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  • Backyard Sports: Oh, where to start. Reese Worthington makes tons of Star Wars references, Dmitri Petrovich talks about many computer languages, and Sunny Day has a Putt-Putt watch. There are many more, too many to fit on this page.
  • In Bacon Man: An Adventure, two of the titular character's alternate skins make him look like Papyrus and Earthworm Jim.
  • The realm Star Kriege from Ball Revamped 3: Andromeda looks like something from Star Wars. There are T.I.E. starfighters in the background and "Kriege" means "wars" in German.
  • Emma, the DJ from Barrow Hill, is an obvious, albeit younger, Shout-Out to Stevie, the female DJ from John Carpenter's The Fog.
  • Level 8 in Battle for Dream Island Again episode 5b has a box styled like the Companion Cube from Portal. Like in Portal, it becomes your companion in level 9 and is left behind in level 10 by falling into a bottomless pit. Still better than being incinerated.
  • In Olivia's second Story Mode path in Battle Fantasia, she encounters a mysterious stranger who calls himself the "Romance Knight" (actually a masked Ashley) and is basically a walking shout-out to Tuxedo Kamen from Sailor Moon. He tosses a single rose at his opponent, signaling his arrival, and then gives a short speech about love and devotion before disappearing.
  • Battle Princess Madelyn: The opening sequence of Madelyn being told a story by her Grandfather, as well as playing a video game that is clearly Minecraft by another (unmentioned) name, is based on the Framing Device of The Princess Bride.
  • The easy mode for single-player in Battlefield: Bad Company has the line "hear the lamentations of... uhh...the people they know".
  • The Beatles: Rock Band:
    • Playing "Yellow Submarine" leads to a shout out to the movie of the same name. The band wears the same outfits as they do in the film, and the submarine itself is very similar to the one in the movie.
    • Playing "I Am the Walrus" leads to a shout out to the sequence with the song in the Magical Mystery Tour film.
  • The Beauties Battle tutorial contains a reference to Skyrim.
  • Beyond Good & Evil has a reference to its creator's most well-known work, the Rayman series, in the form of one of its photographable animals. The animal is a cartoonish mosquito found frequently in the Rayman universe, and has the species name A. raymanis. The main character of another Michel Ancel production, Tonic Trouble, appears as the Mascot of the game's brand of healing items in a Parody Commercial.
  • BioForge: Two dropships named Roenick and Chelios, in reference to two then-players of the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • In the Bionic Commando remake, you can find a Tricell billboard. There's also a billboard with a Servbot.
  • When Helen, Tom, and Luke are on the run from the police and the Mega-Corp and escape to Mars in the Visual Novel Bionic Heart, Luke's alias is Lucas Walker.
  • BioShock:
    • BioShock has many of these.
      • Many of them are references to Ayn Rand and her works (Rapture's society was founded on Randian and Objectivist philosophy).
      • One of the major characters is named Atlas. Another is coyly named Andrew Ryan.
      • There are a number of posters plastered around saying "Who is Atlas?".
      • Fontaine in his final mutated form resembles the famous statue of Atlas as seen on the cover of Atlas Shrugged.
      • Each bottle of Arcadia Merlot is embossed with the name "Fountainhead Cabarnet Sauvignon", as in The Fountainhead, another of Rand's novels.
      • Sander Cohen may be a reference to the pre-WWI playwright, songwriter, dancer, and director George M. Cohen. Sander Cohen and George M. Cohen both have a similar appearance and a similar way of criticizing people who do not perform a piece perfectly. However, George is less likely to kill you for it.
      • Non-Rand: One of the books in the library is titled Headology.
      • "Would you kindly find a crowbar or something?"
    • In BioShock 2, a poster for Sofia Lamb's services looks extremely like the "Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg" billboard from The Great Gatsby.
  • The BIT.TRIP series has several:
    • The second boss of Beat is pretty much a sideways version of Breakout.
    • The second boss battle in Core is a direct Shout-Out to Missile Command. You have to use your laser to zap the "missiles" (Bits) before they reach the cities below.
    • The bonus stages in Runner are designed similarly to Pitfall, where Commander Video has to run through a jungle collecting bars of gold while avoiding unattended campfires.
  • Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King has a few:
    • The game's intro references The Legend of Zelda by implying that Grandpa has told stories about Link before.
    • The Mario franchise is more subtly referenced in a quote from an NPC, who says he doesn't sell mushroom soup to "people who look like mushrooms" because that'd just be weird. He does add that they have a lovely princess, however.
    • Shovel Knight is also namedropped in a minor bit of dialogue.
  • Boktai is stuffed with references to Westerns, most commonly Spaghetti Westerns. The main characters are named Django (after the protagonist of the Django movies, played by Franco Nero) and Sabata (after the protagonist of The Sabata Trilogy, played by Lee Van Cleef and Yul Brynner). Django kills vampires by getting them into the sunlight - to do this, he has to drag their coffins, which they sleep in, outside, referencing how the Django from the movie carries a Gatling gun in a coffin he drags along behind him. In Boktai 2, at a certain point, you encounter a character who is obviously Solid Snake, but it's actually a dual Shout-Out - he declines to identify himself, instead calling himself a "man with no name", a Shout-Out to Clint Eastwood's character from the Dollars Trilogy (which is nonetheless in character for Snake). To further the reference, he's dressed with no bandanna, but with combed-back hair, a dark blue shirt, and tight brown jeans, the same outfit worn by the Man With No Name in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly during the scene where Tuco tries to hang him in the hotel room.
  • The first game in Bubble Bobble series does shout outs in all directions.
  • Buddy Rush:
    • When you clear a mission, there's a chance your helpers will compliment you by calling you "Magic Hands". In an earlier version of the game, they actually called you "God Hand".
    • A ruins-themed chapter has items related to Indiana Jones (whip, hat and Holy Grail).
    • A mushroom item obviously has a description that alludes to Super Mario Bros..
  • The Worldbuilder game Bug Hunt is an homage to the original Alien movie. Scientist gets Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong, Chest Burster hatches, and causes havoc around the space station.
  • Burger Shop:
  • The main storyline of Bushwhacker 2 involves searching for the king's daughter, who was kidnapped by bandits. When you finish chasing one of the bandits through a desert on the first island and corner him at the local dock, he says "Sorry, but your princess is in another desert!" before jumping in a boat and taking off.

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  • In Fap Titans, the Poke-monster is a shout out to Pokémon.
  • In Fate/stay night (a Visual Novel already full of shoutouts to old legends and myths), there are skits that you earn depending on how many "Bad Ends" you receive. The second of these skits features Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Matou, two of the game's heroines, in a rather blatant Shout-Out to the Touhou series, complete with danmaku patterns and parodies of the Spell Card activations.
  • First Encounter Assault Recon:
    • In F.E.A.R, the office building has a couple of shout-outs to Office Space - namely Milton's trademarked Red Stapler (no Swingline label, though), and TPS Reports scattered on the floor.
    • F.E.A.R. 2 has a few shout-outs to various Internet phenomena and other forms of media, such as:
      • A reference to the infamous Onyxia Wipe animation on a computer console.
      • "Two Beans One Cup Latte" on a menu at a cafe — a reference, of course, to the coprophiliac, uh, "classic" Two Girls One Cup.
  • Fisher-Diver has a Shout-Out to The Most Dangerous Game in the form of a character named Captain Connell.
  • Forza Motorsport 4's "Drift" events have a white Toyota AE86 drifting through a corner. Players can get an achievement for doing 88 miles per hour in the Delorean, and different badges and titles (avatars and such shown in-game) usually have a shoutout - buying a Ford Falcon XB will give you the "Last of the V8s" badge.
  • Someone on the localization team for Fossil Fighters liked silly Internet memes. In addition to one NPC wondering what the worth of a man's life is ("...guarding a miserable pile of secrets?"), another gets in a "DO NOT WANT."
  • Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, a fairly obscure Sierra game:
  • An in-game newspaper in Fret Nice talks about the new hit band "Grinning Colossus".
  • Frozen Synapse's RED expansion has, at the bottom-right of the first challenge map (outside the actual map boundaries), a dwarf.

