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A list of references to the Mario series in video games.
View of the underside of Ricky Winderborn's board.
- On the bottom of Ricky Winterborn's "8-Bit Soul" snowboard, an All-Stars sprite of Mario can be seen (or Luigi on the alternate color of that board). Ricky's bio also mentions that he likes to play Nintendo games such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.
- An NES controller board makes the Super Mario Bros. jump noise when the jump button is pressed and the Bill Blaster sound when landing.
- At the end of the stage Midnight City is an ice sculpture of Mario in a victory pose.
The "Monster Squad" game.
- The main protagonist, Willy, at one point plays a "Nintari" game entitled "Monster Squad", appears to be a spoof of Super Mario Bros.. Nintari is also a portmanteau of Nintendo and Atari.
A Warp Pipe
-like object in Chapter 1-B of Advent Rising
- One of the levels has a secret area which leads to a Warp Zone similar to that of the Mario series, complete with three different pipes.
- During development, the first boss of the game was intended to be a character named "Mari-Oh", who bore a striking resemblance to Mario (likely to mock Nintendo, as the Alex Kidd games were all made by Sega, Nintendo's business rival at the time) By the final game, however, Mari-Oh was replaced with the unrelated "Kabuto" boss.
Angry Birds series
The stage referencing 1-1
- The second Eggsteroid is a homage to World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros., with rocks in the place of ? Blocks and wood in the place of Brick Blocks. The upper "? Block" contains a Bad Piggy which moves in a similar manner to the Super Mushrooms. Unlike in the original game, the ground can be broken and the pig representing the mushroom comes out of the top block, which in Super Mario Bros contained a coin.
The level from Angry Birds Friends
- The 2015 Retro Game tournament of Angry Birds Friends featured six levels, each designed after a vintage video game. In this respect, the second level of the tournament borrowed elements from levels World 1-1 and World 1-2 of the classic Super Mario Bros., such as boxes that acted exactly like Question Blocks, coins, a flagpole preceded by a block stairway, a fortress, and last - but not least - a double Warp Pipe.
Animal Crossing series
The Mario and Luigi statues.
- When Rover calls Tom Nook, he says "It's-a me! Good impression, huh?", referring to Mario's famous catchphrase.
- There are many rare NES games that the player can find and play once they are in their house. Among them are several Mario games:
- Two items in the game are rare Mario and Luigi statues, which are gold and silver respectively.
- While rowing to Animal Island, Kapp'n sings one of a few random songs, and a line to one of them is that he sings better than Mario.
- After rescuing Gulliver, the player might be told of how he left his pet goldfish in Hyrule and Toad Town.
- There is a series of Mario-themed furniture that can be unlocked with special cheat codes from Nintendo Power if the player tells them to Tom Nook. They include: a Warp Pipe, a Super Star, a Fire Flower, a Mushroom, a Flagpole, a Koopa Shell, a Cannon (or rather a Bill Blaster), a ? Block, a Brick Block, and a Coin. There is a wallpaper called "Mushroom Mural" which is an exact replica of the backdrop of the first level in Super Mario Bros., and a carpet called "Block Flooring" which is identical to the ground tiles.
- There are four Mario-related shirts: the "big bro's shirt", a red shirt with Mario's trademark "M"; the "lil' bro's shirt", a green shirt with Luigi's "L"; the "turnip shirt", on which a pattern resembling vegetables appears, and the "toad shirt", which is a red shirt with Toad spots; for some reason, the name in-game incorrectly spells "Toad" with a lowercase "t".
- Alfonso the crocodile sports the big bro's shirt, and his initial catchphrase is "It's-a me." Additionally, one of the gorillas, Louie, greatly resembles Donkey Kong and wears the lil' bro's shirt.
- If the player sends Bob the code on his e-card, he will write back in a letter claiming he had a dream of the player running around an island with a water pump on their back, a reference to Super Mario Sunshine.
- K.K. Slider's song, K.K. Country, is a cover of Choco Mountain from Mario Kart 64. The song is also present in all subsequent games.
- The furniture pieces from the original Animal Crossing are available once more, with some new ones added in. However, this time they must be received from Nintendo through letters obtained over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
- Occasionally when players open up villagers' bureaus, dressers, etc., the message that pops up reads "What are Luigi's clothes doing in here?!"
- The four shirts from the original return. The hats and mustaches are also in the game.
- The "Super Mario Bros. 3 Paper" is first in this game, with a background resembling the title screen for Super Mario Bros. 3.
- The Arcade Machine first appears in this game, featuring a fighting game with characters resembling Mario and Luigi.
? Block and Brick Block patterns.
The "Mario" furniture series (top), and the Arcade Machine (bottom).
- One of the items, the Arcade Machine, has a game resembling a fighting game with Mario and Luigi. The Pinball Machine also features what appears to be the artwork for the original Super Mario Bros. on the screen and artwork of Mario on the table itself. Another item is the Tabletop Game, which looks like a side scrolling shooter; however, the ground appears to be from the original Super Mario Bros. as well.
- A Banana, Triple Shells, a Yoshi's Egg, a "Bad Bro Mustache" (an accessory that looks like Wario's nose and mustache), a Toad Hat, a Peach Parasol, a Wario Hat, and a Kart (taking the appearance of Mario's Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii) can all be purchased from the Tom Nook Point System.
- All the Mario-related items from the original Animal Crossing appear in this game, but instead of using a code to obtain them, the player must shoot down a floating present with a slingshot and open it.
- If the player finds bags of Bells from a rock using a shovel, the "Extra Life" tune from Super Mario Bros. will play for every bag found.
- If Wendell is given a Red Turnip or a White Turnip, the player gets a ? Block or Brick Block pattern respectively.
- After waking up Guliver on the beach, he may ask the player if he is in the Overthere. If the player chooses to help him, he may say, "Oh, thanks! I haven't met someone so willing to help a total stranger since the residents of Ricco Harbor!". He may also say, "You mean it?! I haven't met such a noble skipper since old Bobbery of Rogueport! Not even close!" In addition, he may also say how he was glad when he was once washed up on Isle Delfino.
- When Gulliver describes his destination as Easter Island, one of the options to choose is Yoshi's Island.
- Mario and Luigi hats and shirts and a Wario hat can be bought at the Able Sisters shop. The first six notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme plays when one of these are put on.
- Just like in Animal Crossing: City Folk, revealing bags of Bells from a rock plays the Extra Life tune from Super Mario Bros.
- In the Dream Suite, sometimes when the player falls asleep, a soft version of the Super Mario Bros. theme will play.
- On the official website, there are QR Codes for designs which players can scan using the sewing machine to receive special clothes in-game; two of these designs are Princess Peach and Princess Daisy's dresses.
- There is a pinball machine that has artwork from Super Mario Bros.. It can be bought along with the arcade machine from the last game.
- Sometimes, villagers might say they have a game about "a guy in green overalls with a vacuum cleaner", a reference to Luigi's appearance in Luigi's Mansion and its sequel.
- The tabletop game looks like Donkey Kong 3 as it was shown on a poster.
- "SMB3 paper" (used to write letters) can be bought at Timmy and Tommy's store, which has a background similar to that of the title screen from Super Mario Bros. 3.
- The fortune cookies from Timmy and Tommy's store contain lucky tickets, which can be traded in for Nintendo-related items, including items from the Mario series. Besides the carpet and wallpaper, all the 8-bit items from previous Animal Crossing games have changed into their modern designs, specifically those seen in Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. 22 of the lucky tickets are references to the Mario series, more specifically to either Super Mario or Mario Kart:
Art Academy series
- A pencil-drawn picture of a Yoshi plush toy can be seen on the game's cover. This drawing does not appear in the game, however.
- On the cover for the PAL version (titled New Art Academy), a pencil-drawn Goomba picture can be seen. Like the Yoshi doll before, this drawing does not appear in the game itself.
- At one point, one custom lesson for New Art Academy/Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! was distributed by Nintendo via SpotPass, distributed in different periods depending on the region. The custom lesson featured a colored-pencil drawing of a Goomba, and the method which to draw it. The picture featured is different from the Goomba drawing on the PAL version cover as mentioned above, though.
Gameplay of Stage 14, featuring Bowser from Super Mario Bros.
Completed Stage 2: Goomba from Super Mario Bros.
Assassin's Creed series
Mario Auditore's introduction.
