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Hilarious In Hindsight: Videogames
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  • 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 Game Michael 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.
    • Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser is an animated short from Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence centers around Raiden trying to regain the role of protagonist for Metal Gear Solid 4 after losing it to Solid Snake by going back in time to kill Big Boss in order to prevent Snake from existing. At the end, he fails miserably and Rose tries to console him by saying, "there's going to be a 5, right?" Eventually, Raiden got to star in another Metal Gear, not in MGS5, but in his own spinoff game: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
    • 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 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which centers around Snake (Big Boss) going on a quest for revenge after receiving a cyborg arm.
  • Late in La-Mulana, Lemeza gets a Crystal Skull. Lemeza already being a thinly-veiled copy of Indiana Jones, this was made all the more appropriate after the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In the remake, Xelpud alludes to a "lousy movie" when Lemeza shows the skull to him.
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. A guy called Little Mac takes down big brutal Iron Mike while he was in his prime. Later on, Buster Douglas comes in...
  • Playing Chrono Trigger nowadays (a game possibly best known for its excellent soundtrack), you can't help but feel that the introduction to Robo's theme song sounds a lot like Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". In a Let's Play of the game, the section where Robo first appears got quite a few comments accusing the player of pulling a Rick Roll on them. This has been taken to its logical conclusion.
  • 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 this 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).
    • "The higher costs to develop for [the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360] will be passed on to consumers." - This was before the price of the PS3 was announced, which was FIVE HUNDRED NINETY-NINE US DOLLARS.
    • "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.
    • Yes Wii Can!
    • 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 original 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 says 'Erdrick').
    • Even the name Final Fantasy counts, since Square (facing possible bankruptcy) decided that its "final" game would be a "fantasy" RPG. And now the series won't end.
  • In Ace Combat Zero, there is reference made to a "Sleeping King". Thanks to this video, which plays on the naming similarity between the homeland of the antagonists of AC0 and those of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, it has become amusingly prophetic when you consider Vivio/the Saint King from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, which was released some time after the previously mentioned titles and video. "It's one heck of a coincidence" indeed!
    • Also, consider the voice actors 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.
  • Perfect Dark: The President of the United States in the first game is said to be idealistic and relatively youthful. Oh, and he's black. And has an uncanny resemblance.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, released August 2003, the best title to earn for one of the characters, Kratos, is "War God".
  • In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the Villain Protagonist Arthas runs into a bunch of dwarves who are pissed off about him killing their prince previously. Having thought the bunch of them are dead, he asks "doesn't anyone stay dead anymore?", kills the lot of them and moves onward. In World of Warcraft, not only are the angry dwarves brought back from the dead but so is the prince whose death made them angry in the first place, making Arthas' line seem prophetic.
    • 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 third game in the Disgaea series has a battle with Prism Red in which he says something about recruitment and teens with attitude (followed by the usual response). This scene becomes much funnier in the US version when you realize that Johnny Yong Bosch, the VA for Almaz, was also known as Adam Park.
    • Almaz's comment about wanting to be Prism Blue becomes funnier due to Bosch playing Prism Blue in the Fuka Desco Show.
    • In a similar instance, the battle against Prism Red in the first Disgaea is a bit ironic, as Laharl's English VA is also known as the English voice of Rita Repulsa.
  • There was apparently a PC game released in Europe in the early 1990s called Luigi & Spaghetti. The latter is a weird looking rainbow-colored worm, the former a mustached man who bears a strong resemblance to a more famous Luigi. Certain people understandably find this hilarious.
  • "Dear Mario: Please come to the castle. I've baked a cake for you. Yours truly, Princess Toadstool Peach."
  • 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: Of course. 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 Report mentioned that the design was submitted by an anonymous plumber.
  • In the supposedly tense opening cinematic of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, the US president grabs a red phone with "Moscow" on it next to one that says "Tokyo." This becomes excellent with the release of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, where time travel retcons in an Empire of the Rising Sun.
