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** The game has a less obvious shout-out to Final Fantasy in the form of one late-game boss; the Czar Dragon and its undead counterpart Zombone. They take their names from two enemies from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI, although the former was DummiedOut.

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** The game has a less obvious shout-out to Final Fantasy ''Final Fantasy'' in the form of one late-game boss; the Czar Dragon and its undead counterpart Zombone. They take their names from two enemies from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', although the former was DummiedOut.



* ''VideoGame/WarioLand: Shake It!'' has a level call "Wreck Train"--the music of this level has a shout to ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.

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* ''VideoGame/WarioLand: Shake It!'' has a level call called "Wreck Train"--the music of this level has a shout to ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.



* ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort'' features [[ThatOneBoss Swordplay Champion Matt]]. Between his Creator/SamuelLJackson-esque appearance and the fact he wields a violet sword when they usually come in red or blue, the [[Franchise/StarWars Mace Windu]] parallel is pretty obvious.

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* ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort'' features [[ThatOneBoss Swordplay Champion Matt]]. Between his Creator/SamuelLJackson-esque appearance and the fact he wields a [[PurpleIsPowerful violet sword sword]] when they usually come in red or blue, the [[Franchise/StarWars Mace Windu]] parallel is pretty obvious.



** In one of the Octo Expansion stages in ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', which revolves around switches that temporarily stop time, Pearl at one point quips "[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Time, I command you to stop!]]"

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* ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'':
** In one of the Octo Expansion stages in ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', stages, which revolves around switches that temporarily stop time, Pearl at one point quips "[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Time, I command you to stop!]]"stop!]]"
** All of the Shifty Station layout names are puns of popular book series titles ("[[Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Windmill House on the Pearlie]]", "[[Literature/{{Goosebumps}} Goosponge]]", "[[Literature/TheHungerGames The Bunker Games]]", etc.).


** The Super Sea Snails bear a heavy resemblance to Super Mushrooms, particularly in the face.

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** The Super Sea Snails bear a heavy resemblance to Super Mushrooms, particularly in the face.face.
** In one of the Octo Expansion stages in ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', which revolves around switches that temporarily stop time, Pearl at one point quips "[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Time, I command you to stop!]]"


* Occasionally in the SNES version of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', you can enter Wrinkly's Save Cave and find Wrinkly Kong playing a UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}. The music in the background when this happens is an arrangement of the music that plays inside Peach's castle in ''Videogame/SuperMario64''.
* An internal Rareware shout-out: in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', the Ghost Books found in Creepy Castle are all but identical in appearance to Cheato from the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' series (in fact, this is their Japanese name).
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'', Samus's gunship can be seen parked on a trunk in the background of Busted Bayou as a nod to ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series. Both games were developed by Creator/RetroStudios.

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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'':
** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'':
*** Cat-o'-9-Tails is possibly one: it looks similar to a hedgehog (especially since its tails are easy to mistake for spines unless you really look at it), and has a color palette suspiciously like ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's''.
*** On the "Cranky's Video Game Heroes" screen, you can see that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario, Yoshi]], and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] ranked in respectively 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. In the original SNES version, you can also notice Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's shoes and VideoGame/EarthwormJim's gun, laying next to [[TakeThat a trash can labeled as "No Hopers."]]
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Occasionally in the SNES version of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', you can enter Wrinkly's Save Cave and find Wrinkly Kong playing a UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}. The music in the background when this happens is an arrangement of the music that plays inside Peach's castle in ''Videogame/SuperMario64''.
* ** An internal Rareware shout-out: in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', the Ghost Books found in Creepy Castle are all but identical in appearance to Cheato from the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' series (in fact, this is their Japanese name).
* ** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'', Samus's gunship can be seen parked on a trunk in the background of Busted Bayou as a nod to ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series. Both games were developed by Creator/RetroStudios.


* There's a huge ShoutOut to Nintendo's franchises put together as a FightingGame known as ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.


** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime's'' Forest Temple has the 4 Poe sisters who are named [[LittleWomen Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime's'' Forest Temple has the 4 Poe sisters who are named [[LittleWomen [[Literature/LittleWomen Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.]]


** In ''Star Fox 64'', shortly after you enter Meteo's WarpZone, you'll be treated to several waves of bee/butterfly-like enemies that fly in formations very reminiscent of ''{{Galaga}}''. You get bonuses if you can nail them all.

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** In ''Star Fox 64'', shortly after you enter Meteo's WarpZone, you'll be treated to several waves of bee/butterfly-like enemies that fly in formations very reminiscent of ''{{Galaga}}''.''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''. You get bonuses if you can nail them all.


** In Yoshi Theater, you can see a poster with Kirby on it that says, "Kirby Story". Other posters include ''TheLegendaryStarfy'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare''.
** Starbeans Cafe is a play on Starbucks, obviously. Olimar (who dubs Mario "Marlio") and his VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid Samus]], Link, Wario (who calls himself a guest star), [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox, Peppy and Slippy]], and even an ''VideoGame/ExciteBike'' racer were planned to appear and give the Mario Bros. useful items. The items were still used in-game, but the names were changed.