In Mario Auditore's debut cutscene, he introduces himself with "Don't you recognize me? It's a-me, Mario!", referring to Mario's catchphrase.
- One of the game's achievements/trophies is called "Principessa in Another Castello", referencing the Mushroom Retainers' quote: "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!" from Super Mario Bros..
- In the mission "Femme Fatale," after Ezio has killed all of the guards and dragged Lucrezia Borgia towards Caterina Sforza's cell, she commented "Rescuing princesses from castles now?"
- The achievement "Plumber" shows a picture of a Warp Pipe.
- A sprite of Mario is present in the game's code.
- One of the most common enemies is a Roman dressed in a Mario costume who uses the F.L.U.D.D. device from Super Mario Sunshine to blast water at Asterix and Obelix. His likeness also appears on the Eiffel Tower decorations and the statues on the side of the Arc de Triomphe. Additionally, Romans that resemble other video game characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-Man appear.
- There is an area accessed through a Warp Pipe in WCW Arena named "Internetus" which is somewhat of a tribute to the Mario games. There are POW Blocks, Thwomps, Mushroom platforms, Piranha Plant designs on the floor, and more. The music also sounds like that of a Mario game.
- In the secret entrance to Las Vegum, there is a menhir painted white with green spots, resembling a Yoshi Egg.
- The wall behind the Eiffel Tower in Lutetia is designed to look like the background of a Mario level.
- Near the boss in WCW Arena, there are wall tiles made to look like blocks from Mario games.
- In the night-time area of Venetia, there are giant statues of Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, and a Shine Sprite. Additionally there are two more Shine Sprites in an underground tunnel in the same room.
- Some flag decorations in Venetia feature Super Mushrooms and Yoshi Eggs.
- Upon entering the Obelisk area of Lutetia, there are barrels rolling down a slope with Donkey Kong's logo on them.
- In WCW Arena there is a massive scaffolding which looks and plays just like the first level of Donkey Kong. There is also one on Pirate Island with a giant statue of Donkey Kong on top (the same one seen in Venetia, but wearing an eye patch).
- On Pirate Island there are carvings of Donkey Kong's face on the ground at one area.
- In Venetia there are fountains featuring Donkey Kong's face, with the water flowing from his mouth.
- Beside the merchandise stand on the shores of Pirate Island there is a red towel with a Sidestepper on it and Super Stars on the ground nearby.
- During "Episode 1: It's About Time," Marty must make arrangements for Edna to deliver soup (which is actually alcohol) to the Stay Sober Society. At one point, Marty mentions that he's delivered soup to charities before, and Edna asks him which ones they were. Marty responds by telling her "The... um... Mario Brothers...", and Edna goes on to comment that "the Italians do so many good works".
- In the level Click Clock Wood, there is a large beaver named Gnawty who needs Banjo and Kazooie to destroy the rock blocking the entrance to his home. While resembling the Gnawties of the Donkey Kong Country series, he mostly resembles Very Gnawty in size, color, and strength.
- In the level Bubblegloop Swamp, Tiptup appears and is the conductor of a singing group of turtles.
- In the voice questions at Grunty's Furnace Fun, Donkey Kong and Cranky Kong's names are seen as answers.
- To show the power of the vehicle editor in the game, an 8-bit Mario on wheels is shown in the trailer in Nutty Acres. It then gets destroyed by Banjo and Kazooie. The trailer was later edited to remove the portion when the 8-bit Mario is destroyed. However, the shot of it prior to the destroying remains.
- In the opening sequence, when Banjo, Kazooie, and Gruntilda encounter the Lord of Games for the first time, Kazooie at one point remarks that they have been in several games already, and Lord of Games responds by saying that they've been in "nowhere near as many as that Italian gentleman."
- In the Jiggoseum level, on a balcony in the south end of the main area is a pile of giant, metallic dice that Kazooie can pick up and move. Hidden behind them is a large, golden cube with a metallic white question mark on the side of it.
- At one point, Banjo mentions that he once was in a race with "a genie and a giant pig", referring to Diddy Kong Racing.
- The achievement unlocked for opening the Terrarium of Terror, an outer-space forest themed world, is called "Super Banjo Universe," a parody of Super Mario Galaxy.
- One of the questions given by Lord of Games in the quiz at the end of the game is "Which game featured a Banjo appearance but wasn't a Banjo title?" The correct choice is Diddy Kong Racing.
The dialogue referring to Mario directly.
- In Grunty Industries, Banjo and Kazooie find Loggo, a toilet from the previous game, who says that he needs unblocking. Kazooie suggests calling a plumber, and says that she thinks Mario's free at the moment. Loggo says he doesn't think Mario does that kind of work anymore. In the Xbox 360 version of the game, the dialogue is altered slightly to say "Italian plumber" instead.
- Bottles's daughter, Goggles, can be seen playing with a Donkey Kong doll.
- During the final battle with Hag 1, Gruntilda asks the question "Who appears on the cover art?", and one of the answers is "Banjo, Kazooie, and Donkey Kong".
- In the Inferno section in the Haunted Zone in Witchyworld, there is a face at the top of the large slide which many believe resembles Bowser's face.
- Among the in-game players, Mario's name can be seen in the W-Bears team, and Luigi's name can be seen in the R-Eagles team.
Bayonetta's Peach costume.
- The Wii U version of the game features costumes for Bayonetta inspired by various Nintendo Characters, including ones based upon Princess Peach and Princess Daisy called "Mushroom Kingdom Princess" and "Sarasaland Princess" respectively. The costumes feature ribbons on the arms that have various Mario power-ups on them, and on her waist is a Mario trinket for the Peach costume, and a Luigi one for the Daisy costume. While the costumes are equipped, the Halos enemies drop are replaced with coins, which when collected make the sound effect heard in Super Mario World. Also, instead of summoning demons, Bayonetta summons Bowser's foot or fist. When doing so, Bowser's voice (provided by Kenny James) can be heard.
- A Chain Chomp appears as an equippable weapon. It can be obtained by collecting the Angelic Hymns Gold LP "Super Mario 64"
- The Nintendo costumes that appear in the port of the original game also appear in this game, including the Peach and Daisy costumes.
- In the seventh game in the series, Ben enters a person's house by disguising himself as a plumber. He does this by putting on a colorful shirt and pair of overalls making him look like one of the Mario Bros.
Big Brain Academy series
- In "Missing Links", a sketch of Mario's Hat will appear.
- In "Get in Shape" in the 3-star difficulty, a silhouette of a Piranha Plant will appear.
- In "Speed Sorting", one of the pictures of "Has a tail" is one of Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3.
- In "Point of View", one of the objects in the Brain Quiz category is a pair of Warp Pipes.
The Magic Mushroom, 1UP, Mini Mush and Bobby-Bomb.
- The Magic Mushroom, 1UP, and Mini Mush items resemble several mushroom power-ups from the Mario games. Also, the Magic and Mini Mushrooms change Isaac's size, much like the Super Mushrooms and Mini Mushrooms do.
- The item "Bobby-Bomb" greatly resembles a Bob-omb.
- Description of Liberty Cap says: "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy" - referencing World 1-7 from Yoshi's Island.
- One of the fortune teller's messages is: "Your Princess is in another Castle", referencing the Mushroom Retainer's line in Super Mario Bros..
- To unlock jumping, the player has to pick up an object saying jump on it, that contains the box art of Super Mario Bros..
- There is an achievement in the game titled, "My Brother Is An Italian Plumber", which is earned by stomping enemies.
- A race of enemies called "Bullymongs" are four-armed ape-like creatures; there is a rare subspecies called "Donkey Mongs" which wear red ties and throw barrels, a reference to Donkey Kong, if the player successfully defeats a Donkey Mong, they are awarded with an achievement entitled "Definitely An Italian Plumber", a reference to Mario.
Braid (Xbox Live Arcade/PSN/Steam/Mac App Store)
- There is a level named "Jumpman" (referencing Mario's original name) which resembles 25m from the original Donkey Kong arcade game. In Indie Game: The Movie, it is shown that the gorilla in said level was originally a sprite of Donkey Kong from the arcade game in the prototype.
- At the end of most worlds, the ragdoll-like dinosaur character says, "Sorry, but your princess is in another castle", referencing the Mushroom Retainer's line in Super Mario Bros..
- There are plant enemies which come out of pipes very similar to Piranha Plants.
