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One of Project X Zone's most notable praises is its adherence to continuity. Not just to Namco × Capcom, but to the franchises of which the featured games are apart of. As one GameFAQs user stated, "(The) developer(s) think(s) of everything."

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  • One of Xiaoyu's voice clips off the Japanese website mentions that the worlds coming together is like one huge amusement park. It's been Xiaoyu's dream to build an amusement park since Tekken 3.
  • Also the Jin-Xiaoyu Special Attack is basically sending the enemy to a temple wall so Jin can execute his Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs to the enemy like he did to Heihachi in Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
  • In one of her after-battle quotes, Xiaoyu quotes Lee Chaolan's infamous "excellent" quote, prompting No Just No Reactions from Jin and Heihachi.
  • When KOS-MOS and T-elos perform their version of Shion's Spell Blade Tech Attack as their Multi Attack, the two recites the same poem Shion says. KOS-MOS herself did this originally in Endless Frontier EXCEED
  • X has attacks from previous games (from Mega Man X1 up to Mega Man X4) such as Storm Tornado, Spin Wheel, Speed Burner, Tornado Fang, Triad Thunder, Frost Tower, Twin Slash, Rising Fire, Mega Man X3's Buster Upgrade Cross Charged shot, and even the Hadouken! He also gets the Ultimate Armor and its Nova Strike as part of his and Zero's Limit Break. Meanwhile, Zero uses the dash cancel exploit from X4 in one of his attacks and reverses the direction of his Kuuhazan in one of the attacks, which could be used in his original game to get in more hits and increase Zero's hangtime.
    • Imca mentions how to pull off a charge shot in crosshairs to X. The funny thing is, crosshairs already exist in Mega Man X7 where X can use the crosshair attack.
    • One of the post-battle dialogues between X and Zero is X's ending in X4 where if he becomes a Maverick in which Zero cuts him off.
    • At one point in the story, the party comes across the ghost of Iris which causes Zero to have a Heroic BSoD that the party must rescue him from. He even utters his infamous "What am I fighting for?!" line.
  • Vile/VAVA's moves are taken from Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, such as his Rising Specter.
  • In the first countdown trailer, Jin's already acquainted with Ryu and Ken. And the second shows Arthur and Valkyrie recognising each other.
    • After Jin and Xiaoyu meet Batsu and the latter two wonder where they were at, Jin outright knows that they were at hell.
    • Partnering Valkyrie with Jin and Xiaoyu and Valkyrie already has knowledge of Jin's curse and asks him if he still has it.
  • Zephyr and Leanne's Special Attack has Zephyr catching Leanne the same way how he saves her in the opening of their game.
  • Ryu and Ken's Multi Attack is the Double Shouryuken. Also, Ryu executes his part of their Limit Break as what the fandom calls FADC or "Focus Attack Dash Cancel".
  • Ulala's Tension Blaster shares it's name with her All Star Move from Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing, although it lacked the er on the end. Odd considering that game never came out in Japan so they wouldn't get the reference. And one of her cut-in's references artwork made for the first Space Channel 5.
    • The Tension Blaster name actually goes back even further than that. They were the name of Ulala's guns in Phantasy Star Online and they could be unlocked as weapons for the player to use. So Japanese players WOULD get the reference after all if they played that.
    • Many, many of her lines are taken from points in her games; the chapter she appears in is titled Ulala's Swingin' Report Show and she even calls it out like at the start of stages in her games. And during the ending, Ulala signs off with her signature "Spaaaaaaaaaace Channel 5!~" call from the end of levels in her game.
      • One of the characters she summons is Scooter. When summoned, Scooter runs into the enemy and blows himself up, causing his head to fly off and land on the ground, followed by another headless Scooter running in from offscreen to pick up the head, reattaching it and running away, just like in his screen-clearing attack in the original game.
  • Leanne's statue shows up at one point. It's even an Escort Mission!
  • In the epilogue of Namco × Capcom, Demitri mentions to Morrigan the reason why there were Q-Bees that showed up in the Infernal Village is because Jedah's coming back. Well, guess who's here in this game; also qualifies as a Brick Joke considering the former game was out 7 years ago.
