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This article is about references to the Super Mario games in film. For films based on the Super Mario games, see List of television series and films.

Due to the popularity of the Super Mario games, they have been commonly referenced in pop culture. Below is an incomplete list of times Mario or anything relating to the series has been mentioned or seen in a movie.

2025 - The World enslaved by a Virus[edit]

A screenshot from the movie 2025 - The World enslaved by a Virus, featuring some dimly-lit (in source) Goomba graffiti.

In one scene, the characters react in terror to a graffiti of a Goomba in a sewer.

3 Ninjas[edit]

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The kids are seen sitting in front of a television set playing World 5-1 in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES.

3 Ninjas Kick Back[edit]

Upon the 3 Ninjas' arrival in Japan, a montage is shown of various attractions, including a giant Mario statue.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin[edit]

In one scene, lead protagonist Andy Stitzer reads the Prima Games strategy guide for Wario World in bed.

500 Days of Summer[edit]

In one early scene, sound effects and music from Donkey Kong can be heard in the background.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D[edit]

In the Dream Graveyard, a picture of Bowser losing while playing a Game Boy can be seen alongside an NES controller.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel[edit]

In one scene, Alvin says to Ian, "Oh, it is on like Donkey Kong!"

American Wedding[edit]

At one point, Stifler says "It's on like Donkey Kong".


In one scene on the beach, Ronnie is seen wearing a T-shirt based on the Donkey Kong arcade game.


In one scene, Ted is seen playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES. A copy of Donkey Kong Classics can also be seen on a shelf.

Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure[edit]

The Warp Pipe sound effect can be heard when the Boogey Man enters the pipe.

Billy Madison[edit]

During a scene in the lunchroom, Billy (played by Adam Sandler) and one of his first grade peers get into a debate over Mortal Kombat and Donkey Kong.

Kid: Mortal Kombat, on the Sega Genesis, is the best video game ever.
Billy: I disagree. It's a very good game, but I think Donkey Kong is the best game ever.
Kid: Donkey Kong sucks!
Billy: You know something? You suck!
Kid: Mortal Kom-
Billy: SHUT UP!

The Campaign[edit]

At a synagogue, Marty asks a rabbi how to say "It's a mess" in Hebrew, to which he replies "Donkey Kong?"

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie[edit]

In a scene, a chained trap being pulled out of Professor Poopypants's briefcase acts like a Chain Chomp.

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers[edit]

A Mario cosplayer can be seen walking around the convention center at the start of the film.

The cannonball the chimeric Sweet Pete shoots from his weapon (which resembles a Bill Blaster) has a face that resembles that of a Banzai Bill.

During the film's credits, a billboard advertisement for "Disney Afternoon Fight Fest" featuring characters from shows that aired on the Disney Afternoon programming block can be seen, with the characters posed similarly to the characters on the box art of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The Circle[edit]

During an interview with Mae Holland, the interviewer asks, "Mario or Sonic?", to which Holland replies, "Early Sonic, late Mario."

Cool as Ice[edit]

Sounds and music from Super Mario Bros. 3 can be heard while Kathy Winslow's brother plays their NES.

Despicable Me 3[edit]

When challenged by Gru to a dance fight, Bratt responds by saying "Oh, it is on like Donkey Kong!"

Diary of a Wimpy Kid[edit]

At one point during the play rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz, Rodney James can be seen playing Mario Kart DS on his Nintendo DSi on what looks to be Waluigi Pinball.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul[edit]

Before Greg enters Player Expo in Indianopolis, Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad appear on a giant poster, using their artwork from Super Mario 3D World.

In the scene where Rodrick plays Rock Drummer, a girl next to Greg can be seen holding a Yoshi plush.

In Greg's room, there is a Yarn Yoshi amiibo from Yoshi's Woolly World. There is also a hat with what looks to be Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Peach and Bowser.

Dolphin Tale[edit]

The protagonist, Sawyer Nelson, is seen playing Mario Kart DS on a Nintendo DSi towards the beginning of the film.

Dooly the Little Dinosaur[edit]

The name Mario is mentioned in the middle of Michol's song, with Dooly costumed as Mario.

