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Genki Shirt
In Keiko Konno's story mode opening cutscene, the suspect she tried to arrest wears a shirt with the Genki logotype on it. It's the only time they are mentioned within the game. Meanwhile, Imagineer is taking all the credits.
Satori Komeiji Reference
One of Koishi Komeiji's colour palette resembles her sister Satori Komeiji.
Endless Warfare In Tekken 5.
Raphael's theme from Soul Calibur III also appears during Anna's and Nina's ending in Tekken 5.
Riesbyfe In Melty Blood Re-Act
During Sion Tatari's Last Arc Drive, Riesbyfe Stridberg will make a small appearance. But it was not until Melty Blood: Actress Again she made her debut as a playable character.
Eiffel 65 Likes Tekken.
Tekken 3 can be heard in My Console, a song made by the Italian group Eiffel 65.
Ivan The Unfinished Character
A character named Ivan was supposed to be added in the game, but was left out for unknown reasons. He can still be seen in the intro movie.
Ayako In V.G. Max.
Ayako Yuuki can be seen in Yumiko's stage. Whether she works there or are just there as a guest is unknown.
Naeka Quick Change
If you reach 800 points in the food mini game, Naeka will change outfit.
Strike Down The Boskonovich
In Tekken Bowl, Dr. Boskonovich can be seen on the left side. If you are skilled enough, you can knock him down.
Guilty Gear 2 Overture in BlazBlue
Sin Kiske and Valentine can be seen on a big monitor at the Orient Town stage during the opening before going into battle.
Devil Jin Moveset
Although not playable, it is possible to pick his moveset in Creation mode and fight as a Devil Jin customization in Soul Calibur V.
Muppets vs. Capcom
Hidden in the sprites of Marvel vs. Capcom's arcade release is this fellow who looks an awful lot like Sesame Street's Bert. His name is Tomichin, and he's apparently a caricature of Atsushi Tomita, who is credited as "Planner" in several of the series' entries. Drawings of Tomichin also shows up in some marketing materials for the Marvel vs. series, whenever Tomita gives a public statement.

Tomichin appears to have been at one point planned to be a striker. He has animations for a quick hand swipe, getting hit/falling down, and strangely enough, having a fist stretch out of his nose.

Rumors insist that Tomichin was planned to be the playable bonus character in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter before Norimaro came along, but no evidence can be found of that.
Waste Not A Plot
DragonBall Online was a 2007-2013 Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game that was only available throughout Asia (South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan). The basis of the game had the player's created character tasked by Trunks, now the leader of Time Patrol, a temporal police force, to travel throughout DragonBall history and stop the evil Mira and Towa from changing history.

A large amount of the plot, setting, and character selection of Xenoverse is lifted directly from Online. Trunks is again the head of the Time Patrol, and a lot of the sample create-a-characters from the promotional materials are the same sample characters from the promos of Online. The plot is once again to neutralize Mira and Towa's plans from changing history, and the Supreme Kai of Time, a character only mentioned in Online, plays a large role in Xenoverse.
Yun & Yang Cameo Appearance
Although they did not appear in 3D until Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Yun & Yang made a small appearance in Chun Li's intro cutscene in vanilla Street Fighter IV.
The Stage With PC Reference
A store named "PC-Zone" can be seen on Kurisu Makise's stage. PC Zone was an English magazine that aimed for PC games.