    • Speaking of which, Hsien-Ko meets up with her Stalker with a Crush Lord Raptor on a ship again.
    • Back in Namco × Capcom, you get to use both Demitri and Valkyrie at prologue 4 (at the entrance to Astaroth's castle). In this game, you get to use them at prologue 4 (sans Morrigan as she appears at prologue 5, although she was mentioned).
  • Tron's support attack starts off by firing her Beacon Bomb, then one of the Servbots drives the drill car, followed by Servbots throwing bombs and firing the bazooka. All of these were in The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne game. Meanwhile, she also retains her Servbot Takeout and Servbot Surprise from Marvel vs. Capcom series.
    • The title of Chapter 3 is even called The Further Misadventures of Tron Bonne.
      • And the reasoning why she's traveling? She's looking for parts to build the rocket ship that they could ride to the moon. Yeah...
  • Soma's and Alisa's Limit Break is a reenactment of the last sequence of the opening of God Eater Burst. Hell, it's even called Over The Clouds... and sadly it's one of the songs which didn't make it.
  • Rikiya asks Chris and Jill if they were afraid of dying, a line Rikiya asked of his teammates at one point partway through his originating game.
  • When making their Dynamic Entry, Reiji and Xiaomu are standing on top of a building labeled "Shibuya 601". This is the same building where 99, the Final Boss of Namco × Capcom shows itself.
    • Chun-Li's the very first person Reiji asks as to what the group's doing at Shibuya, making the same reference that she's the first person (aside from KOS-MOS, Shion, and M.O.M.O but they're not present) Reiji and Xiaomu meet in Namco × Capcom. That and of the four people who know them, she was the most reliable (one being a former hardcore Shipper on Deck with Reiji's Foe Yay with Saya, another a succubus, and a third a pirate from the future).
    • One of the online games Xiaomu plays is apparently The World.
  • One of Kaguya's attack animations has her using a fan to control her sword's chakrams, much like how her friend and fellow protagonist Suzuka did with her Mini-Mecha in Endless Frontier.
  • When Valkyrie meets up with Kurt and Riela with that whole seventeen joke, Kurt makes a reference that the number 17 of the Nameless was practically a slacker (referring to Ilmari Gasotto). Oh, and Kurt brought his candies again and even has them as one of his skills.
    • Pair them up with Saya and she'll state that she wants to be Number 99. While if you pair up Imca with Reiji and Xiaomu, the latter wants to be Number [1]65.
  • The Vashyron dance is back. And so is the raisins comment although this time, instead of just Leanne, Estelle, Black Rose and Imca join in to berate him.
  • The "White" Arremer is a nod to an obscure ability of the Red Arremers from the first Ghosts 'n Goblins: they turn white, faster and more aggressive if not killed fast. This is actually the second time this ability is referenced.
  • Ulala mentions how Devilotte's father only gave her 300 yen when she left, just like in Cyberbots.
  • Toma thinks of Arthur as a Big Brother Mentor which Cyrille notes that another person was like that for Toma (referring to Gadfort).
  • Late in the game you fight two Astaroths, exactly like in Ghosts 'n Goblins. Although to be fair, Astaroth being split into two was already in Namco × Capcom as punishment for not defeating Arthur back then.
  • Batsu mentions that Ryu & Ken's fighting style reminds him of Hideo Shimazu, which is the response Ryu & Ken had when they met Hideo before.
    • This also isn't the first time Batsu does it.
    • He also mentions that some of his friends have studied Ken's fighting style via correspondence coursenote 
  • Arthur and Devilot used to be assists before in the first Marvel vs. Capcom - and they reprise their roles here.
  • "Erica's Good Morning Dance" is back as an attack animation and a skill that heals a party member's status ailments.
  • KOS-MOS ( as the soul of Mary Magdalene at this point with all that blue eye shenanigans), at the ending of the game tells the people of Earth "Farewell dwellers of Lost Jerusalem."
