List of Mario references in publications
This is an alphabetical list of Mario-related sightings and references in novels, comic books, comic strips, magazines, and other print publications.
A to Z Mysteries
In "The Jaguar's Jewel", one chapter mentions a "tall man with a green outfit", and the image shows a man that resembles Luigi in a bellhop outfit.
Alex Rider Series
In the novel Skeleton Key, when Alex Rider is playing on his Nintendo DS, the book quotes, "At least, he'd got to level five of Super Mario and so far it hadn't exploded in his hands."
On page 162, the following text occurs:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
When Jem is talking to Nanny on the Chateau Bateau, they have the following conversation.
While in an arcade, a character named Brandon spots "the new Mario Brothers game".
Diary of a Wimpy Vampire
At the very end of the the book, Nigel states that he is tough to beat on Mario Kart.
EB City 2004
The book has information regarding upcoming GameCube games at the time, including Mario games. Some of the games came out without any changes, some came out on different platforms, and others never came out at all.
Geek-Art: An Anthology: Art, Design, Illustration & Pop Culture
Goosebumps: The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
Page 146 reads: "She thought she was really hot stuff because she could get to the last level of Super Mario Land."
Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition
Mario has been featured on the front cover of the 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 editions of Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition. Donkey Kong was featured on the cover of the 2015 edition as well. Information about the Mario franchise is covered in Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition and its parent Guinness World Records books.
Josh Baxter Levels Up
Numerous references to Mario are made during the book; one of the chapters is called "Your Princess is in Another Classroom".
Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack
Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack, written by Andrew Schartmann for the "33 1/3 series", discusses the soundtrack of the original Super Mario Bros. as composed by Koji Kondo. It details Kondo's experience and various works, as well as the limitations of the NES console and how it was used to great effect. As the author says, "[i]t is my job, over the next ~100 pages, to convince you that Kondo's Super Mario Bros. soundtrack is just as important - and just as culturally and musically rich - as any great album of the twentieth century."
In Chapter 5, Caitlin says "I still feel like a Fake Item Box that Mario is going to run over any minute now."
The Edumacation of Jay Baker
When Jay is referring to his lack of athleticism, he states, "I caught Luigi on my Mario Kart, not balls."
The Loser List
In Chapter 6, Danny Steve nearly tripped over a beanbag chair next to an old-fashioned Super Mario machine, which may refer to the NES. The beanbag chair appears in the image, but the Super Mario machine wasn't shown.
In the first story of the Monogatari series, Bakemonogatari, The Mayoi Snail arc has Mayoi Hachikuji attack Koyomi Araragi by attempting to bite him. He then has inner monologue, stating:
The Midnight Arcade book series features interactive stories involving the reader being transported inside the worlds of parodies of video games. The second book in the series features the game "Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3", an obvious parody of Super Mario Bros. 3.
The Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet: The Good, the Bad and the Fuzzy.
In chapter 6, when Mr. Piffle asks Danvers what the names of Columbus's three ships, 2 of Danvers' responses were "The Mario and the Luigi".
Reboot Adventure Game
Virtual Life: In a book based on the CGI television show, after narrowly winning a game, Enzo complains about how awful it was, and Bob replies, "At least there weren't any Italian plumbers!"
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2013: DOWNLOAD THE WEIRD
Page 168 contains an entry about a man named Mitsugu Kikai, who set the record for the largest collection of Super Mario memorabilia. The entry states that he was born in 1985, the same year that Nintendo released the first Super Mario Bros. game, and has more than 5,400 items of Super Mario memorabilia.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2014: DARE TO LOOK!
A minor character named Mike Magee, the owner of an arcade parlor, was rumored to have crazy-glued all the doors and windows of his high school because he wanted to figure out how Super Mario could get through a locked-door maze.
Throughout the series, Liam frequently plays Mario Kart.
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done
The start of Chapter 16 reads:
The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades
At one point during the battle with Hygea, Leo and Jason mention Mario Party 6.
In the book Zac Power: Blockbuster, it is mentioned that riding in a golf cart from a robot security guard is harder than Mario Karts.
Comic book references
The D cover to issue 2 of the Fionna & Cake special has Fionna flying in Cake's body in a spoof of the boxart to Super Mario Bros. 3.
Archie & Friends Double Digest #2
During the first story, which is the second of Cyber Adventures, Archie is in a virtual game, and enters a castle to save Betty. Inside, he has to go through a few enemies, which resemble enemies from the Mario franchise - specifically Goombas, Hammer Bros, Bullet Bills, Spinies, and Piranha Plants. After fighting off the enemies, he goes into a room with an enormous amount of Firebars. After getting past that room, he comes across a bridge, where he has to fight a Bowser look-alike. Archie defeats him by using an ax to cut a chain, which causes the bridge to collapse. Finally, he comes across Betty, who's wearing a pink dress and crown that closely resembles Princess Peach's outfit.
Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide Part 10
A Goomba makes a cameo on board the Wily Egg along with a group of Buzz Bombers, Metts, and Motobugs in Archie Mega Man Issue 27.
On page 38 in the November 10th, 2002 issue, the introduction to Dodge of the Week is:
On page 8 in the issue released on the 13th August 2013, a maze with Les Pretend as a plumber where he is trapped in the sewer appears. One of the possible paths to take shows Les dressed as Mario holding a plunger and jumping towards some small 1-up Mushrooms.
Cable & Deadpool
In Issue #35 (Past Indiscretions), Deadpool passes a videogame store with what appears to be Mario wearing a baseball uniform. In another issue, when Deadpool is underground, he says "Sewer pipes. The Super Mario Strategy. Always works for him, So why shouldn't it work for me?"
In Issue #8 (Crisis on Infinite Darkwings), one of the alternate universe Darkwings is based off of Mario.
Issue #38: Rumble in the Jungle
Issue #44: The Fry and the Furious
Annual #1: Bendocchio!
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Friends Forever Issue #4
Issue #110: Bad News Bearer
Milhouse: Come on, Bart, jump over those cement-filled barrels and make it to the top of the Gorilla Mafia ladder!
DK (in a blue tux): I'm a legitimate business monkey!
Marge: Get him, Homer!
Issue #130: Marge the Sellout
Issue #161: Mighty MMORPG Player Rangers
Simpsons Super Spectacular
Turma da Mônica (Monica's Gang)
Mônica (Abril series) Issue #172
Mônica (Panini first series) Issue #68
Cascão (Panini second series) Issue #2
Turma da Mônica Jovem (Monica Teen)
Issue 31: Meninos x Meninas
In another comic, the gang is at a costume party. Toddy is dressed as "Superdário", another reference to Mario. The comic also introduces an overweight woman in a princess costume known as "Princesa Píti" ("Píti" being pronounced similarly to "peach"). Her title is princess of the Caramel Kingdom (Reino dos Caramelos, an allusion to Reino dos Cogumelos, Mushroom Kingdom translated to Portuguese).
Comic strip references
The Argyle Sweater
Gui & Estopa
In one strip, Gui tells a joke to Cróquete about why girls like dolls so much. On the next frame, as he calls her habit childish and plays with a superhero toy, a Mario action figure can be seen among other characters in the background.
Howard & Nester
Both these strips can be seen at The Howard & Nester Comics Archive.
Off the Mark
Pearls Before Swine
In one strip, Larry, a crocodile, jumps on his son, Junior, to prevent him from going to school. Junior says "Most parents inspire their chidren to go to school, dad." In response, his father says "Not me. Stay home. Play Wii." In the last panel, Larry's wife, Patty, is shown holding a hammer from Super Paper Mario and says "Look over here, Super Mario."
3/14/09 - Lunker makes a box sculpture of the blocks from Super Mario Bros. and has Cooper punch the one with the Question Mark on it. Cooper is immediately buried beneath a presumably painful cascade of coins, and while he good-naturedly comments on the authenticity, Lunker admits it didn't work how he imagined it would.
10/27/06 - New storyline has Sally and Ted dressed as the Super Mario Bros. for a Halloween party. Unfortunately, no one has any idea who they are supposed to be, and the closest guess is "an affront to the Italian Defamation League?" Also, a Donkey Kong-like costume can be seen in the background of one of the strips. The strips can be seen here.
The Far Side
One panel includes the caption "Hopeful Parents", which includes a boy playing on an NES, and his parents thinking of him writing articles about Nintendo needing Mario experts in 2005.
In chapter 18, during the battle with Buccha, Ikki uses the "Reverse Donkey Kong" moves with a bunch of flower pots, and even a parody of the actual game takes place, apparently named "Air Gear Kong".
In chapter 18, when the sniper Red Eye is reminiscing about his past targets, Mario's cap is briefly visible.
In chapter 116, as Nagisa talks about how talents can be used in a variety of ways, his dialogue is illustrated by Mario playing baseball, golf and tennis. Mario is realistically proportioned and his eyes are obscured, but he retains his trademark nose and mustache.
In chapter 4, Nagumo picks up some of her items after they had been stolen; one of these items is a ? Block.
In Chapter 16 of the manga, Ryuk asks Light to play Mario Golf with him.
