Shout Out: Neptunia

The Neptunia series is all about a fictional console war, so there are bound to be plenty of references to video game culture.

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     Original Games 

References from the first Neptunia

References found in Neptunia mk2:

References found in Neptunia Victory:

  • One of Izawa's trailers show off a lot of works from Osamu Tezuka, such as Black Jack and Astro Boy.
  • In Lastation, one of the people you can talk to is Snake Hayter who hides in a cardboard box.
  • The ending shows off Pac-Man, and The Legend of Zelda to name a few.
  • Yet another Vocaloid reference is made by Noire's Stone Leek costume by name and description. However design wise it looks closer to being Dees Vanguard than Miku.
  • When Mr.Badd reveals himself, he orders his soldiers to make sure to search the CPUs to be sure they have no game-breaking escapipes to warp out of prison with.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica gets referenced quite frequently throughout the game.
    • There is a quest given by a "Uni Sound-Alike". She needs you to kill a few Cuberials who tricked her into taking on a curse to make a wish. Another quest is given by a "Small White Animal" who has made so many contracts with young girls that it needs you to go out and get it some more magical contract paper.
    • In Chapter 7 a new NPC that looks almost exactly like Kyubey in shows up in Planeptune named Rokubei. It wonders why you'd be asking it about a contract and insists that it's just a cat.
    • One of the regular enemies one can encounter is called Contracted Angel and it looks oddly familiar.
  • When Nepgear is talking with Vert about how she's no longer the main character like she was in the last game, Blanc comes by to inform her that she has Dragonball Syndrome, where the older family member passes the lead role to a younger one only to steal it back and that it can only get worse from there for the younger character.
  • (after asking Plutie to clean Neptune's ears) My body is ready.
  • Noire's Elysdeon returns from the first game. The description now also mentioning that it was built by Landale & Landeel Enterprises.
  • In one event Neptune shouts out "The Wheel of Fate is Turning, Heaven or Hell, let's rock!"
  • Rei's entire past is a big shout out to the Atari console and The Great Video Game Crash of 1983.
  • On the way to Lowee the group comes across a patrol and Neptune suggests that they "go all Roads of Fury on them." And that she gets to be the guy on roller skates.
  • Plutia's Thunder! and Super Thunder! attacks change to Thunder Blade and Super Thunder Blade in HDD.
  • From the DLC costume pics for Tekken, she gets Kuma and Lili's costume.
  • When Plutia is about to transform to give Noire her "most popular lecture" in chapter 3, Neptune tells the player to "Press the B Button to stop the evolution" (Well, in the Japanese version, at least.)
  • Also in Japanese, one way to make a kid laugh is to say "Bero bero bwaa!"
    • Speaking of which one of Neptune's expression is the same as the Yukkuri.
  • In order to find out where the IF, Compa, and Peashy babies came from, Blanc thinks of the baby-carrying stork.
  • Some of your scouts include Maryo and Player 2, Amamiya Lint, and Mao.
    • Player 2 also mentions that he's not looking after a mansion or anything!
    • When he's resting as a scout, Player 2's activity is "inferiority complex...". Meanwhile, Maryo is doing some princess rescuin' during his downtime.
    • Also, Amamiya Lint is a complete recolor of Ragna with the exact same sword.
  • Rom and Ram's DLC weapons are staves respectively based on a White Dragon representing Truth and a Black Dragon representing Ideals.
  • One event has Blanc stating "I don't know everything, I only know what I know." She also references Dragon Ball by name in the same scene.
  • Victory introduces Shampurus and Alraunes as enemies.
  • After being punched by Tekken, Neptune has a delayed reaction after such extreme power saying "FATALITYYYY!!!!
  • After Neptune and co. get back from Leanbox and notice how depressed Nepgear has been since Neptune left again, Neptune says "Uguu".
  • In chapter 5 After everyone get back to Planeptune's basilicom and Neptune wants to relax, Nepgear tells her not to turn into a Snorlax.
  • Some of the lost places include an Emblem of Fire Castle and Mushroom with eyes.
  • Dungeons include the Metroid Shelter and the Halo Forest.
  • The CPU doppelganger Bonus Bosses look like stick men riding paper airplanes with heads shaped like the Playstation button shapes.
  • At one point Neptune says Noire would be scared if Iris Heart flew in with a flamethrower and a blue turtle shell.
  • During a conversation in Chapter 4, Neptune references Creedence Clearwater Revival, of all things.
    Noire: ...Anyway, I found something that lends credence to the tale.
    Neptune: A clearwater revival?
  • When discussing who is sister of who in Chapter 4, Neptune tries to get everyone back on track.
    Neptune: Hey! This isnít the time for us to gab about sisterly love and traveling pants! Nepgear!?
  • Atranger is a reference to Geppy X.
  • In the description of the Mai Waifu accessory for Plutia and Neptune, it tells you to give it to someone who seems totally wifey and Moe Moe Kyun.
  • During one of the Nepstation Segments, the game mentions "A raging treat, Blanc manju". This is quite obviously a reference to the "Rage Manju" (better known as the RageCandyBar in localizations) from Pokemon Gold and Silver and their remakes. The fact that Blanc is the CPU for the SNES (i.e. Nintendo) and Lowee just looks exactly like Ecruteak City from the remakes makes this even more obvious.
  • Whenever Nepgear receives a new affinity, the Item Get jingle that plays is the same as several other Compile Heart titles (but not used in the Neptunia series itself).