  • Lady's Solo Attack includes some of her acrobatics seen in the opening cutscene to chapter 6 of Devil May Cry 3 where it's her against a horde of Hell Prides and Hell Lusts, namely her spinning-flips dual-wielding gun-attack. Add in one of her quotes during her Assist is "Mother, give me strength..."
    • In chapter 10, after Jedah enters the stage, Dante notes that the one thing he hates most is someone who talks more than he does, which is the same thing he said when he first meets Jester, also in Devil May Cry 3.
  • Doubling with Mythology Gag, any time Sanger Zonvolt is a Solo unit, the moves he pulls off are derived from the Unyo no Tachi and Daisharin techniques, attacks commonly used by his Dygenguard Humongous Mecha from Super Robot Wars. As a Rival Character, Sanger uses the Ichimonji Giri, the Signature Move of Wodan Ymir and his Thrudgelmir, Sanger's combat rival in the Super Robot Wars Original Generation sequel, who is his Alternate Universe counterpart and a stand-in for Sanger's debut SRW role as The Dragon in Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden. Note that Sanger's use of Ichimonji Giri in Alpha Gaiden was previously called Inazuma Juuryoku Otoshi.
    • Take notice of where Sanger makes his appearance in this game: he arrives in the Schafen Celeste, the same place where Axel Almer did in Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED. Speaking of which, his new Catch Phrase in Project X Zone "Did you call for me!?" is pulled from the final episode of The Inspector.
    • Additionally, Sanger makes a quip in the Schafen Celeste regarding "This is the Endless Frontier he was talking about". The only characters to have told Sanger any information about the Endless Frontier are Axel or Kouta Azuma, since they were in Endless Frontier EXCEED. However, since Kouta is keeping quiet about his adventures, this makes Axel the one Sanger's referring to, as he's a part of the Kurogane battleship crew at the end of the most recent Original Generation installment, of which Sanger is also a member.
    • Pair Sanger with KOS-MOS and T-elos and he will drop the name of the Shadow-Mirror organization, accusing the two to be a part of that world. T-elos has no idea what the Shadow-Mirror is, while KOS-MOS assures Sanger they are not, since she knows of the organization and their W-Numbers from both Endless Frontier games.
    • Pair Sanger with Kurt and Riela and he thinks the Nameless and himself are Not So Different from each other, a reference to him and the Kurogane crew protecting the Earth from the shadows because they're still technically traitors to the Earth Federation, as its members once sided with Bian Zoldark and the Divine Crusaders insurrectionists.
    • He names the weapon he obtains from Kaguya releasing its spirit as the Reishiki Zankantou, the same as the Grungust Reishiki he piloted in Original Generation 1 before he switches.
    • Pairing him up with Jin and Xiaoyu and Sanger laments at Jin's family fighting against one another as it reminds him of the Branstein family fighting against each other before Rai and Elzam made up.
    • When both Kaguya and Haken introduce themselves, he starts wondering if there's a connection between the names Browning and Nanbu.
  • If Kurt and Riela are paired with Bruno, the latter has bad memories about being led by soldiers (since in his game, his superiors were killed by spies).
  • Pair up Valkyrie with Reiji and Xiaomu and both Valkyrie and Xiaomu make references in a game when the two of them were together called Brave Company, in which Reiji (who didn't show up) has no idea what they're saying.
  • The Rainbow Bridge Valkyrie put up in Namco × Capcom gets referenced again when Kaguya powers up the treasure at Kagura Amahara to erect one. Over to where Valkyrie is at.
    • Speaking of Kaguya, Saya's cow flunky still has a crush on her.
  • Pair up Haken and Kaguya with Ulala and Kaguya will mention Neige and Suzuka while Haken will mention Aschen and Aledy.
  • Some of Vashyron's lines are directly lifted from his game. Bonus points for giving out those lines with an Actor Allusion as he delivers two famous lines while he was dancing to both Aya-me and Saya in reference to Countess Barbarella.