Inside an another store, a computer monitor has the well-known Bliss image (or atleast it looks like it) which was a common background for Windows XP operating system. Whether Charles O'Rear is aware of that is unclear.
Yun & Yang Cameo Appearance
Although they did not appear in 3D until Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Yun & Yang made a small appearance in Chun Li's intro cutscene in vanilla Street Fighter IV.
Zack's Partner
Niki, who is Zack's partner or girlfriend can be seen in Dead or Alive 4. Enter DOA Online and then go to Zack's Shop.
Gurumin what?
Gurumins is actually from an another Falcom game, "Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure".
Prototype versions of Ryu and Ken exist in the ROM for the original Street Fighter. Limited to just one sprite each, these prototypes nonetheless show a number of differences compared with their final versions. Ryu's footwear and gloves are brown rather than red, his hair is shorter (more akin to subsequent depictions) and he has a meaner facial expression! Ken's prototype shows him wearing a red bandana, brown footwear and gloves whereas his final version omits the slippers and headband and changes the colour of his gloves to yellow. In addition, an unfinished arena is also present in the ROM. It is unlike any of the stages in the final game but clearly was abandoned early on in development as it is very rough; limited to just a black and blue outline.
Helena Cosplay
One of Helena's costumes resembles Reina from "Deception III: Dark Delusion", a game developed by Tecmo.
Project Origin
Project Cerberus is originally based of "Lost Child", an adult visual novel on PC, developed by Tama-Soft.
I didn't authorize this
In 1994, a hentai fighting game for Famicom was released called "AV Bishoujo Senshi Girl Fighting". It ripped off a bunch of popular female anime (and two fighting game) characters: Chun Li (who got to keep her name), Jean (Hinako Nimomiya), Sugico (Sailor Mercury), Ramma (female Ranma), Janifer (Sailor Mars), Vivian (Kodachi Kuno), Niny (Shampoo), and oddly enough, Bunny from Kuài Dǎ Chuánshuō is in as well, but under the name of "Marry". Due to the sketchiness of the early 90s' Chinese homebrew scene, it is uncertain whether anybody who made Kuài Dǎ Chuánshuō worked on this title or if they're all just ripping each other off en masse.
Ayane Cosplay
One of Ayane's costumes resembles Millennia from Kagero: Deception 2, a game developed by Tecmo.
Yukari's Assistants.
Yukari has the ability to call her assistant to aid her during battle. Her name is Ran Yakumo and is Yukari's personal spirit, who is supposed to protect the master. The other character is Chen, which is the protector to Ran Yakumo. Both of these characters are from the Perfect Cherry Blossom game, a vertical-scrolling shooting game.
Happy New Year!
Start Melty Blood: Act Cadenza (PC version) on 1/1 and you'll have Len and White Len on the screen dressed in their Kimono outfit. Neko-Arc is there as well with some unusual clothing.
Merry Christmas!
Play the PC version of Melty Blood: Act Cadenza on 12/24 and you will have a snowy screen featuring Len, White Len and Neko-Arc.
They Fell Off A Mountain
Project lead Masahiro Sakurai has gone on record as saying that, while his team got them working perfectly in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., the Ice Climbers were not functioning as expected in the Nintendo 3DS version. Since the two versions needed to have identical rosters, the pair was cut from both.

A glitch in the 3DS version will have the audience chanting Popo and Nana's names instead of the player's, sometimes.
Big Trouble In Little Earthrealm
Even if Boon and Tobias didn't straight-up admit it, it's pretty clear that Raiden and old-man Shang Tsung were heavily based on the Three Storms (specifically, Lightning) and David Lo Pan, respectively, from John Carpenter's film Big Trouble in Little China.
Super Smash Beta
Masahiro Sakurai was working on a prototype for a four-player fighting game called Kakuto-Gemu Ryuoh (格闘ゲーム竜王, Fighting Game Dragon King) for Nintendo 64. Nintendo brass saw the project (which used at the time, generic, nondescript character models and a photo of the Japanese skyline as a background) and suggested adding Nintendo characters for enhanced appeal. That project later became Super Smash Bros.
Violent Confusion
Shareware moguls Apogee were apparently planning to release Sango Fighter in the USA with the working title "Violent Vengeance." Strangely, Violent Vengeance is the original title of a completely different DOS fighter, but a former employee has indicated that Apogee's V.V. was in fact Sango.

At any rate, the deal fell through, and Sango Fighter was supposedly published in the US by Accend (strangely enough, the creators of the "real" Violent Vengeance). This version may have been pulled from shelves or not widely distributed.

More common in the US was the Micro Star shareware release, titled "Sango Street Fighter" on the packaging. This disk featured only Guan Yu and Jang Fei. The full version had to be ordered directly from Panda.
Happy Birthday Len!
If you start the PC version of Melty Blood: Act Cadenza on 9/9, a special picture will appear featuring White Len and Len eating cake.
Fate Cosplay
In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny, one of Fate Testarossa's costumes resembles Klonoa from the game "Klonoa: Door to Phantomile". Pac-man can be seen on her cap as well or atleast it is supposed to resemble him.
Cross Counter
There is a hidden easter egg in the original Melty Blood. If you perform Ciel's AAA while ex-shielding with Arcueid Brunestud, a picture of them punching each other will appear. Arcueid's face resemble Neko-Arc.