Brain Age series
- In "Syllable Count", there is the famous Toad quote written during the game. It reads, "Thank you, Mario, but our princess is in another castle."
- If the player taps the walking man who appears when the player gets the rank "Walking Speed", he whistles the first six notes of the Mario theme.
- If the player goes on 'Training' and taps the last '???', this will start a game called 'Virus Buster', which is a game just like Dr. Mario, even with a soothing version of the in-game music. This mini-game can be played in the WiiWare game Dr. Mario Online Rx, but with the Wii Remote's cursor control.
- If the player taps the walking man who appears when the player gets the rank "Walking Speed", he whistles the tune that plays after Mario gets a 1-Up.
- If the player taps the walking man who appears when the player gets the rank "Walking Speed", he whistles the tune that plays after Mario loses a life in Super Mario Bros..
- The game 'Virus Buster' returns from Brain Age 2.
- A part of the game has the player searching for a prince named Erik in a castle. If the player speaks to a certain guard, he states "Perhaps the Prince is in another castle.".
- The minor character Ray Huges says "They say kids imitate video games. But I have yet to turn into a mustached plumber!".
- In multiplayer in both games, reaching a 10-kill killstreak with no killstreak rewards equipped nets the player a callsign emblem of Price patterned after the Super Mario Bros. small Mario sprite.
- In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a video game console called a "Gamestation" can be found in a house. One of the video games lying around it is named "Italian Plumber Princess Rescue".
- A message from a skeleton says the following:
The terrible state of the pipes down here would peturb even my brother Mario. Some parts have rusted terribly, While others are covered with fungus due to the high humidity. Not all the Mushrooms look good to eat either, Who knows what might happen if I eat one?
- If the player plays the game on Halloween, Sue can be seen dressed up as Princess Peach.
Chase Mii (Wii U Tech Demo)
- In order to defeat the game's final boss Heinrich, Conker has to grab and spin Heinrich around by the tail and fling him into an airlock portal towards outer space. This both parodies and references how Mario had to defeat Bowser in Super Mario 64.
- The Eggplant Man enemy from Wrecking Crew makes an appearance in the game, though it's renamed "Kid Eggplant" in the North American version of the game (his name in the Japanese version of Chibi-Robo! is "Nasubi Kamen", the same as Eggplant Man).
Crash Bandicoot series
The Donkey Kong-like enemy from Toxic Waste.
- In early levels there are enemies resembling Piranha Plants and wandering turtles who retract into their shell once jumped on, a parody of Koopa Troopas. These enemies reappear in later installments in the series.
- In the Toxic Waste level, there are some bear-like enemies that throw nuclear canisters similar to Donkey Kong.
- In some ruin levels, there is a log-throwing gorilla enemy which is a parody of Donkey Kong.
- There are Lab Assistants in the beehive levels who are dressed in Mario outfits and wield hammers, a reference to Mario's role in Donkey Kong.
- Crash being able to ride Baby T, a baby dinosaur, is most likely inspired by Mario being able to ride Yoshi in several Mario games. Baby T is even found from breaking his egg and runs away when it touches an enemy, just like Yoshi (except the player cannot chase down Baby T after he is hit and must find another egg).
- The FMV cutscene after defeating the brainwashed Crunch Bandicoot is named "Crunch Get!" in the cutscene viewer, likely after the phrase "Shine Get!" in the Japanese version of Super Mario Sunshine.
- The Ratnicians can be heard sometimes saying "You thought he was an Italian plumber or something?" when they notice Crash.
The DK-esque rhino enemy.
- In the level "High Seas Hi-Jinks", a large rhinoceros throws barrels at the player, just like Donkey Kong.
- In the level "Crash and Burn", there is an area that resembles 25m from the original Donkey Kong arcade game.
Challenge No. 88 (Buzzy Beetle) in Crashmo
- There is an achievement named "The Italian Plumber" a reference to Mario.
- In one of the signposts from the level Beginner's Path there is a line saying "...like an Italian plumber!" another reference to Mario.
- The game was originally pitched as a 3D platformer starring Yoshi, it being retooled into an original IP after Nintendo rejected the offer.
- An advertisement poster of this game depicted Croc after apparently eating three video game characters: Mario, Crash Bandicoot, and Lara Croft. Their accessories can be seen: Mario's hat, Crash's sneakers, and Lara's gun.
- Yasuhiro Hagakure reference to the Piranha Plants of Super Mario while speaking about the giant flower during the game's fifth chapter.
- One of the stages in the game is a reference to Mario Kart. Item Boxes are not included since they are Mario exclusive.
- The boxart on the back also features Susumu in a kart resembling the style from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.
- The player can unlock various of costumes for the playable character Jill to wear using Password codes. One of the costumes is a pair of blue overalls, which is based on Mario's clothes.
- The game features an easter egg in a form of a secret corridor which resembles a 3D recreation of World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros., playable from a first-person view. The secret room features Goomba-like enemies, explosive zombies, large green pipes, brown and yellow blocks, and large flag pole at the end. The main platform is only one block wide, and floats parallel to the corridor on a vast pool of blood. The corridor's blue walls are decorated with the extruded decals of pixel-like mountains and clouds. The secret corridor is accessible by squatting on a building's chimney that has a green pipe lodged inside it. The player will be instantly warped to the secret corridor, and exit using another pipe at the end of the main platform.
- A child in Twinkle Elementary in Merrysville asks Ninten if he's played Dragon Warrior IV, remarking that he can't get past Dragon Warrior III. In the English version of the game (released as EarthBound Beginnings on Virtual Console), he instead says "Super Mario Bros. 7" and Super Mario Bros. 3, respectively. In Mother 1+2 on GBA, there is no longer any name-dropping.
- When Ness enters the arcade in Onett, some of the games displayed on the arcade cabinet screens look similar to Donkey Kong.
- In the Japanese version of the game, Mother 2, the sixth set of default names references the Mario series, giving Ness the name "Mario", Paula the name "Peach", Jeff the name "Luigi", Poo the name "Kinopio", King the name "Yoshi"; the protagonist's favorite food becomes "mushroom meal" and his favorite thing becomes "Goal". However, this naming set was replaced in the North American release.
- The enhanced Sega CD version of this game includes several secret masks for the character, including one of Donkey Kong with an arrow through his head. This is supposedly to spite Nintendo as the release of Donkey Kong Country around the same time prevented Earthworm Jim from making more of an impact.
- The spiked stone enemies with Pete's face are based on Thwomps, as they resemble and attack in a similar manner to them.
- An achievement for the Steam version of this game is titled "The Princess Is In Another Castle", which is unlocked when the player reaches the normal ending without collecting all 240 gems. This is a reference to the line that the Mushroom Retainers say when Mario saves them in Super Mario Bros.
- Mario waves the checkered flag when the player wins a race in the game.
- Several Mario characters greet the player before the race begins. The following characters appear based on the course he or she appears in:
- Toad - Course 2
- Luigi - Course 3
- Princess Toadstool - Course 4
- Mario - Course 6
- Donkey Kong - Course 9
- Bowser - Ending sequence.
- The Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 64 appears in F-Zero X. The Japan-exclusive F-Zero X Expansion Kit also changes the music to be a rock cover version of the track's theme from Mario Kart 64.
- Mr. EAD's head and mustache resemble those of Mario. His belt buckle is also designed after a Super Star. Additionally, when interviewing him in F-Zero GX, his answer to his favorite food is Italian, and his dream for the future is to "wear overalls every day and take it easy."
- The back of the boxes' screenshot of the Punch-O-Matic minigame has the players listed as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, and Wario with the images being a pair of lips, a raptor, and a skull and crossbones. (Mario's image isn't shown.)
Family Feud: 2010 Edition (Multiplatform)
- One of the families played against in the game's 1P mode includes two brothers named Marco and Luis who are plumbers. They are references to Mario and Luigi. Marco's wife is named Patricia, she may be a reference to Princess Peach. Patricia has a nephew named Ted, a reference to Toad. Ted's afro is likely a reference to Toad's cap. These characters somewhat look like their Mario counterparts and do similar poses.
- Gomez can enter wells similar to how Mario enters Warp Pipes.
- In both Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Five Nights at Freddy's 3, the Puppet enemy (and Phantom Puppet in the latter) bears a slight resemblance to a Phanto from Super Mario Bros. 2. This is likely coincidental, however.
