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Shout Out: I Wanna Be the Guy
As a nod to old-school games, I Wanna Be the Guy is littered with references to classic video game series.

Warning: Contains spoilers!

In the original game

In Gaiden

  • Once again, leaving the game alone on the main screen causes a text-crawl that explains the plot. However, this time, it's a reference to Castlevania 3's opening text crawl.
  • The file select screen is taken from the ship-building screen from Gradius 3
  • The level select screen is based off of the one for Super Mario World, and entering a stage plays the same sound used in Super Mario Bros. 3
  • One of the first obstacles in the level select screen (that isn't Mario based) is the bridge from the first level of Contra. It explodes when you try to jump off of it
  • The Kid now has the ability to use the Bionic Arm from Bionic Commando to grapple things. The first two levels are based off of levels from Bionic Commando, as well.
    • On his download page for the game, Kayin notes that the controls are now "Z to jump, X to shoot and C to BIIIONIC AAAARM"
  • The new save stations use the same sound effect that was used in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past when using the Magic Mirror in a dungeon.
  • After dropping Sagat into the lava, he goes through Crocomire's melting death animation, screams and all. It shouldn't come as a surprise that his skeleton tries to Tiger Uppercut you as you leave the level.

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