  • Chun-Li and the others who show up in Shibuya still refers to the city as a closed city (which also includes the Akihabara district) due to the problems with dimensional rifts perpetrated by Ouma agents because Shinra hasn't resolved it yet.
  • Yuri remarks how nothing ever good happened to him in a desert, referring to an event in his game where he and his party passed out in one and were almost killed before being mysteriously saved.
  • As Ichiro reveals just how they were going to get onto The Tarqaron, Ken makes a comment in that he's glad that the ride this time was enclosed. This refers back to Namco × Capcom where the characters had to use catapults in order to get from one airship to another in a late chapter - without any actual safety gear while both airships were in flight. Heihachi simply laughs at the memory of it.
  • While on board the Tarqaron Dante remarks how he and towers have a bad history. Lady, in later chapter, also have the same feelings and warning to keep away from the edges.
  • Pair Dante and Demitri with Juri to hear her not wanting Demitri to sink his stinky breath on her. While he complains Dante remarks that at least she didn't try to sink a bullet in his head the first time her met her.
  • Put Saya with Yuri and Estelle and the vixen will bring say how Estelle isn't an "enchanted belle" yet, much to Estelle's chagrin, to which Yuri brings up how that's a title Estelle can acquire when she gets her outfit during the seduction incident.
    • Likewise, if you pair them up with Neneko, she tells Estelle to transform into another outfit, causing her to reply that she'll turn into a Massage Therapist, yet another one of her costume titles. Again, Yuri isn't pleased and wishes she'd actually pick one with some battle ability.
  • Estelle's initial reaction to Kaguya isn't the first time, right Judith?
  • Jill tells Chris to shut up when he tells Jill that she's almost a Jill sandwichnote , which is a line said by Barry in the first Resident Evil after the team gets into the abandoned mansion at the Arklay Mountains and Jill barely manages to avoid being squashed by a Descending Ceiling trap.
    • The attack moves used by Chris and Jill are taken from Marvel vs Capcom 2 and 3, and Resident Evil: 5 and Revelations.
    • Jill's Database entry refers to her as the Master of Unlocking, a title given to her by Barry in the first Resident Evil.
  • When paired with Akira and Pai, Batsu tells Akira about that other Akira from Gedo High who also uses Bajiquan style martial arts.
  • Some characters may ask Alisa if she has any laser blades. She will insist that she only has the chainsaws.
  • Xiaomu complaining that there are only staircases in the Tarqaron is a Call-Back to the same complaint she had in Namco × Capcom when the party had to climb up The Tower of Druaga. Same with Ryu's comment that climbing up the tower is a good way to exercise.
  • Dante mentions that Valkyrie is alone in his office without her companions traveling with her. They consist of Clino Sandra and Sabine, two characters in the Valkyrie no Bōken series who were playable in Namco × Capcom.
  • In one of Hsien-ko's battle quotes, she says that it's not the time to be saying "aiya" or "xie xie" anymore; which is the exact same thing she told Fong Ling in Namco × Capcom when enemies were attacking the Spencer Lane.
    • Also in that same pre-battle conversation, Frank says that it's also not the time to say "good" or "fantastic!" which are quotes he uses in Dead Rising depending on how good the photos you take are.
    • Hsien-ko's presence on the Bermuda is also a continuity reference since she starts out fighting on the Spencer Lane's outer deck in Namco × Capcom.
  • KOS-MOS sometimes has that Verbal Tic ...nya. This bug originated from Xenosaga Freaks during her rampage as a Cat Girl (It Makes Sense in Context) and apparently it hasn't been fixed.
  • There are three moments in the game when the Sakura Wars trust increase chime plays. First is in Ch. 9 when Ogami compliments Erica for her contributions to the Imperial Assault Force. The second moment is in Ch. 25 when Ogami and Sakura save the Fujisakura from being overflowed with spiritual energy and Ogami assures Kaguya that the tree will not die. The third moment is during the epilogue when Ogami thanks Aura for helping them get back to their homeworlds. Every time this happens, Sakura shows her Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies.
