List of Mario references in Nintendo video games

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A list of references to the Mario franchise in video games released by Nintendo.

Contents

1080° Avalanche (GCN)[edit]

View of the underside of Ricky Winderborn's board.
  • On the bottom of Ricky Winterborn's "8-Bit Soul" snowboard, a Super Mario Bros. 3 sprite of Mario, using the Super Mario All-Stars color palette, 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.

Animal Crossing series[edit]

Animal Crossing (GCN)[edit]

The Mario and Luigi statues.
The Mario and Luigi statues.
The Mario and Luigi statues.
  • When Rover calls Tom Nook when the second, third, or fourth player first starts a save, 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.

Doubutsu no Mori e+ (GCN)[edit]

Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)[edit]

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  • 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.

Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)[edit]

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Brick Block pattern.
? Block and Brick Block patterns.
The "Mario" furniture series.
The Arcade Machine.
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.[1]
  • If Wendell is given a Red Turnip or a White Turnip, the player gets a ? Block or Brick Block pattern respectively.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)[edit]

Guliver mentioning Admiral Bobbery.
  • 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!"[2]. 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:
Fortune # Message Item
1 A red hat may improve your head, as well as your fashion sense. Mushroom mural
2 You will be visited by a mustachioed man. Block floor
7 She who shades herself from an angry sun does so with dignity. Peach's parasol
12 In both life and love, there is always another castle. Toad hat
17 He who breaks blocks with his head must remember to grow up. Block
18 You cannot put a value in your life, unless you have 100 gold coins. Coin
19 He who flaps in front of an enemy may soon be flapping at his boots. Flagpole
20 Sometimes a flower is just a flower, unless it causes fires. Fire Flower
21 He who wishes to grow big would be wise to eat his roughage. Super Mushroom
22 He who kicks his problems away may soon find them returning. Green Shell
23 Power is often fleeting. Super Star
24 You only live once, unless you have another guy. 1-Up Mushroom
25 The future is a mystery that may hold great treasures for you. ? Block
26 There are no shortcuts in life, except for when there are. Pipe
27 He who jumps over fire, does so knowing it is not impressed. Fire Bar
28 Cannons are much like toasters, though bread is bad for cannons. Bullet Bill Blaster
29 Never count your Yoshis before they hatch. Plans often change. Yoshi's Egg
31 Sometimes that which protect you must also fight for you as well. Triple Red Shells
32 You should consider a career as a professional kart racer. Kart
44 Garlic is not a substitute for personal hygiene. Bad bro's stache
45 An itchy nose is worth the sacrifice for a glorious upper lip. Big bro's stache
48 Those who slip are often just given a chance to appreciate the ground. Triple Bananas

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)[edit]

  • Some of the Mario-related items in the previous game are reused as items for their homes in this game including the Super Star and the Super Mushroom.
  • Gulliver again makes a Mario reference in one conversation, where he mentions having been washed up on the shore of Wuhu Island, and goes on to bring up its appearance in Mario Kart 7, recalling karts nearly running him down.
  • Louie appears in this game through SpotPass, where his vision is "A 30th-anniversary party!", referencing the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (iOS/Android)[edit]

  • The big bro's tee can be obtained from Alfonso when reaching friendship to level 7 with him.
  • As part of Super Mario Run's first year anniversary, the big bro's hat was added to this game. Putting it on, instead of making the regular jingle, it plays the first few notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme.
  • A Super Mario crossover event was held on March 10, 2018, which features collectable Super Mushrooms that can be obtained from the Shovelstrike Quarry as well as Event Challenges and used to craft Mario-themed items found in previous installments. A second round began on March 21, 2018, where players can obtain 1-Up Mushrooms instead of Super Mushrooms, as well as a third round on March 31, where Mega Mushrooms are introduced.
  • As part of the one-year anniversary of Super Mario Odyssey's release, a Cappy hat was made available as an accessory on October 27, 2018.

ARMS (NS)[edit]

Art Academy series[edit]

Art Academy (DS)[edit]

The Yoshi plush drawing.
  • 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.

Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (3DS)[edit]

  • 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.

Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (DSi)[edit]

  • Coins from Super Mario Bros function as a currency in this game.
  • A POW Block serves as a game mechanic. Tapping the POW icon will clear three rows of pixels from the bottom of the touch screen.
  • The game features ten puzzles based on sprites from Super Mario Bros. and two based on sprites from Wrecking Crew.
  • In the final stage, the blocks spell out "THANK YOU MARIO! BUT YOUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE!". In the Dark Mode version, the blocks instead spell "THANK YOU MARIO! YOUR QUEST IS OVER. WE PRESENT YOU A NEW QUEST. PUSH BUTTON B TO SELECT A WORLD".
  • Beating a stage with a specific score will put a Super Star icon next to the score display.

Balloon Fight[edit]

  • The main antagonist of the Game & Watch version of this game is named "Oiram Repus,"[3] which is "Super Mario" spelled backwards.

Banjo-Kazooie series[edit]

For the Banjo-Kazooie game published by Microsoft after the company's acquisition of Rare, see List of Mario references in third-party video games § Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

Banjo-Kazooie (N64/Xbox Live Arcade/Xbox One)[edit]

  • 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 and color.
  • In the voice questions at Grunty's Furnace Fun, Donkey Kong and Cranky Kong's names are seen as answers.
    • In another question, Grunty questions what Conga throws. One of the answers are barrels, a reference to Donkey Kong.
  • Conga uses Donkey Kong's sound effects from Mario Kart 64.

Banjo-Tooie (Nintendo 64/Xbox Live Arcade/Xbox One)[edit]

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The dialogue referring to Mario directly.
  • In Witchyworld, at the top of the tower in the Inferno area, multiple carved heads resembling the icon of Bowser's face seen in Super Mario 64 and later games appear.
  • In Grunty Industries, Banjo and Kazooie find Loggo, a toilet character 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".

Baseball (GB)[edit]

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  • 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. The North American game cover features Mario pitching.

Big Brain Academy series[edit]

Big Brain Academy (DS)[edit]

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  • 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.

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Wii)[edit]

  • In "Speed Sorting", one of the pictures of "Has a tail" is 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.[4]

Brain Age series[edit]

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (DS)[edit]

  • 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.

Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (DS)[edit]

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  • If the player goes on "Training" and taps the last "???", this will start a game called Virus Buster, which is a touch screen-based adaptation of Dr. Mario, featuring covers of both background songs from that game, "Chill" and "Fever". 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.

Brain Age Express (DSiWare)[edit]

  • 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.

Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64) / Conker: Live & Reloaded (Xbox)[edit]

  • 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 parodies how Mario defeats Bowser in Super Mario 64.

Chase Mii (Wii U Tech Demo)[edit]

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Chibi-Robo series[edit]

Chibi-Robo! (GCN)[edit]

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  • 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).

Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Richie Ōsōji! (DS)[edit]

  • Occasionally, sifting through dust will reveal a Super Star, which plays the invincibility theme from Super Mario Bros when picked up.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (3DS)[edit]

  • A Mario PEZ Dispenser is among the Snacks the player can collect.
  • Among the Trash is a Banana Peel with the description "Last night, I had a dream. A big gorilla riding a Kart passed a car I was riding in, and then he went and threw a HUGE banana peel at me! Gah!"

F-1 Race (GB)[edit]

  • 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 they appear in:

F-Zero series[edit]

  • Rainbow Road, based on the Mario Kart 64 iteration of the course, appears in F-Zero X as the first course of the Joker Cup. Playing the game with the Japan-exclusive F-Zero X Expansion Kit also replaces the standard music with 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."
  • In the Emblem Editor of F-Zero GX, there are three sample emblems that are Mushrooms.
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Fatal Frame series[edit]

Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen (Wii)[edit]

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  • Completing the game once unlocks a Luigi costume for Misaki Asou.

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)[edit]

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  • 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 be viewed in Free Photography mode.

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (Wii)[edit]

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  • 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.

Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)[edit]

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.

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (3DS)[edit]

  • In the Deluxe version of this game, Formees are able to smash blocks, collect coins, and eat Super Mushrooms.

GoldenEye 007 (N64)[edit]

  • An unlockable cheat in this Rare-developed game is "DK Mode", named after Donkey Kong. The cheat appeared again as an unlockable in the game's spiritual successor Perfect Dark, which was also developed by Rare. In both games, the cheat will make it so that all characters will have a similar body type to Donkey Kong, with a larger head.

