The age-verification questions for the first Leisure Suit Larry, released in 1987, include:
O. J. Simpson is a. an R & B singer. b. under indictment. c. embarrassed by his first name (Olivia). d. no one to fool with. (The correct answer is d.)
The Arcade GameMichael Jackson's Moonwalker might be weird enough, but it just gets sillier (or creepier) each year: You touch kids (in the video game sense, but the fact they are at the height of Michael's crotch does not help) to gain points and powerups (and in the home version, you cannot advance unless you get all the kids, who are sometimes... hiding), or touch Bubbles the Chimp to get a super cyborg transformation. And then there's the dance attack: MJ randomly does one of three dances, and it wipes out all the enemies on the screen.
For a lighter example of this that appears only in the arcade Moonwalker game, there are three players, each with a different color of the Smooth Criminal getup. One is the classic white suit with blue shirt, another is red with a white shirt. The third player not only gets Michael wearing a black suit with a red shirt, very similar to the outfit from the much later released "You Rock My World" video... but also has a lighter skin tone than the other two, though not quite as light as it was in the video.
The plot of Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, written long before 4chan even crawled out of the memetic primordial soup, repeatedly refers to an evil Chessmaster type only known as "Anonymous," upon whom Black Chamber have vowed vengeance. Clearly, they really don't forgive.
Senator Armstrong'sMotive Rant from Revengeance has suddenly become quite funny due to Donald Trump's slogan for the 2016 American election.
BURN IT DOWN! And from the ashes a new America will be born. Evolved, but untamed! The weak will be purged and the strongest will thrive - free to live as they see fit, they'llmake America great again!
In 1990, Konami released an unofficial sequel (i.e. produced without Hideo Kojima's involvement) to Metal Gear titled Snake's Revenge for the NES. The title of the game was pretty nonsensical, as it was really about Big Boss (the antagonist) seeking revenge on Solid Snake for foiling his plot in the original game. But then along comes MGS3, a prequel set during the Cold War, which reveals that not only is Solid Snake a clone of Big Boss, but that Big Boss himself used to be called Snake in the past. And now we have The Phantom Pain, which centers around Snake (Big Boss) going on a quest for revenge after receiving a cyborg arm.
In the localization for the NES version of the original Metal Gear 1, the manual stated that Commander South is your Mission Control, and Colonel Vermon CaTaffy is the Big Bad, while in the actual game, both the commander and the villain were intended to be the same character, Big Boss. Then Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain came along with a Retcon — it turns out that the Big Boss you've been playing through the game as was a body double, and he was the one who faced Snake at the end of the original game, while the real Big Boss only serves as Snake's Mission Control. So, in the end, the commander and the villain were technically different characters after all.
In another example, when facing Mike Tyson in Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Little Mac needs to survive his power onslaught of uppercuts for a full minute and a half before he has a chance to beat him. Turns out this was Truth in Television. During the time of the game's release, Tyson seemed unbeatable. However, over time and after the upset lost to James "Buster" Douglas, it became clear to fight experts that Tyson was most dangerous during the first four rounds of a fight. If his opponent could survive until then, he had a chance to beat Tyson, as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, and others would prove. Given that in-game time is faster than actual time in most games, that minute and a half in the game can easily equate to four rounds in real life. In short, one of the best boxing games ever made told people how to beat Mike Tyson before his upset loss and before boxing experts finally figured it out.
Trigger also gives us Johnny, robotic rival of the main character who challenges you to a jetbike/motorbike race. Twelve years later, Sonic Rush Adventure introduces... Johnny, robotic rival of the main character who challenges you to a waterbike race.
On April Fool's Day 2006, GameSpot made a fake news post called Revolution will take lead in 2010. The Wii went on to become the market leader of that generation (in sales, not in dominant third party support).
"An overwhelming majority of industry analysts have stated that the favorite to win the next-gen console battle will be the PlayStation 3, with the remaining experts saying that Microsoft's Xbox 360 will take advantage of its head start to market, making it tough to beat." An overwhelming majority of industry analysts guessed the exact opposite of what actually happened (although the PS3 is only about 3 million behind the 360).
"I've heard about the controller and some of the projects Nintendo is working on...and I heard from a source that there are already builds of the Revolution's handwriting technology. Gamers will eventually use the controller to 'write' answers..." - GameSpot must have been giving Nintendo ideas.
"I think [Nintendo] finally [is] giving people what they want and continuing to give them things they never thought of." - Surprisingly, they're still doing exactly that.
Best of all: "Games are meant to be one thing—fun." - This "line" would be the one thing that Nintendo would repeat for the coming years.
Similarly, a later April Fools day Home Page said they had a "preview" for a PSP version of Rock Band. About a year later, Harmonix released Rock Band Unplugged.
Listen closely to the introductions to these 1980s walkthrough videos of Pac-Man and E. T. for the Atari 2600. They're pretty funny given their infamy since then.
A tombstone in the English translation of the NES version of the original Final Fantasy reads "Here lies Erdrick" (though it said "Here lies Link" in the Japanese version) poking fun at the then-rival Dragon Quest series, referring to the legendary hero in the first three games. Several years later, Final Fantasy publisher Square merged with Dragon Quest publisher Enix, resulting in the two series being published by the same company. Incidentally, later translations of the game directly translated the engraving on the tombstone, having it read "Here lies Link" as in the Japanese version, losing the joke present in the original translation (although the PlayStation version still says 'Erdrick').
Even the name Final Fantasy counts, since Square (facing possible bankruptcy) decided that its "final" game would be a "fantasy" Role-Playing Game. And now the series won't end.
The Tonberry is a recurring Final Fantasy enemy with a special attack, Karma (or Everyone's Grudge), that deals fixed damage proportional to the number of monsters a party member has killed. Undertale takes this concept even further by having the game's Bonus Boss appear only if you've killed every monster in the game. Said boss's special ability? Karmic Retribution. So if you ever encounter a Tonberry, you're gonna have a bad time. Also, the Tonberry's signature weapon is a knife, which also happens to be the Infinity+1 Sword in Undertale, and its inflated stats directly stem from The Power of Hate.
In Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, consider the voiceactors for Pixy and PJ and their roles... including Code Geass. Pixy, flying a plane based on Arthurian legend, impales PJ's plane through the cockpit with a laser beam, right before the Mission Zero. In most cases their viewpoints are reversed; PJ believes in fighting for peace, where as a more cynical Pixy believes PJ to be naive.
In Armored Core, your Mission Control is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. Not quite so in the very first game, where the predominant voice you'll hear is none other than...Yukari Tamura. This includes her voice in the "Standard" type Computer-equipped heads and as some operators in several missions. She even did a role as a disembodied voice stuck in a loop playing in a particularly creepy stage. Upon realizing the voice, it may or may not become a Nightmare Retardant.
It goes back even further than that: In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, when Arthas first meets Tichondrius, he says "What trickery is this? Mal'Ganis! I don't know how you survived, but I'll...", and then in World of Warcraft we learn that Mal'Ganis has indeed survived. And managed to survive that encounter with the player to boot.
The Alliance head of the church is Archbishop Benedictus, he was there since World of Warcraft started (which means before the pope election), and it just happen that pope Benedictus XVI has a similar name.
The undead boars in Borean Tundra can give you the Swine Flu debuff. When the outbreak hit the media, people started spamming a link to the in-game disease in chat channels across several servers.
Upon the completion of a certain quest, an NPC in Stormwind delivers this line: "The Defias Brotherhood, you say? Well, you're certainly the bearer of wonderful news, aren't you? Next you're going to tell me that Deathwing is still alive and attacking the city." As it turns out, Deathwing is still alive, and attacking Stormwind is one of the first things he does after his return in Cataclysm.
Speaking of Cataclysm, the epic-rarity sword known as Cataclysm's Edge was released back in The Burning Crusade expansion. Despite the fact, it bears the same striking appearance and color scheme as Deathwing himself, and its name alone should be enough to clue people in on the correlation.