Dumb Money[edit]

During the scenes where Marco is working at GameStop, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be seen in the Nintendo Switch section. Additionally, a Mario hat can be seen on the merchandise shelf.

Elmo's Alphabet Challenge[edit]

A parody of Super Mario Bros. was shown in this movie, called Super Mustachio. The game design looks a lot like New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Also, the song that plays sounds like a vague parody of the theme from Super Mario Bros. There is also a parody of Mario Kart.

Ernest Scared Stupid[edit]

When Ernest is told by Old Lady Hackamore about how he is responsible for the release of Trantor the troll and how he must defeat him, Ernest says, "Yeah, but, I'm me, and he's he, and we're talkin' real danger here. Stand and deliver, firing line, moment of truth, end of the line, eighth-level Mario Brothers!"


The prisoners are seen wearing the Goomba boots from the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film.[1]


In the scene where John discovers his brother Art's dead body, the latter's son Sam can be seen playing Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 on his Game Boy.


The film starts out at a Halloween party where one of the guests is dressed up as Luigi. The main characters are later seen playing Mario Kart 64.

Fantastic Four (2015 film)[edit]

A Fire Flower keychain in Johnny Storm's car in Fantastic Four (2015 film)

Johnny Storm has a Fire Flower keychain on his car's rear view mirror, foreshadowing his transformation into the Human Torch.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift[edit]

On the elevator to the race, Twinkie asks Sean what DK (Drift King) stands for, to which Sean replies "Donkey Kong?"

The Fault in Our Stars[edit]

In a flashback, the cancer support group leader Patrick is shown playing Super Mario Kart on the Wii at his mother's house after being treated for testicular cancer.

Firehouse Dog[edit]

Screenshot from the film Firehouse Dog that features a Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga poster.

Shane has a Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga poster in his bedroom.

The Fluffy Movie[edit]

While talking about how much he spoils his stepson, Frankie, Gabriel states that he is at the point of spoiled where he walked up to Gabriel saying, "Hey dad, I'm bored with my Nintendo Wii, can I give it to my friend, Angel?" After Frankie told him that his Wii was not broken, he had it for four years, and he has over 300 games on its hard drive, Gabriel tries his best to tell him that he is so lucky with the new modern technology, but to no avail. He even explains to his audience that he had experiences with the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the difficulties of having to play a game on it. He makes an analogy saying that getting an NES to work, is like performing an operation at a hospital. Then, he states, "And, if you were lucky, IF you were lucky, you'd hear the magical sound," and he hums the first few seconds of the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.


Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers in an early trailer of Foodfight!

An unexplained cameo appearance for the unreleased game Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers appeared in the 2000-2003 sizzle reel made for the film, as it can be seen above some of the aisles, also thus appearing in the original 2011 theatrical trailer. This is absent from the actual film, which was believed to have different animation because the hard drives containing an early version of the movie were allegedly stolen.[2] This has since been debunked by the fan documentary Rotten, which consults original crewmembers that express scepticism this ever happened, not hearing about it at the time or even hinting it was all a lie to excuse continuing to miss deadlines on the movie.[3]

Four Christmases[edit]

One of the characters played the game Donkey Kong.

Four Kids and It[edit]

The character Robbie owns a Nintendo Switch, which he can be heard playing Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare[edit]

Soon after being sucked into a NES game by Freddy, Spencer enters a red colored Warp Pipe. Later on, in order to combat Freddy in the game, Spencer eats a fruit (resembling the ones from Super Mario World) to power-up and become "Super Spencer".

Free Guy[edit]

Promotional poster for the film Free Guy parodying the Super Mario 64 cover art

To promote the film, the official Free Guy Twitter account released eight pieces of poster art parodying different video games, one of which is based on the cover art of Super Mario 64 and titled "Free Guy '21" (a reference to 2021, the year of the film's release), and depicts the main character Guy with wings flying over Free City, the film's main setting, similar to Wing Mario flying over the Mushroom Kingdom.