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  • Half-Life:
    • Half-Life: Opposing Force has a lot of fun with these. The Drill Sergeant Nasty in the training mission barks lines from Full Metal Jacket. The wisecracking soldiers riding in the chopper with you at the start of the game quote a line or two from Aliens. And later in the game, there's a puzzle where you have to activate a gearbox and open a valve, referencing Valve Corporation (developers of Half-Life) and Gearbox Software (creators of Opposing Force).
    • Half-Life 2:
      • One of the rebels is named Winston, possibly in reference to Winston Smith, protagonist of Nineteen Eighty-Four, from which the game gets a lot of its influence.
      • Dr. Kleiner's pet headcrab is called "Lamarr" and sometimes "Hedy". This is a Shout-Out to Hedy Lamarr who, aside from being a rather attractive actress, co-invented the early form of the frequency-hopping technology vital to modern wireless communication.
      • "That's Hedley!!!"
      • "Great Scott!"
  • Overlord Hol's description in Half-Minute Hero reads: "The last evil lord Noire went to. He can emit a giant laser. If only he had sharks." It also has a fully monochrome level with a boss named CATS, complete with references to the "All your base are belong to us" meme.
  • The Halloween Hack:
    • A guy and his cat in Twoson reenact a Garfield strip.
    • The Final Boss shows up looking like a modified Uboa.
    • The Id boss was based on one of the Final Bosses from SaGa 3. Specifically, it was meant to be an inversion.
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak has the character search the world for three coloured marbles and insert them into a pedestal in a triangular fashion so you can pull a legendary "weapon" from a stone, whilst a familiar chest-opening score plays...
  • Harvest Moon:
    • Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility features a pair of carpenter's apprentices named Bo and Luke, who even share hair colors with their counterparts from The Dukes of Hazzard (Bo's got blond hair and Luke's a brunette). Their personalities are inverted, though: Luke's the impulsive apprentice, and Bo's the rational one.
    • Harvest Moon: Animal Parade has a few more:
      • In one of Animal Parade's events, Calvin can find Owen and Luke attempting to demolish a very historic wall in the mines and, scolding them, cry that "It belongs in a museum!"
      • The Pantsuit item has, as its description, "A suit for taking care of business and working overtime."
  • The acronym for the titular unit of H.A.W.X. may be a reference to HAWC from the novels by Dale Brown.
  • Hellgate: London, features a Wart, a young boy with a prosthetic leg, who will give you his spare pegleg to use as a weapon. This is a reference to a similar, but more obnoxious, character from Diablo II, Wirt, whose pegleg can be used as a weapon. This is made more explicit by the Peg Leg having the flavor text "This won't cost me 50 Palladium, will it?", a reference to Wirt's tendency to charge the player character for anything he can get away with — most noticeably, access to his shop of rare items. Hellgate: London was developed by many of the same people as the two Diablo games. Also, there's a usable cricket bat called Shaun's Trusty Sidekick.
  • One of the characters in Homeworld, Group Captain Elson, is named after Peter Elson, an artist who inspired the artistic design of the game.
  • The [adult swim].com original game House of Dead Ninjas is a Retraux affair designed to resemble an early NES game - and even comes with a manual. The first enemy profiled, Niji, is described as "a Pretty Cool Guy" who runs straight ahead "and doesn't afraid of anything", which may be more memetic than referential. But then it says he likes to pretend he's a girl and calls himself "Ninjetta" - a reference to Birdo's profile in the original Super Mario Bros. 2 manual. Most of the enemies are based on classic Mario or Zelda enemies; the stone-faced crusher Gror is basically a Thwomp, while Magicloke is a Wizzrobe (note the name).

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  • From the Tsukihime "sequel" Kagetsu Tohya:
    • There is a shoutout to the boxing manga/anime Hajime no Ippo. For comedy purposes Ciel uses a fighting style she calls "The Hitman Style" and assumes a stance similar to that of Mashiba Ryo, the character who uses that style in Hajime no Ippo. This is a reference to this manga because Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, the real-life boxer who this style was based on, did not call his style "the Hitman Style".
    • Arc, in her cat form, counters this by avoiding the punches in an "oddly familiar circular motion", a reference to Ippo's "Dempsey Roll" and peek-a-boo style.
