Video game typos are everywhere, sometimes they’re minor and sometimes they’re major. We’re all guilty of bad spelling now and again (there are likely a ton on this website). Occasionally though, somebody really drops the ball. All you can do in these situations is take your palm and drive it directly into your face. Here are our favourite awkward video game typos and errors.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Microsoft Xbox – “Splinetr Cell”
Typos happen all the time. We’re all guilty of making the occasional blunder. Although, before your video game goes to print, it should really be common practice to check that you’ve spelt the title right! Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell was a roaring success upon release and received an average Metacritic score of 90. Clearly, Microsoft was extremely keen to get Ubisoft’s game reprinted for their classics library. So keen, that they failed to realise the game title spelled incorrectly along the spine.
Resident Evil Revelations: Nintendo 3DS – “Resident Evil Revelaitons”
Another case of spelling your game’s name wrong. The culprit this time. Capcom. Resident Evil Revelations was released across multiple platforms. Unfortunately for Capcom, it was their Nintendo 3DS release that would lead their own Christian Svensson to regard this mistake as “embarrassing”.
“I can’t even tell you how many people looked at that package and approved it. Nintendo of America, Nintendo Japan, ESRB, I don’t know how many people internally, and our guys in Japan. I can’t come up with an excuse for it. It just happened. We’re not happy about it.” – Christian Svensson.
Hitman – “Allan Please Add Details”
This one makes me chuckle every time I see it. Ok, this isn’t a typo, but it definitely wasn’t supposed to be in the game; at least not the first time. “Allan Please Add Details” has become somewhat of a cult catchphrase for the Hitman series.
It all started with Hitman: Blood Money. In the mission “A Dance with the Devil”, there’s a lobster crate located in the kitchen area. If you pick it up and inspect it, you’ll be greeted by a development note addressed to Allan. This mistake led to future appearances of the same note across a variety of Hitman games in the form of Easter eggs. It’s good to see the team taking this one on the chin and laughing it off.
Zelda II: NES – “I Am Error”
And I AM CONFUSED. This one’s more well-known across the gaming community. Like the game it resides within, it’s a classic. When I first saw this, I didn’t know what to think. Surely his name isn’t Error? It could be an error, a typo perhaps? Maybe his name is Errol? I thought to myself. Well… It’s never been confirmed, but it’s commonly believed that this was an inside joke between developers. Those inside jokes really do suck from the outside.
Big Rigs Over the Road Racing: PC – “You’re Winner!”
Popularised by James Rolfe, more popularly known as The Angry Video Game Nerd, Big Rigs is notorious for being one of the worst games in existence. In fact, it’s so bad, it’s good. With graphical glitches aplenty, opponents that refuse to race and infinite speed when driving in reverse, this game really is something to behold. The icing on this dump, is the message “You’re Winner!” which you’re treated to after crossing the finishing line. The good news is, you’ll never miss it because it’s physically impossible to lose a race.
Eliminator Boat Duel: NES – “Elimonator”
Seriously! How hard is it to check the title of your game for grammatical errors? Another case of misspelled names, this time for the Nintendo Entertainment System. If you’re going to skip on the proofreading, fine! The least you can do though is check that the title of your game is spelled correctly. Take it from the experts at Ratro Review.
Killer7: Nintendo GameCube – Linking to Pornography
In at number 7, happens to be Killer7. Not a typo, but an unfortunate oversight by Nintendo. The game Killer7 featured its fair share of adult content, but this was some content that certainly wasn’t intended. The back cover art of the game prompted players to visit the Killer7 website. Much to Nintendo’s dismay, however, their domain name must have expired. It just so happens that the domain was snatched up and what was once the Killer7 official game website, now redirected to some rather extreme adult content. After being informed of the unpleasantness, Nintendo was quick to respond stating that they were “in no way affiliated with this website”. Well, that’s good to know. Thanks, Nintendo!
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