The best Warcraft example goes all the way back to the original game, Orcs & Humans, with its intro narration saying "Welcome to the world of Warcraft." Foreshadowing at its finest!
By now, Leeroy Jenkins have become a popular meme originating from World of Warcraft. In Warcraft III's Orc Campaign's 3rd Chapter, there is a scenario of Grom Hellscream charging blindly into enemy human camps, disobeying Thrall's order. Now the campaign becomes hilarious, because you can easily imagine that Grom is being Leeroy, screaming his name off ("GROOOOMM!! HEEELLSCREEEAAAMM!!") while taking minimum forces to attack human camps and get obliterated all the time until you bring a bigger army... This is way before World of Warcraft where Leeroy originated came to existence.
The Legion expansion was released on August 30th. 8/30 corresponds with Luke 8:30 in the Bible, which is where Jesus casts out a demon that calls itself Legion. It's unknown if this was intentional, but it's a funny coincidence nonetheless.
Super Mario 64 opens with Mario arriving at Peach's castle, reminiscing on a letter he got from her: "Dear Mario: Please come to the castle. I've baked a cake for you. Yours truly, Princess Toadstool Peach."
On the subject of Super Mario 64, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto once said, in a 1991 interview, "Who knows what Mario will look like in the future? Maybe he'll wear metallic clothes!" Super Mario 64 does indeed have that.
In one sequence of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the computer TEC convinces Peach to disguise herself as an X-Naut and ask Grodus a question for him. In the process, she learns the X-Nauts' true goal. The first two lines upon her return to the computer room:
Peach: TEC! You terrible machine! So your goal is to conquer the world, is it? TEC: Ofcourse. After all, I was built for that purpose.
There was some art about video game characters helping out with the BP oil spill cleanup, such as Mario. Later, when the leak was fixed, The Colbert Reportmentioned that the design was submitted by an anonymous plumber (perhaps the one who has experience cleaning up such spills in Super Mario Sunshine).
In Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina, whose Japanese name is Rosetta, travels to a comet and establishes an observatory there. In 2014, a spacecraft named Rosetta did exactly that. No little space creatures calling it "Mama" though.
One added to the American version - as Americans wouldn't find strawberry tofu a product of a Cordon Bleugh Chef like the Japanese would, the item was instead translated as "Trout Yogurt." Years later, another Japanese import would demonstrate just how terrible of an idea that would be. What's more, Shigesato Itoi was a panelist on Iron Chef four times, after EarthBound was released.
Ness gets in contact with his dad by calling him by phone, and in the end credits, his family is represented by their in-game sprites...except for his dad, who is represented by a phone. Fast forward to the 2009 song "Threw It on the Ground":
The "chateau" in EarthBound Beginnings was actually a church, renamed to avoid a religious reference that would get the game blocked. The player's guide for EarthBound, on the other hand, depicts an actual chateau on the bottom of page 14.
The roster of an Amiga fighting game Shadow Fighter (released in 1994) featured a black basketballer and a faqir. These guys might as well be Kazaam's parents.
A rather serious speech by Van ("Master Bad Touch") about people consulting fortune-tellers to decide what to eat for breakfast becomes retroactively funny when watching the fortune-telling episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Guess what Katara does?
Kingdom Hearts: Riku used to be a nice boy but after he gets amazing evil/dark/killing powers everything changes. Riku meets a dead guy who gives him those powers. Riku does evil things but thinks he's a good guy. Riku has a creepy evil laugh that causes players to fear. His voice actor voices another well known Anti-hero, Light Yagami.
Also in this series, Mickey Mouse has been compared to Yoda from the Star Wars series several times, as they are both short in stature, not to mention their similar fighting styles and agility. Since 2012, Disney has acquired the rights to LucasFilms (and therefore, Star Wars) and it's quite possible to have both of them in a future Kingdom Hearts game.
For KH fans, the Star Wars acquisition deal is the gift that keeps on giving. The first two games offered customizable Gummi Ships that just begged to have X-Wings and TIE Fighters made out of them, and the order of keyblade knights that Terra, Ven, and Aqua belonged to in Birth By Sleep was heavily influenced by the Jedi Order (Mark Hamill was even asked to voice the local Obi-Wan Expy).
Might be intentional on the creators' part: Mega Man ZX Advent featured an unlockable minigame, Mega Man a, all in 8-bit, styled after the original series of games. A few months later, Mega Man 9 was releasednote developed by intiCreates who also developed the two Mega Man ZX games, in all its retraux glory.
From the same game, the Big Bad is called Albert, and he tried to conquer the world with "Uroboros", while the protagonists are a gunslinging male and female, in which at one point in the game, they have to fight the protagonist from a previous game. Cue Resident Evil 5...
Another one, this scene from Super Adventure Rockman has Quick Man save the life of Mega Man from Shadow Man, who throws shurikens at Mega Man, predating Naruto by a few years, where almost the exact same thing happens in the first chapter.
Speaking of the Mega Man Battle Network games, for a series developed in 2001, had disturbingly accurate predictions of a lot of 21st century technology. In a time where 600MHz was a decent processor speed, 40GB was a decent hard drive size for a desktop, most data was stored inside your computer, most laptops didn't have built-in Wi-Fi, and when they did, the Internet's speed was hardly impressive, the series had all computers in the world connected to each other via the Internet (Internet becoming viable for regular people, and wireless outside the home); applications mainly being run by accessing them from the Internet (Cloud computing); computers in everything, most of which can access the Internet; giant, paper-thin TVs you can mount on the wall (flatscreens); handheld touch-screen devices that, despite being pocketable, could easily access the Internet, check your email, receive phone calls, get messages, run programs, and generally act like a miniature computer (Modern smartphones); and cyberterrorism actually being able to do more than inconvenience tech support for a few hours (modern cyberterrorism). The later handheld devices even looked like Apple products.
In Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch, in the single player campaign, just before fighting Gamma, Dr. Wily makes you fight through all of the Robot Masters of Mega Man 1-6 one by one. In the Mega Man Legacy Collection, one of the challenges is a huge Boss Rush against every Robot Master from those six games one by one.
The Mechanical Arena from Rockman 4 Minus Infinity is supposed to be a reference to the Arenas in the Kirby games. However, the first arena is in a fixed order (Robot Masters by DWN, Fortress Bosses, Dr. Wily), while the Arena in the Kirby games were in a random order with the exception of the final bosses. However, Kirby: Planet Robobot has a mechanical theme and its Arena is not only mechanically themed itself, but every single boss fight (including the True Arena) are in a fixed order. Therefore, it is literally a Mechanical Arena.
In Persona 3, when Mitsuru signs your character up for the student council, the game tells you to see your homeroom teacher. Specifically, it tells you to see Ms. Toriumi and "let her know you're interested." with the emphasis on "interested". This turns funny when, later on, you learn that Ms. Toriumi is the Love Interest you met on an online game.
The transfer student Ryoji Mochizuki, Kidanova and Chick Magnet, gets his foot painfully stomped on by an angry Yukari, and "punished" by Mitsuru for peeking in the open-air bath. He is also the projected avatar of Death itself, but nobody knew that at the time. This knowledge makes those scenes even funnier in retrospect, especially for his reactions.
One of Elizabeth's requests asks the main character to let her borrow a handheld game from Junpei. However, upon playing it, she believes it is evil because it makes people play it for hours upon hours. Persona 3 would be ported onto the PSP a few years later.
Maybe it's not hilarious per se, but the constant worrying on the news about the yen falling against the dollar is kind of amusing when in fact Japan ended up with the exact opposite problem (during the time frame of the game, the yen kept going up, and is now, in 2010, so strong that other countries are considering Japan too expensive to trade with, leading the government to have to think of a way to bring it back down). ... well, maybe that one only works for people who live in Japan.
If you talk to your Justice Social Link, Chihiro, after the final battle, she will say that people should be allowed to fall in love regardless of age. In P3P, Ken takes her place as Justice for the female protagonist, and is a potential Love Interest.
