List of references in the Mario franchise
The following is a list of references and parodies to works and elements of the media, other assets of popular culture, and real-life celebrities and historical persons that have appeared in the Mario franchise and its partner franchises. Note that references to other Mario video games are not included here, nor are references in crossover games referring to the original series' source material. Historical or geographical references are also not included.
Super Mario series
An officially licensed retool of Super Mario Bros., many of the game's graphics have been altered or completely changed to feature references to All Night Nippon:
Mario Kart series
Paper Mario series
Mario Party series
Mario Golf series
Mario Golf (N64)
Mario Golf (GBC)
Mario's Early Years!
The "Purple Plunger for Bravery" is a reference to the Purple Heart military medal.
Most episodes of the show are references to books, movies, and songs, usually from around the 1980s.
The episode "Star Koopa" contains many references to the first three Star Wars movies: the Koop Star is based on the Death Star, Stormtroopas are based on Stormtroopers, Lightplungers are based on Lightsabers, Mushroom Starfighters are based on X-wing starfighters, the Flying Pizza is based on the Millenium Falcon, the Mushroom Planet is based on Tatooine, the Stormtroopa's starfighters are based on TIE fighters, the Garbage Pod is based on an escape pod, Obi-Wan Toadi is based on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Koopa is based on Darth Vader, Mouser's role and costume is based on Grand Moff Tarkin, the Intergalactic InSinkErator is based on Garbage Compactor 3263827, Mario Skywalker is named after Luke Skywalker, and the phrase "May the pasta be with you.", said by Princess Toadstool and Obi-Wan Toadi, is a reference to the phrase "May the force be with you." The Intergalactic InSinkErator is also named after the InSinkErator brand of garbage disposals.
Super Mario World television series
Several songs are parodies of real, copyrighted songs.
In "Rock TV", several shows, TV channels, and companies in the episode are either parodies of or are actually real life shows, channels or companies including Mr. Koopa's Neighborhood, PBS, Koopasonic, and World Dinosaur Wrestling Federation. Mario's line "I want my Rock TV!" is a parody of MTV's slogan, "I Want My MTV." The family that King Koopa spies on is watching Wheel of Fortune.
Wario Land series
Donkey Kong Country series
Yoshi's Island series
Super Smash Bros. series
Luigi's Mansion series
Donkey Konga series
The Donkey Konga series includes both songs from popular culture and music from other Nintendo franchises. The songs are different in each region.