- The pipes used as obstacles in the game heavily resemble Warp Pipes.
Coins in Flipnote Studio 3D
- Coins, that look similar to Star Coins, can be collected. This currently only applies to the Japanese version of the app.
In the Deluxe version of this game, Formees are able to smash blocks, collect coins, and eat Super Mushrooms.
Giana Sisters series
after obtaining a Fire Wheel.
- The first level of The Great Giana Sisters is nearly identical in layout to the first stage found in Super Mario Bros., and the game plays almost identically. The immediate similarity to Super Mario Bros. ensured that The Great Giana Sisters was quickly noticed by both the public and the video game industry itself. Nintendo pressured the makers of The Great Giana Sisters with warning of legal action should they not take appropriate action, and the game was voluntarily withdrawn from sale. The difficulty in obtaining copies of the game has led to them being sought out as collector's items.
An unofficial sequel called Giana Sisters II was released on the Commodore 64 in 1993, originally with commercial purpose plans though later released for free on the Internet. In 2008, another unofficial sequel was released, entitled Giana's Return.
In Goat Simulator, one of the Mutators is called "Italian Dinosaur Goat". With this mutator, the goat can swallow physics objects and turn them into eggs, which can be thrown. This is a reference to Yoshi's ability to swallow enemies and turn them into eggs.
- A cheat mode in this Rare-developed game is "DK Mode", after Donkey Kong. In this mode, players have big heads and small bodies.
- An 8-bit character jumping in the same way as Mario is seen on the wall of the Videogeddon arcade among other 8-bit sprites.
- A poster in the game says "Tag Team #1 Los Super Hermanos". They have mustaches and their masks are red and green. One of them has an L on their mask and the other has an M.
- At the beginning of Desierto Caliente, there is a large obstruction resembling barrels with Donkey Kongs on top.
- At the end of the Temple of Rain, Juan must run from the Alebrije that is chasing him. At the end of the area is a bridge over lava with a gold axe on the other side; collecting it causes the bridge to collapse under the Alebrije as it falls into lava. Afterward, Juan is greeted by X'Tabay, who says, "Sorry Luchador, but your princess is in another castle."
- Originally meant to be a sequel to the famous Super Mario Bros. clone The Great Giana Sisters, this game was originally known as Giana 2: Arthur and Martha. This changed due to a lawsuit, as Nintendo threatened to take legal action due to the game's deliberate similarity to their flagship franchise. Just like the The Great Giana Sisters, Hard'n Heavy features two heroes (Heavy and Metal) who make their way through a Mario-styled, vertically-scrolling futuristic world.
A Hat in Time (PC/Mac)
- The backer-exclusive hat is called the Time Sisters hat, which resembles Mario's Cap. A promotional artwork of the game shows Hat Kid wearing said hat, with the name "Time Bros" written underneath, but with "Bros" crossed out and replaced with "Sisters".
- In the "Easy" contraption lineup, there is a puzzle named "Super Mel Brothers".
- An exact replica of Greenwood Village is included as an unlockable track for the multiplayer races, the only difference is that one of the shortcuts has been removed.
- A "News Bulletin" announces Mario, at age 72, is giving up superhero status because of Jill's "incredible" popularity. "We are not cool enough. We just did not stand a chance." states the newsflash. It also says that he will return to his old job, cleaning gorilla cages at the local zoo.
- A turret based boss fight in a swamp features combat against two Tyrannosaurus Rexes, one a lime green and the other a pinkish color. The pallet choices were based on the Nintendo characters Yoshi and Birdo, who are often paired up by fans as a couple to match other characters in the Mario franchise.
- Mario appears as on track called "Just Mario" with the artist credited as "Ubisoft meets Nintendo".
Kart Sweetie (App Store)
- When Palutena tells Pit about Powers, Pit says, "Looks like all that Dr. Mario is about to pay off!"
- In chapter 19, there is a segment while climbing the tower featuring barrels rolling down toward Pit which also has jump pads to leap over them. At this point, Pit mentions that "Something seems familiar about this..." with Hades saying, "I guess the Chariot Master has played Donkey Kong."
- Mario, Toad, Luigi, Birdo, Bowser, and Princess Peach, as well as Wario in the DS remake, are in the audience of the Megaton Punch Contest and the King Dedede battle in "Spring Breeze" along with several 1-Up mushrooms. Bowser and Peach are only visible in Spring Breeze, and are hidden off-screen (though Peach is still partially visible). In the remake, Peach is moved to a more visible position in the audience.
- A picture of Mario appears in the credits of "Milky Way Wishes" and, in the remake, "Revenge of the King".
- Several of the items in "The Great Cave Offensive", such as the "Koopa Shell", "Bucket", "Phanto Mask" and the DK Barrel are from Mario games.
- When Kirby activates his Stone ability he will (very rarely) turn into a gold statue of Mario.
- In the remake, Kaboola, now known as Kabula, has now a Bullet Bill-like appearance. Kabula showed off one of its special attacks involves in attacking to Kirby by shooting giant Bullet Bill-like missiles at him.
The Megaton Punch Contest
Screenshot of Kirby Stone
- One of the possible forms of Stone Kirby is a Brick Block.
The Legend of Zelda series
- Tarin resembles Mario. He even transforms into a raccoon by eating a mushroom, as Mario transforms into Raccoon Mario by using a Super Leaf. Likewise, the Cuccoo keeper resembles Luigi.
- There are many enemies from the Mario series, though some of them were named differently in the English translation. There are Goombas, Piranha Plants, Podoboos, Cheep-Cheeps, Bloopers (called "Bloobers," their original name), Thwomps, Pokeys, Boos (called Boo Buddies), and Shy Guys (Called Mask-Mimics). Also the Bombite enemy bears a striking resemblance to Bob-omb.
- A Yoshi Doll is found at the Trendy Game shop in Mabe Village. Link can win the Yoshi Doll by controlling the crane and hovering over it. When the doll is received, the text box states that it has appeared in many games recently, another reference to the Mario games.
- The character Wart reappears in this game under his original Japanese name Mamu and acts as an ally to Link by teaching him the Frog's Song of Soul.
- When Mr. Write shows the player the picture sent to him by Christine, a goat living in Animal Village, the picture of "Christine" is actually one of Princess Peach.
- BowWow, known in the Mario series as a Chain Chomp is featured in the game and 'befriends' Link as it actually helps him access one of the dungeons.
- A cave in the second dungeon is made to resemble World 1-2 of Super Mario Bros., with Piranha Plants coming out of what appear to be real pipes and Goombas walking side to side. Unlike most enemies, Goombas are stompable, just like in Mario games.
- The egg of the Wind Fish, seen on the title screen as well as in the game, heavily resembles a Yoshi egg.
Several Mario-related sprites from the game.
- The pictures of the Mario characters seen in one of the windows of Hyrule Castle courtyard, were changed from the original, instead showing the background of World 1 from New Super Mario Bros..
- Like in the original, Ingo and Talon both look like the Mario Bros; Ingo, Talon, and Malon all wear necklaces with Bowser's head on it and Talon's sleeping pose is still similar to Mario's from Super Mario 64.
- A Mario mask is on the back on the Happy Mask Salesman's backpack, but it is not wearable.
- Romani and Cremia, like Malon and Talon, wear Bowser necklaces, due to them reusing Malon's child and adult models.
- When the music house in Ikana Canyon is playing music again it resembles the Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round music.
- In a linked game, there is a part where Link has to rescue Zelda from Vire, in a mini-game resembling Donkey Kong.
- Like in Link's Awakening, Thwomps appear as enemies.
- The artwork for Talon strongly resembles Mario. The hat on his head even has an "M". Talon also has his necklace with Bowser's head on it.
- Chain Chomps appear as an item.
- Armos Knights have noses and mustaches resembling Wario's.
- There are multiple test rooms in this game accessible via an action replay device. These rooms use assets from Super Mario Sunshine, most notably the very similar semi-transparent water effects that could suggest the ocean was originally intended to be see-through.
- In various platforming stages, creatures resembling Thwomps appear.
- Lakitus appear as enemies who throw lightning bolts at Link, then disappear into their clouds.
- Bob-omb is also found in this game, and if struck with the player's sword, will scurry around and then explode. A second hit will cause it to stop and then explode.
