List of references in the Mario franchise
The following is a list of references and parodies to works and elements of the media, other assets of popular culture, and real-life celebrities and historical persons that have appeared in the Mario franchise and its partner franchises. Note that references to other Mario video games are not included here, nor are references in crossover games referring to the original series' source material. Historical or geographical references are also not included.
Super Mario series
An officially licensed retool of Super Mario Bros., many of the game's graphics have been altered or completely changed to feature references to All Night Nippon:
Mario Kart series
Paper Mario series
Mario Party series
Mario Golf series
Mario Golf (N64)
Mario Golf (GBC)
Mario's Early Years!
The "Purple Plunger for Bravery" is a reference to the Purple Heart military medal.
Most episodes of the show are references to books, movies, and songs, usually from around the 1980s.
The first forty-one episodes also included covers of popular songs at the time, however all of the songs were later edited out due to copyright issues (except for the first part of Jungle Love from Jungle Fever most likely because DIC forgot to edit it out).
Similar to The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 contained songs although this time there was one in every episode (except one which had two) and only some of the songs were copyrighted as apposed to all of them. The copyrighted songs were again edited out in later reruns which this time used an instrumental version of "Mega Move" from the Captain N: The Game Master episode "The Feud of Faxanadu". The King Koopa Katastrophe DVD, however, uses the original songs of "The Beauty of Kootie", "Reign Storm", and "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel".
Super Mario World television series
Although there are no cover songs this time unlike the last two shows, several songs are parodies of real, copyrighted songs.
In "Rock TV", several shows, TV channels, and companies in the episode are either parodies of or are actually real life shows, channels or companies including Mr. Koopa's Neighborhood, PBS, Koopasonic, and World Dinosaur Wrestling Federation. Mario's line "I want my Rock TV!" is a parody of MTV's slogan, "I Want My MTV." The family that King Koopa spies on is watching Wheel of Fortune.
Wario Land series
Donkey Kong Country series
Yoshi's Island series
Super Smash Bros. series
Luigi's Mansion series
Donkey Konga series
The Donkey Konga series includes both songs from popular culture and music from other Nintendo franchises. The songs are different in each region.