HarmoKnight (3DS eShop)[edit]

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Jet Force Gemini (N64)[edit]

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  • 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.

Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)[edit]

Donkey Kong reference
  • In the Japanese version of the game, Pit and Palutena start a game of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (the game that debuted Pit's design in the game), with the character selection menu appearing on screen and Pit selecting Mario. The English localization reduces this to a reference to "Super Bash Sisters", omitting the explicit Mario cameo.
  • 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."
  • In Together mode, some of the randomly generated names used for CPU players are names of characters from the Mario series, including "Mario" and "Toad."

Kirby series[edit]

Kirby Super Star (SNES) / Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)[edit]

  • 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. The statue also appears in the credits for Revenge of the King in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
  • In the remake, Kaboola, now known as Kabula, has now a Bullet Bill-like appearance. One of Kabula's special attacks involves shooting giant Bullet Bill-like missiles at Kirby.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS)[edit]

The Brick Block transformation in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • One of the possible forms of Stone Kirby is a Brick Block.
  • One of the possible moves Wheel Kirby can perform is the Rocket Start, which refers to the boost in the Mario Kart series when the race begins.

Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo 3DS)[edit]

The Rocket Start in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • The Brick Block and Gold Mario statue are some of the forms that Stone Kirby and Smash Bros. Kirby can use.
  • The Wheel ability includes the Rocket Start, which refers to the starting boost in the Mario Kart series.
  • The Doctor ability is based off of Dr. Mario in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Kirby: Star Allies (NS)[edit]

  • The Brick Block form of Stone Kirby makes an appearance in this game.

The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda (NES)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)[edit]

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)[edit]

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  • 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 franchise, 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 franchise 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.

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (CD-i)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)[edit]

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  • The pictures of the Mario characters seen in one of the windows of the 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.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)[edit]

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  • 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 Merry-Go-Round music from Big Boo's Haunt from Super Mario 64.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)[edit]

  • 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 Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)[edit]

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  • The artwork for Talon strongly resembles Mario. His hat for this game has an "M" on it in the same style as Mario's, and like in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, he is given a necklace depicting Bowser's face.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (GBA/DSi)[edit]

  • Chain Chomps appear as an item.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN/Wii U)[edit]

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  • 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.[citation needed]

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GCN)[edit]

  • In various platforming stages, Thwomps appear.
  • Cheep Cheeps can be found in Lake Hylia where they can be seen swimming in flooded caverns.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)[edit]

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  • 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.
  • When a vine is grown, the vine growing sound effect from the original Super Mario Bros. plays.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN/Wii/Wii U)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)[edit]

  • One of the themes played while traveling via train greatly resembles that of the music for 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.

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U/3DS/NS)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)[edit]

  • The Fire Gloves, introduced in this game, allow players to throw fireballs, which function similar to those from the Mario series and use the same sound effects from Super Mario Bros.
  • The Hammerwear outfit is designed after the appearance of a Hammer Bro.
  • One of the obtainable materials is called the Crimson Shell. Its description reads "A mysterious shell that never misses a foe when thrown.", a reference to the Red Shell item from the Mario Kart series.

The Legendary Starfy series[edit]

Densetsu no Stafy 3 (GBA)[edit]

Densetsu no Stafy 4 (DS)[edit]

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  • 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.

Mother series[edit]

Mother (Family Computer) / EarthBound Beginnings (Wii U)[edit]

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  • In the original Japanese version, a child in Twinkle Elementary in Merrysville asks Ninten if he's played Dragon Quest IV, remarking that he can't get past Dragon Quest III. In the English version of the game (released as EarthBound Beginnings on the Wii U Virtual Console), he instead says "Super Mario Bros. 7" and Super Mario Bros. 3, respectively. In the Game Boy Advance port Mother 1+2, any name-dropping was removed.

