a screamer or the first one.
  • hyperboy - April 19, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    oh and about the tomb stone that says here lies link was meant that final fantasy 1 buried legend of zelda.

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