References found in Neptunia VII

  • There are two Gundam references:
  • S-Sha, being a Moe Anthropomorphism of Square Enix, naturally has a skillset taking inspiration from both Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, two of the company's most popular franchises. Her overall appearance evokes Cloud, Squall and Lightning, while her Gold Form gains a single wing, just like Sephiroth. One special attack transforms the screen into the front-view combat mode of the classic Dragon Quest games, another evokes Omnislash, Cloud's ultimate attack (specifically, the Advent Children version), and still another recalls both Ultima, Holy, Flare and Meteor, traditional high-tier Final Fantasy spells.
  • C-Sha represents Capcom, thus it's appropriate that her blue color scheme evokes Mega Man, and that her Gold Form has a handgun appendage, reminiscent of the stock weapon of the Resident Evil games. Some of her special attacks include Mega Man's Arm Cannon, a Monster Hunter-grade BFS, and a combo that wouldn't look out-of-place in Street Fighter. In addition, some of her quotes in battle are taken from Sengoku Basara, particularly Date Masamune.
  • As Bandai's avatar, B-Sha's skillset includes elements from Gundam and Kamen Rider.
  • Symbolizing Konami, K-Sha takes on a Metal Gear-themed Gold Form (partucularly REX and to the lesser extent, ZEKE), complete with Solid Snake's/Big Boss' eyepatch and Raiden's "Jack the Ripper" personality. Her obsession with Noire pretty much similar with Ocelot's obsession with Big Boss.
  • All the Gold Third members initiate their one of their SP Skills by drawing a card a la Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • If the player manage to answer all of Nepmillion Quiz correctly, the main Neptune will congratulates player and say "Panpakapa~n!" at the beginning.
  • Certainly a heavy contender for the most suprising, and even endearing, homage in the franchise so far, the True Ending Credits Roll is a clear cut reproduction of the Title Screen, Visuals, Character Select and Battle Screen found in Live A Live translated into Victory II own events, a tragic JRPG with quite the original tale and an infamous twist, a Cult Classic that has never been referenced with such passion in anywhere before, being noticed in such a bright and cute series of all places.

     Re;Birth Series 

References found in Re;Birth1

References found in Re;birth 2 Sisters Generation:

References found in Re;Birth 3 V Generation:

     Spinoff Games 

References found in Producing Perfection

  • When dressing up a Goddess for a concert, one of their items they can equip is called an "Analyzer". It looks just like a Scouter.
  • One of MOB48's songs is called "Call Me Maebe".

References found in Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

     Multimedia Spinoffs 

References found in the anime

References found in the manga