Resident Evil Gaiden, a non-canon game in the franchise, introduced a character with super healing and enhanced senses due to a parasite B.O.W. that was within her body. This was back in the year 2000. Jump ahead 12 years later and Resident Evil 6 has Sherry Berkin with super healing due to a parasite that was forced into her body back in Resident Evil 2 but was then forced into a dormant state due to the vaccine given to her by Claire Redfield.
In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, one of the "special generic" characters you can recruit is a Hunter with the name Cheney. FFTA came out in the States mid/late 2003, long before the infamous hunting accident involving Dick Cheney and Harry Whittington. Similarly, one of the Missions is requested by one "Cheney, Hunter" (they might be the same guy).
In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, the intro music is called "Across The Border". With so many characters on the Tatsunoko side unknown to most Western audiences, hardly anyone expected it to leave Japan.
One of the page quotes on this wiki describes a munchkin as one who, on being told that this is a game about politics and intrigue in 17th century Italy, asks to play a ninja. Then came Assassin's Creed II. Of course, Assassin's Creed II actually takes place in the late 15th/early 16th century.
In one level of Max Payne 2, Max is assisted by a fat, balding, bearded old hobo who claims to be an ex-cop. In 2009, teaser images of Max Payne 3 showed the title character as fat, balding, bearded, and he is no longer a cop.
One of the Heavenly Rewards that can appear in Afterlife is Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim Sim, described as the opportunity for a blessed soul to control a galaxy from the smallest microbe to the largest space races. The building is a hand holding a orb containing a spiral galaxy. Cue Spore...
In Final Fantasy VII, the war between nature and industrialization and bad energy sources in prominent, as huge reactors suck the limited life force out of the planet creating irradiated wastelands and make loads of pollution, and sometimes explode, causing huge disasters. These seem to be metaphors for fossil fuel power and nuclear power, respectively. However, nuclear power will probably never create deserts resembling areas hit by nuclear missiles, and it really only causes meltdowns if the people involved with working and creating the plant are being really stupid, which doesn't really happen too much. Also, while Mako power seems to allude to the problems caused by trying to obtain and burn fossil fuels, oil and coal are exactly what the characters support as an energy source after Mako power is deemed bad throughout the world. This wouldn't be all that bad, but the big nuclear meltdowns in the past were discovered to be caused by human ignorance making small issues become big, and fossil fuels are said to be responsible for one big bad thing: Global Warming.
One must wonder if a future game in the Compilation will feature the cast watching the world hit Peak Oil and scrambling to turn the Mako reactors back on.
In perhaps what is better called a Take That! in Hindsight moment; two NPCS in Baldur's Gate, Palin and Sarah, debate which local gang to join: a gang of thugs who rob & murder for money, or a group of ultra-capitalists who want to take over the world.
As an in-game example, there's Kogasa Tatara. She's the Stage 2 boss of Undefined Fantastic Object, and as such appears early enough to be part of the demo. She's seen to be rather weak and has an apparently worthless power of "surprising people". And she's not even very good at it. Play all the way through the game, though, and you discover that she's also the EX StageMid Boss. Surprise!
The story of Primeus. In the game engine M.U.G.E.N, there was a Joke Character named Primeus. The intro to the character would be of Touhou's Yukari Yakumo walking into the screen...and then a Giant Fish From Nowhere suddenly knocks her out from behind. Though this was funny in itself, it became even funnier when a giant fish did appear in a canon Touhou fighting game.
Remember Youmu's theme? It's called "Hiroari Shoots a Strange Bird ~ Till when?" and is based off of a Japanese epic. That strange bird was a nue, a shapeshifter. Cue Nue Houjuu later appearing.
In the end of EWI 23, Kogasa appeared next to Myouren's grave, then Ten Desires was released.
beatmania IIDX 6th Style (2001) has a song called "Take It Easy" by an artist named Aya. Fast forward to later in the decade, and we have a Touhou character named Aya and the memetic catchphrase "Take it easy!" Even more hilariously, this was also before the big BEMANI crossover event with Touhou arrange artists.
4 years before doing the "more cowbell" sketch for Saturday Night Live, Christopher Walken appeared in an FMV adventure game titled Ripper, which featured the Blue Öyster Cult song "Don't Fear The Reaper" as its theme music. The bit with the cowbell even plays just as Walken's name appears on the opening credits.
Making his rant even funnier, the context of the above quote is agentjr talking about what would happen if Khaled Al-Asad was part of the task force hunting him. A similar situation happens in Modern Warfare 2: TF 141 spends the greater part of the game hunting Makarov and being directed by Shepherd — and it is implied at the end that Shepherd and Makarov have been working together for the whole game.
From a different Let's Play: The third video of baldurk and co.'s LP of Left 4 Dead had Baldurk, playing as Bill, get ambushed and killed by zombies before he could make it into the safe room at the very end. The last words of the video are EthanSteele commenting "Sometimes, you have to make sacrifices." Left 4 Dead 2 had just come out as this video was posted, and fans of the game all know what happened to Bill (again) in its Downloadable Content.
Yet another Let's Play example: Cooked Auto's LP of Halo 2, during the "Delta Halo" level, has him discussing the SPARTAN-III project. He expresses interest in a game focused on them, but then notes that this would be almost impossible without courting a ton of controversy, because of the fact that most of the Spartan-IIIs are Child Soldiers, and highly-expendable ones at that. Cue Halo: Reach a year and a half later, where you play as part of a team of Spartan-IIIs and all but one of them are dead by the end of the game.
The Halo series has "Legendary" as the highest difficulty level. In the Italian version of the game, the difficulty name is, naturally, translated to "Leggendaria". Then came beatmania IIDX's addition of "✝LEGGENDARIA" charts in 2014, as well as the resulting memes.
At one point in Mass Effect, Ashley, when seeing the Destiny Ascension says, "Look at that monster! Its main gun could rip through any ship in the Alliance fleet!" Then the Alliance has to save it later on.
Combining the two memes of "Ah, yes, Reapers," with "My name is Bolo Santosi." gives us "My name is Bolo Santosi. I am the leader of the immortal race of sentient starships known as the Reapers."
The DLC for game 2 causes an amusing moment because, if you play them after completing the main storyline, you are being helped by the Illusive Man after, depending on your choices during the game, you've essentially stolen the Normandy 2, caused the defection of a large chunk of Cerberus personnel including one of his top lieutenants to you, and blew up the Collector base he desperately wanted. He's obviously not one to hold a grudge.
Each of the three background options for Commander Shepard has an associated assignment in Mass Effect. The Earthborn assignment involves Finch, a member of a gang Shepard used to run with, trying to blackmail him/her into getting another member of the gang released from turian custody. If you choose to warn the guard about the gang, and then choose the right conversation options with Finch - for example, not just shooting him - he calls Shepard out for being "in bed" with the turians. For extra potential hilarity, Garrus (the turian squad member) can be brought along for the assignment. Guess which non-human squad member gets upgraded to a potential love interest in the second game?
Back in the first game, when Ashley asks Shepard which side of the cheek to kiss a turian, if Shepard told her that wouldn't be necessary, Ashley will then jokingly reply "You never know, Commander." Cue the Relationship Upgrade with Garrus in 2, and The Big Damn Kiss in Mass Effect 3 if Shepard chooses to continue the relationship with Garrus (for the record, it's the right cheek, Ashley).
One for Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic. Carth and Kaidan often acted as the "voice of conscience" in the party, arguing for light-side / Paragon actions. Now, their mutual voice actor is playing in Once Upon a Time... as one of the ultimate "voices of conscience," Jiminy Cricket!
In game Kasumi wrote an entry on Shepard for Badass Weekly. She's likely grinning like a banshee now that she was the inspiration for Badass of the Week writing such an article.
In Mass Effect, a male Shepard and Kaidan can joke about a mutual attraction to Liara and Shepard only "winning" because he saw her first by a few minutes. In Mass Effect 3, Shepard and Kaidan, if the player is so inclined, can opt to forget about Liara because they're more interested in each other, even if Shepard did get together with Liara in the previous games. Amusing enough on its own, but a few years later, The Legend of Korra famously resolved its Love Triangle by having Korra and Asami leave their mutual ex-boyfriend Mako behind because they had become more interested in each other. MShenko did it before Korrasami.