  • The arcade beat'em-up Karate Blazers by Visco, which can be found all over the place in Flash game form, references Black Rain in its third boss, identical triplets who all look like Sato, the bad guy of the film. The weirdest shout out is the fourth boss: a morbidly obese man dressed exactly like Nadia from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
  • The hotel manager in killer7 bares an uncanny resemblance to Edo Macalister, the hotel manager from Flower, Sun and Rain. Furthermore, when you talk to him, Gymnopedie plays in the background, the main theme of hotel Flower Sun & Rain.
  • Killer Instinct:
    • A few of the fighters are reminiscent of characters from other works, like skeleton warrior Spinal coming right out of Jason and the Argonauts, werewolf Sabrewulf being loosely based on a character of the same name also from a Rare game, or the resident alien Glacius sporting the Shapeshifting abilities of the T-1000.
    • For the 2013 reboot, Tusk mostly borrows from Conan the Barbarian, with the physical appearance of Marvel's Thor, the backstory of Vandal Savage and a little bit of the Last Dragonborn sprinkled on for flavour. More amusingly, many fans have pointed out that he looks a bit like a jacked-up, tattooed, and shirtless barbarian version of the famous fighting game YouTube personality Maximilian Dood, which may have even been intentional on the part of the developers - Sabrewulf has a skin that looks like Max's dog, Benny.
    • There also is Eyedol's parodic ending, in which a woman in purple approaches him claiming that he's her long lost son Billy, lost in a car incident, and that she gave him his bracelets for his birthday-mirroring exactly the epilogue of Blanka in Street Fighter II. Minus the last scene...
  • Kindergarten:
    • The first game:
      • The player character has a very pixelated poster for The Force Awakens in his room.
      • Lily getting blood dumped on her at the end of Cindy's route is an obvious one of Carrie.
    • Kindergarten 2:
      • With a bit of a playful Take That!: The developers apparently saw Matpat's video on the subject of how many nuggets would be needed to survive the fall into the Nugget Cave, because now there are even fewer nuggets to cushion the fall than the first game, and there is a message that, while some theorize it should be bigger, apparently it's enough.
      • In the Monstermon card ending, half of the characters turn into dust and fade away after Nugget snaps his fingers, and Nugget, not being satisfied with half, snaps again and the other half is struck by the same lightning as in the first game's secret ending. It serves as a Continuity Nod to Cindy's line when she dies in this ending in the first game, which is coincidentally extremely similar to Spider-Man's infamous line from the movie:
        Cindy: Ms. Applegate, I don't feel so good...
      • The main character has changed the poster in his bedroom to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
      • A mission that involves a dodgeball game is titled "If You Can Dodge a Nugget".
      • The mission where you help Monty create drugs in chemistry class is called "Breaking Sad".
      • The name for the mission "The Hitman's Potty Guard" is a reference to the movie The Hitman's Bodyguard.
      • A girl named Penny turns out to have been a robot (or rather, a Cyborg) all along, only to get torn to pieces in the end. Where have we seen that before?
    • The in-game card game Monstermon is a mix between Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon, and the cards contain several Shout-Outs in themselves.
      • Blue Eyes Gold Dragon is based on Blue Eyes White Dragon. Lampshaded by the card's description, which says "Please don't sue us".
      • Faptain Calcon is Captain Falcon, but with his initials swapped.
      • Cactus Outlaw is the Cactuar from the Final Fantasy series.
      • Man-With-Long-Arms is likely Slenderman from The Slender Man Mythos.
      • Giraffe Serpent is likely a Girafarig from Pokémon, while Lonely Dragon looks strikingly like a Charizard.
      • Dune Worm is a shoutout to the Sandworms from Dune.
      • Dank Magician, Mystical Tomato, and Pot of Grease are Yu-Gi-Oh card Shout-Outs.
      • Legendary Sword is clearly the Master Sword from the The Legend of Zelda series. The way you get it is a reference to the Lost Woods puzzle that has appeared in multiple games from the franchise.
      • Monstrous Flytrap is based on Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.
  • Kingdom of Loathing gives shout-outs to absolutely anything and everything. It would be easier to list things which it doesn't reference.
  • In King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne, the Batmobile will come out of Hagatha's Cave while the Batman theme plays.
  • Knights of the Old Republic has a few.
    • The most obvious one is Bastila, who is a slightly more developed version of Aribeth from an earlier BioWare game.
