List of references in the Mario franchise
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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.
Super Mario series
An officially licensed ROM hack 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)
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 famous songs and music from other Nintendo franchises. The songs are different in each region. All of these songs are listed here.
More songs from both popular culture and other Nintendo games.
In Spooky Trails, the player can find a Rabbid sleeping on a house-like structure. When observed, Beep-0 will say, "He'll catch the Red Baron one of these days." This references Snoopy from Peanuts, particularly his "Flying Ace" persona.
The name and description of Luigi's Attack From The Future II sentry both reference Back to the Future Part II. The sentry's description, "It's back! It's back from the future and believe me, it looks VERY gloomy for you enemies[...]", references the events of the film, as Marty McFly returns from 2015 to a dystopian alternate 1985.