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An Easter egg in Super Mario 64

An Easter egg is a small secret in games, hidden by the developers. Easter eggs usually don't associate themselves with gameplay, but players usually find Easter eggs due to interest in them.

Easter eggs in Mario games[edit]

Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong[edit]

  • In the Atari 800 version, losing Mario's last life because of a fall, while in a point range of 33,000-33,900 (thus ensuring a new high score), and highlighting a Fireball in the difficulty selection will cause the initials of the port's developer, Landon Dyer, to appear in the title screen while the player waits for the attract mode to start up again.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

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  • In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, there is a room in Booster Tower which features two curtains and a pillar, which will transform Mario into 8-bit Mario. Mario will revert back to normal after leaving the room or after a few minutes pass. This can only done once per game.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

  • There is a room inside Boo's Mansion containing a vase that will transform Mario when jumps inside into 8-bit Mario and Mario's theme will play. Mario will revert to back to his standard form if he leaves the room or jumps back into the vase. Unlike Super Mario RPG in which the 8-bit trick can only be performed once, in Paper Mario it can be performed repeatedly.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

  • During Princess Peach's Interlude after Chapter 5, TEC-XX asks Peach to drink an invisibility potion in order to secretly enter Sir Grodus' room and upload important data on a disk into the room's computer. When this happens, the computer screen shows the Famicom Disk System boot-up sequence which is then shortly followed up by an animation and some music from an unknown game.
  • Similar to the first Paper Mario, in the X-Naut Fortress there is a room that, when entered from above into a changing room, makes both Mario and his partner an 8-bit sprite. This wears off after leaving the room or after a period of time. This can be done repeatedly.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

  • When using the Megaphone Card, if the player shouts into the microphone on the Wii U GamePad, it would be heard in the game, resulting in an "Excellent" Action Command and blowing enemies off-screen.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

  • When jumping in shallow water, a fish will rarely jump out alongside Mario.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

  • In Noki Bay's third mission, Red Coins in a Bottle, the building at the very bottom houses a book behind an unmovable door.
  • The island of Isle Delfino itself is shaped like a dolphin, an allusion to the code name of the GameCube while it was in development.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

  • In the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy, if Mario or Luigi skips the Star Ball and jumps up the blocks and raised bridge that the player would normally smash with the ball, a Rupee from The Legend of Zelda series made out of blue Star Bits can be seen if the player looks down.
  • In the Toy Time Galaxy, on the planet with the first Spring Mushroom, if the player goes on the edge of the block below the warp pipe, they will notice that there is an opening. If they then go to first person view mode once in there, they will see a toy train.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • Using the binoculars in certain levels will allow the player to spot a passing UFO in the sky.
  • In World 4-4, when the player reaches the end of the level and stands at the gates to the right for a number of seconds, a ghostly figure will appear slowly out of the background. Once enough time passes, it will open its mouth wide and flash, while fading out at the same time.
  • In the credit sequence when it fades out to the sky, the Comet Observatory is visible.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

  • If the Joy-Con is left alone for a long time, a bird will sleep on Mario's nose. The type of bird changes depending on what kingdom Mario is in.
    • Similarly, if Mario sleeps in a place where the hatted shiba inu appears, it will sleep next to him.
  • Bowser's reaction quote to Mario changes according to the costume Mario wears. As of the Version 1.2.0 update, Luigi also gives a reaction quote.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

  • Like Super Mario 3D World, 8-bit sprites of that game's playable characters can be found in several levels.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

  • If the player places a pair of door objects and knocks on one, knocking can be heard on the other side of the door. If the player knocks enough times, Weird Mario will appear out of the door in a random powered-up state depending on the game style (for example, he can be Raccoon Mario, Tanooki Mario, Statue Mario, Frog Mario, or Hammer Mario when this is done in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style).[1]
  • In the Super Mario Bros. style, if the castle behind the flagpole has a locked door on its entrance and the player has at least one key, when they touch the flagpole and enter the castle, the door will open as the player has unlocked it.
    • Similarly, the same thing happens with a normal door or an active P Door if it is placed in front of the entrance.
  • If the player shakes a Spike Trap in the New Super Mario Bros. U ground theme, a train whistle can be heard.
  • Holding +Control Pad down, A Button, and B Button while a course loads will activate a CRT screen filter, similarly to the Big Mushroom; unlike the Big Mushroom, this is functional in all four game styles.[2]

Wario franchise[edit]

Wario World[edit]

  • If the player remains on the pause screen for 50 minutes, Wario apologizes for his taunting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GameXplain (November 4, 2015). Skinny Mario Door-Knocking SECRET in Super Mario Maker Update (Tanooki, Frog, & Skinny Yoshi!). YouTube. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_cV6J5pw44