EarthBound (SNES)[edit]

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Metroid series[edit]

Super Metroid (SNES)[edit]

Metroid Fusion (GBA)[edit]

  • A test level in the game's files uses objects and sprites from Wario Land 4.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)[edit]

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)[edit]

The Mario-themed paint job.
  • By scanning certain Mario-related amiibo, the player can acquire different paint jobs for their Mechs based on Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Rosalina and Bowser Jr.; these are the only character-based paint jobs available aside from Metroid characters such as Samus, Zero Suit Samus and Ridley. They can also be unlocked in the Metroid Prime: Blast Ball demo.[8]

Mickey's Speedway USA (N64)[edit]

Greenwood Village.

Miitomo (iOS/Android)[edit]

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  • Miis can purchase and wear Mario's cap and clothing, among other outfits.
  • Any mention of "Nintendo" plays the Coin sound effect.
  • On July 29, 2016, Mario-themed Miitomo Drop minigames named "Mario characters T-shirt festival! [Mario and Friends]" and "Mario characters T-shirt festival! [Bowser and Friends]" were released (lasting for three weeks each), which contain clothing based on several Mario characters as prizes.
  • As part of an update released on November 10, 2016, Luigi's cap and clothing were given to players as free gifts.
    • Super Mario Bros.-themed wallpaper and flooring were also made available for the newly added room customization option, among others.
    • A Fire Mario outfit is also given to players who log in seven times during the update promotion period.
  • Before the iOS release of Super Mario Run, Miitomo Drop minigames named "Super Mario Run! Wallpaper/Flooring & Toad Style" and "Super Mario Run! Princess Peach & Bowser Style" were released on December 8, 2016 until January 12, 2017. The prizes were Super Mario Run-themed wallpaper and flooring, as well as outfits based on Princess Peach, Toad and Bowser.

Miitopia (3DS)[edit]

  • As the Mii characters approach Greenhorne Castle, the main character wonders if there are princesses living there, and the secondary character doubts it and states that "Princesses are always in another castle".
  • By scanning certain Mario series amiibo, players can acquire Mario character-themed outfits for their Miis. The Yoshi clothing can be changed into eight colors (green, red, yellow, light blue, blue, pink, black and purple), and the Toad clothing can be changed to five different colors (red, blue, green, yellow and purple).

Nintendogs series[edit]

Nintendogs (DS)[edit]

A dog wearing the Green Hat.

Nintendogs + Cats (3DS)[edit]

  • 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.

Pikmin series[edit]

Pikmin (GCN)[edit]

Unused Mario model for Pikmin.
  • Part of the concept of Pikmin was based on the Mario tech demo Super Mario 128.
  • Captain Olimar's original Japanese name is an anagram of Mario (オリマー Orimā and マリオ Mario, respectively).
  • Unused models show a giant form 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.

Pikmin 2 (GCN)[edit]

Bowser's picture in Pikmin 2.

Pikmin 3 (Wii U)[edit]

Pikmin Short Movies (Wii U,3DS)[edit]

  • In the movie "Occupational Hazards", in the scene where the Pikmin are seen inside some tubes, among them is a green tube resembling a Warp Pipe spitting out coins, complete with sound effects from Super Mario Bros.. A red Pikmin is then seen poking out from inside the tube, with dust formed on its face resembling Mario's hat and moustache. When the Pikmin jumps out, the first seven notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme can be heard.

Hey! Pikmin (3DS)[edit]

  • Some of the treasures Captain Olimar finds are cartridges of early Nintendo games with descriptions based on their artwork, three of which are Mario-related:
  • By scanning certain Mario series amiibo can acquire a treasure based on that amiibo.
Name amiibo scanned
Colossus in Suspenders (NTSC)
Dungareed Colossus (PAL)
Mario
Unsung Hero Luigi
Memento of Love Peach
Fearsome Boss Bowser
Anatomical Enigma Toad
Incomprehensible Life-Form (NTSC)
Incomprehensible Life Form (PAL)
Yoshi
My Princess Daisy
Fashion Mystery Rosalina
Gaudy Goon Wario
Insensitive Lout Waluigi
Powerful Pencil-Pusher Donkey Kong
Barrel of Laughs Diddy Kong
Fanged Marshmallow Boo
Priceless Artifact (NTSC)
Priceless Artefact (PAL)
Gold Mario
Great Man Silver Mario

Pilotwings series[edit]

Pilotwings 64 (N64)[edit]

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  • In the Mount Rushmore part of the Little States stage, the player can see along the mountain and has Mario's face on it in the place of George Washington. If the player shoots Mario's face, it changes into Wario's face.