Future Cops[edit]

At one point, Ti Man and Chun May enter an arcade machine similar to Super Mario Bros.:[4]

  • Ti Man wears a red cap with an "M" upside-down, similar to Mario's; Chun May wears the same in green, similar to Luigi's.
  • Ti Man wears a green shirt under blue overalls, similar to Luigi's; Chun May wears a red shirt similar to Mario's, with a blue skirt.
  • A man wearing a green cap, a white shirt, and blue overalls can be seen in the background.
  • There are Brick Blocks, Warp Pipes and ? Block with stars on them in the background.
  • A turtle tries to run into them but they jumped over it; Ti Man later says that if it bumps into a big character, he will become small again.
    • That is what happens near the end.
  • The overworld theme from the game can be heard.
  • Ti Man hits a kind of ? Block à la Mario; however, he does so with his head, rather than with his fist.
  • When they smell flowers, they become big, the flower having the same effect as a Super Mushroom.
  • They get out of the arcade machine when the Time Limit reaches zero.

GameCenter CX The Movie: 1986 Mighty Bomb Jack[edit]

Footage of both Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Super Mario World appears throughout the movie.

Ghostbusters II[edit]

At one point, when Janine and Louis are babysitting Oscar, Louis suggests that they could play Super Mario Bros.

The Girl Who Cries Blood[edit]

In one scene, the girl in the documentary is seen playing a Super Mario game on an unknown device.[5]


The second scene showing the new batch of Gremlins has the Coleco Donkey Kong machine being played by Stripe, with artwork of Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pauline visible on the side.

Grown Ups 2[edit]

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Near the end of the film, two men dressed up as Mario and Luigi appear during the '80s-themed party.


In one scene, an ice-cream truck has a Mario ice-cream pop.

The History of Future Folk[edit]

During a montage of songs being played on a banjo, a character plays the Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros.

Hot Tub Time Machine[edit]

An arcade cabinet featuring New Super Mario Bros. in Hot Tub Time Machine
The arcade cabinet displayed in Hot Tub Time Machine.

When Adam, Nick, Jacob, and Lou unwittingly travel back in time to 1986, they notice a lot of technology and media that was popular at the time, including someone playing an arcade cabinet that displays the logo for New Super Mario Bros. (which is anachronistic given that the title refers to a game released in 2006). The artwork featuring Mario and Luigi was also pulled from different sources, with Mario being from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in 1986 in Japan), and Luigi being from the Super Mario Bros. pinball machine (released in 1992).

The Red Band trailer for the film also features a deleted scene in which the main characters are playing a Super Mario Bros. arcade cabinet, with a Mario Bros. cabinet to the side.[6] The game can be clearly seen, and the Game Over jingle is audible. The artwork on the side is also anachronistic, displaying the same art of Mario and Luigi, as well as Princess Peach and Bowser (who use contemporary illustrations of their modern designs seen since 1986), and Yoshi (a character that debuted in Super Mario World which released in 1990).

Indie Game: The Movie[edit]

The film sometimes shows footage of the original Super Mario Bros., and the Super Mario franchise itself is often referenced.

The Kid Who Would Be King[edit]

When asked about her driving skills, Kaye says that she learned from "Mario Kart".

The King of Kong[edit]

The promotional poster

This film is a 2007 documentary based around the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. The film revolves around an unassuming high school teacher named Steve Wiebe and his struggle to attain the world's highest score in Donkey Kong. After being obsessed with the game for many years, Steve is suddenly thrust into the competition for the world's high score. He runs afoul of then-current record-holder, Billy Mitchell, a successful entrepreneur.

Steve Wiebe actually plays the game Donkey Kong, but he plays it in a Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet. In 2018, Mitchell was found to have used modified software, and all of his records on Twin Galaxies, including in Donkey Kong, have since been revoked.[7]

The Kissing Booth 3[edit]

One scene shows a real-life parody of Mario Kart, with several characters dressing up as characters from the Super Mario franchise and throwing water balloons and pies in the same manner as the items from the games.

The Lego Movie[edit]

During the scene where Emmet explains the plan to get in the Octan Tower, there is a piece of paper with a Mario-like minifigure on it.

The Lorax[edit]

At one point in the movie, the Once-ler makes a reference to Donkey Kong while speaking with Ted.

Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales[edit]

In the scene where Anakin, Padmé, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are in the droid factory in 16-bit form, the characters' jump sound resembles Mario's. Also, R2-D2 hits blocks with coins, stomps on battle droids the way Mario stomps on a Goomba, and goes into what appears to be a Warp Pipe while hovering.

Leprechaun in the Hood[edit]

A Nintendo 64 box with a picture of Mario on it can be seen in the background of Jackie Dee's store.


The cameo in Logorama, in the form of the 1-Up Mushroom gas pedal.

The gas pedal inside Ronald McDonald's (the film's main antagonist) truck is a 1-Up Mushroom sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Magic Kombat[edit]

This 1995 Filipino parody film features two characters named Mario (played by Smokey Manaloto) and Luigi (played by Eric Fructuso) as main characters.[8]

Marley & Me[edit]

John Grogan mentions that before he went into college, he had no expectations for himself, having spent his time doing bong hits (inhaling marijuana through a bong) and playing Donkey Kong.

The Master of Disguise[edit]

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After the credits it is revealed that a midget dressed up as Mario, minus the cap, and sporting a mustache (referred to as the Slapping Dummy Man) has been controlling the "Slapping Dummy".


In the scene where Megamind (disguised as "Space Dad") is training the newly created "Tighten", Minion is seen stomping in place at the top of a construction site throwing flaming barrels down at Tighten (in a similar manner to Donkey Kong), who jumps over them, trying to get to the top of a 25m-like stage.


In the scene of Leyla's birthday party, there is a child attending the party on a toy slide who is dressed as Luigi; however, the letter on the hat is not positioned properly and instead rotated 170 degrees to the left, nearly bearing resemblance to Waluigi's emblem on his hat.

Need for Speed[edit]

During the opening scene, a Mario figurine can be seen on the desk.


In the scene where Teddy and Pete come up with rhymes for the phrase "bros before h*es," Teddy says "Mario and Luigi before Thelma and Louise-y" at one point.

The Neighbors' Window[edit]

In one scene of the Oscar-winning short film, Alli and Jacob eat breakfast together. A Yoshi plush can be seen on the table alongside the other disorganized toys left by their children.


Screenshot from the film North showcasing footage of the Bowser's boss fight from Super Mario World on the top right monitor.

In one scene, Bowser's boss fight from Super Mario World can be seen on one of the office monitors.

Over the Top[edit]

Mario Bros. cabinet in the 1987 movie  Over the Top.

In one scene, when Hawk and Michael are in Demetri's Coffee Shop, arcade games can be seen, one of which is Mario Bros.

Paper Planes[edit]

When the students have to put their electronic devices into the sombrero, one of the students can be seen putting a Super Mario-edition Nintendo DS Lite inside of the hat.

Past Lives[edit]

At one point, Arthur is seen playing as Toad in Mario Kart Tour on his phone.


In a brief shot with Ruth in the RV, an SNES with Super Mario World in the cartridge slot can be seen.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop[edit]

According to IMDb,[better source needed] Super Mario Galaxy can be seen in one of the stores.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief[edit]

When the heroes go to Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a Mario Bros. arcade cabinet and a Donkey Kong one can be seen among other arcades.


Donkey Kong (in original form) as he appears in Pixels
Main article: Pixels

Donkey Kong makes an appearance in the film in his original form from Donkey Kong. Early in the film, Mario as he appears in Super Mario Bros. can be seen on Ludlow's shirt, and later on in the film during the final battle scene, Mario can be seen chasing a man across the screen (in his original Donkey Kong form).

Mario was originally going to appear in the post-credits scene as the last surviving Pixel standing on top of a damaged Washington Monument, but this was later cut out from the released version of the film.[9]

Playmobil: The Movie[edit]

In one scene, while Charlie is looking at the Playmobil figurines in the toy convention, a ? Block from Super Mario Bros. can be seen in the background.

