List of references in Nintendo video games

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The following is a list of references to the Super Mario franchise in video games released by Nintendo. For a list of references to the Super Mario franchise in video games not made by Nintendo, see List of references in third-party video games.

1080° series[edit]

1080° Snowboarding (N64)[edit]

  • Two members of the animated crowd textures are dressed like Mario and Luigi.

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]

  • In all games in the series, if the player finds Bells from a rock using a shovel, the 1-Up tune from Super Mario Bros. will play for every bag found.

Doubutsu no Mori (N64)[edit]

  • The player can obtain seven rare NES games, which can be placed in their house as furniture items and played via emulation by interacting with them. Among them are Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.
  • There are four Super 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 top", on which a pattern resembling vegetables appears, and the "toad print", which is a red shirt with Toad spots. These items would reappear in both Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+.

Doubutsu no Mori+ / 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.
  • As with Doubutsu no Mori, there are many rare NES games that the player can find and play once they are in their house. Among them are several Super Mario games (including the two featured in Doubutsu no Mori), the methods of obtaining which differ between Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing.
    • In Doubutsu no Mori+, the games can be obtained as follows:
      • Donkey Kong can be mailed to the player as a birthday present, and can alternatively be obtained by burying a furniture item on Animal Island, then having the Islander dig it up and bury another item as replacement. The same method can be used to obtain Donkey Kong Jr. and Wario's Woods. Doubutsu no Mori+ also fixes a mistake from the N64 version where the Donkey Kong Jr. cartridge was blue, changing it to the proper white color; the original model is instead used by Donkey Kong Jr. Math, which actually did have a blue cartridge.
      • Donkey Kong Jr. Math can be purchased from Crazy Redd's.
      • Donkey Kong 3 can be won as a prize from Tom Nook's lottery.
      • Mario Bros. can be obtained by mailing villagers letters consisting solely of the codes written on the backs of their e-Reader cards. The same method can also be used to obtain Super Mario Bros., itself also given away to players as part of a Famitsu sweepstakes.
    • In Animal Crossing, the methods of obtaining most of these games are radically altered:
      • Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. Math are obtainable from Tom Nook's lottery, Crazy Redd's, or by digging it up after a villager buries it.
      • Wario's Woods is obtained through the exact same method as in Doubutsu no Mori+, the only obtainable Super Mario game to hold this distinction.
      • Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3 are obtainable through codes provided for the player's specific name and town as prizes from Nintendo giveaways on the game's official site. Because the website is no longer online, these items are now only available through universal item codes or by using cheating devices.
      • Mario Bros. can be obtained by scanning an e-Reader card for the game.
      • Super Mario Bros. is hidden in the game's code and can only be obtained through cheating devices.
  • Two items in the game are the Mario trophy and Luigi trophy, which are gold and silver respectively.
  • While rowing to Animal Island, Kapp'n sings one of a few random songs, and one of the lyrics to one of them says 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 Super 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.
  • 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 mails 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]

Mario & Luigi reference in the arcade in the game Animal Crossing: Wild World. See List of references in Nintendo video games
Two players dressed as Mario and Luigi.
  • 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 "SMB3 paper" appears 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]

? Block pattern.
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 Super 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 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 Gulliver 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!"[1]. 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.
  • 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 the Luigi's Mansion series.
  • 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 Super Mario franchise. 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 Super Mario franchise, 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. Goal Pole
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. 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 mustache
48 Those who slip are often just given a chance to appreciate the ground. Triple Bananas

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

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

Japanese press image of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Promotional image of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp featuring Super Mario items in celebration of Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary.
  • 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 Super 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.
  • To celebrate Mario Day 2019, Mario's hat was made available as a free gift to all players, with the accompanying Mario outfit gifted four days later on March 14. New, limited-time Super Mario-themed wallpaper and flooring could also be crafted for a limited time: the Mario wallpaper, based on New Super Mario Bros. 2; the Mario-ground wallpaper and Mario block floor, based on Super Mario Bros.'s above-ground levels; and the Mario-water wallpaper and Mario-water flooring, based on Super Mario Bros.'s underwater levels. For Fishing Tourney #12, which began on March 14, Cheep Cheeps, Bloopers, Eep Cheeps, and Cheep Chomps could be caught. Upon catching any of them, the first six notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme would play. By participating in the tourney, the player could earn several Super Mario-related furniture, including those that have not appeared in previous installments: an 8-bit fortress, balloons based on the four aforementioned Super Mario enemies attached to Brick Blocks (Cheep Chomp balloon, Blooper balloon, Cheep Cheep balloon, and Eep Cheep balloon), and a Red Shell.
  • Three T-shirts based on the viruses – the blue virus tee, yellow virus tee, and red virus tee – were given out to players for free on July 19, 2019 to celebrate the release of Dr. Mario World.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)[edit]

