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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the UsefulNotes/GameBoy was going to appear, but Nintendo didn't want it in as they feared it would be too early of a reveal to competition; Not that it mattered much in the end, as the film would end up releasing five months after the handhelds American debut.

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Originally the UsefulNotes/GameBoy was going to appear, but Nintendo didn't want it in as they feared it would be too early of a reveal to competition; Not that it mattered much in the end, as the film would end up releasing five months after the handhelds American debut.debut.
** Originally, Haley's home town was going to be Las Vegas. However, the film crew couldn't find any casinos in Vegas that would allow them to film with the kids nearby, so Reno became her home town instead since it was the next best option.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the UsefulNotes/GameBoy was going to appear, but Nintendo didn't want it in as they feared it would be too early of a reveal to competition; Not that it mattered much in the end, as the film would end up releasing five months after the handhelds American debut.


* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jenny-lewis-on-the-line-new-album-interview-800113/ a 2019 interview]] with ''Rolling Stone'', Lewis explained that she was uncomfortable with her association with ''The Wizard'' in part because hecklers would show up at Rilo Kiley shows just to yell video game references at her.

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* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jenny-lewis-on-the-line-new-album-interview-800113/ a 2019 interview]] with ''Rolling Stone'', Lewis explained that she was uncomfortable with her association with ''The Wizard'' in part because early in Rilo Kiley's career, hecklers would show up at Rilo Kiley shows to their concerts just to yell video game references at her.


* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/ben-gibbard-death-cab-for-cutie an "Interview Magazine" piece]] where she interviewed her [[Music/ThePostalService Postal Service]] bandmate [[Music/DeathCabForCutie Ben Gibbard]], Lewis noted that early in Rilo Kiley's career, several bookers at indie rock clubs gave the band a lot of grief because she was the star of ''The Wizard'', which shaped her feelings of the film as an adult.

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* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/ben-gibbard-death-cab-for-cutie an "Interview Magazine" piece]] where she interviewed her [[Music/ThePostalService Postal Service]] bandmate [[Music/DeathCabForCutie Ben Gibbard]], rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jenny-lewis-on-the-line-new-album-interview-800113/ a 2019 interview]] with ''Rolling Stone'', Lewis noted explained that early in Rilo Kiley's career, several bookers at indie rock clubs gave the band a lot of grief because she was the star of uncomfortable with her association with ''The Wizard'', which shaped her feelings of the film as an adult.Wizard'' in part because hecklers would show up at Rilo Kiley shows just to yell video game references at her.

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* PropRecycling: The Hawk Hauling truck is from ''Film/OverTheTop''.


* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/ben-gibbard-death-cab-for-cutie an ''Interview Magazine'' piece]] where she interview her friend and Music/ThePostalService bandmate [[Music/DeathCabForCutie Ben Gibbard]], Lewis noted that early in Rilo Kiley's career, several bookers at indie rock clubs gave the band a lot of grief because she was the star of ''The Wizard'', which shaped her feelings of the film as an adult.

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* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/ben-gibbard-death-cab-for-cutie an ''Interview Magazine'' "Interview Magazine" piece]] where she interview interviewed her friend and Music/ThePostalService [[Music/ThePostalService Postal Service]] bandmate [[Music/DeathCabForCutie Ben Gibbard]], Lewis noted that early in Rilo Kiley's career, several bookers at indie rock clubs gave the band a lot of grief because she was the star of ''The Wizard'', which shaped her feelings of the film as an adult.


* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one.

