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  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl is referenced directly in some of the tutorials and a random dialogue when Pit is using a bow:
    Palutena: It's a pretty well-balanced weapon.
    Pit: Yeah, I used one in the last brawl.
    Palutena: Brawl? How horrible! Were you hurt!?
    Pit: No, it was a smash!
    Palutena: I just can't picture you in a melee.
    Pit: That's because I wasn't...
  • The Komayto enemies are based on Metroids.
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    • The idol description for them references the opening of Super Metroid.
      "The last Komayto is not in captivity and Skyland is not at peace."
    • A dialogue between Pit and Viridi directly references the Metroid franchise.
    Pit: You know, Komaytos look an awful lot like little Metroids.
    Viridi: No! Shhhh! Stop right there!
    Pit: What's the matter? All I said was that Komaytos look like little Metr—
    Viridi: *hums the Metroid Item Get! theme* I can't HEAR you!
    Pit: Hey, what's your problem?
    Viridi: This game universe and that game universe have NOTHING to do with each other! So don't go around spreading rumors!
  • The idol description of the Fairy Orbitars references Navi's catchphrase from The Legendof Zelda Ocarina Of Time.
    "Tired of pixies asking you to listen?"
  • Dark Pit sneers at Hades that he needs to play Brain Age more to improve his math. Viridi chimes in to claim a Brain Age of 24.
  • When fighting Twinbellows for the second time, Pit says he's going to rack up some serious Nintendogs points.
  • One of the floors in the Lightning Tower requires you to go up a series of ramps while jumping to avoid obstacles rolling down them. Hades admits that it's basically Donkey Kong.
  • When Palutena talks about the powers and how you have to take into account the size and shape of the powers to fit into a grid, Pit proclaims that "All that time playing Dr. Mario has come in handy!"
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  • When you battle the Kraken for the second time, upon knocking it out, Pit will shout, "Take that, tentafool!", a clear reference to the Pokémon Tentacool.
  • Computer players in multiplayer have names which many Nintendo fans should recognize, such as "Resetti", "King Hippo", and "Captain N".
  • Several enemies are named after deities and beasts from Greek mythology, though many of these names have been slightly altered (or bungled in the translation).
  • Thanatos Rising has what's basically a cross between a Trojan Horse and an AT-AT.
  • The Lunar Sanctum level is a huge love letter to A New Hope, with Pit assaulting and infiltrating a giant moon-shaped space station with a super laser.
  • At one point, Viridi says that Pit and Palutena have a "mutual admiration society." She also later says "Anything Palutena can do, I can do better."
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  • Pyrrhon mentions reading up on the Aurum on Divinipedia.
  • The Hedgehog Claws' idol mentions that the weapon's main characteristic is the large speed boost it provides to its user, referencing the main ability of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • In the game, there's an enemy called "Collin" that can only be killed when you hit back the enemy it fires. The idol for this enemy says the name of the fired enemy is "Phil", and the idol is named "Collin and Phil". Flip the two names around...
  • While Pit is talking about clubs with Viridi, he says, "Talk softly and carry a big stick!", a phrase coined by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • The Laser Blade used by the Great Sacred Treasure makes the same sounds as a Lightsaber as it's being swung around.
  • During the tutorial, Pit asks if Palutena will be sending him a machine-gun-toting robot girlfriend, a reference to Curly Brace from Cave Story.
  • In the Chaos Vortex level, Hynden Walch (voice of Viridi) starts slipping in and out of her Princess Bubblegum voice. At first, it's rather subtle, with her at one point calling Pit a "dingle brain" in Bubblegum's style of speaking. Then, later in the level, she says, word for word, and in the same style of the Adventure Time promos, "What time is it?"
  • Danny Mann, the English voice actor for Thanatos, is very clearly doing his best Ed Wynn impersonation.

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