A reference to Captain Syrup in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Gullivarrr mentions Captain Syrup.
Press image of the 1.8.0 update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Super Mario-themed items featured in New Horizons.
Item[6] Type Buy price Sell price
1-Up Mushroom Furniture 2,000 Bells 500 Bells
Block Furniture 1,000 Bells 250 Bells
Coin Furniture 350 Bells 87 Bells
Fire Flower Furniture 1,500 Bells 375 Bells
Floating block Furniture 1,000 Bells 250 Bells
Goal Pole Furniture 3,500 Bells 875 Bells
Large Mushroom Platform Furniture 3,000 Bells 750 Bells
Pipe Furniture 5,000 Bells 1,250 Bels
Shell Furniture 700 Bells 175 Bells
Small Mushroom Platform Furniture 1,000 Bells 250 Bells
Super Mushroom Furniture 1,350 Bells 337 Bells
Super Star Furniture 2,000 Bells 500 Bells
Thwomp Furniture 3,000 Bells 750 Bells
? Block Furniture 1,350 Bells 337 Bells
Luigi hat Clothing (Headwear) 1,500 Bells 375 Bells
Mario hat Clothing (Headwear) 1,500 Bells 375 Bells
Princess Peach crown Clothing (Headwear) 12,000 Bells 3,000 Bells
Wario hat Clothing (Headwear) 1,500 Bells 375 Bells
Luigi 'stache Clothing (Accessories) 1,200 Bells 300 Bells
Mario 'stache Clothing (Accessories) 1,200 Bells 300 Bells
Wario 'stache Clothing (Accessories) 1,200 Bells 300 Bells
Luigi outfit Clothing (Dress-Up) 2,400 Bells 600 Bells
Mario outfit Clothing (Dress-Up) 2,400 Bells 600 Bells
Princess Peach dress Clothing (Dress-Up) 6,000 Bells 1,500 Bells
Wario outfit Clothing (Dress-Up) 2,400 Bells 600 Bells
Luigi shoes Clothing (Shoes) 1,400 Bells 350 Bells
Mario shoes Clothing (Shoes) 1,400 Bells 350 Bells
Princess Peach shoes Clothing (Shoes) 2,400 Bells 600 Bells
Wario shoes Clothing (Shoes) 1,400 Bells 350 Bells
Mushroom mural Wallpaper 3,000 Bells 750 Bells
Block flooring Flooring 3,000 Bells 750 Bells
Lakitu's Cloud rug Rug 1,500 Bells 375 Bells
Yoshi's Egg rug Rug 1,500 Bells 375 Bells

ARMS (Switch)[edit]

Art Academy series[edit]

Art Academy (DS)[edit]

The Yoshi drawing on the cover of Art Academy.
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, however.

Art Academy: Home Studio (Wii U)[edit]

Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (DSi)[edit]

Main article: Art Style: PiCTOBiTS
  • 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,"[7] which is "Super Mario" spelled backwards.

Banjo-Kazooie series[edit]

For the Banjo-Kazooie games published by Microsoft after the company's acquisition of Rare, see List of references in third-party video games § Banjo-Kazooie series.

Banjo-Kazooie (Nintendo 64/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.
    • Another question from Grunty asks what object Conga throws. One of the answers is 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]

  • In Witchyworld, multiple carved heads appear at the top of the tower in the Inferno area, resembling the icon of Bowser's face from Super Mario 64 and subsequent titles.
  • Enemies with the same appearance as Puftups known as Swellbellies appear in underwater parts of Jolly Roger's Lagoon, and only explode if Kazooie uses Talon Torpedo or shoots explosive eggs.
  • In Grunty Industries, Banjo and Kazooie find the toilet Loggo, who says that he needs unblocking. Kazooie suggests calling a plumber, believing Mario to be available. Loggo replies that he does not think Mario does such work anymore. In the Xbox Live Arcade port, the line was altered to say "Italian plumber" instead.
  • Bottles's daughter, Goggles, can be seen holding a Donkey Kong doll. The necktie is removed from the doll in the Xbox Live Arcade port.
  • During the final battle against Hag 1, Gruntilda asks the question "Who appears on the cover art?", and one of the answers is "Banjo, Kazooie, and Donkey Kong".

Baten Kaitos Origins (GCN)[edit]

  • After Gibari throws a barrel at various guards, Guillo sarcastically asks him if he is "some monkey who's run off with a pretty wench," referencing Donkey Kong's debut role.