- One of the themes played while traveling via train greatly resembles that of the Ghost Houses in Super Mario World.
- Star Fragments, like Gratitude Crystals from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, resemble Star Bits from Super Mario Galaxy and are based on the Japanese candy konpeitō.
- Chain Chomp, which previously made a cameo appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, appears as the level 3 upgrade for Link's Ball and Chain.
The Legendary Starfy series
- One of the collectible costumes for Starfy and Starly is based on Princess Peach. It is called "Princess and Umbrella" (Japanese: おひめさまとカサ) and was a winning design from the Wanted Kisekae contest. When Starfy or Starly wear it they also hold Perry, the magic talking parasol from Super Princess Peach.
Due to this Lego game being published by Nintendo, the game has many Mario refrences.
- Chase McCain, the game's protagonist, can build a Warp Pipe out of Lego bricks and enter it just like Mario, complete with the Super Mario Bros. sound effect.
- Five ? Blocks appear. The player can jump up and hit them, producing the same sound effect as if a Coin had been collected (though nothing comes out of them aside from several Lego studs after they've been hit three times).
- There is a parade with floats of stars, and one of them looks like a Super Star. These can also be built around the city, and when all five are built, the Pop Star character token is unlocked.
- To unlock the fisherman, the player must fish at the Wharf, catching a Lego Cheep-Cheep.
- Under one of the tunnels is an aquarium where another Cheep-Cheep can be seen. A shark will eventually come to eat the Cheep-Cheep, but will instead be eaten by a larger Cheep-Cheep.
- There is a Lego Wiggler wandering back and forth over an ivy-covered tunnel entrance.
- A buildable Bob-omb is used to break the cage containing the Chan Chuang token.
- In an area of downtown, there are cannons that fire Lego Bullet Bills, which act like they did in Super Mario Galaxy.
- A Large Lego version of Dry Bones can be built in the museum once Rex Fury has been unlocked.
- A Venus Fire Trap can be built at the farm once the farmer costume is unlocked. It is hostile and will spit fireballs.
- A Flagpole can be interacted with at Fort Meadows. It does the exact same thing it does in New Super Mario Bros., complete with fireworks.
- One Red Brick enables Chase to wear Mario's hat.
- In the "Miner Altercation" level, the player comes across an area with multiple ladders and boulders falling down ramps. As the player traverses the area, Chase remarks, "I hope there isn't a giant ape at the top of this thing!" This is a reference to Donkey Kong in his debut game.
- Right before the level Bifrosty Reception, the Human Torch will make reference to the Mario Kart series by saying the following:
Human Torch: Something about that big rainbow road... Looking at it, I just feel like... I wanna RACE!
- When bouncing on a Bounce Pad, Sackboy will occasionally strike Mario's classic jumping pose.
Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire (iOS/Android)
- Characters which are not unlocked yet wear a ? Block on their heads.
- The background "Flame" appears to be based off Bowser's Castle, and it also contains an enemy resembling a Chain Chomp. ! Blocks are on the ground.
- When the player turns on a "video game," some music is played, and the player hears the first five notes of the famous Super Mario Bros. theme.
- Mario appears as a patient in the hospital of Chapter 2, Round 3.
- At Chapter 2, Special Round, Mario and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appears in a level. In the level, the three are in a bridge with lava underneath it. A mushroom is found in the bridge, and a Fortress and a Toad are seen in the level. If McPixel pick the mushroom and give it to Raphael, he will spit a fireball which will hit Mario, causing him to get smaller.
- Mario appears in the hub of Chapter 3.
Mega Jump (iOS/Android)
- An unlockable playable character called "Super Redford" is the game's protagonist Redford but sporting a mustache and cap similar to those of Mario. This character was only available for a limited time during November 2011 to support Movember. Super Redford's name come from Mario's neutral form, Super Mario.
Mega Man series
- Mario's clothes appear on the wall in Yai's room.
- Two brothers in Area C, named Yu and Lou, resemble Mario and Luigi.
Metal Gear series
- Mario and Yoshi dolls can be found in Otacon's Lab. Shooting the Mario statue plays the 1-up jingle and awards Snake with a small health boost, and shooting the Yoshi doll simply makes it say "Yoshi!". Additionally, there is also a Nintendo GameCube that can be found in the same place.
- Psycho Mantis may mention Super Mario Sunshine ("You've been playing Super Mario Sunshine, haven't you?") and Super Smash Bros. Melee ("Oh, so you've played Super Smash Bros. Melee before.") if the player has save data for those games on their memory card.
- Yoshi dolls appear as collectible items, replacing the Kerotan dolls found in the original PlayStation 2 game. Their presence in the game is explained by Para-Medic as being due to Yoshi's popularity in the Soviet Union increasing. The game takes place in the 1960s, long before the Mario series even existed.
- The first known Minecraft sprite art was made two and a half hours after the game was first made available for download. The sprite was an image of Mario
- One of the 4x3 paintings that the player may get is 100m from the Donkey Kong arcade game. The picture the painting is based off is Kong by Kristoffer Zetterstrand.
- Achievements can be unlocked throughout the game. If gotten, a notice will show up that says "Acheivement Get!", a reference to "Shine Get!" from the Japanese version of Super Mario Sunshine.
- The Lucky Block Mod adds blocks highly resembling ? Blocks and functions the same way.
- A secret achievement/trophy called "Hey, it's-a-me!" can be unlocked by executing a Stomp on an enemy, which is a reference to Mario's catchphrase.
- Mario appears as a downloadable skin in the game.
- The area where the player rescues Kabal from a cage is a homage to the Donkey Kong arcade game. Nameless Shokan soldiers throw boulders at Liu Kang and Kung Lao and they must climb up several cliffs while avoiding them until they reach Kabal and free him from the cage.
- The Viruses make a cameo in this obscure cooking game.
A husky wearing the Green Hat
- There is a Mario and Luigi cap (though they were called Red and Green Hats, respectively, in the game) that can be worn by the player's dogs. The description says "This hat is standard gear for mustachioed master (apprentice for the Green Cap) plumbers."
- The player can find a Mario, Peach or Bowser Kart toy, a ? Block and a classic Super Mario Bros. Mushroom.
- When starting a Beginner or Open Class contest, the music that plays is similar to Super Mario Bros.'s world clear theme.
- Players can obtain Mario and Luigi Hats, and Mario, Peach, and Yoshi Karts; as well as a Mushroom Toy, Mushroom-Table Set, and Koopa-shell Chair.
- Players are able to choose the Mario Style Interior, which shows a Green Pipe outside.
- In the Wii U version of the game, there are three green pipe structures scattered throughout the map resembling Warp Pipes. Positioning the player's car on top of one of these pipes correctly causes the car to be lowered inside Mario-style, and the player is taken to one of three secret rooms. Within all three rooms is stylized text on the wall reading either "Level 1-1," "Level 2-1," or "Level 3-1"; green pipes scattered throughout the room, yellow Warp Pipe structures marking the exits; and construction beams painted on the walls positioned in a similar manner as Donkey Kong.
- Within the "Level 1-1" room is an 8-bit stylized "?" on the wall above an Ariel Atom 500 V8 in red with blue trim, the colors of Mario.
- The "Level 2-1" room features an 8-bit crown above a Caterham Superlight R500 colored pink with white stripes, referencing Princess Peach.
- The "Level 3-1" room contains an 8-bit egg on the wall above a BAC Mono painted light green, Yoshi's colors.
- Revealing each of the rooms unlocks three special license plates: one with the red Ariel Atom with "Plumber" inscribed upon it, one with the pink Caterham on it with "Princess" inscribed on it, and one with the green BAC Mono with the word "Dinosaur" on it.
N (PC) / N+ (XBLA/PSP/DS)
A diagram about the Thwump
enemy from N
- In N+, two of the selectable player skins strongly resemble Mario and Luigi, named "Player 1" and "Player 2" respectively.
- A Thwump, a reference to Thwomps, is introduced in both games. The official description for this enemy is as follows:
"According to legend, in pre-robotic times there existed a race of large, spiky stone dolts whose complete invulnerability and hereditary hatred of heroic Italian plumbers led to their persecution, and eventually to extinction. Thankfully they've been recreated, in robot form, and 3 of their 4 sides have been rendered harmless."
As the quote implies, these are robotic Thwomps that electrocute and crush the ninja if they can fall on him fast enough, but only the electrical side is dangerous. Additionally, Thwumps do not always have their dangerous side facing down - they can be arranged in any orientation.