  • In Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour, there is a US Aircraft Carrier named USS Reagan. Note that this was way back before the real USS Reagan was named.
  • It's really funny to play through the Happy Happyists house in EarthBound while thinking of Summer Glau in Firefly. "Hands of blue, two by two..."
    • In the original Mother 2, the mayor of Onett was named G.H. Pirkle, or George Herbert Walker Pirkle. To sever the connection, the English localization changed it to B.H. Pirkle - which, ironically enough, makes him Barack Hussein Pirkle nowadays.
    • 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.
    • 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":
      "My dad's not a PHONE!!"
  • 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.
  • Tales of the Abyss
  • 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 makes 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 it's quite possible to have both of them in a future Kingdom Hearts game.
  • 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 , 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 wifi, 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, 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 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.
  • In Resident Evil 5, during your final battle with Albert Wesker, he at one point shouts, "THE HUMAN RACE REQUIRES JUDGEMENT!!!!" Chris replies, "And you're gonna judge us? Did you get all your ideas from comic book villains?" Two years later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came out, both Chris and Wesker are in, and according to the game's Excuse Plot, Wesker is teaming up with Dr. Doom, who of course, is a comic book villain.
    • 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.
  • This boss from Persona 4 has become much more amusing with the news that Atlus was going to publish the North American version of 3D Dot Game Heroes.
    • One of the possible answers to "What does B.C. stand for?" in the midterm exams is "Before Crime".
  • A while after Catherine was announced, a fan drew Kanji (voiced by Troy Baker) and Rise (voiced by Laura Bailey) from Persona 4 as Vincent and Catherine. When the game was dubbed in English, Baker and Bailey were indeed cast as Vincent and Catherine, respectively.
  • 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.
  • Street Fighter's Dan Hibiki was based on Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia. More than a decade later this happens.
  • In the Backyard Baseball series, Barry Bonds gets fatter every game, with his stats getting better, and is removed from the series after 2003. Then the exact same things happened in real life.
  • 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.
  • If you're going for the bad ending in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, just try to fall victim to Richter's Hydro Storm today without laughing.
    • Another good one in the same game: The best cloak you can equip in the game has the simple description: "Black cape for vampires." Its name? Twilight Cloak.
  • In Ōkami, fish get a relatively bad treatment, being food and the basis of a fishing minigame, as it turns out, the final boss is a fish in a mecha, a really dangerous mecha.
  • Penny Arcade once made a comic about Dual Wielding wands. In Torchlight, you can do just that.
  • 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.
  • Picutred at the top of this page is a 2007 piece by a Touhou fan artist whipped up to parody Apple iPod ads, in reference to Sakuya's memetic A-Cup Angst. Two and a half years later...
    • This parody says that Sakuya is on the PC side... Is Apple specifically courting her as a customer?
    • "Space Megaforce! Presented by To(u)ho(u)."
      • And in the Japanese version, the hardest difficulty is called Lunatic. We're talking about a game that precedes Touhou by four years.
    • Also there's this picture, which mocks ZUN's hilariously bad artwork, that dates from around 2007. One year later, the character on the right was introduced.
    • There's also the matter of Alice Margatroid controlling a doll called "Shanghai". "Team Shanghai Alice"???
    • One fan theory for Hong Meiling is that she's of dragon ancestry. In her fighting game appearance, one of her standard attacks is a burst of blue aura, which is a Qi attack normally accompanied by her saying "JAOOOOOO!!!". Did we mention that she's a gate guard and often abused by resident maid, Sakuya, who's known to throw said knives by William Telling? Yeah, she apparently has taken a knife to the knee at one point.
    • 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 Stage Mid 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 so did Kogasa appear 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!"
  • 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 Oyster 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.
  • At one point during agentjr's Let's Play of Call of Duty 4, agentjr's ramblings include the quote "And that's why you're gonna get betrayed one day...I promise you that - it might not be me, but it better be someone." It made sense in context, but 3 months later Modern Warfare 2 was released, and you all ought to know what happens next.