Big Brain Academy series[edit]

Big Brain Academy (DS)[edit]

Piranha Plant
  • In "Missing Links", a sketch of Mario's Hat can appear.
  • In "Get in Shape" in the 3-star difficulty, a silhouette of a Piranha Plant can appear.

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

  • In "Speed Sorting", one of the pictures that can appear is Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • In the Brain Quiz-exclusive minigame "True View", one of the objects that can appear is a pair of Warp Pipes.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

  • Like in the previous game, a pair of Warp Pipes can be one of the objects that appears in "True View".

Brain Age series[edit]

Virus Buster Mini-game from Brain Age 2.
Virus Buster in Brain Age 2
Virus Buster in Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch
Virus Buster in Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch

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 on the walking figure that appears when the player achieves the rank "Walking Speed", it whistles the first six notes of the Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros.

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

  • 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 on the walking figure that appears when the player achieves the rank "Walking Speed", it whistles the tune that plays after Mario earns an extra life.

Brain Age Express (DSiWare)[edit]

  • If the player taps on the walking figure that appears when the player achieves the rank "Walking Speed", it whistles the tune that plays after Mario loses a life in Super Mario Bros.
  • Virus Buster returns from Brain Age 2.

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Switch)[edit]

  • If the player continuously taps on the walking figure that appears when the player achieves the rank "Walking Speed", it whistles the first three lines of the chorus of "Jump Up, Super Star!" from Super Mario Odyssey.
  • Virus Buster returns from Brain Age 2.

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, although it is 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!"

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)[edit]

Conker series[edit]

Conker's Pocket Tales (Game Boy Color)[edit]

  • If left idle for long enough, Conker will pull out a Game Boy and play it, replacing the music with a rendition of the Bonus theme from Donkey Kong Country.

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.

Daigasso! Band Brothers series[edit]

Daigasso! Band Brothers (DS)[edit]

Daigasso! Band Brothers P (3DS)[edit]

Drill Dozer (GBA)[edit]

Jill from Drill Dozer wearing the Blue Overalls.
Jill wearing blue overalls.
  • The player can unlock various of costumes for the playable character Jill to wear using Password codes. By using the code 5854, the player unlocks a pair of blue overalls, which is based on Mario's clothes.

EarthBound (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 has played Dragon Quest IV, remarking that he cannot 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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  • 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 Super Mario franchise, giving Ness the name "Mario", Paula the name "Peach", Jeff "Luigi", Poo "Kinopio", and King "Yoshi". The protagonist's favorite food becomes "mushroom meal" and his favorite thing becomes "Goal". This naming set was replaced in the North American release.[9]

Electroplankton (DS)[edit]

  • Two of the backing songs for the Beatnes are the invincibility theme from Super Mario Bros. and the 25m theme from Donkey Kong. For the former, tapping the heads of the Beatnes plankton plays sound effects from Super Mario Bros. For the latter, one of the sound effects is the enemy collision sound effect from Mario Bros.

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:
  • Note: Courses 5, 7, and 8 instead have appearances from Link, Samus, and Pit, creating the same roster as from Tetris, listed below.

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, and his vehicle is called the Great Star and constructed by Shiggs Mapone (a parody of Shigeru Miyamoto). 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, three of the sample emblems are Mushrooms.
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Fatal Frame series[edit]

Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen (Wii)[edit]

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

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

  • 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]

  • 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, with stars on them, from Flipnote Studio 3D.
Coins in Flipnote Studio 3D.
  • In the Japanese version of the app, Coins, that look similar to Star Coins, can be collected.

Fossil Fighters: Champions (DS)[edit]

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  • A female staff leader named Stella congratulates the player for clearing round 2 of the Calisteo Cup and then states, "[...] but our dig site is on another island! Hmm... That sounds familiar somehow...", referencing the Toads' quote from Super Mario Bros.

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.

Game Builder Garage (Switch)[edit]

  • Extra Checkpoint 25 is named after the ? Block and involves making a fully functional ? Block to hit from below to make an item come out.

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.

Jet Force Gemini (N64)[edit]

Greenwood Village
  • 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.

Jump Rope Challenge (Switch)[edit]

Nintendo character costumes in Jump Rope Challenge
  • A free update for the game released on July 1, 2020, added costumes based on various Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, and Wario.

Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)[edit]

Donkey Kong reference in Kid Icarus: Uprising
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 Chariot Master's 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 Super Mario franchise, including "Mario" and "Toad."

Kirby series[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)[edit]

Kirby's Adventure (NES)[edit]

Artwork of Spiny from Kirby's Adventure and Kirby's Dream Course.
Togezo artwork from Kirby's Adventure.
  • A stylized form of the Spiny known as the Togezo (the Spinies' Japanese name) appears as a regular enemy, and is the sole representative of the Needle ability. Togezos walk normally but periodically stop to curl up in a ball, resembling a Spiny Egg in the process, and roll quickly along the ground. In the Game Boy Advance remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, they were replaced by the original enemy Needlous.