One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (3DS)
The game is compatible with certain amiibos. If the player scans a compatible amiibo, they unlock a costume of that character for one of the Straw Hat Pirates. The compatible Mario-related amiibos are Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and Yoshi, which unlock their costumes for Luffy, Franky, and Usopp respectively.
- If the pre-made games, Dot-Racer or Simple STG are played and lost, a song similar to the Super Mario Bros. Game Over theme plays.
- Some of the weapons can be modified with Sound Chips. One of them is the fireball sound effect Super Mario Bros..
- Pikmin started out as a Mario tech demo called Super Mario 128. At the 2007 game developers conference, this was confirmed by Shigeru Miyamoto.
- The game's protagonist, Captain Olimar, resembles Mario. His original Japanese name is an anagram of Mario. (Orima = Mario)
- Unused models show a giant from of Mario and a model entitled "Kuribo", the Japanese name for Goomba. The model is the planned Goomba design for Super Mario Sunshine suggesting an appearance was planned but later scrapped.
- There are also unused models for a key and a door, thought to be from the Super Mario 128 stage of development.
Bowser picture in Pikmin 2.
- A picture of Bowser appears on the Flame Of Tomorrow, accompanied by caption Bowser Breath Brand.
- The Key resembles the secret exit key found in Super Mario World.
- Pokos resemble coins from the Mario series.
- Also, one of the treasures is a used tube of Mario Paint, and another is a stick of Peach Pink Mario Paint.
- The Unspeakable Wonder resembles Princess Peach's Crown.
- The name of the character Louie sounds like part of Luigi's name, which makes sense, as Louie is Olimar's second fiddle, as Luigi is Mario's second banana.
- In the Twilight River area, a giant Warp Pipe can be entered via lily pad that enters into a different section of the map.
- In the Mount Rushmore part of the Little States stage, the player can see along the mountain and has Mario's face on it. If the player shoots Mario's face, it changes into Wario's face.
- A house in the village portion of the island will have different music from Super Mario Bros. playing depending on the mission.
- During gameplay, when the player enters the bonus stage; the player will see Mario and Pauline in that stage. Mario is holding some kind of grid bridge, as the player can control him with that item.
- Mario also appears on the cover of the game.
Pixel People (iOS)
- The quote for Peter Piper or Mary Piper (Plumber Gene) says: "My princess is on another planet," which is a pun on Toad's line in Super Mario Bros., "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!".
Platform Panic (Browser/iOS/Android)
- The title of the game also references the pack of the same name in New Super Mario Bros. 2.
- ! Blocks, neon-models of Super Stars, and in-background panels featuring hills with eyes can be seen in most backgrounds.
- As of Update 2, Piranha Plants also appear in backgrounds exclusive to the new level layouts.
- Warp Pipes appear as gimmicks in the game, as of Update 2. They can be entered instantly, however giant spiked balls can also go through them.
- An unlockable character, Plumber, is based around Mario.
- Certain robot-like enemies that bounce play a sound that strongly resembles the one when Mario kicks a Shell.
- Collecting a Coin makes a sound similar to the one heard in Super Mario Bros. but higher in pitch.
- One of Fat Princess's alternate costumes resembles Daisy's color scheme.
- Being a NimbleBit game, the Plumber A (Mario) and Plumber B (Luigi) costumes from Tiny Tower reappear in this game.
Pocket Trains (iOS/Android)
- The Pipes cargo strongly resembles green Warp Pipes.
- While costumes from previous NimbleBit games don't appear in this game, passengers wearing the Plumber A and B costumes can be seen.
- The Dragonbreath locomotive resembles the Bowser trains from Super Mario 3D World.
- On the TV in the copycat's room, the player can see Mario with a bucket on his head. This is a reference to the game Mario & Wario, where Mario gets a bucket dropped on his head by Wario.
- The sounds used for the move Thrash sounds exactly similar to the first few notes heard in the Super Mario Bros. theme.
- Tycho remarks that he enjoys playing Tetris Attack and asks the Heavy if he has played it. He also tries to get the Heavy interested by making it seem more dangerous than it really is.
- Tycho also references the phrase "on like Donkey Kong" and the fact that it has been copyrighted by Nintendo.
- One of the playable songs is a Super Mario Bros. medley. The song is not included in the PS2 home port.
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (Wii)
- The main characters Mayu and Mio Amakura can obtain one of the costumes that resembles to the outfits of Mario and Luigi. They are unlocked when completing the Normal Difficulty and receive the "Promise" ending, then purchase for 15000 Spirit Points.
Pushmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)
- Pushmo includes several Mario-themed puzzles.
- In the audience, the player can see Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Jr.
- Mario acts as the in-ring referee during the gameplay of the game.
- Names such as Mario, Luigi, Wario and Peach are present in the scoreboards.
- Donkey Kong appears in the game's Last Stand mode. He can then be fought anytime in the Exhibition mode.
- Donkey Kong can also be seen in the audience sometimes when fighting anyone other than him.
- Princess Peach was planned to appear in this game but the idea was scrapped due to concerns about violence towards women. Mario was also going to reprise his role as referee, but the developers didn't think he would fit well with the game's art style.
- King Hippo's underwear has Super Stars on it.
- A thematic scene of Mario will appear after completing the Game Boy version of Qix (which was developed by Nintendo). Depending on the score obtained by the player, Mario takes on the role of a stereotypical character from Real World regions, such as Mexico and Africa. When obtained, the higher score shows Mario alongside Luigi, Princess Peach and several Toads cheerfully waving at the player (similar to the ending of the Game Boy version of Tetris).
- During the Plumber's sole appearance in Clank's subconscious, he is seen searching through a Warp Pipe, which he later drops Clank into to awaken him from his mind trip; he refuses to go in because, in his words, "plumbers don't go diving down strange pipes all willy nilly. That'd be ridiculous!" (While not completely related to Mario, also noteworthy is that Charles Martinet has a major voice role as Orvus, Clank's father.)
Ray Plumber and Glob Plumber in Rayman Legends
- In the original Wii U version, Rayman can wear a Mario costume and Globox can wear a Luigi costume. The Mario costume is called "Ray Plumber" and the Luigi costume is called "Glob Plumber". When Rayman glides with the costume, wings appear, making him look like Wing Mario.
- In a Nintendo Power preview of this game, there is art of a rabbid decked out in Mario's clothes holding a Nintendo Power that has had its name changed to "Nintendo Plunger". This costume does not appear in the final game, however.
- In the DS version, the player has to avoid Warp Pipes in the mini-game Lunch Time.
- During the fifth episode: Reality 2.0, Sam & Max need to collect 5 gold coins (which looks identical to Mario's coins) in order to buy a Wooden Sword from Bosco's. After enabled low gravity, if the player clicks on the coins outside, Sam will say "Look, Max! It'sa me, Sam!" and then jumps like Mario to grab the three gold coins.
- The "Subspace Highway" bonus areas are a reference to Rainbow Road, and the blocks in the areas are based on the Mario blocks.
- When Stills finishes a level, he jumps into a Warp Pipe.
- If the player typed "Weegee", a plumber will appear. This isn't a direct mention to Luigi, though. It comes from the internet meme, which was spawned from the missaying of Luigi's name in the PC version of Mario is Missing!.
- If a player earns a merit, the heading says "Merit Get!", a reference to "Shine Get!" after the player gets a Shine Sprite in Super Mario Sunshine (In Super Scribblenauts in stage 4-1, the hint says "Starite Get!", another reference to this).
- 4-1 is a parody of a typical Mario level. There are parodies of Piranha Plants, Koopa Troopas, Super Mushroom, the flagpole, and the Fire Flower.
- The Wii U version of this game has Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi (in several colors), Toad, Bowser, Tanooki Suit (called Tanuki Suit), Frog Suit, Goombas, Koopa Troopas (in red and green), Bob-ombs, Boos, Shy Guys, Mushrooms, Fire Flowers, Coins, and Stars spawnable. The characters can interact with these items, as most characters will become invincible when they touch a Star, coins can be collected (but for no real reward), Peach runs away from Bowser, Goombas can be stomped, Mario fights with Bowser and his minions, Toad attacks Shy Guys, Bob-ombs explode, Boos near the player when they look away from them, Mario and friends ride Yoshis and Karts,etc.
