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So much goes into developing a videogame that the odd mistake slipping through is inevitable. Most of these are quietly forgotten about, or were quickly fixed for the next production run of the game (or patched, these days). Over the years, though, some blunders have been so big, or have featured in such memorable games, that they've become well-known among gamers. While we're sure the likes of Nintendo, Konami and Capcom would like to pretend the following events never happened, we've dug them all up anyway, because we're mean like that. After all, it's our flaws that give us personality, or something. Oh just read on.

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22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby MartinIsAwesome » 18 Dec 2012, 12:33

Nice list, and there were a few of ones that I actually didn't know like the Raichu business and a couple of the bad NES translations.
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22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby K-tet » 18 Dec 2012, 12:41

These are some classic gaming mistakes, but while some are memorable in their own right and others are just Engrish, I have one that I'm sure everyone will know of the moment they see the picture below:

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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby GuitarHero » 18 Dec 2012, 14:34

Honey Queen obviously ate a poison mushroom, duh.
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Postby deKay » 18 Dec 2012, 16:05

I wouldn't really call the technical limitations of a game a "mistake" (Sheeva's skeleton, Sagat's scar, etc.). Related to Sagat though - do you know why Deejay from Super Street Fighter II has MAXIMUM on his legs?

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Postby deKay » 18 Dec 2012, 16:06

K-tet wrote:These are some classic gaming mistakes, but while some are memorable in their own right and others are just Engrish, I have one that I'm sure everyone will know of the moment they see the picture below:

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Postby Gallade7 » 18 Dec 2012, 16:07

In Pokemon B2/W2, if you play it on challenge mode your rival has his starter at Level 45 instead of 41 when you fight him in Undella Town, however later when you team up with him in Lacunosa Town to fight Zinzolin, his starter is level 43.

Meaning it dropped two levels. :O
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Postby deKay » 18 Dec 2012, 16:09

Gallade7 wrote:In Pokemon B2/W2, if you play it on challenge mode your rival has his starter at Level 45 instead of 41 when you fight him in Undella Town, however later when you team up with him in Lacunosa Town to fight Zinzolin, his starter is level 43.

Meaning it dropped two levels. :O


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Postby Gallade7 » 18 Dec 2012, 16:17

deKay wrote: You beat the mans good.


Eh? :S
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Postby deKay » 18 Dec 2012, 16:19

You beat him so well you knocked two levels off him :)
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby Gallade7 » 18 Dec 2012, 16:21

deKay wrote:You beat him so well you knocked two levels off him :)


Aha, I see.

Yeah, its the awesome rival music that instantly makes me ten times better. xD
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Postby koopa_kicker » 18 Dec 2012, 17:55

Just pointing out that the picture of Honey Bee Queen isn't from Super Mario Galaxy 2, but is from Mario Galaxy 1: here Mario had to crawl on her body to collect sling star pieces (Who had the initiative to design that challenge?!).
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Postby irishgamer » 18 Dec 2012, 18:10

Did anyone notice how the picture of the Queen Bee is from Super Mario Galaxy (1), and yet Thomas says that it's from Super Mario Galaxy 2? How ironic. :lol:
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Postby ThePokekid78 » 18 Dec 2012, 18:29

Ah, yet another old magazine article that's gotten wheeled out onto the website....
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby CDS » 18 Dec 2012, 18:44

I can only remember some of them from the magazine though.
But still, it gives newer readers the chance to read the old articles.

To the point, I especially like the Pokemon ones. Them games seem to have the most mistakes through the series.
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Postby cthesupergenius » 18 Dec 2012, 19:02

Wasn't this in the magazine about 6 months ago?
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby Waldy565 » 18 Dec 2012, 19:09

great list, love trivia like this! Only knew about 3, I'm ashamed to say :(
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Postby IG-42 » 18 Dec 2012, 19:13

also Okami USA boxart fail
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby Twinkle » 18 Dec 2012, 21:05

Very interesting! Never knew many of these! Most mistakes were made in pokemon (I think). However, very funny! I really like the Zelda "I AM ERROR" quote. :D 8)
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Postby Pichu10585 » 18 Dec 2012, 23:51

irishgamer wrote:Did anyone notice how the picture of the Queen Bee is from Super Mario Galaxy (1), and yet Thomas says that it's from Super Mario Galaxy 2? How ironic. :lol:

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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby Shmilly » 19 Dec 2012, 00:29

Just for the record, Japanese doesn't have an L or an R. The series of phonetic characters associated with it are voiced somewhere in between the two (put your tongue behind the ridge behind your teeth when you say it).

Some great facts here though, a good read.
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby toffeeman30 » 19 Dec 2012, 08:41

super ghouls and ghosts on the snes springs to mind. not a mistake or glitch as such, but when you finish the game it sends you right back to the beginning
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby deKay » 19 Dec 2012, 09:06

Shmilly wrote:Just for the record, Japanese doesn't have an L or an R.


Technically, it doesn't have any of the rest of our alphabet either - they've got their own. Actually, three alphabets (hiragana, katakana and kanji), but do use "ours", including the L and R, sometimes. They call our alphabet romaji.

Anyway, even in their own alphabet, they do have the R sound - RA (ら), RE (れ), RI (り), RO (ろ), RU (る).

Because they don't have a native L sound, they tend to pronounce "luh" as "ruh".

(for what it's worth, it's the *Chinese*, not Japanese, who are thought to say the opposite - "ruh" as "luh" - as used in the "comedy" 1980s casual racism phrase "flied lice")
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Re: 22 classic gaming mistakes

Postby Misanthropy » 19 Dec 2012, 18:37

"Hello my name is Mr Ten, first name Ten"
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Postby koopa_kicker » 19 Dec 2012, 18:40

Misanthropy wrote:"Hello my name is Mr Ten, first name Ten"

They must be called Ten Ten?!
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