The 2000 Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark was full of secrets. There were cheat codes to find, hidden pieces of cheese scattered around levels, and special modes to unlock. One mystery remains, nearly two decades later, with only a few hidden passwords hinting at its existence.
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Growing up in Australia in the 80s/90s, I have a very weird emotional attachment to these old retailer catalogues, because in the days before the internet — or even reliable games mags — they were the only real way to get info on what games were coming out and, more importantly, when.
You may not know Evan Amos by name, but you've certainly seen his work: he's responsible for many of the clean product shots of video game consoles that you see on Wikipedia (and by extension everywhere else). Today, he's shared something very cool for fans of old Nintendo hardware.
The identity of Gogo, Final Fantasy 6's secretive mime, is one of the game's best kept secrets. Over the years players have surmised that Gogo was Daryl, the dashing airship pilot who crashed without a trace, or Emperor Gestahl, looking for redemption after Kefka destroyed the world. But there's a wild theory, based on false evidence, that was still the best by far: Gogo was deceased American politician Adlai Stevenson.
There has never been a good Akira game. There have been bad ones, however, and more interestingly, there have been cancelled ones like this Game Boy effort, the remains of which were recently bought by a video game collector and are somewhat playable.
Reminder: over a decade ago there was a proper Metallica video game in development. It never got very far — all we ever saw was a short trailer and some excellent concept art — but recently some footage of the game in action has been uncovered.