- The Exclamation Point stage's Starite mission has hikers trying to reach the peak of a mountain. This maintain has its paths slanted and short vertical paths that function identical to ladders in the game, much like 25m from Donkey Kong. Additionally, there is a yeti on the peak of the mountain throwing barrels stopping anyone from continuing, identical to what Donkey Kong does in the aforementioned game. Maxwell must find a way to calm the yeti down without killing it.
- One of the residents of Scuttle Town says "When I moved to this town, I owned a monkey, but a couple weeks after arriving, he was gone. I wonder what ever happened to little Chewbonky Kong?"
Simple DS Series Vol. 44: The Gal Mahjong (DS)
- Mario can be seen working in the video game factory (although, with a few changes to avoid copyright issues).
- Players can use Warp Pipes to travel around, complete with a similar sounding sound.
- An ape uses barrels to attack, similar to Donkey Kong.
- A cut-scene shows Professor Frink marrying a female Koopa.
- Before the last part of the thirteenth level (Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game), Homer and Lisa can be seen running towards a flying boat, which loosely resembles the flying ship from Super Mario 64. Addionally, if the player opens the to-do list, it will say the flying boat is an airship.
- In the cutscene before Episode 16, all the video game characters return to the Simpson's house. Homer asks what's for dinner, and the Mario like character says "I hope it's-a spaghetti! Here we go!"
- The quest for building Luigi's is called "It's A-Me, Luigi!", a reference to Luigi's catchphrase. Luigi Risotto says the phrase himself after the quest is completed.
- During the Halloween 2013 update, Homer has a new option, "Deal with Ghosts". Homer will eat a Donut, Grow, and eat the ghost. He will then run around with his arms back like Mario and Luigi, eating donuts that are appearing like the way Mario and Luigi collect coins.
The Sims series
- When investigating the sewers in the Industrial District, if the player examines a pipe, he will hope that nothing will come out of it and that no turtles live in it.
- If the player's city has a population of 500,000 residents, the player will earn a Mario statue.
- The bonus scenario Freeland has its trees shaped like Mario's head.
- Bowser can appear and destroy the player's city by selecting him on the disasters menu. The Tokyo scenario has Bowser walking through the city, in a similar approach to Godzilla.
Skylanders: Giants (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)
- One of the Cutthroats in Cutthroat Carnival is named "Bowsers", a reference to Bowser.
- Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser figures can be used in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game. They drive Barrel Blaster and Clown Cruiser vehicles, respectively. Donkey Kong drives the Barrel Blaster with Diddy Kong, while Bowser's Clown Cruiser resembles the Hurricane from Mario Kart DS. This is a result of a collaboration between Activision and Nintendo.
Donkey Kong, as seen in the game.
Bowser and several Koopas, as seen in the game.
Artwork of Donkey Kong, alongside Diddy Kong.
Smule Magic Piano (iOS)
The following Mario-related songs are playable:
- Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros.
- Underwater Theme from Super Mario Bros.
- Chill from Dr. Mario
- Jungle Theme from Donkey Kong Country
- King K. Rool's Theme from Donkey Kong Country
- Main Theme from Super Mario Bros. 2
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- In the level Marble Zone, the statues on the temple in the background resemble Mario.
Sonic Lost World (Wii U)
- Yoshi's Island Zone is a DLC level which features Sonic in a Yoshi's Story themed level.
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)
- The Princess Peach costume for Maya (one of the main characters), is available after clearing all Battle Mode missions on Nightmare Mode. It can only view in Free Photography mode.
- One of the items is a yellow cape resembling the Cape power-up from Super Mario World. It allows Spelunkers to descend slowly, similar to the power-up. Additionally, one random name a Shopkeeper can have is "Yoshi".
Splashy Fish (iOS, Android)
- The player controls a fish resembling a Cheep Cheep through pillars.
- The Arcade Elements in the Splashy Fish store add Warp Pipes to the game.
- If the player taps the screen three times quickly, the jump sound will change to the 8-bit sound from Super Mario Bros..
- In Urchin Underpass on the left side, a picture of 8-bit Blooper can be seen on one of the walls.
- A T-shirt called Black Pipe Tee feature 8-bit Mario heads and pipes from Mario Bros..
"It's on like Tronkey-Kong!"
- In the Creature Creator chapter of the Prima Games guide, one of the creatures is called "Sloshi", a reference to Yoshi. Its description also references Mario (as Miguel, a Spanish carpenter), Princess Peach (as Princess Apple), and Bowser (as Growser, a terrapin). The Mushroom Kingdom is also spoofed as the "Ivy Kingdom".
- In the Space Stage, creatures from other empires or the player's empire can offer a mission to destroy one colony of an opponent empire. If the player accepts the request, the creature says, "Ho, yeah, buddy! It's on! It's on like Tronkey-Kong!"
Spyro the Dragon series
- There is a robot character named Mergatroid with a red shirt, blue overalls and a red cap with the letter 'M' on it who is a parody of Mario.
- There is an enemy that looks like a Piranha Plant. Some of these enemies also spit fireballs much like a Fire Piranha Plant.
- There is a Yeti enemy in the cave levels who throws barrels, similar to Donkey Kong.
- While trying to recall the name of the collectible items of the game, Light Gems, the Professor mentions Power Stars and Red Coins.
- The Rhynocs in Seashell Shore throw barrels at Spyro, similar to Donkey Kong.
- The slides in the Crystal Island and Haunted Tomb levels in Midnight Mountain are strikingly reminiscent to the slides in Cool Cool Mountain and The Princess's Secret Slide from Super Mario 64 and were most likely inspired by them.
- The Farewell, Beloved Falco manga, which was distributed on the official Japanese site and served as an interquel between Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Adventures, contained a gang known as the Hot Rodders. Two of the members had names on the back of their jackets that were derived from Mario characters: the rat-like member had "Mouser" and the crocodile-like member had "Bowsor".
- A hidden area leads to Mario's castle. Inside the castle, there is an area that contains coins and blocks from the Super Mario series.
- In Episode 5, the real world is merged with the video game world, and many of the people of Free Country, USA think that they are video game characters. Marzipan, who was previously helping Bubs fix his Concession Stand, thinks she is "Lady Crate Ape". She kidnaps Bubs and goes to the top of the stand. She then jumps and causes the scaffolding around the stand to collapse and begins throwing crates around. This is a spoof of Donkey Kong. The box art for Lady Crate Ape also appears in the game, depicting a female ape that bears a strong resemblance to Donkey Kong.
- Mario and Luigi appear on some of the billboards all around some of the courses.
- The game's title has the same initals as Super Mario Bros..
- Warp Zones, secret portals to an 8-bit world, appear four times in every world: Two of them in the Light World and two of them in the Dark World.
- When entering a Warp Zone or a Glitch World level, the screen is a parody of when entering in a level in Super Mario Bros..
- The names of the Glitch Worlds are references to the Minus World glitch in Super Mario Bros..
- The character selection screen is very similar to the Super Mario Bros. 2 character selection screen.
- When Meat Boy finishes a Warp Zone or a Glitch World, a character says "Sorry Meat Boy, but Bandage Girl is in another Warp Zone," a reference to the Mushroom Retainer's line from Super Mario Bros. Similarly, the endings of the Game Boy-like Warp Zones are a reference to the fake Daisy from Super Mario Land.
- After defeating a boss, a flag and fireworks appear, which are a reference to clearing a stage Super Mario Bros..
- The way Dr. Fetus is defeated is a reference to how Mario defeats Bowser in Super Mario Bros..
- The Glitch World of The End is a reference to the Airship levels in Mario games.
- One of the Game Boy-themed Warp Zones is titled Sky Pup, a possible reference to the Sky Pop from Super Mario Land.
- In Cotton Alley there's a level called "Bullet Bob". This is probably a reference to Bullet Bill, because this level is focused on bullets.
- In this game there's an enemy called Oob, which name is reversed Boo and they act similarly to them.
- On the coin that is tossed before the game, Mario's head is the Head side and Raccoon Mario's tail is the Tail side.
- In LaserBlazer, Type B: Engage, Mario appears to be plioting a plane; being chased by Iggy Koopa riding on a rocket.
Taiko no Tatsujin series
- The Super Mario Bros. theme is one of the available songs that the player can interact with playing the correct rhythm.