    • "Canderous" was also the name of a minor NPC in Castlekeep.

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  • La-Mulana, aside from the general homage to the MSX, has many references to specific games, some of them quite obscure:
    • A ROM combo involving Castlevania will make your whip more powerful. Also, Lemeza's whip upgrades are the same as the Belmonts' from various Castlevania games.note 
    • Two ROM combinations let you play parodies of Parodius and Snatcher.
    • Combining the two Metal Gear ROMs will make a "!" appear over you when you solve a puzzle.
    • Many of Elder Xelpud's seemingly-nonsensical quotes allude to MSX games:
      • "With my spare money, all I could buy was Salamander. I always got the bad ending." In the MSX Salamander, you need to have Nemesis 2 in the second cartridge slot to get the good ending.
      • "Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B A. What's that?" None of Konami's MSX games uses the Konami Code, which originated on NES/Famicom games, and Xelpud is a staunch Famicom hater.
      • "I wonder what happened to Venom? I haven't seen him since I heard him laughing while in a time slip. I certainly hope he's doing well." Venom is the Big Bad of the MSX Nemesis 2 and 3, and the ending of Nemesis 3 has the protagonist fleeing from him in a time warp.
      • "I can't believe that Simon is a model pervert." (Simon Belmont is described that way in the MSX mahjong game Hai no Majutsushi, also known as Mahjong Wizard.
    • The Bragging Rights Punishment is a Shout-Out to Dragon Quest II. Yes.
    • One fish enemy in the Spring in the Sky has an iron pipe sticking out of its crotch, like the hero of Ashguine 2, and the background music for that stage, "Curse of IRON PIPE," is based on a theme from that game (which is why it had to be replaced in the WiiWare version). The game is also referenced in Elder Xelpud's ramblings.
  • La Tale has a minigame named Dot Nuri, which is a clear shout out to Super Mario Bros., right down to the low-res mushroom enemies.
  • Lands of Lore:
    • When you examine a random bush, you get a response: "Is that a Pseudobushia Hugiflora?" Pseudobushia Hugiflora is a talking plant you have to grow in The Legend of Kyrandia (both games were made by Westwood Studios).
    • Likewise, both in Lands of Lore and Legend of Kyrandia you can find a "Piscata Rosea" item.
  • The Last Remnant has a few Shout-Outs, but at least three to Devil May Cry.
    • The two yama NPCs in Athlum and Ghor are named Vergil and Dante, respectively.
    • Rush (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch) at one point shouts "Jackpot!"
    • A tournament's slogan is "Welcome back to the stage of history!"
    • Almost all of the Remnants and formations are shout outs to previous entries in the SaGa series. Then there's the Bilqis, a weapon that looks like a cross between an axe and a chainsaw...
  • In Life: the Game, the "date" level has Zoidberg from Futurama as one of the potential dates.
  • One line in The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure is a Title Drop for the M. R. James work, A Warning To The Curious, that provided much of the inspiration for the game's storyline.
  • A subtle one: At one point in Lost Planet 2, you have to fend off a giant (nearly) invincible Sand Worm type creature in a desert. It has scurrying legs at its front that are suspiciously identical to those possessed by the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind — similarly invincible insect creatures inhabiting an Earth that's largely desert.

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  • The half-sunken Statue of Liberty at the end of the Coastal course in the original Need for Speed.
  • Neverwinter Nights:
    • The first game has a reference to an Archdruid named Getafix.
    • Neverwinter Nights 2:
      • In the core campaign, the greeter in the Moonstone Mask festhall is named "Evlyn". In the back, you'll find a dancer named "Teelah". It's a nice shout-out to Masters of the Universe.
      • In Mask of the Betrayer, you can find an item named the Astral Rodent Charm with the inscription "To M..." on the back. This is a shout out to Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster.
      • A Dance with Rogues, a fan module series, includes the premade character Lyanna Stormborn, as a Shout-Out to A Song of Ice and Fire (which actually did inspire a lot of the story). The player's adventures seem somewhat similar to those of Arya Stark, after all.
