- A ton of them to Mega Man, which was notably also developed by Keiji Inafune. The Real Mega Buster is the first game's ultimate weapon, a toy version of it can be found in toy stores, Servbots make cameo appearances as toys and novelty masks, and the movie theater is showing a Mega Man 2 feature film. Frank can also wear a Mega Man costume that closely resembles Mega Man X. The mobile version actually has Mega Man himself as an unlockable character.
- Frank learns a few Street Fighter moves as he levels up, namely Guiles Somersault Kick and Zangiefs Double Lariat. Sadly, he cannot pull off a Hadouken.
- "Jill's Sandwiches", "Chris' Fine Foods", and the fact the Black Ops soldiers sent in look like HUNK.
- The Cultists look suspiciously similar to the killer from the Scream slasher film series.
- Crislip's Home Saloon, Seon's Food and Stuff and Gromin's stores are all named after Capcom U.S. employees.
- One of the cities targeted by Carlito's orphans is Louisville, Kentucky.
- There is an actual Willamette area, but it's in Oregon, not Colorado. It's not clear why Capcom decided to give it a shout out, though it could have to do with it being the final destination in The Oregon Trail. They say the name wrong, however.
- One of the stores in the Willamette mall is a small theater called Movieland.
- Even the seeming anvil about mall walkers/consumption culture being no different than the zombies is straight from Dawn of the Dead (1978). They were even sued by the company with the rights to the film because there are so many similarities If Interested... .
- One of the convicts is named Miguel Sanchez, which is also the name Lionel Hutz gives himself as he plans to flee the law in The Simpsons.
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