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* OldShame: Jenny Lewis considers her involvement with this movie to be one.one, particularly after she established herself as the lead singer of indie rock group Music/RiloKiley. In [[http://defgav.com/rilokiley/articles/lunchdate.html an interview]] from 2003, Lewis described ''The Wizard'' as something that she wished people would stop asking her about, noting "That's cool and all, and that was fun, but it just gets like, a bit annoying because I feel like I have more interesting things to say." In [[https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/ben-gibbard-death-cab-for-cutie an ''Interview Magazine'' piece]] where she interview her friend and Music/ThePostalService bandmate [[Music/DeathCabForCutie Ben Gibbard]], Lewis noted that early in Rilo Kiley's career, several bookers at indie rock clubs gave the band a lot of grief because she was the star of ''The Wizard'', which shaped her feelings of the film as an adult.

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* {{Misblamed}}: Some blame the cheesier parts of the movie on Nintendo, since it seems an awful lot like a [[ProductPlacement 100-minute Nintendo commercial]], but [[https://www.popoptiq.com/the-wizard-1989/ Nintendo actually took a rather hands-off approach to the creative decisions]]. The vast majority of the ExecutiveMeddling leading to a TroubledProduction was from Universal.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It will forever be a symbol of the time when the NintendoEntertainmentSystem was the dominant force in video games, featuring many of the games that were popular at the time, a scene where the kids call the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' hotline for game tips (''Nintendo Power'' ceased publication in late 2012), and the final challenge of the movie being [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 SUPER! MARIO BROS.! 3!]]

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It will forever be a symbol of the time when the NintendoEntertainmentSystem UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem was the dominant force in video games, featuring many of the games that were popular at the time, a scene where the kids call the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' hotline for game tips (''Nintendo Power'' ceased publication in late 2012), and the final challenge of the movie being [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 SUPER! MARIO BROS.! 3!]]


* RetroactiveRecognition:
** One of Lucas' friends near the end is Tobey Maguire, who eventually grew up to play Film/{{Spider Man|Trilogy}}.
** Fans of indie rock may recognize Music/RiloKiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis as GamerChick Haley.
* ThrowItIn: It's pretty obvious that Jenny Lewis and Fred Savage cracking up at the end of the scene where she kisses him was ''not'' scripted.

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* RetroactiveRecognition:
** One of Lucas' friends near the end is Tobey Maguire, who eventually grew up to play Film/{{Spider Man|Trilogy}}.
** Fans of indie rock may recognize Music/RiloKiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis as GamerChick Haley.
* ThrowItIn: It's pretty obvious that Jenny Lewis and Fred Savage Creator/FredSavage cracking up at the end of the scene where she kisses him was ''not'' scripted.scripted.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It will forever be a symbol of the time when the NintendoEntertainmentSystem was the dominant force in video games, featuring many of the games that were popular at the time, a scene where the kids call the ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' hotline for game tips (''Nintendo Power'' ceased publication in late 2012), and the final challenge of the movie being [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 SUPER! MARIO BROS.! 3!]]


* AccidentallyAccurate: They correctly pronounced ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlGNj9FUhY Ninja Guy-Den]] (as opposed to Ninja Gay-Den).

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* AccidentallyAccurate: AccidentallyCorrectWriting: They correctly pronounced ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlGNj9FUhY Ninja Guy-Den]] (as opposed to Ninja Gay-Den).

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* MissingTrailerScene: There's a couple of scenes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT6zfPC3sDk the trailer]] that didn't make it into the movie.

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* RetroactiveRecognition:
** One of Lucas' friends near the end is Tobey Maguire, who eventually grew up to play Film/{{Spider Man|Trilogy}}.
** Fans of indie rock may recognize Music/RiloKiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis as GamerChick Haley.


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa Shang Tsung]] is a thug named Mr. Cheng in "Reunion" and "Trouble In The Stars". Sadly, he barely has any lines in either episode.



* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Fans of indie rock tend to say this when they see Music/RiloKiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis as a GamerChick.
** On the male side of that, one of Lucas' friends near the end is Tobey Maguire, who eventually grew up to become ''Film/SpiderMan1''.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa Shang Tsung]] is a thug named Mr. Cheng in "Reunion" and "Trouble In The Stars". Sadly, he barely has any lines in either episode.

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