  • In NieR, the hero is asked to save a prince from a forbidden shrine who is searching for his mask. When the prince is found and he finds his mask, the screen goes letter box as the camera gives a slight bird's eye-view of the prince, his mask spinning in midair a little bit over his outstretched hand. This perfectly mirrors "Item Found" cutscenes of the 3D The Legend of Zelda games. It also comes complete with a Suspiciously Similar Song version of the Zelda fanfare.
  • Horror game Night Blights has, around the house, countless toys and a few other props. One such prop is a crystal statuette of a dragon which is quite clearly frozen in crystal. You can also find, on an upstairs wall, what looks to be a featherless Aku Aku.
  • In Night in the Woods:
  • In Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones, the screen after you come out of the maze in the mines features a fedora-wearing skeleton with a whip, which when spoken to says "Fortune and glory, lady... fortune and glory."
  • The Zeppelin in Ninja Gaiden Xbox heavily resembles the Hindenburg, and goes down in flames in a similar manner. "Oh, the humanity!"
  • No Man's Sky: Numerous.
    • The player can encounter ancient black monoliths that, when interacted with, imparts information to the player new information.
    • Resources are highlighted on player Heads Up Displays as groups of cubes.
    • One player ship resembles the Viper from Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Battlestar Galactica (2003) while the wingman ships shown in the trailers are reminiscent of Cobra Mk. 3 starships from Elite.
    • One of the planets shown in the "Infinite Worlds" trailer is called LV-426.
    • The Alien Temples shown in the "Portal" trailer resemble both certain black monoliths and certain ring-shaped portals.
    • The "I've Seen Things" trailer features narration reminiscent of the "Tears in Rain" speech from Blade Runner, provided by the same actor.
      "I've seen things... a few things before. Left the sun long behind... Galaxies waiting to be found. Planets rich in resources. Battles to be fought. Treasures unknown. The universe... you wouldn't believe."
    • One of the heavy metal alloys you can find is called Lemmium.
    • The top rank for number of words learned is Babelfish. One possible alien interaction is the receiving of a slug that goes in the player character's ear and teaches new words.
    • This quote from a Gek Plaque which can be found in a Gek-controlled planet:
      We are the masters of galaxies, the overlords of the cosmos. Each foe will submit with bended knee to the ALMIGHTY Gek Dominion. We are the FIRST SPAWN. Look upon our works and DESPAIR.
    • One of the damaged factories has you looping through time doing the same thing repeatedly, and one of the options to fix the problem is recharge the flux capacitor.
    • One very easy-to-miss one is what happens when you use the Pulse Drive to quickly reach distant planets. You quickly rush past sets of 2 parallel lines. This may seem inconsequential, but this is a subtle reference to many old space shooting games that used vector graphics, where parallel lines moved past the player constantly to indicate forward motion. Here's Star Wars Arcade as an example.
    • Star Wars:
      • One of the components a certain type of ship can have are solar panels on the side, like with TIE Fighters.
      • Some Freighters have a distinct flat wedge shape with a raised command deck at the back, much like Star Destroyers.
      • Automatically docking with a Space Station (which can be spherical) and rushing past the beams on the side with tall vertical lights on them is extremely reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon docking with the Death Star via a tractor beam from A New Hope.
  • In Nonstop Knight, an ad for gems says, "It's dangerous to go alone! Take these gems."
  • In one early season of Nexus Clash, hiding anywhere had a chance to send you to the Wood Between the Worlds.

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  • Perfect Dark:
    • Both games feature the "MagSec 4", a large handgun which fires in bursts. It's essentially the Auto 9 of RoboCop fame with a lighter paint scheme and a different name.
    • In Zero, Jack Dark's Heroic Sacrifice scene, where he draws enemy fire away from Joanna while she escapes, then is shot point-blank in the head by Mai Hem while on his knees after running out of ammo, almost exactly echoes Law Bruford's death at the hands of Cecile Newcastle in WinBack.
  • Pony Island:
    • There are multiple references to Undertale:
      • Louey himself is obviously a reference to Flowey. Aside from names, they both use "howdy, friend" and look innocent at first.
      • If you answer "Chara" when Hopeless Soul asks for your name, he will say "You might be in the wrong game."
      • Asmodeus talks to you in nothing but a black screen with slowly advancing text and ominous music and attacks the screen if you answer his questions wrong. Sound familiar?