This feature was later removed in the later Melty Blood games.

Ciel's servant
The spirit that appears besides Ciel is referred as "Seven" or "Nanako". She will sometimes appear in a few seconds before a match. Ciel will call her as "Seven" when performing an Arc Drive move.
Satsuki being ignored
While she first appeared in Melty Blood: Re-Act as a playable character, she can be found in the first original game. Note that this will only work when you either play or fight against Miyako.

She appears before a match as a black silhouette. When she is revealed, her hands are behind her back. When she brings them out, it's all covered in blood. Miyako makes an entrance and pushed down Satsuki to the ground and there she will be remained for the rest of the round.
Kohaku on wall
Kohaku can be seen stuck on a wall on Miyako's stage. This stage can be fought after the G-Akiha battle in Story Mode depending on which route your playing. Kohaku did something that transformed Akiha into a giant. The plan was to stop Shiki. It is possible that G-Akiha is behind the whole thing when she realized that Kohaku's plan was a failure.
Welcome Back, Frank
Zappa is named after the highly prolific "weird" musician Frank Zappa. Zappa's Raoh dragon punch, "Last Edguy," is for some reason a reference to the heavy metal band Edguy.
Dandy Step to the Beat
Slayer is named after one of the most iconic and long-running thrash metal bands around. However, his moves "Under Pressure," "It's Late," "Dead on Time," and "All Dead" are all named after Queen songs. His unblockable attack "Undertow" may be named after Tool's first album.
Pool hall rock
Venom shares his name with a heavy metal band. His overdrive attack Dark Angel is also named for a thrash metal group.
Boss Beam
Justice's super Gamma Ray is likely a reference to the power metal band of the same name. Gamma Ray was formed by Kai Hansen, who himself factors into Ky Kiske's name.
The Lin Kuei
A secret clan of warriors founded somewhere deep within China. Lin Kuei's true origins are unknown, but it has been host to countless notorious assasins for centuries. The younger Sub Zero is the current Lin Kuei grandmaster, and in lieu of their villianous history, he has pledged his and the entire clans allegiance to Raiden and Earthrealm.
Obey the Contract
Testament shares his name with a thrash metal band. As for his special moves:

Warrant - a rock group.
Master of Puppet - "Master of Puppets," a Metallica album.
Grave Digger - a band.
Seventh Sign - an Yngwie Malmsteen album.
The Shirai Ryu Clan
A clan of ninja founded by the rogue Lin Kuei, Takeda. His newfound clan mocked the Lin Kuei with bright yellow variants of their signature garb, and the two clans became bitter rivals. The Shirai Ryu clan was utterly wiped out at Quan Chi's hands, as thanks for the elder Sub Zero's work in retrieving the amulet. Scorpion is believed to be their last.
Garou Matchup Chart
Check the image for the Garou matchups chart from Arcadia magazine #1 in June of 2000. Opinions may have changed in the intervening years but Kevin still dominates.
I Don't Want to Release a Game
According to a WIRED article, the original Playstation 2 version of DOA2 was rushed and released incomplete when a Tecmo sales manager snuck a test copy away to the manufacturing line. Director Tomonobu Itagaki felt so betrayed he thought he would quit making games, and had to spend time at home drinking profusely while repeatedly watching the film Armageddon and listening to Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with his three-year-old daughter.

Later his team would release DOA2 Hardcore as a "finished" product.
Like a tank with NOS
Potemkin's home nation of Zepp is likely named for the band Led Zeppelin, as his theme Burly Heart has a bit that's very close to the beginning of their song "Kashmir."

His move "Hammer Fall" may be named after the heavy metal band "Hammerfall."
Heaven or Hell? I dunno
While he looks a little bit like Billy Idol, Chipp is named after Chipp Z'nuff, the bassist for rock band Enuff Z'nuff. One of their songs is titled "Heaven or Hell," GG's prefight announcer callout.
Forgotten Frost
Though his chilly persona is no more, at least as of Mortal Kombat 4, Noob could still use his ice powers to finish off an opponent.
Blind Fury
At first Zato-One lacked blatant music references, but he has a few likely inspirations. His move "Break The Law" may be named for the Judas Priest song, "Breaking the Law." His shadow symbiote, Eddie, may be named after Iron Maiden's mascot.