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** In Yoshi Theater, you can see a poster with Kirby on it that says, "Kirby Story". Other posters include ''TheLegendaryStarfy'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare''.
** Starbeans Cafe is a play on Starbucks, obviously. Olimar (who dubs Mario "Marlio") and his VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid Samus]], Link, Wario (who calls himself a guest star), [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox, Peppy and Slippy]], and even an ''VideoGame/ExciteBike'' racer were planned to appear and give the Mario Bros. useful items. The items were still used in-game, but the names were changed. Although the VideoGameRemake didn't revive this concept, it does make the Great Force/Triforce connection even more explicit--it was redesigned slightly to more closely resemble the Triforce's appearance from ''Ocarina of Time'' on, and it even plays the series' "item get" fanfare when you obtain it.


** Starbeans Cafe is a play on Starbucks, obviously. Olimar (who dubs Mario "Marlio") and his VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid Samus]], Link, Wario (who calls himself a guest star), [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox, Peppy and Slippy]], and even an ''{{Excitebike}}'' racer were planned to appear and give the Mario Bros. useful items. The items were still used in-game, but the names were changed.

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** Starbeans Cafe is a play on Starbucks, obviously. Olimar (who dubs Mario "Marlio") and his VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid Samus]], Link, Wario (who calls himself a guest star), [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox, Peppy and Slippy]], and even an ''{{Excitebike}}'' ''VideoGame/ExciteBike'' racer were planned to appear and give the Mario Bros. useful items. The items were still used in-game, but the names were changed.


* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/FZero Blue Falcon]], VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, and a Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.

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* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/FZero Blue Falcon]], VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, and a Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.



** ''Star Fox 64'' has Katina, which is pretty much the climax scene from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', complete with Bill Gray, a nod to Gen. William Grey, Robert Loggia's character in the movie.

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** ''Star Fox 64'' has Katina, which is pretty much the climax scene from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', complete with Bill Gray, a nod to Gen. William Grey, Robert Loggia's character in the movie.


** Even the anime ''F-Zero The Legend of Falcon'' has O'Donnell being referenced as James's deceased friend.

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** Even the anime ''F-Zero The Legend of Falcon'' ''Anime/FZeroLegendOfFalcon' has O'Donnell being referenced as James's deceased friend.


* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/FZero Blue Falcon]], {{Pikmin}}, and a Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.

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* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/FZero Blue Falcon]], {{Pikmin}}, VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, and a Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.



** Starbeans Cafe is a play on Starbucks, obviously. Olimar (who dubs Mario "Marlio") and his {{Pikmin}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid Samus]], Link, Wario (who calls himself a guest star), [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox, Peppy and Slippy]], and even an ''{{Excitebike}}'' racer were planned to appear and give the Mario Bros. useful items. The items were still used in-game, but the names were changed.

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** Starbeans Cafe is a play on Starbucks, obviously. Olimar (who dubs Mario "Marlio") and his {{Pikmin}}, VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid Samus]], Link, Wario (who calls himself a guest star), [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox, Peppy and Slippy]], and even an ''{{Excitebike}}'' racer were planned to appear and give the Mario Bros. useful items. The items were still used in-game, but the names were changed.


* ''Mario'' characters are drawn on the walls on Wuhu Island in ''WiiFit Plus''. In the Jogging Plus game you have to remember which one you passed. The ocean liner docked off Wuhu Island? As revealed in ''WiiSportsResort'', it's called the Queen Peach. And in ''Sports Resort'''s Island Flyover game, there's the sound of someone in the Hill Village playing ''SuperMarioBros'' on the NES.

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* ''Mario'' characters are drawn on the walls on Wuhu Island in ''WiiFit ''VideoGame/WiiFit Plus''. In the Jogging Plus game you have to remember which one you passed. The ocean liner docked off Wuhu Island? As revealed in ''WiiSportsResort'', ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort'', it's called the Queen Peach. And in ''Sports Resort'''s Island Flyover game, there's the sound of someone in the Hill Village playing ''SuperMarioBros'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' on the NES.[[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]].


* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Blue Falcon]], {{Pikmin}}, and a Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.

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* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} [[VideoGame/FZero Blue Falcon]], {{Pikmin}}, and a Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.