Ralph Breaks the Internet[edit]

8-bit ? Blocks with designs based on those from Super Mario Bros. can be seen in J.P. Spamley's base of operations as well as when Ralph is searching for his medal. An icon resembling a Super Mushroom also appears.[10]

Near the end of the movie, after Ralph obtains an insecurity virus named "Arthur" from Double Dan to try and sabotage the game Slaughter Race to try to persuade Vanellope to leave the Internet and return to the arcade with him, just right before Arthur finds Vanellope and scans her insecurities to destroy the game, Vanellope briefly sees an inflatable gorilla resembling Ralph. This could be a possible reference to Donkey Kong, whom Ralph appears to be based on.

In an interview, director Rich Moore stated that if a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph were to be produced, he intended to give Mario an actual role.[11] However, during an interview with InsideTheMagic in October 2018, story artist Jason Hand states that Mario had to be cut because the rights could apparently not be obtained,[12] though despite this various other Super Mario elements can be seen in trailers. Bowser also does not reappear.

Ready Player One[edit]

A Donkey Kong Jr. poster can be seen in a young girl's room.

During the film's climax when two IOI trucks attempt to crash Helen's van, Wade asks her what is going on, to which she responds sarcastically, "Just practicing my Mario Kart! What do you think? IOI's trying to kill us, man!"

Ride Along[edit]

The Super Mario Bros. main theme plays at one point.

Rise of the Guardians[edit]

In the beginning, when Jamie and his friends are having a snowball fight, a snowman that resembles Mario can be seen.

Rock of Ages[edit]

Dennis has a Donkey Kong arcade cabinet in his office; at one point early in the film, Lonny plays it briefly, and upon losing shouts "Nobody puts Donkey in the corner!" This also doubles as a reference to the film Dirty Dancing.

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie[edit]

The way Jeane Claude's Robo-Snail mech swings the Reptar mech is similar to Mario swinging Bowser from Super Mario 64.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World[edit]

Young Neil is heard playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on his Nintendo DS at one point. As in the graphic novel the film is based on, the band Scott plays in is named "Sex Bob-omb", and Super Mario 64 was the inspiration for the star-emblazoned doors that Ramona uses to enter subspace (similar to Super Mario Bros. 2).

The Secret Life of Pets[edit]

A turtle belonging to the "Flushed Pets" is capable of curling inside his shell and bouncing back and forth, hitting anyone in his path, much like a Koopa Troopa, even making the Koopa shell sound from the Super Mario games.

Si Maryo o si Goko[edit]

Si Maryo o si Goko (Mario or Goku, often mistranslated as Super Mario vs. Son Goku) is an unauthorized Filipino movie from 1995. The movie revolves around a programmer named Maryo (played by William Martinez) who travels inside a computer to rescue Princess Maria (Isabel Granada) from the three-headed Gorio.[13]

Son of the Mask[edit]

In the car, Tim Avery was playing Mario Kart: Super Circuit on the track Peach Circuit as Luigi.

Sonic the Hedgehog[edit]

In the Thai dub of the film, when Sonic the Hedgehog and Tom Wachowski are in a hotel room, Tom says, "At least you can have a mushroom forever." to which Sonic responds, "No. I'm not Mario." The original English dialogue, where Tom says "At least you won't be the only "fun-guy."" and Sonic responds "No. Don't ever do that again.", is hard to translate in the Thai language, so the joke was changed into a reference.[14] In context, they are referring to a subplot in the film where Sonic needs to use one of his rings to escape to a mushroom planet. Sonic's disdain of mushrooms may itself be a reference to Nintendo and Sega's rivalry in the '90s, when Mario and Sonic were in direct competition as leading video game mascots.

Space Jam: A New Legacy[edit]

During the scene where LeBron James' son shows him the game that he built, the jump sound from Super Mario Bros. can be heard.

Spider-Man: No Way Home[edit]

Screenshot from the film Spider-Man: No Way Home

When Peter and May move into Happy's apartment, Happy asks them if they like Donkey Kong Jr.

Spring Breakers[edit]

Following a beach party scene in the beginning, Brit can be seen watching a video game walkthrough of New Super Mario Bros. Wii on her TV connected to her laptop, featuring Mario, Luigi, and a Toad riding on three Yoshis in World 1-3, where one of the players of the game in the video describes the coins in the course's only secret area that features a Star Coin as the "magical crown jewels at the bottom of the mystery cave". She eventually watches the walkthrough with Candy in their room in a motel that they, Faith, and Cotty have gone to for spring break.