Kirby's Dream Course (SNES)[edit]

  • Spiny reappears as an obstacle with the Needle ability.

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy)[edit]

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

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES)[edit]

Artwork of Togezo from the Kirby's Dream Land 3 manual's back page
Togezo artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • Togezo also appears as a regular enemy in this game. Instead of performing their rolling attack from Kirby's Adventure, they withdraw and extend their spikes when the player is in proximity, similar to a Spikey from Kirby's Dream Land 2. Unlike previous appearances, they are not the only source of the Needle ability.
  • One of the Heart Stars can be obtained in Cloudy Park from an NPC that resembles a Fire Flower. Its Japanese name even translates to "Pseudo-Fire Flower".

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (Game Boy Color)[edit]

  • The game's level structure is similar to that of Super Mario Bros., with every fourth level taking place in a castle. There are even two areas similar to Warp Zones.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Wii) / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch)[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)[edit]

Stone Kirby as a Brick Block in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
The Brick Block transformation in Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)[edit]

  • Two promotional comics for this game on Play Nintendo either reference Mario or have Mario make a direct appearance.
    • In "Saved by the Rainbow", after Elline breaks Kirby's fall and the announcer rebukes her, Mario and Yoshi are seen looking down at the two with an expression of disgust.[10]
    • In "An Evening Out", Elline sprays a trail of Italian sauce in the air. Kirby, wearing a mustache and bow tie, rolls down the trail and says "It's-a me!", to which Bandana Waddle Dee replies, "Aah!! Mario!!"[11]

Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)[edit]

Wheel Kirby performing a Rocket Start in Kirby: Planet Robobot
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 Doctor ability that debuts in this game is based on the moveset of Dr. Mario in the Super Smash Bros. series. Appropriately, scanning in a Dr. Mario amiibo also gives this ability.
  • The Wheel ability's Rocket Start move returns from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, referencing the starting boost in the Mario Kart series.

Kirby Star Allies (Switch)[edit]

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

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)[edit]

The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda (NES)[edit]

  • According to the Japanese manual for the game, the boss Manhandla is actually a massive Piranha Plant.[12]
  • In the instruction manual, sample file names are "Nintendo," "Mario," and "Luigi."

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

A portrait of Mario on the wall.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB) / Link's Awakening DX (GBC) / Link's Awakening (2019 remake) (Switch)[edit]

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Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Mamu and his frog choir performing the Frog's Song of Soul for Link.
  • 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 Cucco Keeper resembles Luigi.
  • There are many enemies from the Super Mario franchise, though some of them were named differently in English guides. There are Goombas, Piranha Plants, Podoboos, Spinies (called Spiked Beetles), Cheep Cheeps (called Cheep-Sheep), Bloobers, Thwomps (called Spiked Thwomps), Thwimps (called Thwomps), Pokeys, Boos, and Shy Guys (called Mask-Mimics). Also, the Bombite enemy bears a striking resemblance to Bob-omb.
    • In the Nintendo Switch remake, figures of BowWow, CiaoCiao, a Goomba, Spiny, Boo, Cheep Cheep, Blooper, Shy Guy, Piranha Plant, and Pokey can be acquired in the Trendy Game. With the exception of the Chain Chomp characters, all of the aforementioned enemies are referred to by their Super Mario franchise names.
    • Also in the remake, Cheep Cheeps and Bloopers can be caught in the Fishing Hole.
  • 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 Super Mario games. In the Nintendo Switch remake of the game, the text is changed to state that the player cannot count how many games it has appeared in now.
  • BowWow, known in the Super Mario franchise as a Chain Chomp, is featured in the game and "befriends" Link as it actually helps him access the second dungeon. Another, smaller Chain Chomp named CiaoCiao also appears.
  • 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. In the Nintendo Switch version, promotional artwork of Princess Peach with her parasol is shown.

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]

New Super Mario Bros. wallpaper in Hyrule Castle
  • The pictures of the Super 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]

Artwork of the Happy Mask Salesman, who carries a Mario mask amongst his wares, for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • 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 Seasons (GBC)[edit]

Talon and Malon
  • 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.
  • Spinies (called Spiked Beetles), Thwomps (called Spiked Thwomps), Cheep Cheeps, and Pokeys appear as enemies.

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.
  • Spinies (called Spiked Beetles), Thwomps (called Spiked Thwomps), Cheep Cheeps, and Thwimps appear as enemies.

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

  • A Chain Chomp (called BowWow in the original version) appears as an item.
  • Bob-ombs appear as enemies, 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.
  • Spinies reappear as enemies, and have a modification to their attack pattern in that they they withdraw in their shell and perform a spin attack towards Link.