    • 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-III's are Child Soldiers, and highly-expendable ones at that. Cue Halo: Reach a year and a half later.
  • Mass Effect:
    • At one point in Mass Effect 1, 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."
    • In Mass Effect 2, you learn from Legion that the true geth's purpose is to build a Dyson Sphere to upload themselves onto. Considering that Legion is voiced by DC Douglas, a.k.a. Albert Wesker, the geth are essentially planning COMPLETE GLOBAL SATURATION.
    • The DLC's for game 2 cause 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.
    • There's an amusing Easter Egg in Mass Effect 2 when you launch probes at a certain planet. Guess what NASA is planning on doing.
    • Each of the three background options for Commander Shepard has an associated assignment in Mass Effect 1. 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 Mass Effect 1, 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 Mass Effect 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!
  • On the topic of Pokémon, watch this. Now read this. And the guy who made the video? He got to play someone in the show!
  • The Games Machine, an Italian PC gaming magazine, has made several faux reviews as April Fool jokes in the 1990s, only for similar games to actually come out some time later.
    • 1993: Monkey Island 3. Four years later, The Curse of Monkey Island came out.
    • 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 patch 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.
    • 1999: Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 3D, a 3D game set in the world of Command & Conquer. Cue 2002 and Command & Conquer: Renegade.
  • 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 Montana.
  • 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 Nukem 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 the release date of Duke Nukem Forever had been announced and Max Payne 3 had been delayed again, the same verse acquires 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?
  • In the game Medieval II Total War, there were three agents which you could recruit, one of them is the Assassin who, in it's european incarnation wears a hoodie and, if you order him to kill The Pope, will do so with a crossbow; flash-forward to "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood".
  • One of Rikku's battle quotes in Final Fantasy X-2 when entering a fight with the Flak Python-type enemies, is "Snake? Snake?! Snaaaake!!" Rikku's voice actress, Tara Strong, later provided the voice for Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and for Paz in Peace Walker. Ironically, Portable Ops and Peace Walker are the only two Solid games without some variation on the "Snake? Snaaaake!!" Game Over, meaning the only time Tara Strong got the chance to say the line was when she was playing Rikku.
  • 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.
  • To promote the game UmJammer Lammy, Sony produced a CD of MilkCan's music. Then came Parappa the Rapper 2...
  • 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 Starcraft: Brood War, one of Artanis' "pissed" quotes was "This is not Warcraft in 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.
  • In the Dawn of War Dark Crusade expansion, when the Word Bearers attack the Blood Raven stronghold, on 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).
  • "WE ARE NINTENDO. WE CHALLENGE ALL PLAYERS. YOU CANNOT BEAT US." Indeed, you cannot beat them at Nintendo Hard games... or, as of May 2010, at the top 3 game ratings of ALL TIME!
  • NBA Jam featured Bill Clinton as a secret character, quite a while before the US had a president with a noted interest in basketball.
  • Two iterations of Princess Zelda have disguised themselves as both a Ninja and a Pirate. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Zelda can possess suits of armour. Hmm... does that make the Zelda family lifelong members of the NPZR clan?
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl Pit, of Kid Icarus, got an updated character design that, to many, looked remarkably like Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series. Fast forward to E3 2010, which we learn of a new Kid Icarus game, featuring the same design for Pit, being made by Masahiro Sakurai's (the creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros.) development team, which is called "Project Sora".
  • 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?
  • While all the endings of the WWF Wrestlemania arcade game are pretty ridiculous, the one for Razor Ramon/Scott Hall's oddly echoes the man's continual real life problems that have consumed him in the years since the game was released.
    • 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.
  • 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...
  • One of Unreal Tournament 2004's announcer messages is "Flawless Victory", which you obtain by winning a match without being fragged, giving up a flag capture, or what have you. It's pretty funny, since the two following games, Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict and Unreal Tournament III, were published by Midway Games, and in the former, Raiden was featured as a Guest Fighter.
