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The Alleged Mario Kart 64 Easter Egg That Occurs After 15 Minutes On The Results Screen

There's one secret in "Mario Kart 64" that many gamers likely missed when playing the hit title all those years ago around the game's 1996 debut. It's a little Easter egg hidden in the result screen if the player remains idle for an extended amount of time.  


Over the years, numerous video games have implemented similar idle screen-Easter eggs — fun little hints that only pop up if the player leaves the game running without touching the controls. It's unclear if "Mario Kart 64" was the first game to implement idling Easter eggs, but plenty of others certainly have in the years since.

For instance, in "Halo 4," at a certain point in the game, if you walk up to two particular marines and then idle for a minute, they will begin to share some hilarious dialogue. As it turns out, the two are voiced by talk show host Conan O'Brien and his long time sidekick Andy Richter.  Another great example is the recently released "High on Life." The game's talking guns will continue to chatter if you remain idle during gameplay. If you stay still long enough, they'll even comment on the fact that you haven't moved. 


"Far Cry 4," even has a secret ending available if you idle for about 15 minutes early on in the game. Before any of these fun idle-inducted Easter eggs came the one in "Mario Kart 64."

Mario Kart 64's long-forgotten Easter egg

This likely long-forgotten Easter egg was brought up in an episode of "Did You Know Gaming." Narrated by a YouTuber known as Furst, the video walks through the famous Nintendo racing series' long history before arriving at the Easter egg. Although, according to Furst, this is only a potential Easter egg. In fact, it may actually be a mistake made by the developers. 


"Waiting just over 15 minutes after finishing a race will cause a slightly altered version of the results theme to play," Furst said in the video. The new song then plays in the video. It is similar to the typical results theme, but is also offbeat with a bit more of a synthesized sound to it. 

One detail about the theme song change suggests this was no mistake. According to Furst, this new version only kicks in after the regular results screen theme plays 64 times. What are the odds that it takes exactly 64 times for this "glitch" to appear in a game called "Mario Kart 64"?