Shout Out / Kid Icarus: Uprising

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  • There are several references to the Kirby series, which was also created by Masahiro Sakurai.
    Palutena: It's a pretty well-balanced weapon.
    Pit: Yeah, I used one in the last brawl.
    Palutena: Brawl? How horrible! Were you hurt!?
    Pit: No, it was a smash!
    Palutena: I just can't picture you in a melee.
    Pit: That's because I wasn't...
  • There are multiple references to other Nintendo games scattered throughout Uprising:
    Viridi: And here comes the eighth wave.
    Pit: You know, Komaytos look an awful lot like little Metroids.
    Viridi: No! Shhhh! Stop right there!
    Pit: What's the matter? All I said was that Komaytos look like little Metró
    Viridi: *hums the Metroid Item Get! theme* I can't HEAR you!
    Pit: Hey, what's your problem?
    Viridi: This game universe and that game universe have NOTHING to do with each other! So don't go around spreading rumors!
    • The idol description of the Fairy Orbitars:
    • Chapter 5's aesthetic is similar to the original Star Fox, the corridor sequences from the Space Armada and Venom in particular. The "outside" sequence erratic background changes take heed from Brawl's Lylat Cruise and Final Destination as well.
      Hades: When freaky aliens give you lemons, make freaky alien lemonade!
    • At one point of Chapter 20, Pit uses the Lightning Chariot to burst through the shield around Palutena's Temple. It is done similarly to how Kirby takes out the Subspace Cannon towards the end of Super Smash Bros. Brawl's adventure mode. The Palutena Bow, a rare bow unlocked by beating Chapter 24 in 11 minutes or less, is the exact same bow that Pit uses in that game, and scenery very similar to that of Final Destination/Destroyed Isle of the Ancients is seen during the final boss fight with Hades.
    • Viridi mentions that she has a Brain Age of 24.
      • Dark Pit later sneers at Hades that he needs to play Brain Age more to improve his math.
    • When fighting Twinbellows for the second time, Pit says he's going to rack up some serious Nintendogs points.
      Palutena: Focus, pit.
    • One of the floors in the Lightning Tower requires you to go up a series of ramps while jumping to avoid obstacles rolling down them. Hades even admits that it's basically Donkey Kong.
    • When Palutena talks about the powers and how you have to take into account the size and shape of the powers to fit into a grid, Pit proclaims that "All that time playing Dr. Mario has come in handy!"
    • When you battle the Kraken for the second time, upon knocking it out, Pit will shout, "Take that, tentafool!", a clear reference to Tentacool/Tentacruel.
    • Computer players in multiplayer have names which many Nintendo fans should recognize, such as "Resetti", "King Hippo", and even "Captain N".
    • The music to the flying part of Chapter 8 (set in space) bears noticeable stylistic similarity to Mario Galaxy's music.
  • Several enemies are named after deities and beasts from Greek mythology, though many of these names have been slightly altered (or, more likely, bungled in the translation).
  • The sound effects of certain shots finding their mark sound very similar to those made by MegaMan Buster shots doing the same.
  • Thanatos Rising has what's basically a cross between a Trojan Horse and an AT-AT. The Lunar Sanctum level is basically a huge love letter to A New Hope, with Pit assaulting and infiltrating a giant moon-shaped space station with a super laser.
  • "There are reapers creeping around in there."
  • Mimicuties have a rapid-kick move similar to Chun-Li's Lightning Legs. In the final chapter, Hades' fight involves him throwing monoliths at you in a fashion very similarly to the Hadoken motion. And when Medusa shows up to help out, he unleashes a Shoryuken on her.
  • The Brawler Claw's continuous fire is the Hokuto Hyakuretsuken.
  • This isn't the first popular game with two moons, is it?
  • The Ore Club lets you beat people up with the Eye of Sauron, and the Black Club is a 2001 monolith.
    • In Pandora's Labyrinth of Deceit, after the Star Fox-like space sequence, Pit descends through parallel "walls" for a while, with a light in the center, as David did upon entering the monolith.
  • When fighting Palutena in Chapter 20, you have to avoid hurting her and instead attack the (nearly) invisible object above her that's controlling her.
  • At one point, Viridi says that Pit and Palutena have a "mutual admiration society." She also later says "Anything Palutena can do, I can do better."
  • Pyrrhon mentions reading up on the Aurum on Divinipedia.
  • The Heart of Hades fights you in an arena that looks like it came from Bomberman. Throughout the fight, it will drop bombs that work just like the ones from Bomberman.
  • When Hades goes One-Winged Angel and sprouts a new head, it has a blue flame instead of hair, making him resemble another version of Hades.
  • The idol for the Hedgehog Claws weapon contains the description "these claws charge quickly and provide a large speed boost to users."
    • Some of Pit and Dark Pit's banter between each other throughout Chapter 6 especially the part in the beginning about being a copy can be hard to not remind people of a similar situation and moment between two certain Hedgehogs in another game.
  • In the game, there's an enemy called "Collin" that can only be killed when you hit back the enemy it fires. The idol for this enemy says the name of the fired enemy is "Phil", and the idol is named "Collin and Phil". Flip the two names around...
  • Hades's overall characterization and voice seem to resemble Tim Curry, possibly a shout out to the Prince of Darkness from Legend (1985).
  • The markings on the Ninja Palm are remarkably similar to the ones on Oboro headgear.
  • Standard Orbitars are Options.
  • Pyrrhon's Large Ham attitude is extremely similar to a certain blue-clad superhero. Doesn't help that he's a (self-proclaimed) deity giving super-heroics a shot.
  • The Space Pirates are located in the Galactic Sea.
  • One of the loading screen tips says "Touch certain surfaces in Air Battles to run on them. Try this on Hewdraw's back."
  • If the moon fortress didn't make you think of Star Wars then the music that suddenly starts playing once you're under attack will.
  • One of the conversations Pit has with Palutena is about new uses for his bow. He says that maybe he could use the blades as nun-chucks, and Palutena says he would chop his hands off.
  • Pit's comments towards Twinbellows, where he basically talks down to it as if it were a pet dog, sound similar to Dante's towards Cerberus.
  • The Ring of Chaos looks suspiciously similar to The One Ring.
  • While Pit is talking about clubs with Viridi, he says, "Talk softly and carry a big stick!" a phrase coined by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • The Laser Blade used by the Great Sacred Treasure makes the same sounds as a Lightsaber as it's being swung around.
    • A couple of the regular weapons are like this as well.
  • During the tutorial, Pit asks if Palutena will be sending him a machine-gun toting robot girlfriend, a reference to Curly Brace from Cave Story.
  • In one of the most surprising Shout-outs, in the Chaos Vortex level, Hynden Walch (voice of Viridi) starts slipping in and out of her Princess Bubblegum voice. At first it's rather subtle, with her at one point calling Pit a "dingle brain" in Bubblegum's style of speaking. Then later in the level, she says, word for word, and in the same style of the Adventure Time promos, "What time is it?"
  • One to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: Telling the devil to go home.