The name "Zato-One" is a reference to the blind swordsman Zatoichi from Japanese film and TV (ichi means "one" in Japanese).

In GGX onwards he gains an instant kill called "Black in Mind" which shares its name with an album by heavy metal band Rage, as well as a move called "Shadow Gallery," the name of a metal band.
Forceball Technique
According to some Deadly Alliance story materials, Johnny Cage used his Forceball technique to defeat Mutoid Man on Celebrity Smash TV (Smash TV being another Midway arcade game, and Mutoid Man being its first boss).
Hair Metal
Millia is named after the metal band Meliah Rage. Her overdrive "Winger" and instant kill "Iron Maiden" both share their names with metal groups.

Another likely reference is her move "Iron Savior," which is close to Iron Saber, a Helloween side project--Helloween features in some other GG references.
Night Train (in my backgrounds)
Axl is lacking any clever heavy metal references in his move names, but he is visually based on/more or less named after Guns N' Roses' lead singer Axl Rose.
Devil's music for the holy knight
Ky Kiske's name is derived from two different vocalists of the metal band Helloween - Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske.

Metallica has both an album and song titled "Ride the Lightning," his super.

Ky's instant kill, "Rising Force," is named after classical-rock musician Yngwie Malmsteen's first album.
Flying Kick Technique
Originally taught to him by Bo Rai Cho, Liu Kang used this technique to defeat Shang Tsung at the conclusion of the first Mortal Kombat tournament.
Custom built skates doing 103
Bridget's move Kick Start My Heart is named after a song by Motley Crue. His "dragon punch" Starship is named for the band formerly known as Jefferson Starship.
Cage's Career
The full listing of Johnny Cage's performances is: Dragon Fist, Dragon Fist II, Son of Dragon Fist, Sudden Violence, Aquatic Assault, 7 Poisons, Cage Match, The Gist of My Fist, 24 Karate Gold, Ninja Mime, HWAAAAA!!, Exiting the Dragon of Death, Wu Shu (television show), Who's That?, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage (unfinished). Though which films and for what reasons are unknown, Cyrax thinks Johnny Cage to be a pretty crummy actor.
Everybody's Mr. Bad Guy
As with most Guilty Gear characters, Sol harbors a great deal of music references. He's a fan of the band Queen, and his "real name" is Frederick - a reference to Freddie Mercury, Queen's frontman. Mercury released a solo album and song titled Mr. Bad Guy. "Rock You" etched on Sol's headband refers to Queen's "We Will Rock You."

His instant kill Napalm Death shares its name with a grindcore group.
1001 Hadoukens
In the game "Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes," the shop contains a karate gi outfit. On purchase, the main character Aban is roped into a scheme wherein he goes to "Fighting Street" and meets "warriors from around the world."

The costume is clearly SF1 Ryu down to the red hair, but includes alternate palettes for Evil Ryu, Ken, and Dan. In-game Aban's throwing knives are replaced with fireballs and hurricane kicks, and his high jump with an invincible shoryuken. Certain stages' music is replaced with a SF2-style remix of the game's main theme.
Family reunion canceled due to attempted murder
The character name data in both the arcade and PlayStation versions of Ehrgeiz list 三島平八 (Heihachi Mishima) and 一八DEVIL (Kazuya Devil), giving further credence to the notion that Godhand is a member of the Tekken Mishima clan.
Little Dog Rio
In Ehrgeiz' ranking screen, sometimes Jo can be seen chasing after a dog with a massively long tail. Using a cheat device on the PlayStation version can make this dog playable. Its name is Rio and it has no special attacks, but shares all of hits basic moves with Django.
Interactive clock
If you adjust the clock settings on the Sega Saturn console, the clock on Kris stage will change.
Muscle Spark Homage
From King of Fighters '96 to 2002, the "Clark Spark" finisher of Clark Still's Ultra Argentine Backbreaker SDM is essentially Kinnikuman Soldier's Incomplete Muscle Spark.
Fatality imitates art
Scorpion's look (and possibly inclusion) in Injustice was inspired by comic book legend Jim Lee.
Billy Estevez (Emilio Kane)
According to a sidebar in an issue of Neo Geo Freak, Billy Kane was originally modelled on Emilio Estevez.