      • Checking the Credits in Pony Island 3D only gets the message "Credit Where Credit Is Due," written in a mix of Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Wingdings.
    • One of the files when you exit to the desktop for the first time is called MissingNo. Interesting because it's a shout-out to a famous glitch in a game that's all about fixing and exploiting glitches.
    • One of the glitched option screens has a list of "Yes, No, Maybe, I Don't Know, and Can You Repeat the Question".
    • The way the colored version of Pony Island starts out as a bright and cheerful world and gradually decays into something more nightmarish is more than a little reminiscent of Eversion, including trees withering away and the screen briefly flickering at some points to a screen showing only a setting sun that looks similar to Eversion's World 4.
    • The I AM ERROR Room has ERROR with a design very similar to that other game he was in.
  • Wang-Tang from Power Stone is a homage to Goku from Dragon Ball, complete with a Super Saiyan-esque transformation, and is even voiced by a woman (Megumi Ogata), which also applies for Goku's Japanese voice. The game also shares its name with a special weapon from another Capcom game.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, push 20 enemies off ledges and you get an achievement titled "This is Persia!"

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  • The first phase of the boss of Raiden IV's second stage looks and behaves similarly to the stage 2 boss of DonPachi, while the third boss, which consists of multiple ships that first attack separately then combine, was apparently inspired by the third boss of Konami's old Raiden clone Lightning Fighters.
  • Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army:
    • There's a homeless NPC that you can encounter in Chapter 2 early on. After you bribe the Lucky Charm out of his hands, you can read his mind again to reveal him saying "You all assume I'm safe here in my hood, unless I try to start again." This is a shout out to Linkin Park's song, "Breaking the Habit".
    • Also in Chapter 2, Oboroguruma, a ghost car that appears at the full moon, says this:
  • Randal's Monday is filled with references to everything, from The Lord of the Rings to The Legend of Zelda to Terminator.
  • Freebie MMO Rappelz has many NPCs in the first area directly named after characters from the Ogre Battle strategy RPG series, at least in the English version.
  • The Revenge Of Shinobi features a boss fight with Spider-Man. And when you defeat him, he turns into Batman. Watch this video.
  • The Re-Volt RC car driving game has two tracks called "Toys in the Hood", set in peaceful suburbs.
  • Revolution X has several of these.
    • Mondor's nonplussed reaction to getting its legs blown off. "It's only a flesh wound!"
    • The credits end with a "Llamas Trained by" credit, and the screen starts flashing to complete the reference.
    • Steven Tyler crying out, "TOASTY!", when you shoot the Skull Bomb. Well, this was made at the height of Kombatmania. Not to mention it's the same developer.
    • In the Middle East level, Mortal Kombat II machines can be found.
    • "Welcome to the real Pleasuredome!" (Good ending only.)
    • Blow up the school bus in the Middle East and you get a screen informing you that "School's Out... Forever."
    • The New Order Nation's logo looks like a parody of the Nine Inch Nails logo.
    • The game itself is a nuttier take on Kilroy Was Here. A lot nuttier.
  • One of the items in Rule of Rose is a storybook titled The Little Princess. No, not that one. Although both the book and game explore the journey of an emotionally repressed orphan girl struggling to retain her moral integrity when faced with the stark realities of life in Victorian England, so the mistake is understandable.

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  • Yo! Noid 2: Enter the Void:
    • The names of the unlockable characters:
      • The default Noid is "None Pizza", a reference to the "None Pizza with Left Beef" meme.
      • "The Return" lets you play as a Noid who wears green, jumps higher, wiggles his legs while jumping, and skids to a stop, making him a clear parallel to Luigi. Additionally, his name in text boxes is "Mr. Green", confirming that he's the antagonist of the original game.
      • Crust 40 has you play as a Sonic-like Noid.
      • The pill-shaped Noid is selected through the "Proto Man" option. According to the text boxes, his name is Cappy.
    • In Swing Factory, there's a platform near the start with four notches, pepperonis in three of those notches, and a rock nearby. Putting the rock in the empty notch causes a mushroom named Oroki to appear, who says "Yahaha! You found me!"
    • The final boss of the game is a blue-haired man named Mike Hatsune. He also makes reference to creating a "vocal Noid".
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