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

Armos Knight
  • 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.[13]

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

  • In various platforming stages, Thwomps appear.
  • Cheep Cheeps and Big 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]

Link encountering some Bob-ombs in the Cave of Flames in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Lakitu sprite in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Lakitus appear as enemies who throw lightning bolts at Link, then disappear into their clouds.
  • Bob-ombs and Spinies (called Spiked Beetles) also make an appearance, behaving similarly as they did in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords.
  • 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]

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love (DS)[edit]

  • After Tingle gets a stomach ache from drinking expired juice in a haunted house in Page 4, he rushes out the door as the Starman theme from Super Mario Bros. begins playing.
  • A minigame in Page 6, which involves plucking vegetables and worms in a garden, features a similar character select screen to Super Mario Bros. 2.

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/Switch)[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 Super Mario franchise 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]

Main article: Densetsu no Stafy 3

Densetsu no Stafy 4 (DS)[edit]

Princess and Umbrella
  • 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.

Metroid series[edit]

Super Metroid (SNES)[edit]

  • Tatori, Jr. closely resemble Buzzy Beetles. Additionally, jumping on one causes it to withdraw into its shell, and doing so again causes the shell to careen back and forth against the walls while spinning.

Metroid Fusion (GBA)[edit]

  • A test level in the game's files uses objects and sprites from Wario Land 4, suggesting that the two games share the game engine.[15]

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)[edit]

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

The Mario amiibo paint job in Blast Ball.
The Mario-themed paint job.
  • By scanning certain Super 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.[16]

Mickey's Speedway USA (N64)[edit]

Greenwood Village
Greenwood Village.

Miitomo (iOS/Android)[edit]

  • 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, Super 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 Super 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/Switch)[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 Super Mario-franchise amiibo, players can acquire Super 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).
  • One of the main overworld NPCs has the "Nintendo Fan" class, and is dressed like Super Mario-franchise characters (Mario in Greenhorne, Peach in Neksdor, purple Yoshi in Realm of the Fey, and Bowser in Karkaton). The player must talk to this character in order to scan amiibo.

Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (DS)[edit]

The plumbers that resemble the Mario Bros.
  • In the level "Do Your Best, Big Bro! No Water Leaks Allowed in Dreams!?" a pair of plumbers appear to help a boy named Takuya block off pipes in his dream. The plumbers heavily resemble Mario and Luigi, having mustaches, overalls, and shirts that are red and green, respectively.

Nintendo DSi Metronome (DSi)[edit]

Donkey Metronome from the Nintendo DSi Metronome
Donkey Kong Metronome
  • This application features a minigame based on the Donkey Kong arcade game called "Donkey Kong Metronome" ("Donkey Metronome" in Japan), in which the player controls Mario in the 25m stage and must jump over barrels thrown by Donkey Kong by making a sound in front of the microphone (such as clapping) in time with the metronome.

Nintendo Labo series[edit]

  • In the discovery section of the vehicle kit Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03, Lerna attempts to paint Yoshi on the Toy-Con Car.

Nintendogs series[edit]

Nintendogs (DS)[edit]

The Luigi hat
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 Warp Pipe outside.

Pac-Man Vs. (GCN)[edit]

  • Mario appears as the game's announcer, calling out the game's title on the title screen and commenting on the games in progress. The game was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo EAD and features Charles Martinet as Mario.

Picross DS (DS)[edit]

  • The first eleven out of the fifteen Extra levels in Normal mode are Super Mario-themed. When playing any of the extra levels, the background picture on the upper screen is of an 8-bit Mario and the blocks to fill out are Brick Blocks. The Super Mario-themed levels include: Mario, Bowser, Piranha Plant, Super Mushroom, Lakitu, Princess Peach, Cheep Cheep, Goomba, Buzzy Beetle, Toad, and Raccoon Mario.

PictoChat (DS)[edit]

  • In the PictoChat instruction manual, the demonstration pictures show the names Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi in the chatroom.

Pikmin series[edit]

Pikmin (GCN)[edit]

Unused Mario model for Pikmin
Unused Mario model for Pikmin.
  • The red body with white spots of Red Bulborbs is reminiscent of a Piranha Plant.
  • Part of the concept of Pikmin was based on the Super 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, with his international name also being an anagram but with an "L" added).
  • 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) / Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch)[edit]

  • In the opening cutscene, when the S.S. Drake departs from Koppai, Mario's walking sound effect from Mario Bros. can be heard.
  • In the Twilight River area, a giant Warp Pipe can be entered via a lily pad that enters into a different section of the map.

