Shhhh. We’re talking in whispers today, dear NPCs. “If you have it, you want to share it. But if you share it, you can’t keep it.” What am I?
“What is your Favorite Video Game Secret?“
The Timely Mage
I’m not sure if this is my favorite but it’s certainly one of the wildest ones I’ve come across and that would be the alternative method to killing The End in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. If you’re not already familiar with it, The End is an “ancient sniper” who is very patient and well-hidden and to defeat him you must track him down in the forest and attack him before he ultimately escapes and repositions himself. With The End being over 100 years old, one of the alternative ways to kill him is to not play the game for a week (or move the system’s clock ahead if you don’t want to wait) and when you return he will have died of old age. Alright Kojima, you win.
The Black Humor Mage
The Stealth Camo item from the Metal Gear Solid series is my favorite video game secret. It’s always the hardest thing to unlock in the games, but it’s well worth the reward. Stealth has never been as easy as running by enemies.
The Rage Mage
I guess people liked Final Fantasy VII. Not sure why. But did you know you can save Aeris from her well-deserved death at the hands of Hot Topic employee #2? All you have to do is catch the Silver Chocobo, get Zack in your party, and collect the White Materia. Think that’s just a rumor? Well that’s just what Square wants you to think. It’s possible. Catching Mew under the truck pales in comparison.
The Green Screen Mage
My favorite video game secret would be at the end of one of my favorite Steam games, Undertale. If you beat the game on the Pacifist run and return all the way to the beginning point of the game where you first control your character before going through the final door and seeing the end credits, you can find (Spoilers: highlight to reveal) Asriel Dreemurr telling you a very interesting version of the events you see unfold throughout the game regarding the First Human. Just make sure you keep talking to him until he keeps repeating himself.
The White Out Mage
In Super Mario 64, there is a wall that you can actually go through where there’s a secret shortcut to the end of the Penguin race.
The Well-Red Mage
The Dr. Light hadouken capsule in Mega Man X? Cloud as a playable character in Final Fantasy Tactics? Chun Li’s cameo in Breath of Fire? Finding out the Joker is still alive (maybe) in Arkham Knight? Warp whistle abuse in Super Mario Bros. 3? Catching “Glitch” in Pokémon Red/Blue? The Koopa shell-stairway 1up trick from Super Mario Bros.? Gah! Too many! I’ll go with the delightful secret boss fight in Monstro Town in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. It’s one insane collision when Super Mario and Final Fantasy meet. Inside a sealed door, Mario and his party come face to face with Culex, Dark Knight of Vanda. The boss represents the conventions of the Final Fantasy franchise, having crossed into the Mario universe from another dimension. He’s aided by four elemental crystals in battle, represented by a 2D 16-bit sprite, and accompanied by the boss battle music from FFIV. He’s tougher than the final boss and one of the best surprises of the surprisingly great Super Mario RPG.
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