  • Paring anyone whose a princess with Flynn will result in Flynn making a quick little speech about how he will be a knight and protect them, something that he both does in game, and in the various spinoff titles in the Tales of franchise.
  • When Yuri meets Sanger, Sanger challenges him to a fight making Yuri sarcastically comment that "Is it a rule that everyone with a big sword has to be like this?" which reflects people he's met like Clint.
    • Also when Estelle comments that they should talk this out, Yuri says he is, which references how he and Flynn dealt with their differences.
  • When Yuri discusses Vile, he compares him to Zagi. Fittingly enough, in the second game, the two are shown to bond almost immediately.
  • When Toma and Cyrille do their Limit Break, they do their Sword Pointing animation towards each other. It's the same pose they do when they have to fight one another.

    Project X Zone 2 
  • The subtitle "Brave New World" references to Namco × Capcom's opening song. Talk about a Call-Back. And with Reiji and Xiaomu being positioned as the main protagonists again...
  • Dante and Vergil's Limit Break ends with them doing the same cross-gun position attack that they did to Arkham at the end of that boss fight in DMC3, closing with - what else - "Jackpot".
  • Sega's official Japanese Twitter account tweeted a screenshot of a scene that refers to the commercial where Segata Sanshiro plays with Sakura in a grove of cherry blossoms.
  • In X and Zero's new Special Attack, Zero can be seen doing the infamous Sougenmu + Raikousen loop/"Lightning Loop" from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
    • Furthermore, Dante and Vergil's MAP attack uses a modified version of Dante's Level 3 hyper combo from the same game, "Devil Must Die". Dante also lampshades Vergil's Game-Breaker Tier-Induced Scrappy status when paired with Felicia.
    • Morrigan joins in on the Shout-Out to Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as her MAP attack with Demitri starts with her activating Astral Vision before repeatedly pummeling the enemy with Soul Fists on both sides - a popular tactic for Morrigan in said game.
  • How Chrom and Lucina end their Limit Break is the same as in the box art cover for the game, only this time Lucina doesn't have her mask.
  • Jill wraps herself in flames during her and Chris's Special Attack, similar to her Charging S.T.A.R.S. attack from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. She said to Chris in the first game when he said he should train martial arts more that "As long as you don't wrap yourself in flames."
  • When the Nemesis shows up what are the first words out of its mouth? B.S.A.A.
  • Zephyr and Vashyron recreate their fight scene from the opening of Resonance of Fate for their special attack, except modified to layeth the smackdown on their target. It ends with Vashyron clotheslining the enemy into a pillar, shoving a pistol in their mouth, and firing, similar to how he finished Zephyr off. Unlike before, they show Vashyron actually shooting.
  • Ryu and Ken's new Special Attack has them both firing a Shinku Hadouken. The only time Ken has be able to perform the move was as a special Combination Attack with Ryu in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
    • Technically, Ken has been able to that in Namco × Capcom as the "Hadou Buster".
  • Yuri complains that he's been running into weird old men lately, just like what happened with him meeting Sanger in the first game. And now, he gets to run in with Segata Sanshiro, who he fights anyway. Though this time, he finally gets to defeat him.
  • When the new Akatana enemies are introduced and half the PCs take offense to their... cheerfulness and Gratuitous English in the first game, Saya says that their personalities is based off of a member from the North American branch of Ouma. Enter new boss unit Sheath of said American branch in chapter 1.
  • Part of Oogami and Erica's Limit Break has Oogami using Glycine Bleumer's halberd in the opening, frame by frame. That also includes the stop motion movement.
  • When the party needs to know where to look for Estelle, Chizuru mentions that a certain someone helps them locate where she is. When the party boards the Dragonturtle Mark 1, Yuri looks behind and in his mind, thanks Duke Pantarei for the information.
  • Hiryu's plan to get away from the exploding Balrog is the same suggestion he did in Namco × Capcom: launch themselves using the catapult. Everyone who had to do it in that game just plain gave up arguing and decided to do it, leaving the newcomers very confused and utterly baffled about that idea. Chun-Li even comments that it's a lot easier to do since the other ship will pull in people. The last time they did it, they had none of that.