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.
  • In "Occupational Hazards", when a blue Pikmin collides into a red Pikmin after parachuting down onto the defeated Bulborb, the sound effect for kicking a shell in Super Mario Bros. can be heard.
  • The coin sound effect from Super Mario Bros. can also be heard in the title screen music.

Hey! Pikmin (3DS)[edit]

  • Some of the treasures that Captain Olimar finds are cartridges of early Nintendo games with descriptions based on their artwork, three of which are Super Mario-related:
  • By scanning certain Super Mario series amiibo, one can acquire a treasure based on that amiibo, which are found in Secret Spots.
    • Mario amiibo, labeled "Colossus in Suspenders" (American English)/"Dungareed Colossus" (British English)
    • Gold Mario amiibo, labeled "Priceless Artifact" (spelled "Artefact" in British English)
    • Silver Mario amiibo, labeled "Great Man"
    • Luigi amiibo, labeled "Unsung Hero"
    • Princess Peach amiibo, labeled "Memento of Love"
    • Yoshi amiibo, labeled "Incomprehensible Life-Form" (formatted without the hyphen in British English)
    • Rosalina amiibo, labeled "Fashion Mystery"
    • Bowser amiibo, labeled "Fearsome Boss"
    • Wario amiibo, labeled "Gaudy Goon"
    • Donkey Kong amiibo, labeled "Powerful Pencil-Pusher"
    • Diddy Kong amiibo, labeled "Barrel of Laughs"
    • Toad amiibo, labeled "Anatomical Enigma"
    • Princess Daisy amiibo, labeled "My Princess"
    • Waluigi amiibo, labeled "Insensitive Lout"
    • Boo amiibo, labeled "Fanged Marshmallow"

Pikmin Bloom (iOS/Android)[edit]

  • By linking the app to the Nintendo Account, the player can obtain a special Huge Seedling which grows to a Pikmin wearing Mario's hat.

Pikmin 4 (Switch)[edit]

  • The Micromanagement Station treasure is the Famicom-themed Game Boy Micro released as part of the 20th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., with the "Happy! Mario 20th" logo visible on the back.
  • The Mechanical Harp (Lullabies) treasure is a music box that plays "Piranha Plant's Lullaby" from Super Mario 64 when brought to the S.S. Beagle or interacted with in the Treasure Catalog. Schnauz's description reads, "The song played on this device is intended to make the listener feel sleepy and yet terrified to fall asleep at the same time. How odd that a piece of music can make you feel like you're staring down a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth.", while Olimar's description mentions that "[p]erhaps this is a machine meant to lure prey for a stronger predator," both referencing the Piranha Plants in Super Mario 64.
  • The castaway Beaux references various Nintendo characters when he mentions his previous acting roles, one of which was portraying "a cheerful yet sprightly plumber."

Pilotwings series[edit]

Pilotwings 64 (N64)[edit]

Mario as a head on Mount Rushmore
  • 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 by any means (including shooting themselves into it in the Cannonball mode), 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]


Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64)[edit]


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

In Pokémon Sun & Moon, a boutique in Konikoni City shows Mario's overalls, but they are short-sleeved and not for sale.
  • Mario's shirt and overalls can be seen on the wall on the right side of Konikoni City's apparel shop. The shirt accompanying the overalls appears to be short-sleeved, similarly to Mario's shirt in Super Mario Sunshine. However, this outfit is only part of the background and cannot be obtained.

Punch-Out!! series[edit]

Punch-Out!! (Arcade)[edit]

  • In the audience, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Jr. all appear. 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]

Screenshot of Mario from Mike Tyson's Punch Out!
  • Mario acts as the in-ring referee in this game.
    • This is the earliest game in which Mario has discernible speech. Previously, he could be heard grunting in Crazy Kong. The next game he speaks in is the MS-DOS version of Mario Teaches Typing released in 1992.
  • The earliest version of this game was awarded to 10,000 contestants of the Golf: U.S. Course Disk Fax tournament. It comes in a gold Famicom cartridge and features Super Macho Man as the final opponent.

