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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.
  • Barbarous: Tavern of Emyr has several in a bit of Spy Speak between Emyr and O'rho.
  • Emma, the DJ from Barrow Hill, is an obvious, albeit younger, Shout-Out to Stevie, the female DJ from John Carpenter's The Fog (1980).
  • 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".
  • Bear With Me: A few examples:
  • 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:
  • Bush Whacker 2 is chock full of these. One of the most notable examples is the game's art-style and gameplay premise, which are homages to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and the ability to cut down things like grass and bushes in The Legendof Zelda series respectively.

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  • EarthBound:
    • The game makes tons of references to The Beatles (of which Shigesato Itoi is a big fan), the most notable one being the yellow submarine.
    • The series also has a lot of old pop culture, such as The Runaway Five being a reference to The Blues Brothers, which was so obvious they were changed for the American translation. There's also a reference to the Barrett Strong song "Money That's What I Want".
    • The Apple Kid's mouse's self-introduction is a near-exact quote of the opening sentences of I Am a Cat; only the species has been changed.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The series in general has plenty of shout outs. Almost all of the gods in the series are named after people who have worked on the series, and many NPCs have names that reference other fictional characters (such as Lucien Lachance and Vincente Valteri), sports teams (Tarhiel), and characters from folklore ("Springheel" Jakben of Imbel).
    • Morrowind:
      • At least one of the developers seems to have really liked Pokémon. Weepingbell Hall, Marowak's Spine, Peke Utchoo, etc.
      • One of the developers went to Duke, so, being a big fan of Duke basketball, there is an easter egg sword called Eltonbrand that you get by retrieving Shashev's Key (among other requirements). Elsewhere in the game, you come across a (likely dead) enchanter who believed he could fly named "Tarhiel".
      • The very name "Morrowind" could be a reference to The Elf Queen of Shannara, which features the island of Morrowindl, which also has an active volcano being held in check by magic.
      • In Omalen Ancestral tomb, the corpse of an adventurer can be found crushed under a rock due to a cave in. There's a scroll that records his last thoughts, signed "Indie". It also mentions that his father made jokes about his childhood pet.
      • The Bjorn ice cave on Solstheim has a skeletal corpse with his feet stuck to the ceiling and a sword just out of his reach down below. He apparently didn't use the force.
      • Two sections of the Temple canton in Vivec City are called the Hall of Justice and the Hall of Wisdom.
    • Oblivion:
      • One of the ruined Ayleid cities is named Vindeisel.
      • One quest involves a floating inn being hijacked by a group of bandits, and when asked who the main character is, there's an option to reply "I'm just the ship's cook".
      • In the Shivering Isles expansion, there's a unique chest called the Dark Chest of Wonders. Any doubt that it's a Nightwish reference is erased when you crack it and find the Ring of the Oceanborn.
      • The Blue Suede Shoes item is a reference to the song by Carl Perkins.
      • In another Indiana Jones shout for the series, a quest wherein a rival treasure hunter tries to take your spoils right as you emerge from a trap-filled ruin is named "Nothing You Can Possess".
    • Skyrim has so many it needed its own page.
  • Elite calls its two lowest combat ratings "Harmless" and "Mostly Harmless".
  • The graphical roguelike Elona features as a potential player class, the Claymore: a mostly-female Half-Human Hybrid with silver eyes and inhuman dodging capabilities, with the ability to heal quickly (but at a price).
  • Emerald City Confidential is a Film Noir "retelling" of the Land of Oz books. At one point, busts of L. Frank Baum and the game creator, Dave Gilbert, show up.
  • Enchanter: The road leading west from the starting point has signs along it writing out a message one word at a time in the style of Burma-Shave billboards.
    Why
    are
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    west
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    castle
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    Burma
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  • In Endless Ocean: Blue World, after befriending the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, the narration says "You caught the wild Pacific white-sided dolphin! Give it a nickname..? What? Wrong game? Oh."
  • In the German Amiga game Enemy: Tempest of Violence, the antagonists are a ruthless alien race known as the Tschahis. "Tschahi" is a German phonetic rendering of the surname of Eric Chahi, creator of Another World, a game which Enemy not coincidentally resembles.
  • Escape Velocity:
  • The doujin game Eternal Fighter Zero has many references to Key/Visual Arts works, as well as for other fighting games.
  • One system in EVE Online contains a massive black monolith.