When Alex goes to the toy store for gadgets, some DS games can be seen. The games are WarioWare: Touched!, Yoshi Touch & Go, Super Mario 64 DS, and Mario Kart DS.

Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog[edit]

During the underground scene after the gang retrieves the meteor, said meteor turns Daphne into an 8-bit version of herself that resembles Mario's powerless sprite from Super Mario Bros., and several sound effects from this game (and others) can be heard each time she runs, jumps, lands, and makes other movements.

The Suicide Squad[edit]

A scene features a captured Harley Quinn, cursing at her kidnappers and continuously butchering the proper term for people descendant from the fictional country, Corto Maltese. After several attempts, she retorts: "Whatever you Mario Kart-racing d-bags are called!"

Ted 2[edit]

As Donny is ransacking Samantha's house in search of Ted, Mario Party 9 can be seen.

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo[edit]

Super Mario Bros. can be seen in the background of the arcade.


A scene from the film Tetris, showing a pixelated Henk Rogers in a place made of tetrominoes resembling a Super Mario Bros. level. The tetromino acts as a Super Mushroom.
Henk Rogers in a Super Mario Bros.-like level made of tetrominos
  • During the scene where Henk Rogers is proposing a partnership to Hiroshi Yamauchi between Nintendo and Bullet-Proof Software to publish Tetris in Japan, Rogers mentions Mario and Luigi as partners, and footage of Super Mario Bros. is shown.
  • When Rogers is asking to Yamauchi for his residuals in advance, he tells Yamauchi that, just like with Mario being hit by a Piranha Plant, Kevin Maxwell "pulled a Piranha Plant" on them (referring to Maxwell selling the arcade rights to Sega). During this scene, a pixelated Rogers is shown being hit by a piece of a tetromino thrown by a pixelated Maxwell in a Super Mario Bros. level made of tetrominoes. He then says that he needs "a mushroom to stay alive" and another scene is shown, where the pixelated Rogers hits a Brick Block containing a tetromino which acts as a Super Mushroom.
  • When Rogers tries a prototype of the Game Boy, he plays Super Mario Land.

Tooth Fairy[edit]

Near the start, Derek describes his muscles as "Hammer Bros."

The Toxic Avenger Part II[edit]

One of the villains the Toxic Avenger fights in Japan is a man dressed like Mario.

Train to Busan[edit]

Seok-woo gives his daughter Su-an a black Wii bundled with New Super Mario Bros. Wii for her birthday, only to find out that she already received one for Children's Day.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts[edit]

  • Early in the movie, Kris plays the Game Boy and complains he cannot beat Bowser as the Game Over jingle is heard. This is anachronistic, as the movie is set in 1994 and there would not be a Game Boy Super Mario platform game featuring Bowser until Super Mario Bros. Deluxe in 1999.
  • Mirage refers to Optimus Primal at one point as "Donkey Kong".

Tron: Legacy[edit]


A Mario Bros. cabinet can be seen at the arcade. Also, music from Donkey Kong can be heard as Sam approaches the Tron cabinet.

Under the Silver Lake[edit]

At one point, Sam's friend is seen playing Super Mario Bros.

While searching for clues to his missing neighbor's whereabouts, Sam looks through a copy of the first issue of Nintendo Power.

Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession[edit]

The documentary mentions several entries from the Super Mario franchise among the games it covers; a polygon-to-finished 3D model of Diddy Kong walking is shown, sound effects from Super Mario World (specifically the sound of the Koopa Clown Car returning) are played, and plushes of Mario and Donkey Kong are displayed.

The full list of Super Mario games that have artwork and footage featured in the film is as follows:

  • Donkey Kong (arcade, Coleco mini arcade)
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tetris
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Super Mario 64
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Super Mario 128
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Mario Party 4
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Wild Child[edit]

At the beginning of the Le Cross match, Poppy states "This is on like Donkey Kong."