Pilotwings Resort (3DS)[edit]

  • A house in the village portion of the island will have different music from Super Mario Bros. playing depending on the mission.

Pokémon series[edit]

Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow (GB)[edit]

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  • 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, also developed by Game Freak, where Mario gets a bucket dropped on his head by Wario.

Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64)[edit]

Room[edit]

Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS)[edit]

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  • Mario's overalls can be seen on the right side of Konikoni City's boutique. The shirt accompanying the overalls appears to be short-sleeved. However, they are only part of the background and cannot be obtained.

Punch-Out!! series[edit]

Punch-Out!! (Arcade)[edit]

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  • In the audience, the player can see Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Jr. This is one of the first games to feature Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Jr. as cameos.

Punch-Out!!/Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)[edit]

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  • Mario acts as the in-ring referee during the gameplay of the game.

Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)[edit]

  • Names such as Mario, Luigi, Wario and Peach are present in the scoreboards.

Punch-Out!! (Wii)[edit]

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  • 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.

Pushmo series[edit]

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Pushmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)[edit]

A Mario puzzle in Pushmo
  • Pushmo includes several Mario-themed puzzles.

Crashmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)[edit]

Challenge No. 88 (Buzzy Beetle) in Crashmo.

Stretchmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)[edit]

  • As this game is in the Pushmo series, it also contains puzzles featuring 8bit sprites of Mario and friends - which are in the attraction "Papa Blox's NES Expo."

Qix (GB)[edit]

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  • 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).

SimCity (SNES)[edit]

  • 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.

Splatoon series[edit]

Splatoon (Wii U)[edit]

Blooper sprite from Super Mario Bros.
The 8-bit sprite cameos in Splatoon.
The 8-bit sprite cameos in Splatoon.
  • In Urchin Underpass on the left side, a picture of an 8-bit Blooper can be seen on one of the walls.
    • A similar Blooper can be seen in Piranha Pit.
  • A T-shirt called Black Pipe Tee features 8-bit Mario heads and pipes from Mario Bros.[9]
  • In Flounder Heights near the team's spawn point, a picture of an 8-bit Gunion from Super Mario Land and an 8-bit Blooper from Super Mario Bros. 3 can be seen in one of the walls.
  • The "boxart" for Squid Jump somewhat resembles the Famicom boxart for Super Mario Bros.
    • Coincidentally, the red fish power-ups look like Cheep Cheeps.
  • Super Sea Snails look similar to Super Mushrooms in shape.
  • The amiibo box in Inkopolis Plaza is modeled after a real-life amiibo box, and as such features an image of a Super Mario series Mario amiibo on the back. However, it can only be seen via glitches.[10]

Splatoon 2 (NS)[edit]

Star Fox series[edit]

Star Fox Adventures (GameCube)[edit]

  • 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".

Star Fox Guard (Wii U)[edit]

  • Two enemies in the game, B.O.O. Unit and Nabbot, are robotic versions of Boo and Nabbit, respectively. B.O.O. Units have the ability to teleport and disable cameras, while Nabbots steal any fallen metals they find and run away with them.[11]

Stunt Race FX (SNES)[edit]

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  • Mario and Luigi appear on some of the billboards all around some of the courses.

Style Savvy series[edit]

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward (3DS)[edit]

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  • The player can scan certain compatible Mario-series amiibo to acquire exclusive items: Mario for his hat, Peach for her crown, Yoshi for a Yoshi-themed hoodie, Rosalina for the "Starry Dress" (Western version only), and Luigi, Bowser or Toad for a Super Star broach.
  • Yukatas based on Peach and Rosalina's dresses were also released as free downloadable content. The obi of Rosalina's yukata in particular features a Luma design.

New Style Boutique 3: Styling Star (3DS)[edit]

Similar to the game's predecessor, the player can scan the Mario and Peach amiibo to unlock accessories based on those characters.

Super Scope 6 (SNES)[edit]

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  • In LaserBlazer, Type A: Intercept, Mario appears to be plioting a plane; being chased by Lemmy Koopa riding on a rocket.