  • The MMORPG EverQuest is full of these. Ironically, it is against the rules for players to name themselves in such a fashion, but it is fine for the designers to name NPCs to make a shout out.

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  • In Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind, when you're in the downtown part of the city while searching for Ayumi, a night club promoter mentions that while Ayumi isn't at the bar, they do have a Rei and an Asuka.
  • 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 Project 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.
  • The Formula: A goal called "Cue That Bee Movie Reference" is completed for getting 15 B-Power.
  • 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".
  • Friday Night Funkin' Vs Cassandra: A school bell can be heard ringing in the background of Berzerker, in a reference to Pico's School, the game Cassandra originates from.
  • 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 1984, 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:
  • Hamsterdam: One of the items that you can make Pimm wear is a yellow jacket known as "Bruce Lee".
  • 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.
  • Hell Let Loose's Update 7 trailer blatantly references 3 other famous Works Set in World War II, not helped that the game is also set in similar locations as them. They are: Fury (2014) (the scene where Sherman tanks are shown engaging a Tiger head-on), Band of Brothers (the Urban Warfare in Carentan, complete with execution of a German paratrooper by a US paratrooper), and Saving Private Ryan (the assault on the radar station).
  • Hell Pie:
    • The fly-cherub mutants are clearly based on the titular monster from The Fly (1958), with various teleporters that created them based on their design from the 1986 film.
    • The last scene at Lil' Smoke's crib is an homage to the Signature Scene from Scarface.
    • Jaques Huseau's fate — eating so much that he explodes, still alive but with his rib-cage exposed — is similar to Mr. Creosote from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
    • One of the costumes you can unlock in the third room in Greed is based on the title character from Pumpkin Jack.
  • 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.
  • Her Majestys Spiffing:
  • 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.
  • One of the bosses in Ki Ki Kai Kai for the SNES (Pocky and Rocky in the west) is a Dracula-themed scientist. His name? Dr. Lee.
  • 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.
  • Kung Fu Chivalry, a Macintosh beat-em-up released just a year after Street Fighter II, has several shout-outs to it:
    • The first player character's special moves are ostensibly based on Guile's Sonic Boom and Somersault/Flash Kick.
    • Characters display Circling Birdies when stunned.
    • The third boss wears a mask similar to Vega, which breaks when he is defeated.
    • The fourth boss is a thunder-thighed amazon reminiscent of Chun Li, with Ryu/Ken's Hurricane Kick, Blanka's Electric Thunder, and M. Bison's Psycho Crusher.
    • The ending screen depicts the cast of bosses bruised and bandaged similar to SF II's defeat portraits.
    • Shout-outs to other franchises:

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  • 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 Legend of Heroes: Trails:
    • Trails In The Sky has a number to some including Falcom's other RPG franchise Ys:
      • One can't really help but suspect that Anelace's outfit was intentionally designed to resemble Adol's "classic" armor.
      • On the Glorious, after Estelle tries and fails to break down an electrified pillar barrier with her staff:
      Estelle: So much for my career as Estelle the Wall-Crusher, I guess...
    • Trails From Zero:
      • You can decorate KeA's room with Penpen doll from Zwei II.
      • Randy's Jukebox plays a jazz remix of Tower of the Shadow of Death.
      • Elie's music box is Chris' from Legend of Heroes III: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, down to the tune it plays.
      • The slots minigame has characters from Ys I.
      • The Jack, Queen, and King cards used in the Poker and Blackjack minigames have characters from both Zwei games, Brandish and Gurumin.
      • A state surrounded by an empire and a republic? The Hero comes from outside of the capital? Said empire occupying the state and our heroes must free their hometown from their grasp? And super-powered humans who play a crucial role in the story? Hello Valkyria Chronicles.
      • Lloyd's final S-Craft (Meteor Breaker) and Dudley's first S-Craft (Justice Hammer) are references to Gawaine from The Legend of Heroes Gagharv Trilogy: A Tear of Vermillion.
      • Again from A Tear of Vermillion, you can fight a soldier named Douglas as part of sidequests.
      • Trails to Azure's title screen song is titled "Aoki Shizuku" (lit. "Blue Tears"). The Japanese title of A Tear of Vermillion? "Akai Shizuku".
      • Tio's Orbal Staff exhibits a few similarities to the Intelligent Devices from Nanoha, Raising Heart in appearance and Bardiche in function.
    • Trails of Cold Steel:
      • Towards the end of the first game, "Dost thou desire the power?" is said by Valimar.
