Everyone loves the classics! What better way to relive your childhood then tell you some things about your favorite video games that you never knew. WARNING This may blow your mind!
1. Pac-Man Ghosts
Each of the four ghosts in Pac-Man have both Japanese and English names. In Japan they are: Fickle, Chaser, Ambusher, and Stupid. Their English names are: Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde... Clyde?
Also, Pac-Man was originally called Puck-Man in Japan but the named changed when it came overseas in an effort to avoid vandalism. What the puck?
2. Zelda's Rupee Limit
In the original Zelda, you could only carry 255 rupees because that is the maximum value of an unsigned 8 bit integer, and carrying more would have required more memory which wasn’t as expendable as it is today.
3. Donkey Kong's Roots
In 1981, Nintendo was negotiating a deal to make a Popeye game. When the license fell through Shigeru Miyamoto changed the game into what we know as Donkey Kong. Bluto became Donkey Kong, Olive Oyl became Lady (Later Pauline), and Popeye became Jumpman (who later became Mario).
4. Double Frogger
There are actually two versions of Frogger for the Atari 2600. Parker Bros. collected the cartridge rights, but not the magnetic media rights. This allowed Sega to step in and make their own version. Frogger is one of the few games that had two different companies make official versions of the same game for the same game system.
Also, Frogger’s original working title was “Highway Crossing Frog”. I hope whoever made that name change got a promotion.
5. How The Duck Hunt Zapper Gun Works
It's pretty simple. The gun is made up of a trigger and a light sensor. When the trigger is pulled, the game makes the TV screen go completely black for one frame. The game then uses the light sensor to sample the black color it’s reading from your TV to give it a reference point. In the next frame, the game causes the target area to turn white, while the rest of the screen stays black. If the game detects a shift from black to white from the gun’s photodiode in that split second, it knows the gun was aimed at the target.
Early models of the NES Zapper gun could be tricked into thinking the target was always hit by pointing the gun at a bright light and pulling the trigger. HELLO HIGH SCORE!
Tetris was created by a Russian computer engineer named Alexey Pajitnov and released in 1985 by Nintendo. Unfortunately poor Alexey didn't make jack off his brilliant block game while Nintendo made boatloads. Perhaps that is what inspired Pajitnov’s development of the game called Hatris, released in 1990. But probably not since that game is actually just Tetris with hats instead of blocks.
7. Mario's Namesake
Nintendo of America named Mario after their warehouse landlord, Mario Segale, after he burst in demanding back rent.
8. Samus Aran Retrieves Metroid Creatures... LIKE A GIRL!
That's right, Samus is a girl. If you type in JUSTIN BAILEY ------ ------ as the password in the original Metroid you'll get Samus without her suit on, and tons of great power ups.
In Japan, the NES system is known as Famicom, as in Family Computer.
10. Zelda Cheat
If you type in ZELDA as your name in the original "Zelda" all the dungeons are different and you'll automatically start on the second quest. And if you do the same thing in "Links Awakening," the Zelda theme song is transformed into an awesome salsa remix.