6. THE IMPOSSIBLE COIN (SUPER MARIO 64)
It’s common practice among video game completists to prefer platforming games littered with collectables. Progress can easily be tracked along the way as they grab each item, so it’s always clear how far any given player is from completing the game with a 100 percent rating. However, Super Mario 64 has a coin that nobody has ever collected — without cheating, of course.
This slope of coins on Tiny Huge Island is supposed to be a row of five, not four. Because of a small programming mishap, the fifth coin that should appear at top of the slope actually spawns underground, thus making it completely inaccessible.
This hidden coin has made players grit their teeth for decades. It’s so close we can taste it!
7. BEATING THE END (METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER)
Solid Snake has dealt with some tough enemy encounters, but none of them are as tough as The End– or as easy, if you’re aware of this secret.
The End is a veteran sniper and one of the game’s hardest bosses. The battle might last a while, but players who took a break from the game for over a year were gifted with an odd surprise.
Waiting at least a year to finish the boss battle will result in nature taking its course. The End’s old age will catch up with him.
Snake won’t have to lift a finger.
Fast-forwarding the console’s system date one year yields the same result, if you’re in a hurry. Careful, though, as shorter breaks from the game may result in Snake getting captured by enemy forces.