  • Chun-Li first meets Reiji and Xiaomu again for the third time at Shibuya. Curiously enough, the three don't lampshade it.
  • In Namco X Capcom, Ken had to rescue Ryu, who at the time was under the influence of the Satsui no Hadou, the same power that fully consumed Akuma. He snaps him out of it with a Shin Shoryuken. Fast forward to this game, and Ken is the brainwashed one this time, put under the influence of Bison's Psycho Power. Ryu returns the favor by absorbing all the hits of Ken's Guren Senpuukyaku with a Red Focus Attack and countering with a Shin Shoryuken of his own, shattering Bison's influence on not just Ken, but Estelle as well.
  • How the game ends is the same as in Namco × Capcom: at Demitri's balcony where both Reiji and Xiaomu kiss in the end, underneath the full moon. In fact, the background image is the same.
  • Saya name drops the 101 Womb Project at the end of Endless Frontier EXCEED but no one knew what it was all about except for Ouma. You get to fight said project in this game.
  • Basically every single attack Segata does in his assist attack and all of his passive skills and buffs refer to his commercials one way or another.
  • When Xiaomu makes her initial appearance in the first tutorial level of the game, she's singing "nano da, nano da" to herself, a phrase that Neneko from the previous game kept using all the time.
  • If paired with X and Zero, Leon asks if Maverick Hunters don't use guns. Zero says that he wouldn't be surprised if a gun-wielding Hunter showed up. Pai also brings this up if paired with them, saying that she might join the Hunters if she learned to use a gun.
  • When jumping on a catapult, Kiryu starts shouting randomly. Majima chalks this up as a Revelation, which Kiryu will eventually blog about.
  • In Namco × Capcom, Kazuya, as his Devil form, was last seen at Makai after his fight wtih Jin outside the Balrog airship. The first time Kazuya appears in Brave New World is at Makai and finally is able to fully control his Devil powers.
  • When Heihachi is paired with Chris and Jill, he claims he's trying to make a drug that will turn one's hair blonde. Jill thinks it's a ridiculous idea.
  • While Vashyron was having his Wangst moment while being locked up in a capsule with nothing but men, he name drops his best friend Victor, claiming that he's about to die and wants to see him again.
  • Xiaoyu mentions to Felicia that she's more humanlike than King, whom she was partnered with back in Namco × Capcom.
    • Segata Sanshiro's special dialog with Xiaoyu and Chun Li nods back to her Tekken 3 ending, where Heihachi seemingly built her amusement park, only to reveal it was based on him instead. Here, Sanshiro offers to help and turn her park into "Sanshiro Land", and Chun Li says it sounds like her dream's about to get hijacked again.
  • When Urashima starts to explain about the shards and the connection towards the previous incident, Jill name drops US-STRATCOM. Chun-Li also mentions that aside from Interpol, her, she also name drops the Chinese government, where Fong-Ling is associated. Reiji even mentions the part where he and Xiaomu lose contact with the Shinra headquarters, something that happens near the beginning of the game. Finally, Ken mentions, not by name, Mitsurugi and Taki, something that Valkyrie claims that fate is the reason why Natsu's with them.
  • X and Zero discuss a potential fight between them in their intro with Felicia.
  • Jin, Kazuya and Natsu's post-battle dialogue brings up the continued presence of Yoshimitsu in both Tekken and the Soul Series. Jin also namedrops Raven while Kazuya references Yoshimitsu's seppuku attack.
  • When the party is first introduced to the Dragonturtle's amenities, Kiryu beats Jin in a table tennis match, and Kazuya wants next. Table Tennis is a recurring minigame in the Yakuza series.
  • Pair up Akira and Kagemaru with Pai and all three will recite Akira's In the Name of the Moon speech in the anime.
  • Sigma reminds Zero in the last chapter about remembering his past intrest in taking over "other worlds." At this point, only one crossover existed where Sigma had such interest.

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