According to Cuphead co-creator Maja Moldenhauer, the original Cuphead game still has undiscovered Easter eggs.
IGN interviewed Moldenhauer at Summer Game Fest Play Days, an event at which the game’s long-awaited DLC, The Delicious Last Course, was available to play. Another game that was also at the event was Street Fighter 6.
During the interview, Moldenhauer spontaneously asks if we had the chance to play Street Fighter 6. To some, Moldenhauer’s interest might come as no surprise: One of Cuphead’s boss battles is known for its references to the Street Fighter series.
“Street Fighter is definitely one of the core games that influenced us,” Moldenhauer admitted.
When asked if the DLC will include references as well, Moldenhauer answered with a big yes.
“Oh my goodness, there’s a lot! It’s probably one of the most fun things about creating games. They’re all over the place. This is actually one of Jared’s – one of our co-creators – favorite things to do, as he likes to pay homage to his favorite games. It wouldn’t even necessarily have to be something huge, but maybe just something like a background element. When people find them on their own it’s so fun to watch their expressions,” Moldenhauer says.
‘People are sleuths’
Besides Street Fighter, the original Cuphead is known for all sorts of references ranging from Final Fantasy VI to Dragon Quest and even Kirby. Moldenhauer’s comment that “they’re all over the place” made us wonder if there might be any Easter eggs that haven’t been found yet.
“There’s a couple. People are sleuths and they’ve found I’d say 90 percent of them, but there’s a couple that we’ve never heard anybody mention,” Moldenhauer says.
However, Moldenhauer refuses to give us any leads to what these unfound references could be. “No hints! I’m a vault. I love that though. Will we take this to our grave? Will somebody figure it out?”
Have you found any references in Cuphead that haven’t been mentioned before yet? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
Esra Krabbe is an editor at IGN Japan. Beating Cuphead might be one of his life’s biggest accomplishments.