Pokémon also has a video that was made by Niconico Douga based on the game. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness. At the end of said video, a Pokémon that couldn't be found in the game makes an appearance. Shaymin appears in the remake.
In Diamond and Pearl, there's a Psyduck in one Pokémon Center who, when talked to, says an onomotopoeic version of Psyduck's in-game cry: "Gaga guwawa!" Several years later, someone noticed the box's resemblance to the hook of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance".
The PokéGod rumors waaaaaaaaay back in the original games would be later true: meet Arceus.
And the rumors of being able to evolve Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise into the PokéGods "Sapusaur," "Charcolt," and "Rainer" came true (somewhat) via the Mega Evolution mechanic in Generation VI.
Way back when the original Ruby and Sapphire were released, there was an Urban Legend of Zelda that involved riding on a rocket to outer space, so you can fight and capture Deoxys. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, this is exactly what happens, except with Mega Rayquaza instead of a rocket.
One of the questions in Blaine's gym in Gens I and III asks if Caterpie evolves three times. The answer is nonote which is technically true; nothing evolves more than twice from its starting form, and Caterpie has three evolutionary stages, but this becomes possible in Pokémon X and Y, thanks to the concept of Mega Evolutions.
Back in Gen IV, it was stated that Gardenia feared the possibility of the existence of a Grass/Ghost-type Pokémon. Gen VI introduces two of them.
On June 30th, 2016, Game Freak revealed an Electric/Steel hedgehog Pokémon named Togedemaru as Pokémon Sun and Moon's obligatory "electric rodent." Ladies and gentlemen, Sonichu is canon.
Sometime before Sun and Moon's release, this post about bee flies circled around Tumblr. Notably, one user upon hearing about the species being parasitic immediately claimed it to be a Fairy-type. Another begged for Nintendo to make it a new Pokemon. On the same day Togedemaru was released, Game Freak indeed made it a new Pokemon.
As is typical for the series, some movesets of older-generation Pokémon were altered a bit when Sun and Moon were released. One of the additions made to Ariados's (a purplish, particularly in its shiny form, Giant Spider) moveset? Swords Dance. And it's the first move it will attempt to learn after evolving. Who's another purple spider who's known for dancing?
Speaking of Sonichu, there's a bootleg game for the Game Boy Color called Pokémon Adventure which is a hack of an earlier bootleg game called Sonic 3D Blast 5 which replaces Sonic with Pikachu but has him retain all of Sonic's abilities. It's the closest thing we'll ever get to a Sonichu game. It also came out in 2000, the same year the Sonichu character was originally created.
The Games Machine, an Italian PC gaming magazine, has made several faux reviews as April Fool jokes in the 1990s and 2000s, only for similar games to actually come out some time later.
1995: Monolith, a sequel to The Sentinel. Three years later, Sentinel Returns came out.
1996: Ghosts 'n Goblins 96, a remake of Ghosts 'n' Goblins with improved graphics. Two years later, a Ghosts 'n' Goblins emulator with interpolated graphics came out. Moreover, in 2001 and 2003, two sequels came out for the PlayStation 2.
1997: a Tomb Raider patch to show Lara Croft naked. Not even a year later, such a mod came out for real.
1998: a PC version of Gran Turismo, with native Voodoo2 support, improved graphics and the ability to send cars to other people through email. Merely four months later, a PlayStation emulator called PSEmuPro came out and actually allowed to do all that.
2007: Grand Theft Auto: World Online, an MMORPG set in all the fictional cities that appeared in Grand Theft Auto. Something similar was actually implemented in 2013 as Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer component to Grand Theft Auto V.
In the Sega Game Gear version of Winter Olympic Games: Lillehammer '94, one of the American athletes is named "H.Montana". Face it, the only "H.Montana" you can think of nowadays is Hannah.
In this post in a Doomworld forum thread about the Deus Ex: Invisible War demo way back in 2003, the poster, responding to another poster stating that Duke Nukem Forever would be an "astronomical failure" if it were ever released, says that Duke Nukem Forever is fully funded by 3D Realms, who reaped quite a profit from Duke Nukem 3D, and goes on to say that although it's questionable whether they would recoup the costs of developing the game, "3D Realms will not go bankrupt if DNF doesn't sell well when it's released in 2009." The poster immediately following him replies to the assumption that it would be out in 2009 with, "Looks like we have ourselves an optimist." Today, the second poster seems quite prescient. Notice the irony is not lost on the first poster, who bumped the thread in 2010 specifically to call attention to it.
As an added bonus; Gearbox Software ended up finishing and releasing the game, and now holds the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise. The company was founded by Randy Pitchford, a former 3D Realms employee who worked on Duke 3D.
This fan song about Duke Nukem Forever, written in 2000 but released in 2007, contains the verse "Duke Nukem or Max Payne, no wonder who's last", originally referring to how much more likely it was to see Max Payne 1 released than Duke Nukem Forever. In 2011, when an actual release date of Duke Nukem Forever had been announced and Max Payne 3 had been delayed again, the same verse acquired a whole new meaning.
Speaking of Deus Ex: Invisible War, the game's intro features Chicago destroyed in a Grey Goo attack by a member of a fanatical cult and Seattle is featured as one of the levels in the first half of the game. Then, exactly a decade later, Shadowrun Returns comes out, featuring Seattle as its main setting and Chicago being ravaged by insectoid spirits from a dark occult-like ritual perpetrated by a seemingly innocuous Happyology-esque organization. Notice a pattern here?
The plot of Batman: Arkham City bears a lot of similarities to The Dark Knight Rises, despite predating it. Both feature a Magnificent BastardHeavy armed with knowledge of Batman's secret identity who cordons off a large part of Gotham with the intention of destroying it to fulfill the Knight Templar legacy of villain Ra's Al Ghul. Catwoman appears as a Heel Face RevolvingFemme Fatale who is ultimately faced with a choice between abandoning Gotham and staying behind and aiding Batman. Batman himself is shown in both stories being pushed to his physical limits by the machinations of a villain before being outwitted by a Big Bad in the climax. Ironically, Batman realizes the Joker outwitted him after Talia stabs Joker in Arkham City, while in The Dark Knight Riseshe realizes he has been outwitted by Talia after SHE stabs HIM.
In Def Jam: Icon, developed and published by EA Chicago, one of your men will proceed to get a hankering for "those fly-ass EA games" and you will have the option to shill out thousands in order to buy them in bulk and keep him happy. Icon's lack of success proceeded to shut down EA Chicago.
The cover for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10◊. Shortly afterward, it was revealed he cheated on his wife and lost most of his endorsement deals. For extra hilarity points, the tagline on the back of the box was "Feel the Drama."
In Garcia and Dozla's support from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Dozla accidentally hit Garcia's head while training with a staff. He was originally using an axe, in other words he was training to be a staff-wielding axeman. Then comes Awakening with the Memetic Mutation NUNSWITHAXES and MONKSWITHAXES. Guess which 2 weapons they can use?
In Starcraft: Brood War, one of Artanis' "pissed" quotes was "This is notWarcraftin space! It's much more sophisticated!" A few years later, Warcraft 3 came out with a verrrry familiar storyline if you take out the orc campaign.
Even better, Artanis follows up with "I know it's not 3D!" Warcraft 3, of course, is.
Starcraft: Ghost's title has become even more hilarious since it's become Vapor Ware.
"If the Protoss really wanted to win they would just create a self-replicating army of sentient robots programmed to do the exact opposite of the Zerg: to protect and preserve all life except for the Zerg."
In the Dawn of War Dark Crusade expansion, when the Word Bearers attack the Blood Raven stronghold, one way Eliphas mocks Davian Thule is saying perhaps the he would mount his corpse on golden chair and make an idol of him. In Dawn of War II, something like that happens as Thule is nearly killed by the Tyranids and becomes a dreadnought, so his corpse is indeed mounted in a golden sarcophagus that serves as an inspiring idol to the Blood Ravens (assuming you have the right Dreadnaught plating equipped).
