Retro Game Trivia!

Here are some cool facts and questions about video games from the 90s that might test your gamer status!

( lol noob )

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       1.  Ever wondered what those mushrooms in the Super Mario franchise were based on? NO? Well we’re gonna tell you anyway!

These mushrooms are based on the fungi known as Amanita Muscaria. Once eaten, these give you the feeling as though you are growing by the second.


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     2. Did you know, the original idea for Donkey Kong cast Popeye instead of Mario?

Donkey Kong was originally designed to be Bluto, Pauline was supposed to be Olive Oyl and of course, Popeye was to be in the game instead of Mario. Due to losing the license for Popeye, Miyamoto needed to come up with new characters as he did not want to scrap the idea for this game.

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3. Is there a “Link” between the two?

In an interview with a French magazine company, Miyamoto, the creator of the Legend of Zelda franchise, expressed his love of Disney films and stated that his design for Link was based off of the character Peter Pan.

4. Is Diablo parent of the Millennium ?

After appearing in the final level of Diablo 1, the demonic boss “Diablo” seems to be speaking in some ancient language unknown to the player. However, when listened to backwards, it can be translated into saying “Eat your vegetables and brush after every meal”.

   5.  Now that’s dedication!

Do you remember those silver boots that Star Fox wore? Turns out every space pilot in that universe has them as they are not boots, they are in fact prosthetic feet as all pilots must amputate their legs to avoid their brain losing too much blood under intense G-forces. A bit extreme?

      6. Overcompensating for something Bethesda?

The map for the second instalment in the Elder Scrolls series, Daggerfall, was 62394 sq. miles. This is 4000 times larger than the map in Skyrim.

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7. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

Did you know that the design for the Playstation 2 was based on an old Atari computer, the Falcon 030 Microbox. When Atari went bankrupt, Sony bought the patent for this design.

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8. I knew there was something hiding in there!

Ever wonder why Marge Simpson, from the Simpsons, had such large, blue, hair? Well originally the creators wanted to have 2, gigantic, rabbit like ears hiding among her hair. This idea was meant to be revealed in the final episode of the series, however it was cast aside as there were too many inconsistencies with this design. However in the Simpsons arcade game, this design can be seen quite clearly.

  9. Gaming bad for the economy?

Upon the release of the arcade game “Space Invaders” there was a shortage of the 100 yen coin as this was the main currency needed to play this arcade game.

    10. Coincidence? I think not!

If you count up all the sides of the Nintendo 64 logo, there are exactly 64 faces and 64 vertices.



Get to the choppa! ( In a poor Arnie voice )

Did you know that the school in Silent Hill 1 was inspired by the school in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Kindergarten Cop”.


Such amazing facts! So cool! Wow!