At least, I am pretty sure that's what it's saying.
thank you based Shady
CC & SH mascot Shady made it into Skullgirls' Glass Canopy stage for a cameo, by way of Indiegogo crowdfunding contribution.
Don't Cross the Red Cross
With the 5/12/2014 patch of Skullgirls, all of the red crosses in the game (Valentine's outfit and shuriken, Lab 8 background character Ileum, Patron Saint background character ProxySScythe) were changed to a hot pink/magenta. This is due to the Red Cross Organization owning a very explicit copyright on the image of a red cross for the purposes of identifying a safe place for health facilities, especially in war zones, and as such is also protected by the Genevea Convention.

Although there is no record of the Red Cross complaining or threatening legal action, Lab Zero made the change as their Japanese distributor, Marvelous, was very uncomfortable about potentially violating such a copyright.
Under Girls In-Skull
Yuzuriha of Under Night In-Birth fame makes a background cameo in the River King Casino stage of Skullgirls, due to the developers funding Skullgirls' Indiegogo crowdfunding drive at the "Patron Saint" level.
FF in GG
Axl Low's background in Guilty Gear features some tiny figures in the distance. Close inspection reveals several of them to be Fatal Fury characters--Geese on the left, then Terry, Andy, Mai, and Joe from the right. Billy and Athena may also be present, but that's arguable.
Birds of a Feather
Though they both use the same style of Taekwando, Hwoarang has made great strides in developing his own variation in his master's absense, namely in the application of the Flamingo stance. Nonetheless, they have managed to share a few common moves like the Cannonball, Swordfish, and Roll & Choke throws, as well as the Heel Lance, Hunting Hawk, and Head Knocker attacks.
The Sun
Del Sol is an original creation of Anchor Inc, a 3D animation company that worked on Fighting Vipers 2. In the past, Anchor's webpage featured an "Anchor Wrestling Association" section with Del Sol and another character demonstrating various wrestling moves in GIF form.

Del Sol's 1P and 2P masks reappear as create-a-wrestler parts in 2002's WWE Raw for Xbox and PC. A company called Microvision is credited with development. Whether Anchor worked on Raw or their staff moved to Microvision is unknown.
The Neo Geo CD fan disk "ADK World" contains some early and unused character sketches for various games. These AODK sketches are: Akira, Hayato, an early Kisarah, and Dom.
World Zeroes 2
The Neo Geo CD fan disk "ADK World" contains some early and unused character sketches for various games. Clockwise from upper left, these World Heroes 2 sketches are: Yagyu Jubei, Asteca, Urakan, Eris, Graham, Sinbad, Jeek Freet (Siegfried?? apparently from Finland), King, Gozu, Myusha, Riala, Ramses II, Heinrich, and Dracula.
World Zeroes
The Neo Geo CD fan disk "ADK World" contains some early and unused character sketches for various games. Clockwise from upper left, these World Heroes sketches are: Tutankhamun, Al Capone, Billy the Kid, Nero, an early Hanzou design, an early Jack design, Napoleon, and Miyamato Musashi.
Great Scott
One might think that Dr. Brown, the time-travelling doctor of the World Heroes series, may have the first name Emmett. His full name is, however, Brown Sugar.
Bad Juju
A Skullgirls fan (Ceemcneil) suggested a rather oblique idea for a character (an Asian sniper with a talking gun). The development team liked the idea enough to develop into an actual character, Juju, but mcneil demanded that the character was "his" and that he needed reparation for the character to be in the game. After a long and storied legal process to secure the rights of the character, mcneil broke NDA by blabbing that the deal had been sealed on the official Skullgirls message board. Due to this breach of contract, Lab Zero scrubbed Juju from Skullgirls history, going so far as to censor her name in a line of dialogue by Parasoul.
Kori Powers
The ice powers that the Sub-Zeros and Frost command stem from an ancient people that once lived deep within Outworld. The younger Sub-Zero stumbled upon their ruins while searching for an appropriate burial ground for Frost. Its unknown if this plot point continues in the reboot.

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