Monster Hunter Tri has a bit of one. The Guild Sweetheart occasionally says "You know, some hunters wish we'd get rid of the Quest Fee. Like the hunters who suck at their jobs. If they didn't mess up all the time, we wouldn't have to charge! Sheesh!" Guess what one of the things Ben Croshaw complains about in his Extra Punctuation article?
In the Smackdown vs Raw series, there were constant references on commentary to Michael Cole "never stepping foot in a ring". Come 2011, Cole would wrestle several matches( including one at Wrestlemania), making these lines hilarious.
In April 2007, Game Informer released their annual April Fool's issue-within-an-issue, Game Infarcer. The cover◊ claims that a new Metroid game was going to be developed by Team Ninja, giving it a Dead or Alive Xtreme look. 2 years later, at E3 2009, Metroid: Other M was being made by Team Ninja, but without all the intentional Fanservice.
Ridley has his own stage in Dead or Alive: Dimensions, with a Samus cameo.
Around the time Super Metroid was released, Yoshio Sakamoto did an interview about the game. There's a gem at the end that only gets funnier every time you see a negative review of Other M about the voice acting.
Sakamoto: From the beginning, it was decided that when the game begins, we wouldn't tell the whole story using text. The story had to be told in a minimal way. However, it wouldn't convey atmosphere. I thought the game's atmosphere was done completely through sound. I thought it would be good if we could do it like a silent movie.
One of the more contentious moments in Other M is a section where Samus runs through a heated area, taking damage the whole way because despite having it, Adam hasn't authorized her to activate her heat shielding. This makes a couple of lines in Metroid: Fusion unintentionally hilarious, especially since these come out of the mouth of the same character that didn't authorize Samus to turn on her heat shielding in Other M.
Ship's Computer: And avoid the ultra-heated areas: your suit can't take such high temperatures yet, but we're working on it. Ship's Computer: There are no ultra-heated areas on this route, so turn back if you enter one.
Other M's Gameplay and Story Integration of Samus being denied use of suit features unless Adam explicitly authorized them (and her going along with this until fairly late in the game, often to her own detriment) makes the Metroid Fusion Ship's Computer even more retroactively hilarious. MeccaPrime's Let's Play hangs a lampshade on this:
Ship's Computer: Did this "Adam" care for you? Would he sit in a safe Command Room and order you to die? MeccaPrime (via subtitles): (Yes)
In 1999, Monster Rancher 2 came out. One monster, the Radial Niton, looks like a bright red race car. It has a description that says, "In the ancient era, there was said to be a play called 'Cars.'" In 2006, an actual movie called Cars comes out, and the main character is a red race car.
The single player in Half-Life 2 contained phrases like "I can't believe you made it here this quickly" (and several other variations of it), "We don't go to Ravenholm", "Follow Freeman", "Doctor Freeman, you really shouldn't be out there", "...but things would go so much faster if we had more people with your training" and many others. Then a Speed Run of that game was released...
The concept of a Layton/AA crossover has been around as early as 2009.
Another Ace Attorney related one, though nothing happened after seeing the scene in question, aside from being reminded of old episodes of the Pokémon anime. Phoenix reactions, during JFA, upon hearing Maya say Edgeworth's name reminded people of Brock during the early episodes of the Johto saga/late Orange Islands: "Don't say that name!"
In case 1-2 (Turnabout Sisters) Phoenix can press Gumshoe by asking him if murder victims usually have time to write the name of their killer. Obviously this was a rhetorical question, used to make a point, but Gumshoe's reaction note "Sure! It happens all the time in books and the movies!" becomes hilarious as finding information written in blood is a Running Gag now — it happens in 2-1 (The Lost Turnabout), 3-5 (Bridge to the Turnabout), 4-3 (Turnabout Serenade), 5-1 (Turnabout Countdown), and I-1 (Turnabout Visitor).
In case 1-5, while cross-examining a certain witness, Edgeworth will note: "Staring at the witness will do you no good, Wright." Two years later, "staring at the witness" became a gameplay mechanic in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
Case 3-1 (Turnabout Memories) has Grossberg frequently making references to his hemorrhoids. One of his lines is that they feel like they're doing the 'Harlem Shake'. There was a dance called the Harlem Shake invented in 1981, and it's most likely a reference to that. However, the internet meme from 2013 is far, far, far more famous. The case takes place in 2014. The game came out in 2007.
In 3-3, the victim Glen Elg worked for a computer company and wore a head-mounted display as part of his work. In 2004, the idea of a company where its employees run around with these sorts of displays seemed impractical at the time. Come 2013 and we have Google Glass. Again, the game takes place in 2014.
The voice actors from the Phoenix Wright Trilogy get mostly replaced for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, not to mention they had to get a new one for Simon Blackquill. So, Phoenix Wright is now played by Sam Riegel, and Troy Baker does Blackquill's voice. The two of them share a big opening speech about justice, and at that point anyone who's played Tales of Vesperia should be getting Flynn and Yuri flashbacks. It gets even better once you realize Blackquill is serving a false jail sentence to protect someone, which is exactly what Yuri briefly does for Flynn in Tales of Vesperia. The two pairs even have similar colour schemes. And the cherry on top? Flynn's second Mystic Arte is called Divine Rising Phoenix.
A reversed instance of this (for the audience; for the characters, it's played straight) occurs in Case 5-4. The Judge asks about the bomb transport case, a crucial piece of evidence in 5-1 and 5-4, and Blackquill jokingly tells him that it's his coffin. One of the final revelations of 5-1 is that the the body of the murdered detective, Candice Arme, was hidden inside the transport case during the very trial Blackquill made the joke in. Of course, none of them knew this at the time.
In the H.I.H. Live Action page, it's mentioned that anti-radiation medicine by the name of Ex-Rad has recently been developed. Players of the Fallout franchise should remember a similar drug called Rad-X quite well, first introduced over ten years prior.
Also, within the game, Arcade's quote about Agave and Mesquite Oh. If agave and mesquite were that miraculous, the locals would have figured it out a few thousand years ago. Cue Honest Hearts and the ability to introduce Nuka Cola and Sasparila back to the wasteland.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology had a pre-order bonus disc called Lemon Gummi with several of the Tales series heroes talking. At one point, they were asking for more spin-off ideas and a Dating Sim was suggested. Jade saw his role as that of the physics teacher and asked Luke to hand out some prints. Luke complained, saying he was the student council president and too high a position to do it. Jade voiced Himuro Reiichi in Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side in 2002 and Luke voiced Hikami Itaru in Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Kiss in 2006.
In oneMass Effect discussion, a person said: I could come up with some ties to Mass Effect from Norse myth if I had to lol. How about the Rainbow Bridge (Bifrost) connecting Earth with Asgard being a metaphor for the Mass Relay? Now, nearly three years later, the Thor movie came out, and there is quite a bit of similarity between the devices.
Both even end up destroyed by the actions of the protagonist at the end of the series/movie.
There's a Mortal Kombat fangame made using M.U.G.E.N known simply as Mortal Kombat Project. The default roster includes all the characters from the 2D games, plus one original character, Hydro, who originated in the comics. While he was a human Lin Kuei who could control water in the comic, in the game he's a cyborg who can control ice, essentially making him a cyborg version of Sub-Zero. Then came Mortal Kombat 9 and Cyber Sub-Zero with a very similar movelist. This gets even better with the release of the his Klassic Costume DLC, a blue version of Cyrax and Sektor's appearance from 3. It looks exactly like the MUGEN Hydro.
A year before the game was announced, a YouTube user uploaded a showoff video ofMortal Kombat: Armageddon's "Kreate-A-Fighter" feature, where the player could build their own character, with their own powers, fighting stances, weapons, etc. The character built was Freddy Krueger. The announcement of Freddy Krueger as a downloadable character in MK9 made the video (unintentionally, of course) prophetic.