  • In Godzilla Unleashed, the San Francisco level has the Golden Gate Bridge destroyed. Guess which movie has a monster in San Francisco destroying the Golden Gate Bridge?
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, there is a news report about an app for the 'iFruit' where you pee on it and it tells you if you're pregnant. Funny then, funnier after something very similar actually did come out later.
  • The Japanese commercial for Kirby's Adventure (Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari in Japan) featured a world partly made of yarn, and Kirby and the enemies are made of yarn. 17 years later...
  • One of the puzzles in Sam & Max: Situation: Comedy involved Sam winning Embarrassing Idol by using a 'Voice Modulator'. Mildly amusing in 2006. Hilarious after the 2010 UK media scandal about talent shows using Auto-Tune on their singers.
  • In Ben There, Dan That!, a Pastiche of LucasArts point-and-click Adventure Games, Dan idolises Indiana Jones, and Ben idolises Marty McFly, of Back to the Future (both of whom are Lucas-related characters). Telltale Games, a company formed from Yahtzee called LucasArts's 'cleverness division', made a Back to the Future Point-and-Click Game, making the reference be to Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and the Back to the Future game, instead, which makes a lot more sense as most of the other Shout Outs in the game are to Point And Clicks.
  • The intro to Professor Layton and the Curious Village brings up Lady Dahlia, followed by the line, "Well, Luke, a true gentleman never refuses the request of a beautiful lady." Then they announced Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney. Guess who else has experience being "gentlemanly" toward a beautiful woman named Dahlia.
    • 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 Pokemon 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 (The 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  becomes hilarious when you get to case 2-1 in Justice for All— where another defendant, Maggey's, name was written by the victim.
    • 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.
    • 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 2013. 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.
    • The voice actors from the original 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.
  • Episode 277 of Secret of Mana Theater featured an army of flower enemies beating/chasing various enemies in a fortress, zombies included. Two years later, Pop Cap Games came out with Plants vs. Zombies. You make the call.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes related: The infamous MAHVEL BAYBEE video acquires a whole new meaning, aside from the already ascended memes, when you consider that Marvel struck a deal with the NBA. Now Sentinel will remind you of the New York Knicks.
  • 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.
  • In Devil May Cry 3, the final Devil Arm that Dante receives (Beowulf, a set of gauntlets and greaves) allows him to whip out a string of physical combos playing homage to several famous martial artists (both real and fictitious), with many of these moves being evocative of the Street Fighter crew; he even uses variants of the Shoryuken (Rising Dragon), Shin Shoryuken (Real Impact), and Shinkuu Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku (Tornado). Dante's personality and sense of style (such as his preference for the color red) has had many fans likening him to a more Crazy Awesome version of Ken Masters. In 3, 4, and the anime, Dante is voiced by Reuben Langdon, the voice actor of Ken Masters in the dub of Street Fighter IV.
  • 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 one Mass 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.
  • Starting in Tekken 4, resident loudmouth Taekwondoka Hwoarang has a win pose where he sits down on his downed opponent's back and (with much boredom) tells them to shut up. From 5 onward, however, he instead asks, "Don't you have any special moves or something?" This is most likely a Shout-Out/Take That to Street Fighter, as Tekken is (relatively speaking) more realistically grounded in what its fighters can and cannot do (the quip still doubles as Hypocritical Humor, given some of the more supernatural characters in the series). A few years later, Hwoarang was confirmed to be on the roster of Street Fighter X Tekken. Should've kept your mouth shut, dude.
    • In SF fandom, Sagat was occasionally referred to as BOB SAGAT (as in Bob 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...
  • In 2004, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal introduced us to the Galactic President and his daughter Sasha, a pair of dark-furred Cezares. In 2008, the first black US president and his daughter Sasha entered the Whitehouse. Insomniac was on to something...
  • 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.
  • In Final Fantasy IV, one of your party members is a Lunarian sage named FuSoYa. Any relation to Fus Ro Dah?