The Wizard[edit]

The poster for The Wizard, featuring Mario in the top right and a Sidestepper in the bottom left.
The Wizard
Super Mario Bros. 3 being played by the title character of The Wizard.
  • The climax is known for featuring Super Mario Bros. 3 as the final game in the Video Armageddon tournament. As the scene progresses, protagonist Jimmy Woods manages to find the Magic Flute in the World 1 Fortress and wins the competition by warping to World 4 (which would not actually score extra points in the game itself, implying that the competition had a different scoring system). Additionally, the emcee at the Video Armageddon announces several level names incorrectly (for instance, calling level 1-3 "World 2").
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 is mentioned and seen being played occasionally at earlier points in the film.
  • Mario and a Sidestepper from Mario Bros. are featured on the film's poster.
  • Sound effects from Super Mario Bros. can be heard at a few points as well.

Wreck-It Ralph[edit]

Bowser's cameo appearance in the Walt Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph.
Bowser, Dr. Eggman, and other video game villains, in Wreck-It Ralph.
Bowser in Wreck-It Ralph
Bowser's fire breath, as seen in the movie.
Ralph, holding a Super Mushroom.

The video game-inspired Wreck-It Ralph appropriately includes cameos by many video game characters, including Bowser, who appears alongside several other antagonists as part of a "Bad Guys Anonymous" group, wherein villains lend each other moral support and promote the acceptance of their somewhat difficult roles in the games. Mario is mentioned by name when Felix hears the doorbell at his party and remarks "I'll bet that's Mario! Fashionably late, per the norm." Later, while Ralph is looking through the Lost & Found, he comes across a Super Mushroom. However, he swiftly discards it.

The Super Mario franchise is also indirectly referenced a number of times, primarily in the designs of Felix and Ralph. The game that Ralph and Felix hail from, Fix-It Felix, Jr., seems to be based on the original Donkey Kong in overall design, with Donkey Kong 3-like gameplay aspects as well (like Fix-It Felix bearing a passing resemblance to Stanley), and with Donkey Kong Jr. inspiring the name. Felix's jump noise sounds similar to Mario's; when Felix is hit by a piece of falling ceiling, he jumps up, spins once and falls with his legs up, similar to Mario's death animation in Donkey Kong.

Furthermore, the gameplay of Sugar Rush bears some resemblance to the Mario Kart series, such as players potentially stalling out if they messed up a boost at the beginning of the race, and how they drive through sugar cubes to acquire items to use against other racers. The title card for Sugar Rush even has what appears to be Nintendo's logo. The camera-wielding floating marshmallows who follow the players around the track appear to be a parody of the Lakitu enemies. In addition, the font used for the "Select your kart" text is nearly identical to that used in some Super Mario game logos. In the movie's credits, at one point the characters (now shown in 8-bit form) move around collecting floating medals, recalling coin-filled rooms in classic Super Mario platformers, and in another scene, they exit an area via a large gray Warp Pipe-like structure. Coincidentally, the Sweet Sweet Canyon track, with a similar theme to Sugar Rush, would be introduced later, in Mario Kart 8.

Though it is commonly believed that Mario's non-appearance in the film was due to a high licensing fee laid down by Nintendo, it was actually because the producers could not find a way to work Mario into the story, apparently deeming him too important to have only a cameo.[citation needed]

The Wrong Ferarri[edit]

Dev Hynes as Mario and Macaulay Culkin as Luigi in The Wrong Ferarri.
Dev Hynes and Macaulay Culkin portray Mario and Luigi, respectively, in The Wrong Ferarri.

In a scene early on, after a successful audition for "Nintendo Records", Adan is informed personally by Mario and Luigi that he will be taking Mario's place in the Super Mario franchise as "Awesome Adam". Throughout the remainder of the movie, Super Mario motifs such as Mushrooms and ? Blocks are used to represent the subplot exploring Adam's life as a video game character.

Yogi Bear[edit]

Screenshot of the film Yogi Bear showing Yogi Bear and co. platforming through a Super Mario-like area.

During the credits, there is an animated segment which depicts silhouettes of Yogi, Boo Boo and Ranger Smith running around in a Super Mario Bros.-inspired setting.