The Robot Chicken Season 1 sketch "Enter the Fat One" features Joey Fatone entering a martial arts tournament to avenge the deaths of his *NSYNC bandmates at the hands of the Yakuza. His battle with Storm Shadow has Fatone punch the Cobra ninja so hard in the face, the viewer sees Storm Shadow's skull fracture, his blood vessels burst, and his heart and intestines rupture before he completely falls apart. This was back in 2005, long before the 2011 reboot introduced X-Rays, attacks that show damage to the victim's bones and internal organs in a similar manner. It should also be noted that, during his (incrediblybrutal) Training Montage, Fatone is mercilessly mowed down by the likes of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Smoke.
In the SF fandom, Sagat was occasionally referred to as BOBSAGAT (as inBob Saget). Now, in SFxT, you can play as Sagat alongside Bob from Tekken 6, meaning that Bob Sagat lives on.
The voice sets for the Dwarven Warden and their respective voices for the Reapers, many regard Sovereign as cold and calculating while Harbinger is a well of silly memes. Well Peter Jessop voices the cocky dwarf voice set while Keith Szarabajka voices the smart dwarf voice set.
From Nerf NOW!!, Strip 534, which was released about a day or two after the Uber Update. Now, have a look at one specific item that Valve added into Team Fortress 2 on the first of July, about a week after the Uber Update.
One comment on a pirate themed Team Fortress 2 cover art was about the Demoman getting a stump leg. Later ...
Pyro is know for being Ambiguous Gender and The Faceless. Quite fittingly, there's a 1964 thriller film called Pyro: The Thing Without a Face.
In May of 2012, STAR_ released an April Fool's video that pretended to show the workings of a few new weapons, like he regularly would. One of them was a melee weapon for the Pyro that increased movement speed while active, at the cost of taking increased damage from enemies. A little over a year later, the Pyro's Powerjack was reworked to do just that (though not to the ridiculous degree seen in the video).
Some years ago, the sprite comic The Karnak Hates Everything Show made a twisted song parody of Disney's "It's a Small World" (see comic #28). The opening lines in particular ("It's a world of hate and a world of pain! It's a world where mis-er-y pours like rain!") became eerily accurate and appropriate out of context in late 2010 with the release of Epic Mickey.
In South Africa, a toy store chain called Reggie's once sold a Famiclone under the name Reggie's Entertainment System. Several years later, a man by the name of Reggie would become president of Nintendo of America.
Homefront's timeline places North Korean leader Kim Jung-il's death in mid-2012 of a sudden stroke. In Real Life, he would be dead due to a sudden stroke with less than two weeks left in 2011.
The quality of Left 4 Dead 2 is hotly debated among fans, but the most common criticism in terms of the game's overall difficulty and the bugs/glitches is that Valve hired horrible play testers and that the players themselves would do a better job finding all the flaws and fixing them. Nearly 2 years later, Valve decides to release a custom campaign and all the Left 4 Dead 1 maps for Left 4 Dead 2 in the beta stages so that they can improve maps and squash bugs based on player feedback so the Cold Stream DLC is polished.
It also doubles as Be Careful What You Wish For since the same people that claimed they can be better testers are now complaining how buggy and glitchy the ported maps are and are screaming at Valve to work faster in fixing the bugs while also forgetting that Valve is very infamous for their Valve Time.
Nintendo also went through a similar event. When Nintendo dominated the gaming market in the 1980s and 1990s, they had the Nintendo Seal of Quality slapped onto every game they approved, which meant that the game didn't have a single Game-Breaking Bug (or at least ones not easily found) and that the game would not break your console. It wasn't exactly proven whether or not the seal of quality was also a part of Nintendo's then draconic polices on censorship, but Nintendo had eased up on restrictions when they released the Wii and made the console appealing for new and smaller game studios to develop games on. This in turn caused a slew of poorly made games to be released on the console, including those with game breaking bugs. People then demanded that Nintendo should clamp down on poorly made games and enforce quality control, despite the fact that the same people wanted Nintendo to stop enforcing policies on game studios with an iron fist.
Related to Valve, the Half-Life: Opposing Force expansion pack featured a sniper rifle referred to as the M40A1, which in-game reloaded with a detachable magazine not present in the real-world gun. Fast-forward to 2009, and the USMC rolls out the M40A5, a later variant of that rifle that does load from detachable magazines.
For that matter, every other game in which reloading is necessary which features a version of the M40 before the A5 came out (except Call of Duty 4) falls into this for the same reason - nobody wanted to code one-round-at-a-time reloading for a weapon that was not a shotgun, until then.
Another one related to Valve and Left 4 Dead 2 - the German version of the game, to make up for the content-cuts for violence, included four extra weapons taken directly from Counter-Strike: Source. At the same time, most of the in-game posters for the campaigns had the characters holding what appeared to be Mk 18 CQBR rifles rather than a weapon that actually appears in the game. Three years later came Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which reused Left 4 Dead 2 models for some of its weapons and replaced the old M4A1 with the Mk 18.
Video games with a focus on guns in general seem to have a good chance of predicting future models. Parasite Eve included a weapon labeled as an M1911A2 six years before a project was undertaken in the US military to create M1911 variants with that name. GoldenEye Reloaded, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and PAYDAY 2 all sequentially featured an MP7 with an underbarrel rail instead of an integrated folding foregrip, respectively three, two, and then one year before H&K released an MP7A2 model which replaced the folding grip with a rail.
The name of Doom 3 antagonist Dr. Betruger can also read as "a Doctor who commited a fraud" in German. The name is funny because in 2011, many famous Germans lost their doctor's degrees because they commited fraud in their doctoral theses.
Part of the reason the Donkey Kong arcade game was created was because Shigeru Miyamoto was a big fan of Popeye, but he couldn't get the rights to make a game based on it. In 1982, Nintendo got the rights from King Features Syndicate to create a Popeye arcade game (though the game is played differently than Donkey Kong).
Modern Warfare 2 featured the ability to call down a guided missile launched from a Predator UAV. Saints Row: The Third featured the similar Reaper Drone, which allowed the player to watch from the perspective of said drone while launching either dumb-fire missiles or guided ones similar to the Predator. Around the same time, Modern Warfare 3 also features a Reaper UAV, which works like a combination of the Saints Row version's firing modes (missiles guided via laser without the Arrow Cam).
Concerning the Fandom Rivalry between Call of Duty and Battlefield, it's rather funny that one of the default names for singleplayer bots in Battlefield 2, released two years before Call of Duty 4, was "J. Price". Moreso when the Battlefield 2: Special Forces expansion added the British SAS as a playable faction.
Katawa Shoujo has a meme in which Lilly asks "Who's there? ... No answer, must be that deaf bitch", in reference to her rivalry with Shizunenote Lilly can't see Shizune, and Shizune can neither hear nor respond to "Who's there?". Late in her route, she asks Misha for some papers, then thanks her when she gets them. Lilly receives no reply, causing her to realize after a moment that it is Shizune, leading to a Heartwarming Moment as the two set aside their differences.
After over 10 years of Super Smash Bros. Melee's release, in Fire Emblem Awakening, the imposter who claims to be Marth is revealed to be the Chrom's future daughter Lucina, who resembles Marth eerily well, but is a female. Compare to the known conception that many people who met Marth in Melee were very caught off by his feminine appearance and thought he was a woman.
Awakening gave us another one: the character Nagi from Shadow Dragon is commonly thought to be the reincarnation of the Divine Dragon Naga, but the second most popular theory had her as an older Tiki from the future. The former is most likely true, but Awakening, set 2000 years after Marth's games, does indeed feature a Future BadassTiki◊ as a playable character.
And it gets even funnier with certain reveals in the DLC chapters, namely that Naga is a Legacy Character of sorts via Deity of Human Origin. In Awakening'sBad Future timeline, Tiki ends up becoming the next Naga. This means that the "Nagi is Future!Tiki" theory from Shadow Dragon was closer to the mark than people thought... In fact for all we know, in at least one continuity it could actually be true!