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

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

Punch-Out!! (Wii)[edit]

Main article: Punch-Out!! (Wii)
Donkey Kong as he appears in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!
  • 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.
  • King Hippo's underwear has Super Star prints on it.
  • Princess Peach was considered to appear as an opponent in this game, but the idea was scrapped due to Kensuke Tanabe's concerns about violence towards women. Mario was also considered to be an opponent or reprise his role from the NES game as the referee, but these were decided against as the developers deemed punching him in the game to be inappropriate and thought he would not fit well with the game's art style.[17]

Pushmo series[edit]

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Pushmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)[edit]

A Pushmo course with an 8-bit Mario
A Mario puzzle in Pushmo

Crashmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)[edit]

Challenge No. 88 (Buzzy Beetle)
Challenge No. 88 (Buzzy Beetle) in Crashmo

Pushmo World (Wii U eShop)[edit]

  • Much like with the original, Pushmo includes several Super Mario-themed puzzles in the "Nintendo Murals" sections. They are depictions of sprites from Super Mario Bros. A remix of the Super Mario Bros. theme plays whenever these puzzles are played. There is also a mural of Mario in the 22nd bonus stage, which also plays the remixed theme.
    • Challenge No. 91 - Goomba
    • Challenge No. 92 - Koopa Troopa
    • Challenge No. 93 - Piranha Plant
    • Challenge No. 94 - Cheep Cheep
    • Challenge No. 95 - Lakitu
    • Challenge No. 96 - Spiny
    • Challenge No. 97 - Buzzy Beetle
    • Challenge No. 98 - Bullet Bill
    • Challenge No. 99 - Bowser
    • Challenge No. 100 - Princess Peach
    • Bonus Stage 22 - Mario

Stretchmo (Nintendo 3DS eShop)[edit]

  • This installment also contains puzzles featuring 8-bit sprites of Super Mario characters, which are in the attraction "Papa Blox's NES Expo." While most murals are mixed in with the other categories, Puzzles 21-30 are all Mario themed murals. Mario puzzles featured in the game are:
    • Puzzle 1 - Mario 1 (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 4 - Stanley (Donkey Kong 3)
    • Puzzle 6 - Fireball (Donkey Kong)
    • Puzzle 10 - Sun (Super Mario Bros. 3)
    • Puzzle 13 - Piranha Plant 1 (Super Mario Bros. 3)
    • Puzzle 14 - Donkey Kong Jr. (Donkey Kong Jr.)
    • Puzzle 16 - Mario 2 (Wrecking Crew)
    • Puzzle 17 - Toad (3D) (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 18 - ? Block (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 20 - Chain Chomp (Super Mario Bros. 3)
    • Puzzle 21 - Goomba (3D) (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 22 - Koopa Troopa (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 23 - Piranha Plant 2 (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 24 - Cheep Cheep (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 25 - Lakitu (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 26 - Spiny (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 27 - Blooper (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 28 - Buzzy Beetle (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 29 - Hammer Bro (3D) (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 30 - Bowser (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 41 - Boo (Super Mario Bros. 3)
    • Puzzle 44 - Mario 3 (Donkey Kong)
    • Puzzle 45 - Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 46 - Mario (3D) (Super Mario Bros.)
    • Puzzle 47 - Virus (Dr. Mario)

Qix (GB)[edit]

  • A thematic scene featuring 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 regions of Earth.
    • In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario's sombrero and poncho from Crazy Cap directly reference this game. When both pieces are worn, Mario can complete the mission "Dancing with New Friends" in the Sand Kingdom by playing a guitar and dancing.
Score threshold Scene
50,000 Mario in the Mexican desert, wearing a sombrero and playing a guitar.
150,000 Mario in the African savanna, jumping while holding a spear.
250,000 Mario in Spain as a torero in a bullfight.
300,000 Mario in front of the Taj Mahal in India, as a snake enchanter.
350,000 Mario in a Chinese location resembling the Forbidden City, juggling dishes.
400,000 Three Marios in England marching as Queen's Guards.
500,000 Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and many Toads in a castle, supposedly in the Mushroom Kingdom (similar to the ending of the Game Boy version of Tetris).

Rhythm Tengoku (GBA)[edit]

  • There is an unused song in the game's files that consists of the first six notes of the Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros. Its placement in the files suggest that it was going to be used as the practice song for The Bon Odori.[19]

Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

SimCity series[edit]

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.
  • Replacing the generic Godzilla-like monster in this version is Bowser, who 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.

SimCity 64 (Nintendo 64DD)[edit]

  • A cheat code in the game, which grants to the player $999,999, can be activated by naming the city's mayor かねもちマリオ (Kanemochi Mario, "Rich Mario").[20]

Smash Ping Pong (FDS)[edit]

Splatoon series[edit]

Splatoon (Wii U)[edit]

Splatoon 2 (Switch)[edit]

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion[edit]

Splatoon 3 (Switch)[edit]

  • The boss fight with Big Man is a homage to the boss fight with Phantamanta from Super Mario Sunshine. His boss title, "The Hype Manta Storm", also references The Manta Storm, the name of the mission in which Phantamanta is fought, and the ink color Big Man uses is identical to the goop used by Phantamanta.