* A traditional ShoutOut in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series is Kirby donning [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link's cap]] when copying the Sword ability, even in [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars the anime]]. In addition, his [[KillerYoyo yo-yo]] ability could be a ShoutOut to ''Videogame/EarthBound''. Not to mention that one item you can find in Great Cave Offensive is a Mr. Saturn. Also, the Great Cave Offensive is chockfull of shout outs, including: [[Videogame/SuperMarioBros A Mario coin and green shell]], [[Videogame/{{Metroid}} a Screwball]], [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} a glass slipper]], [[Videogame/MarioAndWario a bucket with an M (or W) on it]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon's helmet]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the Master Sword, a shield and the triforce]], and [[Franchise/DonkeyKong Kong's Barrel]]. And his "Fighter" form wears a [[Videogame/StreetFighter red headband]]. Especially true in ''Super Star'', where he actually can do a {{Shoryuken}} and in ''Squeak Squad'' and ''Triple Deluxe'', where he can pull off a Hadouken. (In ''Triple Deluxe'', this can even be done by performing the classic quarter-circle-forward + B motion.) And in the credits of Kirby Superstar you can see Kirby wear a [[VideoGame/MegaMan met helmet]].

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* A traditional ShoutOut in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series is Kirby donning [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link's cap]] when copying the Sword ability, even in [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars the anime]]. In addition, his [[KillerYoyo yo-yo]] ability could be a ShoutOut to ''Videogame/EarthBound''. Not to mention that one item you can find in Great Cave Offensive is a Mr. Saturn. Also, the Great Cave Offensive is chockfull of shout outs, including: [[Videogame/SuperMarioBros A Mario coin and green shell]], [[Videogame/{{Metroid}} a Screwball]], [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} a glass slipper]], [[Videogame/MarioAndWario a bucket with an M (or W) on it]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon's helmet]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the Master Sword, a shield and the triforce]], and [[Franchise/DonkeyKong Kong's Barrel]]. And his "Fighter" form wears a [[Videogame/StreetFighter red headband]]. Especially true in ''Super Star'', where he actually can do a {{Shoryuken}} and in ''Squeak Squad'' and ''Triple Deluxe'', where he can pull off a Hadouken. (In ''Triple Deluxe'', this can even be done by performing the classic quarter-circle-forward + B motion.) And in the credits of Kirby Superstar you can see Kirby wear a [[VideoGame/MegaMan met helmet]].



* The ''Star Fox'' series seems to have a number of reciprocal Shout Outs in relation to ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''. For starters, Fox [=McCloud=] and Falco Lombardi may have ''originally'' been Shout Outs, being an anthropomorphic ''Golden Fox'' and ''Blue Falcon'' respectively. Then, James [=McCloud=] (outfit and all, but in non-anthropomorphic human form) became a character in the ''F-Zero'' series starting with ''F-Zero X''. Then ''Star Fox Command'' references ''F-Zero'' yet again, [[spoiler:where one of its nine possible MultipleEndings has Fox and Falco becoming racers in a high-speed racing league called G-Zero.]]

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* The ''Star Fox'' series seems to have a number of reciprocal Shout Outs in relation to ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''.''VideoGame/FZero''. For starters, Fox [=McCloud=] and Falco Lombardi may have ''originally'' been Shout Outs, being an anthropomorphic ''Golden Fox'' and ''Blue Falcon'' respectively. Then, James [=McCloud=] (outfit and all, but in non-anthropomorphic human form) became a character in the ''F-Zero'' series starting with ''F-Zero X''. Then ''Star Fox Command'' references ''F-Zero'' yet again, [[spoiler:where one of its nine possible MultipleEndings has Fox and Falco becoming racers in a high-speed racing league called G-Zero.]]



** Falco is wearing [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon's boots]] in one of the ''Command'' endings.

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** Falco is wearing [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon's boots]] in one of the ''Command'' endings.


* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Blue Falcon]], {{Pikmin}}, and a {{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.

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* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is pretty much chock full of references to other Nintendo games. The one for the [=GameCube=] (i.e. the first one released outside of Japan) had a ''Pokémon Pikachu'' villagers would sometimes request from other villagers, as well as items like the previously mentioned Arwing, a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], and a hidden set of SuperMarioBros-themed furniture. Not to mention that the game borrowed some sound effects from ''SuperMarioBros'', like the familiar coin sound representing Bells, the game's currency. The same sound would also play when hitting rocks with money hidden in them, which would change to the 1-Up sound effect as the amount of money increased. ''Wild World'' for the DS added even more, like a Triforce and more hidden items, like a [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Blue Falcon]], {{Pikmin}}, and a {{Metroid}}.Franchise/{{Metroid}}. Both games also have a blue bench with the Nintendo logo, with it being hidden in the original and being an ordinary item at Tom Nook's store in Wild World.


** There's also a small mechanical planetoid in the Buoy Base Galaxy that looks like a [[{{Pokemon}} Pokeball]]. Also, at some point during the Space Junk Galaxy, Mario lands on [[{{Pikmin}} Olimar's ship]].

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** There's also a small mechanical planetoid in the Buoy Base Galaxy that looks like a [[{{Pokemon}} [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokeball]]. Also, at some point during the Space Junk Galaxy, Mario lands on [[{{Pikmin}} [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar's ship]].

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