- When Mieu finds a mushroom in the Mushroom Road (Malkuth Empire's north, near of Grand Chokmah), he asks Luke if eating it would make him bigger, referencing Mario's ability to power-up upon eating a Super Mushroom.
T-Blocks Puzzle New Generation Jigsaw Puzzle (iOS)
- A picture of Princess Peach was one of the levels. A broken-up picture of Princess Peach was the app's icon.
- Among the several Nintendo-related elements, characters in battle can collect Super Mushrooms and Mega Mushrooms to grow bigger, Poison Mushrooms to shrink, and Super Stars. The power up/down sound effects from Super Mario Bros. can also be heard. Characters can also wear Mario, Luigi and Bowser costumes. Later on, additions of Toad and Peach costumes were also revealed for the characters.
- Mario appears as the referee during the game.
- A weapon known as a "Flower of Fire" appears in the game, which is a reference to the Fire Flower. Similarly, there is also a weapon known as a "Flower of Frost", which is most likely a reference to the Ice Flower.
- The "Plumber's Clothes" look like Mario's Outfit, though blue in the console and mobile versions.
- When the player jumps a total of 2400 times in the game, an achievement called "Mario" is unlocked, most likely referencing Mario since he is often associated with jumping.
Tiny Tower series
- On Bitbook, a spoof of Facebook, one of the many Bitizens' posts says that he or she needs a plumber to unclog his or her sink and save a princess. Another post says, "With our new roommate <Bitizen name>, we can finally play Mario Party."
- There are Plumber A and Plumber B costumes, which are based on Mario and Luigi, respectively.
- In the plumber commercial floor, a seemingly wilted Piranha Plant in a Warp Pipe and Mario's Cap and overalls hung on a coat hanger stand can be seen in the background.
- The costume shop commercial floor has Luigi's Cap as the symbol for the custom hat item. Also, Luigi's cap as well as his overalls can be seen in the shop's background.
Tiny Tower Vegas (iOS/Android)
- One of the many Bitbook posts that may appear says, "Sometimes life sends you a blue shell."
- The NES console treasure's description in the European version reads, "The old school classic game console. Mario eat your heart out. Not literally!" In the American version, it reads, "The video game console that got the world gaming. Pick it up and play some Mario."
- A Donkey Kong Game & Watch can also be obtained as treasures.
- Miis who own a Wii U are often heard playing games such as Game & Wario and Nintendo Land. A Nintendo 3DS is also an item, but the Miis play Tomodachi Life, though sounds that aren't in the game (such as Coin get/explosions) can be heard.
- Mushroom descriptions state that eating them could make the consumer bigger, a reference to Super Mushrooms.
- The description for the banana peel reads; "Good for comedy routines and making karts peel out." This statement is a reference to the Mario Kart series.
- During "pity parties" at the cafe, Miis may sometimes state that Luigi is taller than Mario because "his legs are longer."
- One of the toon's jumping pose is similar to Mario's trademark jumping pose.
- At Goofy Speedway there is a Mario Kart-esque racing game complete with items, item boxes and bananas used as obstacles.
- One of the tracks is named "Wario Paint", a portmanteau of "Wario" and "Mario Paint".
- When the player passes by the arcade at the Santa Monica pier, sound clips from Donkey Kong can be heard.
- If the player hold down the X button, Joe will throw up a bomb, jiggle it on his knee, and whistle the first 6 notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme. If player do it in mid-air, he'll whistle another part. If the player does it in Slow Motion, he'll whistle another part. This has been removed from the later PS2 release.
Where's My Water?
- The Lost Levels (a collection of event-based levels from Where's My Water? Free plus previous Levels of the Week) references the title of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. (SMB2 in Japan)
- Along the Free Run island, 8-Bit sprites of Mario and Luigi can be spotted. On a few occasions, a Goomba, Mushroom, or Super Star sprite may also appear along the side of the trail. These sprites have a purpose, because at the end, one of the many questions asked can be which sprite the player spotted.
- The Super Mario Bros. theme is unlocked after one has cleared the first four levels of Pitch Perfect, simply called Super Mario Bros..
- In the minigames section accessed from the main menu, one of the minigames under the Challenge subsection is called "Clover Hunt." This is a minigame in which players must locate a certain number of objects that are slightly different from the rest shown on the screen. The directions for the game state that "If you reach the last set, you might see a familiar face!" If the player reaches Stage 26 through Stage 30 (there are only 30 Stages in all and there are six different sets of objects that comprise five stages each, so this is the last set), the object they are given to find is 8-Bit Mario from Super Mario Bros.. They must find the required number of 8-Bit Mario's that are standing still, all of which are hidden amongst multiple 8-Bit Mario's in a jumping position.
- The mall seen in "Shifty Gifts" resembles Peach's castle.
- In the Mii Fashion Plaza TV Party, Miis can dress up like Mario (Male) or Princess Peach (Female).
- In the Mii Fashion Plaza TV Party, there are a few stores that are Mario-themed.
- In Mad Hatters, players can choose to wear Mario's Cap, giving 2 points if no one else is wearing it.
- In "Dance with Mii", the player can dance to the Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme.
- The countdown timer used at the start of the racing events sounds pretty much like the one used during the Mario Kart series. In particular, the Cycling event's timer sounds is almost identical to the one used in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
- In the Island Flyover event, one can hear the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme, the "Lose a Life" and the "Game Over" tunes (also as reference to the place's nighttime description: "Sounds like someone's playing NES, but they need a few pointers...") by flying near the Hillside Cabins area.
- The name of the ship "The Queen Peach" is based on Princess Peach.
- The track Wuhu Loop from Mario Kart 7 imitates the first track, Wuhu Island Loop. Maka Wuhu and Wuhu Town also are on Wuhu Island.
- Upon encountering the gum enemies in the first level, the narrator says "You can jump on these to kill 'em? What? Like mushrooms!" No doubt referencing Goombas.
- Mario and Luigi appear and both carry giant hammers, however they have the names Larion and Muigin, if the "n" is removed from the end and swap round the L and M it will say Mario and Luigi.
- An item known as "red white-spotted mushroom" can be obtained, which is a reference and resembles a mushroom. It bears resemblance to the mushrooms that appear in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
- The Luigi costume for Misaki Asou (one of the main characters), is available after completing the game.
- The guy holding the pizza which the player must deliver to Cleopatra rides a Koopa Troopa.
is a typical app retool of classic Mario
platformers, maintaining the same basic gameplay, but with new graphics and a different backstory.
Numerous unauthorized apps based on the Mario series have appeared; many are subsequently removed because of copyright issues, although others have retooled the basic Super Mario platformer premise (i.e. new graphics, power-ups and backstories, etc.) enough to remain active. These sorts of games include 3D Cartoon Land Safari (a slightly altered version of Super Mario 3D Land), Barrels! (similar to Donkey Kong), Cloud Run (starring a stick figure wearing Mario's hat, among other parallels), A Kaizo World (featuring Mario-styled levels), Lep's World (a Super Mario Bros.-like platformer), Mario Parody (just as the title suggests), MineKart 64 (a supposed combination of Minecraft and Mario Kart 64), Mobile Andrio (based on Super Mario World), Mobile Jario (based on Super Mario Bros.), Rufio Adventures (another Super Mario-esque platformer), Stardash (a sped-up version of Super Mario Land), Super Androix (based on Super Mario Bros. 3), and Super Monster Bros. (based off Super Mario Bros. with Pokémon as the playable characters and sounds copied from Super Mario World). The Android game Era's Adventure used a Yoshi as the titular character, causing controversy among many Mario fans and Nintendo contacting the developer, causing him to change the character model to resemble a Yoshi less. The developer did not actually intend to copy Yoshi, for he was not familiar with the Mario series and just got the model off a stock site.
As well as platformer games, other types of apps also arise, such as Mokus Line up, a match-3 game using Mario series Mushrooms as the icons. Another example is iRwego, which used the iPhone's accelerometer to detect a person's movements and play the appropriate Mario sound effect, such as the Mario jump sound for jumping, the Warp Pipe sound for crouching, as well as hitting brick blocks, and stomping Goombas, among other noises, tunes and a few choice Mario catchphrases (such as "Here we go!", which is the inspiration behind the app's title). However, due to iRwego's unexpected popularity, its creator decided to remove the app to avoid any copyright conflicts with Nintendo.
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