A popular pairing in Awakening is Miriel and Ricken, as they are both mages (and grants Miriel's son, Laurent, very good stats in-game). With the English release of this game, Miriel and Ricken are voiced by Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal respectively, who are married in real life.
The Elder Scrolls features the Dremora, one of the lesser Daedra in service to Mehrunes Dagon. They appear as grey-skinned, yellow-eyed Horned Humanoids with shaggy black hair. They're a Proud Warrior Race, and every single one of them is trained as a warrior, with their culture revolving around combat. Their society is based around a Fantastic Caste System, with multiple levels of castes, each containing its own hierarchy of sub-castes. They even come from a parallel universe outside of the one the games take place in. So essentially, Mehrunes Dagon has the trolls from Homestuck in his service. This is actually hilarious from both perspectives - not only are the Dremora very similar to trolls, Andrew Hussie based the Alternian alphabet on the Daedric alphabet from the games, which is used by - you guessed it - the Dremora. And, seeing as he picked it at random from a website hosting fonts for various fictional alphabets, he had no idea that the one he chose was used by a civilisation with a lot in common with his own.
And if that wasn't enough, wearing Daedric armour (particularly the version◊ in Oblivion) - which, of course, is worn by Dremora - makes your character look a lot like an Imperial Drone!
Sonic games are often on Nintendo consoles, several are even Nintendo exclusives. This was unthinkable back in The '90s, when references from Nintendo towards Sega or vice versa would be Take Thats at best ("Genesis Does What Nintendon't").
Sonic the Hedgehog CD has one that happens within the game itself, depending on the version. The main boss theme in the Japanese and European versions of the original version as well as all versions of the 2011 remake of the game when the Japanese soundtrack is chosen over the American one has a sample from the song "Work That Sucker to Death" by Xavier looped as part of the lyrics played in an upbeat manner. A boss in the middle of the game has Sonic having to defeat Dr. Eggman by running quickly to make a conveyor belt wear down his current device until it explodes. In other words, for that boss Sonic really does have to "work that sucker to death".
For its original release, Sonic the Fighters (A.K.A. Sonic Championship) saw a limited release in American arcades because Sega of America's executives found the cartoonish slapstick "too violent" and that it would tarnish Sonic's image. Nine years later, Shadow got his own spin-off game, and it was far more violent and intense than Fighters, and yet Sega of America heavily promoted it. And also, Sonic Riders had lots of cartoonish slapstick just like Fighters, and SoA were fine with that too.
Also, Fang the Sniper was actually going to use a sniper rifle, but Sega wouldn't allow realistic firearms in the series. Later 3D Sonic games had no problem with using realistic firearms.
Also, the main reason Gamma was put into Sonic Adventure was to satisfy fan demand for the ability to shoot up enemies in a Sonic game, as SEGA couldn't possibly imagine a regular Sonic character wielding a real gun. Yeah, 2005 says hello.
On the subject of Sega, they also published a Gamecube game known as Phantasy Star Online. This game was one of the few games to take advantage of the Gamecube's optional networking accessories, which most Nintendo games completely ignored. Even when working with Nintendo hardware, Sega still does what Nintendon't.
After The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was shown at E3 in 2005, a letter in Nintendo Power Magazine issue 195, asked if Midna was the game's titular Twilight Princess. Nintendo Power said in response that the developers aren't saying anything so that they wouldn't spoil anything for the audience. Later, after the game was finally released, Midna turned out to actually be the Twilight Princess
Both Haken and Kaguya were expies of Sanger (Haken Browning has Sanger's white hair and his color scheme while Kaguya has Sanger's BFS, and the Kiai "CHESTO!"). And now, all three show up; it will be amusing to see how Sanger will react to both of his expies.
During the days of Sega Saturn, to promote the Sakura Wars game, there's a commercial where Segata Sanshiro is playing with the main heroine, Sakura Shinguuji, under a park of cherry blossom trees. Sakura returns in Project X Zone 2, which just happens to also feature Segata. Any wonders if they're going to refer to the aforementioned commercial? The answer is a big resounding YES.
Planescape: Torment was released in 1999. The shopkeeper of the Curiosity Shop in Clerk's Ward: an alu-fiend named Vrischika. Oh, and she has blue skin and yellow eyes. And you can sell your party members into slavery to her.
For bonus points, Capcom also released NES-style premium avatars of the cast of Street Fighter IV (which includes all of the original eight SFII fighters) in the PlayStation Store at least a year before the announcement.
beatmania IIDX 12 Happy Sky, released in 2006, introduces a song called "Mei", whose Another chart is one of the most infamously difficult charts in the entire series. Fast forward to 2009, and there is a novel and anime series called Another, which featues a protagonist named Mei.
When Doom was released, moral guardians had concerns regarding Doom like games and Virtual Reality devices. Later, a version of its successor, Doom 3, was one of the first games which were announced for the VR headset Oculus Rift.
People that were not impressed by the visuals of the Wii demanded that Nintendo should make an add-on or a new console that would make the Wii have HD graphics. The Wii U comes along several years later and is pretty much an upgraded Wii.
A Bayonetta reference appeared in Madworld, which was released beforehand, and was a Wii exclusive, while Bayonetta was a 360/PS3 exclusive. But as of Bayonetta 2, all further games of the series are going to be Nintendo-exclusive.
In the baseball game, Slugfest: Reloaded, Sammy Sosa (before the bleach job) was featured as the cover athlete on the box art. At the same time, they intentionally didn't include Barry Bonds in the roster lineup and instead replaced him with a generic batter, because he was suspected of using steroids. Not on long afterwards, it was revealed that Sosa and his rival Mark McGwire were using steroids to get their huge home run numbers every year. Meanwhile, Barry Bonds, who eventually broke Hank Aaron's home run record, was convicted of lying under oath but not for using steroids; even though most people still think he did.
Charice Pempengco sang the theme song of Final Fantasy XIII-2. That game has a character named Alyssa. A year after the game was released, Charice came out as a lesbian, and her girlfriend is named Alyssa.
An In-Universe example occurs in Final Fantasy VII. One NPC in North Corel expresses his desire to get out of there and "go to the town in the south". You later visit that town, and it's probably the one town that's worse off than North Corel.
Brentalfloss's "Ducktales WITH LYRICS" (aka the NES game's moon level theme with lyrics) includes the lines, "This oughta be the ending credits theme ... but it was used as a level tune." Four years later, Ducktales: Remastered has the moon level theme playing during the credits after the show's theme, in two formats!
In one of Vert's bonus voice files in Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, the Leanbox goddess mentions about wishing to have her own younger sister. Then comes Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone division in September 2013, which technically makes Nokia's hybrid handheld console and phone, the N-Gage, a Microsoft-branded handheld console (even though it was discontinued long before the acquisition).
A terabyte disc is a plot device used in visual novels Ever17 and Remember11. It has been predicted that terabyte discs will be on sale around 2015. A little late for Remember11, but just in time for Ever17. Even the original writers got a chuckle out of that.
Primal Rage, though some came from the game's toyline, heroic gorilla leading a group of animals, which includes a deinonychus, against an evil group led by an evil Tyrannosaurus rex? Sounds a lot like Beast Wars.
In Devil Survivor, characters communicate by using Nintendo DS lookalikes that can send and receive mail. One generation of video game platforms later, the Nintendo 3DS introduced the SwapNote feature...and then this became a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment instead when SwapNote's online message exchange feature was wiped due to child safety concerns.
In Record Of Agarest War 2, players can opt to marry the third generation protagonist to Fiona who's voiced by Kana Asumi. Cue a few years later and said voice actress is now a married woman.
On a related note, there exists fanart of the Inklings in the same situation. Crack Fic back then, not so much now that they've also been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch rerelease of Mario Kart 8.
The 2006 arcade racing game Fast And The Furious: Drift features a Ford GT and a '67 Mustang Fastback among the cars. It also allows you to customize those cars with various "ricer" modifications, including neon lights. Five years later came the release of Fast Five which features among its cars a Ford GT40, the inspiration for the GT and a contemporary of the Mustang Fastback. When Hobbs finds the car has been outfitted with an aftermarket stereo system, he criticizes it saying "might as well put neons on it."