Swapdoodle (3DS)[edit]

  • In the Lesson Shop, players can purchase Mario-themed stationery, as well as drawing lessons for various Mario characters and objects.
    • "Super Mario Basic Lessons" has drawing lessons for a Super Star, ? Block, Fire Flower, Brick Block, Yoshi, a Yoshi Egg, a Luma, a Boo, a Blooper, a Cheep Cheep, a Buzzy Beetle, a Spiny, a Shy Guy, a Bob-omb, and a Chain Chomp.
    • "Super Mario Standard Lessons" has drawing lessons for Mario (3/4 portrait), a Coin, Luigi, a Goomba, a Koopa Troopa, a Hammer Bro, a Green Shell, a Piranha Plant, Bowser Jr., and Bowser. Two stationeries featuring Mario
    • "Super Mario Princesses and Pals" has drawing lessons for Peach, Toad, Rosalina, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Kamek, and Birdo.
    • "Mario Kart 8" has drawing lessons for Mario in a Standard Kart, Toad in a mechanic suit, Peach in a Standard Bike, Yoshi in a Standard Bike, Isabelle in a Standard Kart, an Item Box, a Spiny Shell, a Golden Mushroom, a Lakitu, a Boomerang Flower, a Banana Peel, a Bullet Bill, a Lightning Bolt, and a tire.
    • One of the drawing lessons in the "Starter Pack" is a Super Mushroom.
    • One of the drawing lessons in the "Nintendo Premium Pack" is Mario.

Tennis (NES/Game Boy)[edit]

Mario appears as the referee during the game. This game is one of the first games featuring Mario as a cameo.

Tetris (NES)[edit]

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Tomodachi Life (3DS)[edit]

  • 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.
  • The following references are only found in the American version of the game:
    • 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."
    • The description for the peach states that it is "fit for a princess."

Uniracers (SNES)[edit]

  • One of the tracks is named "Wario Paint", a portmanteau of "Wario" and "Mario Paint".

Wii series[edit]

Wii Fit / Wii Fit Plus (Wii)[edit]

  • In the running events, 8-Bit sprites of Mario and Luigi can be spotted. On a few occasions, a Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Mushroom, or Super Star sprite may also appear along the side of the trail. In Wii Fit Plus, these sprites have a purpose: at the end of "Jogging Plus", one of the many questions asked can be which sprite the player spotted.[12]

Wii Fit U (Wii U)[edit]

Wii Music (Wii)[edit]

  • The Super Mario Bros. theme is unlocked after one has cleared the first four levels of Pitch Perfect, simply called Super Mario Bros..

Wii Party (Wii)[edit]

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  • 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.

Wii Party U (Wii U)[edit]

  • 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 the Mario Cap, giving two points if no one else is wearing it.
  • In Dance with Mii, the player can dance to the Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme.

Wii Sports Resort (Wii)[edit]

  • 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.
  • When playing the island flyover at night, the information of the mysterious ancient ruins (PAL version) states that skeletons were found in a pit along with shells, possibly referring to Dry Bones.

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (NES)[edit]

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  • The guy holding the pizza which the player must deliver to Cleopatra rides a Koopa Troopa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCjT7G7Y618
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://www.nindb.net/game/big-brain-academy-wii.html
  5. ^ 方向に手を持つ大型のパックンフラワー。手が減るごとに速い動きになる。ややつよい攻撃力を持つ。 - The Legend of Zelda Japanese manual, page 36.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_DZtTR3zu0
  7. ^ EarthBound on The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  8. ^ GameXplain. July 21, 2016. amiibo in Metroid Prime: Blast Ball (Rosalina, Zero Suit Samus, & more Paint Jobs). YouTube. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Black Pipe Tee in japanese on-line store; https://editmode.jp/shop/html/en/products/detail.php?product_id=23
  10. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/splatoon/comments/382wy5/easter_egg_customtextured_back_side_of_amiibo_case/
  11. ^ GameXplain. (April 21, 2016). Nabbit & Boo in Star Fox Guard. YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.balanceboardblog.com/2008/05/8-bit-mario-found-hiding-in-wii-fit.html
  13. ^ https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAAYUKlAKLAbog