Shout Out: Retro City Rampage
Much like 3D Dot Game Heroes
, Retro City Rampage
is deliberately packed with tons of references and shout-outs to other media.
To other video games
- The game starts off with a parody of the intro to Mega Man 2, almost immediately lampshading how overused it is.
- Spades to Steel Casino.
- Take a close look at some of the green hills scattered about, and you'll notice that they have eyes, just like the ones in Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Also, Player can get an item that looks like either the Tanooki suit or Raccoon suit...and can fly.
- Eventually, you get help from a literal Game Genie. There are cheat codes scattered across the city that resemble the GG's menu screen.
- Said Genie, named Gamedini, uses a Warp Tornado to zoom you back to Grogbrush's place.
- Whenever you die, you're treated to a life screen much like Super Mario Bros. ... only you start at 0 and dive deeper into the negatives with each death.
- Also like Mario, you can jump on enemies for coins. And there are pipes.
- Dr. Von Buttnick = Dr. Eggman/Ivo Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Virtual Meat Boy is one of the games featured in the arcade. It even has a faux-3D filter.
- The "Primate Peninsula" section is named after the Monkey Island series. There's also a shop called "Guybrush Paints" and a character named Grogbrush, who runs a bar named after him.
- There's an early Metal Gear-esque Stealth Mission, complete with its own take on the Engrish phrases from the NES version.
- Said mission also includes a reference to Jackal
- One of the weapons available to the Player is a Bionic Arm.
- The "Skate 'n Buy" skateboard shop has a clerk who looks a lot like Lester.
- Repeatedly punching bystanders will occasionally yield the quotes "T-T-Tiger!" and "Uppercut!"
- The TV Station has a reporter who wears an outfit just like Chun-Li.
- In the center of town, you'll find a place called Bugeye Louie's Bikes, Boxing and Chocolate, a nod to Doc Louis from the Punch-Out!! series.
- "I am (null)".
- When you have to cross an absurdly busy street, you can see a frog that got ran over on the road.
- "They have died of dysentery."
- Do not forget the caravan-like car, called the Dysentruck.
- "Sweat Bomber" = 'Splosion Man.
- "Death Cam VHS" is a send-up to Smash TV.
- So is the level when you first meet Von Buttnick.
- Seen on a billboard in town: "Did Not Finish? Dial 555-DIPLOMA"
- The shoes that give you a quick dash tackle are from The Green Hills.
- Also, the name of every district in Theftropolis ends with the word "zone".
- Earthworm Jim is in the Junkyard, and will shoot a refrigerator to launch cars into the ocean if you leave them at a drop-off point.
- The ending mission is a driving sequence In The Style Of Rad Racer.
- Graves 'n Goblets pub 
- Okie Doki Picnic
- A character says, and an achievement is called, A Winner Is You
- There is a store advertising Hot Coffee.
- And Player takes a girl home for Iced Tea.
- Vine Pit [[Atari2600 2600]]
- S&M (!) Ubermarket: All Your Eat Are Belong To Us
- Bobble Bubble Gum
- Bayou Bimmy's Freedom Fries
- Another side mission has you tossing corpses at a haunted hearse that taunts you with quotes from Sinistar.
"BEWARE! I DRIVE!"
Other shout-outs and references
- Biffman and the Jester = Batman and The Joker.
- Bank robbery near the beginning contains a homage to The Dark Knight, via the schoolbus crashing in and the boss killing his henchmen off.
- If you let Biffman's Biffmobile get away during the Stalking Mission, the failure text will read, "...and Biffman takes ballet?" a reference to "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells".
- The Turtle Van is one of the standard vehicles that can be stolen and driven. You even get an achievement for killing four turtles in one fight.
- Speaking of the Turtles, one string of shops has a place called "Ninja Wraps"...right next door to a shop owned by "Vanilla T. Cube".
- The time-travel plot incorporates many references to Back to the Future and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- A store called "Bip & Jed's""
- The logo for "Bundy's Wedding Chapel" closely resembles the logo to Married... with Children.
- The Great Gamedini mentions that he used to go to Bayshore High, but he got in trouble with a "Principal Balding".
- And you fight Duke Norris in Zack's Burger. With a friend named Squeak. And an associate named M.C. who says "Preppie."
- The date "Player" joins the gang: October 18, 1985. Same date the NES was released in North America.
- Axel looks like the guy from the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video, and says (Player's) plans will come in for some sabotage.
- "If flashing use kit to clean cartridge... JUST BLOW ON IT." For the time machine: 
- When you go to collect the cars as "insurance" one of the people you steal a van from is clearly based off of Shaggy.
- Sixbucks Cafe is a shout out to Starbucks
- DJ Hammer's Hardware
- A tattoo shop named Flesh Prints
- Theta West
- Exxcon Fuels & Lubes
- A movie theater is showing "Ernest Gets Rabies" and "Trek Wars: The Search for Ock."
- "Deep Gulp"
- The address of Biff Manor is in the state NES, zipcode 90210.
- Goatse is mentioned.
- Fabby-O's Cereal.
- Bodacious B
- A company called Perigee with a similar logo.
- Go Go Busters
- A restaurant clled "SUBPAR."
- "Taco Chime"
- "Yippie Ki Yay Mother Baker's Hard Pies"
- There's a sewer level where you fight turtles with mops.
- A "radioactive plumber" who looks like Mario bites you, giving you the "Super Stomp" ability. Hmmm, bitten by a radioactive creature and getting powers... sound familiar?