Easter is here and that means you may want to go Easter egg hunting but since you’re probably too old to do that in real life the next best way is to just look for them in video games, so here is a countdown of some of the greatest video game Easter eggs so you can have your Easter egg hunting itch scratched. The list includes some of the coolest and hardest to find Easter eggs from a variety of games and genres. If you’re interested in finding some Easter eggs in video games, there is sure to be something on this list that you’ll find interesting.
15. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Samus Aran’s Gunship
The Donkey Kong Country series has a few Easter eggs that give nods or poke fun at other video game franchises. One of the coolest Easter eggs though is in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and comes in the form of Samus Aran’s gunship from the Metroid series having crash-landed in the background of the secret level Busted Bayou. Nintendo loves to include cameos and Easter eggs in their video games, whether it’s a Super Mario character appearing in a Zelda title or a character in F-Zero having the same exact name as Fox’s father from Star Fox. Nintendo really loves to connect their video games. This one though is a cool Easter egg because the Donkey Kong Country series and Metroid series are two very different types of game but Nintendo decided to connect them through this Easter egg, although maybe it’s not that surprising as develop Retro Studios has worked on both Metroid and Donkey Kong games.
14. Dead Rising – Jill’s Sandwiches
If you’ve played Resident Evil before you probably know of the Jill Sandwich line used by Barry Burton. Where after Jill is almost crushed by a ceiling in a trap room, Barry uses the line “You were almost a Jill Sandwich.” The line itself is very cringy but that was from a time where the standard for voice acting in video games was a little bit different. After time though that line has become infamous and Capcom later even decided to poke fun at themselves by including “Jill’s Sandwiches” as a restaurant in Dead Rising which can be found on the first floor of Paradise Plaza in the game.
13. Batman: Arkham Asylum – The Arkham City Map
Batman Arkham City became known to many Batman fans as the best game in the Arkham series and even won many Game of the Year awards. With this Easter egg in Batman Arkham Asylum, it makes you wonder if Rocksteady always knew they’d be making a hit sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum soon after the release of it. While playing through Batman Arkham Asylum if you enter Warden Sharpe’s office, you can discover a secret room by planting some explosives on one of the walls, this will then take you to the secret room where there are blueprints for Arkham City. This has led many who have discovered the Easter egg to believe that Arkham City was always going to be the main location for the sequel even while Rocksteady was working on Batman Arkham Asylum which was the first game in the city.
12. Red Dead Redemption 2 – UFO Sightings
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the games on this list that could have it’s own Easter egg list for the sheer amount of Easter eggs it contains. From ghost sightings in the bayou to the vampire of Saint Denis there are a lot of creepy and strange Easter eggs that are very easy to miss if you don’t know where to look or if you don’t accidentally stumble into it. One of those Easter eggs is the UFO sightings in the game which is triggered by stumbling upon and entering a small cabin at night that appears to once belong to a cult of alien worshipers. Once you enter the UFO should appear above the cabin. That isn’t the only Easter egg that has to do with UFOs though, because once that UFO is triggered it’s possible to see another UFO near the top of Mount Shann. There are also rocks across the map of Red Dead Redemption 2 that have carvings on them depicting Aliens and UFOs. So if you are looking for some video game Easter eggs that are not from this world, you now know what game to check out.
11. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – The Hatch From Lost
This Easter egg if found can reward you a trophy or achievement. In the middle of the first level in X-Men Origins: Wolverine you can see a boarded up doorway a little off the main path, if you go up to it and claw it down it will take you to a hidden area where you can get a power-up and see a hatch which appears to be the hatch from Lost. If you stand on top of the hatch for a few seconds you’ll earn the “FOUND” trophy or achievement making the game further reference Lost. This is a cool Easter egg as it’s just so unexpected with a Lost Easter Egg being in an X-Men game.
10. Super Mario RPG – The Boss Fight With Culex
Super Mario RPG was like nothing else at the time of its release. It was a Super Mario game, that was an RPG, that also just so happened to be a game developed by Square Soft who at the time made some of the greatest RPGs out there like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Something that most players of the Super Mario RPG missed though was the secret Final Fantasy boss fight. Culex who is the secret boss is more difficult than Smithy who is the main antagonist of the game and can be found in Monstro Town behind the sealed door that can only be opened with the Shiny Stone. Once you meet Culex you’ll notice that his sprite work is more representative to that of a Final Fantasy IV enemy than that of a Super Mario RPG enemy. When you talk to Culex he’ll mention how he is not from this dimension and would like to challenge you before he leaves. Once the battle starts the boss music from Final Fantasy IV plays and if you’re able to beat him the Final Fantasy fanfare will even play. This is the perfect Easter egg for Super Mario RPG knowing who the game was developed by.
9. Metal Gear Solid 3: The End Dies of Old Age
The End boss fight in Metal Gear Solid 3 is the ultimate stealth and sniper boss fight of Metal Gear Solid 3. The battle taking place in the deep forest has you trying to sneak up and snipe The End before he can do the same to you making for a very intense battle. The boss battle though can be completely avoided though by either sniping The End when you see him earlier in the game for a brief moment or by saving the game during the boss fight. If you decide to save the game during the boss fight with The End and come back to play it a week later, The End would’ve died from old age meaning you don’t have to battle him at all. You, of course, don’t have to wait a week and can merely set your system’s date at least a week into the future to get this trick to work. Either way, it’s a neat trick to know if you don’t want to deal with The End.
8. Resident Evil 2 – Brad Vickers
Brad Vickers is the helicopter pilot from the first Resident Evil who rescues you at the end of the game and is unfortunately killed by Nemesis in Resident Evil 3. Parts of Resident Evil 3, however, do take place before Resident Evil 2 and if you find this Easter egg in Resident Evil 2 you’ll be able to see a zombified Brad Vickers. This can be done by making it to the Racoon City Police Station without picking up any items. If you’re able to do this and are able to down the zombified Brad Vickers he’ll drop a special key which will open a special locker in the darkroom that will let you change your costume.
While it does seem this was removed in the Resident Evil 2 remake, Brad Vickers still makes a cameo appearance just in a different way. He now appears on a poster in the underground passage that is only available to access during your 2nd run of the game. It’s a fitting Easter egg as Brad was considered the poster boy of the RCPD.