    • It's even funnier when you realize Cecil was "born of a dragon, bearing darkness and light."
  • In Tokimeki Memorial 2, Homura Akai's favorite anime is a Super Robot series named GoDriller. She wears a piece of merchandise from it - a drill necklace. And this from a game that came out in 1999.
  • 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 they (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 to 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.
  • In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Kain Highwind, voiced by Liam O'Brien, gets called out by Lightning for his supposedly villainous actions. And then, in Final Fantasy XIII-2, Caius Ballad, also voiced by Liam O'Brien, makes his villainous actions clear to Lightning.
  • 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.
  • As a joke, someone created a fake National Geographic Magazine cover, featuring a cardinal photoshopped to look like the iconic Red Bird from Angry Birds. Later this year, National Geographic will release a tie-in book called Angry Birds: Fed Up, Feathered, and Furious — and none other than a cardinal is featured on the cover!
  • 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 . 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.
  • 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".
  • After over 10 years of 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 Super Smash Bros 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 Badass Tiki 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's Bad 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.
    • On a meta level, Marth and Roy ARE in this game, at least if you count Spotpass and DLC.
  • There's an Intellivision game called Space Spartans. When the game came out, this would just have been one of the many games with "space" in the title that came out in the early 80s, albeit a strange one ("What's that? A Spartan in space? Was Marvin the Martian a Space Spartan?"), but gamers today hearing the title would probably think of something else.
  • Iori Yagami in The King of Fighters was speculated by various fans to have Foe Yay with Kyo Kusanagi, The Hero, due to the nature of their rivalry. In a rare case of both Hilarious in Hindsight and Harsher in Hindsight, Iori's Japanese voice actor, Kunihiko Yasui, ends up playing Rospark the Floroid in Mega Man ZX Advent, whose lines definitively have a heaping of Foe Yay for Grey.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Lego City has been made real. Say hello to Lego City Undercover.
  • 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!
  • Brain Dead 13: At one time in the confrontation scene in the long stairway, Fritz kills Lance by scalping him with his Hook Hand and using said scalp as a hat! It's pretty gross, but believe us, Fritz is no Kirby.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog was explicitly created by SEGA to compete with Nintendo and their iconic mascot in the 16-bit Console Wars. Fast-forward to 2008, and you'll find that they officially co-stared in the same game, wherein they presumably snowboard over Hell's now-frozen landscape.
    • Sonic games are often on Nintendo consoles, several are even Nintendo exclusives. This was unthinkable back in The Nineties, when references from Nintendo towards Sega or vice versa would be Take Thats at best ("Genesis Does What Nintendon't").
  • In Tales of Vesperia, one skit has Estelle and Karol discussing whether Yuri looks cooler with a sword or an axe. Judith actually suggested that he use one in each hand, which is funny, because that's exactly what Richter would later do in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.
  • Ragna's fear of ghosts and his Gag Reel in Continuum Shift (particularly his interactions with Nu, who can't decide what accent she should have) might garner a chuckle or two when you realize that his English VA voices Cervantes in Soulcalibur V. Cervantes, a character who spent the last four games as a ghost pirate zombie.
  • In Dragon Quest III, the world map looks like the real world's map. On April Fool's Day of 2012, Google made the world map look like Dragon Quest.
  • In Dragon Quest V, someone complains about Prince Harry's mischief. Now go fast forward about the Real Life Prince Harry's escapades.
  • Crash Bandicoot was created to be the Sony Playstation mascot. Fast-foward ten years and the series has several games that are Nintendo console exclusives.
  • 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
  • Several in Project X Zone. Some examples include:
  • 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 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.
  • In the first two Mega Man X games, X could find secret capsules that taught him the Hadoken and Shoryuken techniques from the Street Fighter series. On December 17, 2012, the 25th anniversary of the Blue Bomber's first adventure (and in an era where Street Fighter has eclipsed Mega Man in the public consciousness), Capcom announced... an officially supported fan project called Street Fighter X Mega Man, where instead of Dr. Wily's normal cadre of eight Robot Masters, Mega Man squares off against a handful of characters from across the SF universe.
