GTA San Andreas Long-Lost Easter Egg Features Pokémon Characters

One eagle-eyed player recently discovered a long-lost Easter egg in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that features numerous obscured images of Pokémon characters. Players are re-experiencing the PS2 classic on both original hardware and new due to the recent launch of the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, despite it leaving long-time GTA fans disappointed. Out of the three remasters in the release, San Andreas is considered the most maligned, and the collection's numerous issues have led to backlash with Rockstar trying to rectify the situation.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a popular series installment thanks to its memorable characters and iconic moments that have kept the game cemented as one of Rockstar's best. In the years since the title first launched, fans have kept coming back for more, expanding its gameplay with various mods and finding new ways to experience its story. Many were excited for the launch of GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, but were ultimately left disappointed by bugs and questionable visuals. One particular GTA: San Andreas bug stopped wheelies being able to be performed by players, while other, more serious glitches were branded game-breaking.

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Shared on Reddit, user eljalu posted a screenshot of what they claim to be a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas building with images of Ash and Pikachu from Pokémon. Stating that the game isn't modded in any way, the player believes the location is a long-forgotten Easter egg that many casual players are oblivious about. Found in Los Santos in the PS2 version of GTA: San Andreas, the "Juguetes Regalos" toys and gift shop logo seemingly features several images of Pokémon characters including Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and Squirtle, with the addition of Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The curious GTA: San Andreas Easter egg is hard to spot due to the resolution of the console, and seems to have easily been missed by players. It's unknown why Rockstar Games added these copyrighted images of other media properties directly into the game but it's believed to be an oversight by the developer, as the images have been replaced in later versions of the game.

Despite being almost three decades old, hidden secrets and Easter eggs continue to be discovered across the Grand Theft Auto series, and while it's likely this particular Pokémon and Disney callback has been spotted before, it's clearly not one of San Andreas' most famous in-game references. Rockstar continues to include Easter eggs in its games, as seen when one GTA Online player recently discovered a well-hidden GTA 4 Easter egg that referenced the popular parody song "I'm On A Boat." This proves that each Rockstar game-world is still crammed with a significant amount of secrets waiting to be uncovered by curious players.

18 years after its initial release, many fans continue to annually play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and discover new secrets in its deep and detailed open-world. Though the game's PS2-era graphics are considered to have aged poorly, its characters, world design, and the general diversity in the game offer something for everyone, and will likely continue to do so for years to come.

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