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  • Ace Attorney:
    • In episode two of the Netflix documentary High Score, a pixel-art dramatization of the infamous Universal vs. Nintendo case over whether Donkey Kong was a copyright infringement over King Kong appropriately has Nintendo's lawyer John Kirby pointing during the trial, including a replica of the rushing blue background.
  • Clash at Demonhead
    • In Scott Pilgrim, one of Ramona's evil exes is the bassist for a band called "The Clash at Demonhead" (which references both this game and the band The Clash). The band's drummer, Lynette Guycot, is named after Tom Guycot, a skeleton NPC you meet early in the game.
    • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has a character named A Real Magic Skeleton, a Friendly Skeleton who looks just like Tom Guycot, right down to the red cape.
  • Dragon's Lair
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    • Samurai Jack has a gag that references both this game and Space Ace:
      Scissorsmith: At the fork in the road, follow the rocky path! It will take you to the Dragon's Lair!
      Jack: Where will the other one take me?
      Scissorsmith: Space Ace!
      (cut to Jack's baffled face as a goofy sound effect plays)
  • Joust:
    • In Milo Murphy's Law episode "Secrets and Pies", Milo and friends order from a Renaissance-themed pizzeria. After delivering, the incredibly badass delivery woman rides away on an ostrich.
  • Punch-Out!!:
    • WarioWare games often include a Punch-Out minigame in the 9-Volt levels.
    • In The Lonely Island song "Incredibad", the trio are said to be playing Punch-Out at the beginning.
    • A Punch-Out arcade machine appears in "The Age of Darkness", an episode of The Goldbergs.
  • Technician Ted:
  • Downwell
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    • Tower Fortress is said to be directly inspired by Downwell. In fact, one of the main character's suits, the Downwell suit, stylizes the game into the style of Downwell.
  • StarTropics
    • Pilotwings 64 has Crescent Island as a location, its design basically being a 3D rendition of StarTropics' C-Island.
    • In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Gulliver compares the pleasant greeting he receives from your offer of aid to being marooned in the town of Coralcola.

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