    • 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.
  • In Seiken Densetsu 3, two of the villains in the Kevin/Charlotte path are a Monster Clown named Deathjester and a man named Heath. A villain from a rival faction in the same game is called "Darkshine Knight." Then rolls in 2008.
  • 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.
  • A drama CD for Tales of Xillia shows Milla dressed up as a nurse. This becomes hilarious when you learn that Minae Noji, Milla's voice actress, is a regular cast member of General Hospital.
  • People that were not impressed by the visuals of the Wii demanded that Nintendo should make an addon 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.
  • Syobon Action is a Platform Hell version of Super Mario Bros. more commonly known as "Cat Mario" due to its protagonist being a cat. Then Super Mario 3D World gave Mario and company a cat suit...
  • The Super Smash Bros. demake Super Smash Land features Mega Man as the final boss. Some three years later, the Blue Bomber (using the classic design) became confirmed for the fourth Smash game as a playable character.
  • 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, whom 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.
  • In the American manual of the 1989 NES game, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, one of the adversaries is named Luna the Cat. Just barely three years later, a certain manga and anime series would have a character named Luna, who is a cat.
  • 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 the Japanese version of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Kaori Nazuka voiced Caterina Sforza. The hilarity came with the fact she voiced Nunally, who in the Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally manga has has a (very bitchy) school friend named Khaterina Sforza.
  • 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.
  • Due to the rising popularity of the anime Sleeper Hit Girls und Panzer in 2012, fans of World of Tanks have been churning out game mods based on the tanks used in the show. Fast forward to 2013, and we have the game's developers coordinating with Studio Actas with in-game exclusive content in celebration of the opening of the game's Japanese server cluster.
    • Even better when you consider that Girls und Panzer has occasionally been described as World of Tanks as an anime.
  • Super Robot Wars UX
    • Jin Haganeya, the writer for Demonbane, admitted on his Twitter feed his first use of that name was naming the Grungust when playing Super Robot Wars 4 as a kid.
      Man, I can't even begin to imagine what expression I'd have had if I'd heard about this when I was a kid.
    • Prior to UX, Hikaru Midorikawa was a big proponent of wanting to see Demonbane in Super Robot Wars. It helps he's the voice actor for Master Therion. Seems like someone at Banpresto listened...
    • Hatsune Miku being included, in some form, alongside the franchise that inspired her creation.
  • Grim Grimoire: Naďve Everygirl gets stuck in "Groundhog Day" Loop, aiming to save something dear to her (admittedly, everyone, but still....), and end up screws the Big Bad by a logic-defying wish? Did Madoka Kaname base this on her experiences?
  • 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, we have the Nintendo 3DS and its SwapNote feature.
  • 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.
  • This fan art showing the Koopalings in Mario Kart, created in 2011. Now they are officially playable characters in the 8th installment for the Wii U (though not all to one kart as seen in the pic).
  • 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."
  • The very title of Arkanoid II: The Revenge of DoH.
  • 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.
  • The Last of Us Deuteragonist Ellie used to look a lot like Canadian actress Ellen Page before her appearance was changed after complaints from the actress. On February 14, 2014, Ellen Page came out of the closet. On the very same day the Ellie-centric DLC "Left Behind" was released, where Ellie did the same.
  • In 2009, a Mega Man fan game called Mega Man Scramble was produced by Tech Wing for Capcom-Unity's Mega Man Tribute Contest, winning at #6. The game is about Mega Man (Classic) being pursued by an Advancing Boss of Doom and occasionally being assisted by cameo appearances of Mega Man X, MegaMan.EXE, Mega Man Volnutt, and Geo Stelar and Omega-Xis, culminating with all of the heroes finishing off the boss with a Combination Attack. Five years later, the original Mega Man appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Guess what his Final Smash involves.
    • 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.

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