In 2007, The Happy Video Game Nerd gave his review of Splatterhouse and its two sequel, and one of the major criticism he had with the original was the lack of story despite its premise. Fast-forward to 2010, Derek got what he ask for when a re-imagining of the game was released that had a much bigger narrative than the original, and then some.
Upon the announcement of BioShock Infinite the UK edition of PC Gamer ran a joke page in a throwaway attempt to predict the upcoming title's inevitable Shocking Swerve. It included such silly suggestions as "The player character is really a dog" and "The bad guy is his own sister." One of their predictions actually turned out to be true: "The player character and the bad guy are really the same person."
Top Fighter 2000 MK VIII, a bootleg fighting game on the Genesis, features Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan as playable characters. Then came an episode of Epic Rap Battles of History where Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan battled each other, this time with words.
Wreck-It Ralph bemoaning Pac-Man 's invitation to Felix's party seems prophetic of the yellow icon's inclusion in the latest Smash Bros. gifs with the heads of other popular characters that have, at the time of the aforementioned's reveal, yet to be confirmed to return themselves replacing Ralph's are growing popular.
Final Fantasy VII has AVALANCHE, an eco-terrorist group launching a violent offensive against Shinra Corporation, an electric power company behind the Mako reactors sucking the planet dry. Come 2014, Square Enix not only names their cloud gaming business Shinra Technologies, but one of the first studios to sign up for the service? Avalanche Studios, the developers behind the Just Cause games.
Around the time Five Nights at Freddy's, an indie horror game involving killer animatronics at a Chuck E. Cheese's knock-off, started becoming popular, a preview of season 2 of Gravity Falls aired at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, hinting at an episode featuring... killer animatronics at a Chuck E. Cheese's knock-off. Though the episode in question, "Soos and the Real Girl", didn't air until late September, it was an amusing coincidence nevertheless.
One of the splashes added to Minecraft was "Absolutely dragon-free!". Later, the game added The Enderdragon, the Final Boss. The splash was changed to "Mostly dragon-free!".
Final Fantasy VIII, made in 1999, has a party member who keeps a blog about herself. Her name is Selphie.
TIE Fighter: The seventh campaign culminates with Maarek Stele flying alongside Darth Vader to save an abducted Emperor Palpatine aboard an enemy capital ship. Revenge of the Sith starts with Anakin Skywalker (the future Vader) and Obi-Wan Kenobi on a starfighter mission to save the abducted Chancellor (future Emperor) Palpatine aboard an enemy capital ship, so you can imagine Vader thinking "Not again..." in the mission.
Fire Emblem Fates announced same-sex marriage for the player's Avatar. Roughly a week later, the Supreme Court of the United States declared same-sex marriage legal in all states.
Doubling as a Harsher in Hindsight, one of the missions in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has you erase the logos of Metal Gear games from helicopters. After doing this, you get the message: "You might be able to erase the markings, but the memories will never disappear." Later on, Kojima would leave Konami, and Konami removed his name and the Kojima Productions logo from the boxart. Of course, knowing Kojima, this might very well have been Foreshadowing...
Possibly an Ascended Meme now - the item you get for beating The Old Hunters DLC lets you turn into a squid-person.
In Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, when Guy and Dekar rejoin Maxim and Selan, Dekar criticizes Guy for neglecting his girlfriend, while Guy points out that Dekar doesn't even have a girlfriend. Dekar proclaims, "My love is my sword!" By this time in the remake,he's already hooked up with Tia.
The box art for EA Sports' UFC 2 prominently features Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor... both of whom were subsequently knocked out in the ring in humiliating upset defeats. Rousey's loss (and the breaking of her undefeated streak) came the day after the cover was unveiled, while McGregor's (his first loss in six years) came just a week and a half before the game was to come out. After McGregor's defeat, Kotaku referred to the cover as "a monument to sadness" and compared it to the Madden Curse.
In Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors when Junpei and June are discussing what relation their location has to the Titanic, picking to say that they're on a replica of the Titanic prompts Junpei into a quip somewhat jokingly about how "crazy Titanic fans" might have built an exact replica of the Titanic, and begun advertising to people about the chance of riding on an exact recreation of a ship where 1500 people died. It's now become an actual thing that's being built.
Meta example, but Papyrus the Skeleton from Undertale is presented as an utter loser who is, in his own words, "pretty popular [on the Internet]" since he is "twelve followers away from a double digit count", and doesn't even realizes how utterly unpopular he is. In Real Life, Papyrus has legions of fans thanks to his Awesome Ego and generally being fodder for the Funny page for Undertale on This Very Wiki.
Part of the reason for the Saturn game adaptation of Magic Knight Rayearthtaking forever to reach the states had to do with a conflict about what to rename the protagonists. In the end, the names were left as is, and Working Designs unwittingly did the right thing before the practice of renaming characters itself even became such a hot-button issue and for the most part ceased altogether.
The DC Comics Pack has a lot of fancy new things: The Hero Cape and its gliding ability, wall jumping, and a fancy hub-area that expands as you continue the story. All of these things also appear in LittleBigPlanet 3 (which was announced about 5 months later at E3 2014); Swoop can glide like the cape power, OddSock can wall jump, and similar hubs appeared in the story mode.
It may have been unintentional, but there's a trophy in the first game called "Sackbird." Then LittleBigPlanet 3 came along and Swoop became a character.
A meta example; when Dark Souls II (and Bloodborne to a lesser degree) was released, there was a backlash among fans for what was perceived as the series becoming easier and more "casual" compared to the original. It turns out that this was deliberate; in an pre-release interview for the third game, Miyazaki admitted that he thought the original Dark Souls and Demon Souls were too unfairly difficult, and he wanted to make the newer games somewhat more accessible.
7 features Rosalina's Ice World, an icy course hosted by a blonde "princess" in a blue dress. Two years after 7 was released, Frozen came out in theatres, and it was quick for some to point out the parallels between Elsa and Rosalina.
After the 2008 reboot, James McCaffrey would then be in another video game that's also a psychological, episodic thriller where the main gameplay mechanic involves light.
Super Fighter: This is a Taiwanese made Street Fighter IIknockoff that very blatantly lifted from Capcom's aforementioned game. However, some of the Super Fighter cast have some similarities to characters that would be introduced in later iterations and sequels of Street Fighter Games.
Red Man, the resident Blanka (and maybe T. Hawk) ersatznote (He has most of the moveset of the former and his savage nature (minus the noble aspects) and the latter's Native American ethnicity.) is someone who has delusions of being a divine being (even claiming to be the reincarnation of Satan) and killed his former master in the past once he believed himself to have surpassed him. The next year (1994), Super Street Fighter II: Turbo would introduce the fighter Gouki who believes himself "superior to all men" because of his mastery of the Satsui no Hadou (and also murdered his master, Goutetsu, as a demonstration of his power), goes by the alias "Akuma" (translating from Japanese into English as "Demon"), and due to being Hades Shaded is a literal red man.
Bullet is a blonde athlete (a boxer more specifically) from Brooklyn. Several years later, Street Fighter III would introduce another blonde athlete (though a wrestler in this case) who has some Brooklyn Rage in the person of Alex. In addition Onimaru has some degree of similarity with Necro in that they are people who have been modified by technological/bio-genetic engineering means (though involuntarily in the latter's case) and can stretch their limbs further than any normal person could.
Let's see: An obnoxious obese fighter who has a braided pony tail, are we talking about this game's Joker note (who is already an ersatz of E. Honda, though if he was evil rather just being an Arrogant Sumo Guy) or Rufus from Street Fighter IV?
Altered Beast: The real form of the sorcerer Neff, the one who taunts the player at the end of every level, is a creepy pale bald man in a black tunic who looks similar to Lord Voldemort. However, the game came out in 1988 and the first Harry Potter book was published about 10 years later, while the film series began in 2001.