Densetsu no Stafy (Yumiko Sudō)
Wario appears in chapter 8 of volume 2 of the Densetsu no Stafy manga illustrated by Yumiko Sudō. This chapter is called Wario to Saikyou Tag da Fii! (Japanese: ワリオと最強タッグだフィー!), roughly meaning "With Wario, this is the Best Tag Team, Fii!". The chapter has Wario looking for treasure near a town in Starfy's world, before losing his treasure map, so Starfy and Moe decide to use Wario's treasure map to look for treasure and the map leads them to a cave containing the treasure, however, Moe gets separated from Starfy after Starfy accidentally activates a trap door.
When Wario comes (despite losing his treasure map), Wario and Starfy team up to find the treasure and they use the Wario Attack and Shooting Star ability to break a boulder blocking their way (which fell after Starfy activated the trap door) but it turns out that Moe had already found the treasure before them. When Wario and Starfy find Moe eating at a restaurant, they use the Wario Attack and Shooting Star ability against him.
Densetsu no Stafy R
In chapter 5, "Otaku no Seichi, Biba! Akiba!!" (Japanese: オタクの聖地、 ビバ！ アキバ ！！) of the Densetsu no Stafy R manga, roughly "Holy Place of Otaku, Viva! Akiba!!", Starfy and Moe find a bookshop called "Book Spring" in the fictional city Akiunabara (based on the real world Akihabara), where drawings of characters like Mario, Tom Nook and Grandpa Danger appear. Mario is referred to as "Sawarayukio", a corruption of the name of the author of Super Mario-Kun, Yukio Sawada, like how there are corruptions of the names of other things in this manga.
Heaven's Lost Property
In chapter 67, Mikako Satsukitane and Yoshitsune Hououin can be seen in the background playing what appears to be the original Super Mario Bros. on the Wii. Later on in the same chapter, Ikaros and Mikako can be seeing playing it this time, revealing that it's a parody of the game featuring main protagonist Tomoki Sakurai and his grandfather.
Hunter × Hunter
In chapter 346, Pekotero asks Ging to play a Mario game with him.
In one chapter of the Japanese-only manga version of this series, the main character Neptune ends up rolling down a road while trying to slow down a baby carriage she was keeping her rejuvenated sister and friends in. In a direct reference to the Mario Kart series, they pass by a group of floating Item Boxes, out of one of which pops a Koopa shell.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo
The old janitor who works at Giorno Giovanna's school wears blue overalls and a red undershirt and cap, referencing Mario's iconic outfit.
Kaidan Tochuu no Big Noise
Chapter 2 features the main characters looking for an advisor for their club. Keito suggests asking the odd-looking Katosen, but Tsukumo objects and proceeds to list off Katosen's dubious nicknames. One of them is accompanied by a depiction of a Toad surrounded by Mushrooms.
Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu
In chapter 48, the main characters play a parody of Super Smash Bros.. Parodies of Ness and Captain Falcon are depicted, while the main characters directly play as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Princess Zelda.
My Hero Academia
In chapter 3, as Present Mic explains the rules for the Yuei entry exam, he uses silhouettes inspired by the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 to illustrate them. Heroes' powers are represented by Super Mario, Tanooki Mario and Fire Mario, while the enemies are represented by a Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant and Thwomp; Present Mic directly references the latter enemy and the game by name as he continues his explanations.
My Little Pony: The Manga
In chapter 2, Pinkie Pie asks if Princess Celestia can beat her high score in Super Mar-io brothers, but Celestia is fixated on banishing a claw machine to the moon for disrespecting her.
In chapter 18, it is revealed that the Professor modified Nano, a robot girl, to make her react in over-the-top ways to jokes and absurdities. One of these reactions involves Nano bouncing and hitting Brick Blocks, out of which pop coins
In chapter 135, an item resembling a ? Block can be seen on a street merchant's stall.
In Chapter 10.5 — Let’s Play a Retro Game, Mikami and Amamiya participate in a video game based off of World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros., featuring a boss referred to as Mappa rather than Koopa, enemies referred to as Malonbo instead of Goomba, and !? Blocks. Having developed a taste for them, Amamiya claims a large number of size-altering mushrooms as her prize upon completing the game. In Chapter 11, Amamiya makes reference to the Tanooki Suit. In Chapter 35.5, Mikami and Amamiya Play a game of Nario Cart on the Shining Road track (based on Mario Kart and Rainbow Road) while respectively playing as characters resembling themselves mixed with Bowser and Princess Peach, in addition using power-ups based on Bullet Bills and Torpedo Teds while assisted by Lakitu.
Onii-chan is Done For
In Chapter 27: Mahiro and Girl's Night (Part One), a game titled Super Marimo Party (based on Super Mario Party) is played.
Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan
In chapter 3 of volume 0, when Saiki is commenting on a street magician's life choices, he remarks "If this was Mario Kart, Lakitu would have turned him around forever ago." Lakitu's eyes (as well as the eyes on his cloud) are notably censored out.
In chapter 128, Eiko hands Squid Girl and Kiyomi a copy of a game called "Ponkey Kong", a parody of Donkey Kong.
Chapter 316 features Eiko replacing her broken-down Famicom with a Nintendo Wii. The console's home menu screen can be seen in one panel, with several games bought from the internet; some of these look strikingly similar to Super Mario Kart and Super Mario World. At the end of the chapter, Eiko and Squid Girl are seen playing Super Mario Kart, specifically its Battle Mode.
The World God Only Knows
In chapter 24, as Keima is summing up how escaped spirits attempt to resurrect, he uses paper cut-outs of Boos to represent said spirits. In chapter 57, an 8-bit Keima dressed as Mario, complete with fake nose, is shown performing the unlimited 1-Up trick from the original Super Mario Bros. game.
To Love-Ru Darkness
In chapter 69, Nemesis is playing a game on Rito's Nintendo DS, which greatly resembles the original Super Mario Bros.. Mario, who is shown to be named "IIIGEO", can be seen jumping on a Goomba.
Gaming magazine cover references
Club Nintendo México
Nintendo Gamer/ NGamer
NGamer (spanish version)
NGamer (brazilian version)
As the official Nintendo magazine in Brazil for many years, and a long-running Nintendo-dedicated publication even after losing official status, Nintendo World had many of its covers dedicated to or featuring Mario, including:
Official Nintendo Magazine
Graphic novel references
The band that Scott plays in for much of the series is named "Sex Bob-omb". Also, in Chapter 4 of the first book, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, when Ramona is trying to explain about the subspace highway running through Scott's head and how she uses it to travel long distances in a short amount of time, he asks "Is it like in Super Mario 2?" After staring at him for a moment, she replies "Ummmmmm... No. It isn't really like that at all." However, the star-emblazoned doors Ramona uses to enter subspace were inspired by the design of the doors in Super Mario 64. In Chapter 11 of the second book, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, when Ramona asks Scott if they were "an item", he responds in confusion and a thought bubble showing a Super Mushroom, a Star and a Fire Flower from the first Super Mario Bros. appears next to him. In the final book of the series, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, Scott pictures himself wearing a Tanooki Suit when he tries to remember what his relationship with Envy was like.
In chapter 1 of the book, Amara is playing on a Nintendo Entertainment System, and Raina says "You can only watch your sister die at Super Mario Brothers so many times..." in her thoughts. In chapter 2, Jane's brother has a Mario poster on his bedroom wall. In chapter 3 when Raina is describing her summer, in the Nintendo panel a Super Mushroom and Star can be seen. In chapter 5, Raina can be seen playing Super Mario Bros. In chapter 6, Raina is reading Nintendo Power issue with a picture of Mario on the front.
Record Book References
Guinness World Records
the "Most Super Mario Kart world records" record,
the "Best-Selling Games by Genre" records,
and one of the "Most Critically Acclaimed Games" records.
Guinness World Records: Gamers Edition
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2010
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2011
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2013
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2015
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2016
Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2017
1001 Unbelievable Facts
One of the facts is "There are no donkeys in the game Donkey Kong."
1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
In this book, Donkey Kong is listed number 23, Dr. Mario is listed as number 27, Mario Kart Wii is listed as number 59, Super Mario 64 as number 104, Super Mario Bros. as number 105, Super Mario Bros. 2 as number 106, Super Mario Bros. 3 as number 107, and Super Mario World as number 108.
365 Fun Facts, Weird Trivia and Amazing Lists on Nearly Everything You Need to Know!
It's a-me Density!
The physics paper It's a-me Density![dead link], published in the Journal of Physics: Special Subjects, by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at England's University of Leicester, discusses the physics, density and astronomy from Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel.
The paper also explores the effect of short-range gravity on the Mario Brothers, along with their jumping abilities and overall appearance.
Mirai Japanese Course Book Stage 2
On page 118 of this Japanese language education textbook, there is a picture of what looks like a screenshot from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
Maths Quest 7 for Victoria Second Edition
In this Australian mathematics textbook, the first part of a question on page 68 reads: "Mario, Luigi, Zoe and Daniella are playing on a playstation." The fact that both names were mentioned in one question and that it is about video games (despite Sony's PlayStation having no relation with Nintendo), it is very likely that the question was intended as a reference.
Nintendo Fun Club News
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