April Fools Day jokes in the form of video game news has become a tradition. Every year, some ridiculous news would pop up stating the impossible was coming, and for a moment you would believe it. Then you look at the date of the news and notice the "April 1st" and realize that you've been had. Funny thing is that these jokes can actually come true.
In 1992, EGM ran an article in their April issue stating that Ryu and Ken's teacher, Sheng Long, can be fought by going through a ridiculous amount of hurdles. It caught many gamers off guard, and without access to the internet at the time, a April Fool legend was born. But because of the popularity of this legend, Akuma was created, and available to fight if you complete somewhat less ridiculous hurdles in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. Then we have 2009, and in Street Fighter IV, fighting Ryu and Ken's teacher was a reality bringing Gouken from legend into reality.
Now, Truslant.com uncovered another April Fools joke started by Gamespot. The year was 2006 and the joke this time around was that Nintendo new system would dominate the console market.
We expect Nintendo’s Revolution, based on its price and immense catalog of downloadable games, to be the market leader by 2010,” Runte told GameSpot News. “Nintendo is going to be one heck of a competitor for the gaming pie, and from the looks of it, I think they are going to get a rather huge slice.”
- Ike Kidd, April Fool’s: Analyst: Revolution will take lead in 2010 – GameSpot.com
It was a big joke then considering how far back Nintendo was in the console race with the Gamecube. But here we are in 2010 with the Wii dominating sales. Granted, it wasn't because of its "immense catalog of downloadable games" but I'm sure the price of the system did help. Makes you wonder what other jokes are out there that may have come true.