A very observant Youtuber recently unveiled a secret game mode in Mario Kart Wii . MrBean35000vr found the unused option hidden deep within the nearly ten-year-old title’s code. The hidden feature seems to function like the Mission Mode offered in the DS version of Mario Kart , aptly called Mario Kart DS . MrBean35000vr’s discovery reminded me of the best video game secrets of my youth. Let’s take a look at the top five hidden treasures stashed away in games!
Super Mario Bros 3: So Much Warp
This one could quite possibly be the best secret ever laid out in a video game. Not because of the actual secret, but because of its mind blowing context. In Super Mario Bros 3 , gamers find a hidden warp whistle stacked behind some scenery below a white platform. Crouch underneath the white block for roughly six seconds and poof! You get a warp whistle. The reason this one takes the cake is that it’s never mentioned anywhere previously in the game and you literally walk out of the game wireframe, something never done before in a Mario title. What are we to do next, question if Luigi is actually Mario’s legitimate brother?
Mortal Kombat: Reptile (and Jade)
Easily one of the best secrets ever found in a video game is Mortal Kombat ‘s Reptile. Defeating Reptile was just as much fun as finding where the heck the place he called home was. Of course, you needed a little double flawless fatality on The Pit at the precise time, when pixels fly across the moon, to unlock this legend. It is easily one of the best finds in video game history. In the sequel, the lovely Jade took his place as the hidden green character (since Reptile would become a regular playable member of the roster). While not as hard to find in-game, some say she was even more challenging to defeat than her predecessor.
Final Fantasy VI: Shadow Lives!
This one really blew my mind. Rather than leave Shadow behind to suffer a horrible, yet honorable, death in Final Fantasy VI, gamers had the ability to save our old friend. Of course, that’s easier said than done. The floating island is rapidly disappearing with each second that ticks off the clock. Here’s where your mind gets blown. If you can manage the nerves and stick around until 5 seconds are left on the clock, Shadow can be saved! Literally, all you have to do in order to save Shadow is wait near the airship until the time ticks down to 5 seconds left.
GoldenEye 007: Line Me Up
GoldenEye 007 is easily one of the best FPS ever constructed and can be credited for the growth and development of multiplayer as we know it today. The game also held several really cool unlockable cheats. One in particular, Line Mode, was one of the more interesting. In fact, it wasn’t even an unlockable and stands as the only cheat in the entire game that couldn’t be unlocked through in game achievements or progress. You had to do it the old fashion way, with a button combination.
Zelda: A Link to the Past’s Chris Houlihan Room
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sported a hidden room named after the 1990 Nintendo Power contest winner, Chris Houlihan. The room was created, according to Nintendo, as fail-safe or safety net in the event the game was getting ready to crash. It was pretty cool technology for its day. Nonetheless, the room remained largely a mystery for the latter half of 12 years. That is, until the internet explosion. I can’t imagine what people that didn’t subscribe to Nintendo Power thought about this room, one dedicated to some random guy named Chris.