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 of space hot-rodders. Two of the members had names on the back of their jackets that were derived from Super 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.[25]

Stunt Race FX (SNES)[edit]

Mario on a billboard.
  • 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]

Peach and Rosalina yukatas in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward.
  • The player can scan certain compatible Super Mario-franchise amiibo to acquire exclusive items: Mario for his hat, Peach for her 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.

Style Savvy: 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]

Mario and Lemmy Koopa's cameo in Super Scope 6.
  • 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 Super Mario-themed stationery, as well as drawing lessons for various Super 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/VS. System/Game Boy)[edit]

Mario appears as the referee during the game. In addition, the Western cover for the Game Boy port of the game features Mario, once again refereeing.

Tetris series[edit]

Tetris (NES)[edit]

Mario in Tetris (NES).
  • Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach are seen dancing and applauding, respectively when the player completes Stage 9 Level 5 or Stage 19 Level 5 in Type B mode before portions of the St. Petersburg Cathedral's tops launch into space like rockets. Samus Aran, Pit, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Link can also be seen playing various instruments (a cello, a harp, a marching bass drum, an accordion, and a flute) in the ending, each one appearing after clearing a specific level in stage 9 or 19.

Tetris (Game Boy)[edit]

Main article: Tetris
  • Mario and Luigi appear in the 2-Player Mode for Player 1 and Player 2, respectively.

Tetris DS (DS)[edit]

Main article: Tetris DS

Tetris 99 (Switch)[edit]

Main article: Tetris 99
  • Level themes based on Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. were added in a September 2019 update, and each can be exchanged with 15 in-game tickets earned from completing daily missions.
  • Several Maximus Cups are themed after Super Mario games, with an in-game special theme based on the respective game available to players who achieve at least 100 event points.

Tomodachi Life (3DS)[edit]

Rock and Roll Background from Tomodachi Life containing Wario's Car
The Wario Car
  • 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."
  • The Wario Car makes a cameo in the Promo (Rock & Roll) background in the Photo Studio.

Touch de Tanoshimu Hyakunin-Isshu: DS Shigureden (DS)[edit]

Screenshot of a Small Mario sprite from Super Mario Bros. with long legs in Touch de Tanoshimu Hyakunin-Isshu: DS Shigureden
Screenshot of the "legs long" mnemonic
  • Some images and sprites from Super Mario Bros. are used as illustrations for the game's mnemonics.
    • An image of Mario about to step on a Goomba is used for the phrase "step on", associated with the syllables 「ふ」 and 「むべ」.
    • A sprite of Small Mario edited to have long legs is used for the phrase "legs long", associated with the syllables 「あし」 and 「ながなが」.
    • A sprite of a Blooper edited to cry is used for the phrase "lament squid", associated with the syllables 「なげき」 and 「いか」.

Trade & Battle: Card Hero series[edit]

Artwork of Bomu Nosuke from Trade & Battle: Card Hero.Artwork of Bomu Kingu from Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero.King Bob-omb's sprite in the pre-battle screen in Mario Party 9
Artwork of Bomu Kingu from Trade & Battle: Card Hero (left) and Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero (middle), alongside King Bob-omb from Mario Party 9 (right).

Uniracers (SNES)[edit]

  • One of the tracks is named "Wario Paint", a portmanteau of "Wario" and "Mario Paint".
  • Mario, Donkey Kong, Wario and Yoshi among other Nintendo characters cameo in pre-release footage from Nintendo Power Previews #9.[26]

Wii series[edit]

Wii Sports (Wii)[edit]

The castle present on Hole 5 of Wii Sports.

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.[27]

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]

Wii Party 8-Bit Mario Reference.png
  • 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. If the player reaches the final five stages, the object they are given to find is 8-bit Mario from Super Mario Bros. They must find the required number of 8-bit Marios that are standing still, all of which are hidden amongst multiple 8-Bit Marios 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 Super 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 Fit U (Wii U)[edit]

  • Just like Wii Fit, 8-bit sprites of Mario, a Goomba, and a Mushroom can be spotted along the Free Run island.[28]
  • Additionally, in the Hosedown minigame on advanced difficulty, a Warp Pipe can be seen in the background.

Wii Sports Resort (Wii)[edit]

  • The countdown timer used at the start of the racing events sounds similar to the one used in the Mario Kart series. In particular, the Cycling event's timer sounds almost identical to the one used in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
  • In the Island Flyover event, the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme, "Lose a Life", and "Game Over" tunes can be heard by flying near the Hillside Cabins area. The area's nighttime description reads: "Sounds like someone's playing NES, but they need a few pointers..."
  • The name of the ship "The Queen Peach" may be a reference to Princess Peach.
  • When playing Island Flyover at night, the description of the Mysterious Ancient Ruins in the PAL version states that skeletons were found in a pit along with shells, possibly referencing Dry Bones.

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

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


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