      • The chef at Thors' Student Union is named Ramsay.
      • A trio of villains consisting of a short-haired male planner, a hulking man with a huge weapon and a stripperiffic female mage, Gideon, Vulcan and Scarlet or Guruda, Gadis and Bammy? For extra points, the Imperial Liberation Front's motto is written in Latin while Guruda and co were aligned with the Romun Empire.
      • Another shoutout to Ys happens in the Chapter 3 free day if you happen to choose to bond with Laura and help her shop- she finds a Dogi strap attractive.
      • In chapter 4 of the first game there is a quest named "Made for Walking" which involves walking around in a new pair of shoes, a reference to the Nancy Sinatra song "These Boots are made for Walking".
      • Loa Erebonius in Cold Steel I is a massive one to the Gagharv Trilogy and one fans have been wondering whether Falcom would make ever since FC regarding whether there was a connection between Erebonia as the name of the Empire and Erebonius, the Spirit of Darkness in Cagesong's summon magic system.
      • The Panzer Soldats bear a great resemblance to the Knightmare Frames of Code Geass. The resemblance is enhanced by the fact that C and Zero apparently use the same tailor.
      • The resemblance is made even stronger when, during their first appearance in the first game, the cutscenes actually shows them lowering some wheels next to or behind the Soldats' feet to allow them to skate around instead of having to walk really slowly.
      • Vulcan states before the party faces him in Chapter 6 of the original Cold Steel that "better to burn out than fade away," which is close to a line from the Neil Young song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." ("Rock and roll is here to stay / It's better to burn out than to fade away.")
      • One book that is prominently displayed in numerous bookshelves throughout the game is a mystery entitled "Who's gonna die first?" by someone named Christie.
      • In case you haven’t already notice, a number of the dating achievements in the English version of the first game were named after popular songs. This continues to some degree in Cold Steel II as well, although not simply with dating achievements. The one for using Burst 50 times this time around is titled "Smells Like Team Spirit."
      • There's also the final set of requests from Prince Olivert in Cold Steel II. One of them is "My Jormungand Don't Want None," a reference to the line "My anaconda don't want none" from "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. (The Jormungand is a serpent boss.) There's also "Ymir, Far, Wherever You Are," which is almost certainly a reference to "Near, far, wherever you are" from "My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion. (Love theme from Titanic (1997)) Another is called "Nord by Nord-east," which would seem to be a nod to an annual Canadian music festival, North by Northeast.
      • In Emma's bonding event in Roer in Cold Steel II, she mentions reading a book about "sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic." Or, in other words, Clarke's Third Law.
      • The "Red Moon Rose" books you collect in Cold Steel feature vampires. The collective name of their most powerful members? True Ancestors.
      • In the second game there is a quest called "I'll Make a Mech Out of You", a reference to the Mulan song "I'll make a man out of you".
      • Two of Rean's students in Cold Steel III are named Stark and Wayne.
      • Emma's bonding Trophy in Cold Steel III is titled "Emma Enchanted," a reference to the film Ella Enchanted. The one for Sara is titled "My Funny Valestein."
      • In Cold Steel 3, the end of the "Present Whereabouts" quest has Chammy give Cerberus Meat on the Bone.
      • In Cold Steel IV, there's a quest titled "I Want to Believe." Given that the quest involves fighting a cryptid Stock Ness Monster, this is almost certainly a shout-out to the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
      • One of the Trial Chest enemies in Cold Steel IV is called Magnum Dong.
      • An early sidequest in the third game which involves helping out with a certain spice is simply called "The Spice Must Flow".
      • Arc-en-Ciel, the name of one of Crossbell's most popular entertainment groups, bears more than a little similarity to 'L'Arc~en~Ciel'', one of Japan's biggest rock bands. The similarities do stop right there, though, as Arc-en-Ciel has a different number of members, not to mention the type of entertainment they provide (dance performances instead of rock concerts) and the members' gender.
      • After the party gains use of the Merkabah in in Cold Steel IV, Rean finds Celine hanging out in the cabin area drinking from a bowl of milk. He comments "Uh... Got milk, Celine?"
  • 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...
  • Levelhead: The cutscene "RUN GR-18!" which describes Lizumis say they have an airless tire which "never gives you up, never lets you down".
  • 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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  • Parkasaurus:
    • One of the "hats" is an Elizabethan collar called the Cone of Shame, a nickname that originates from Up.
    • The node on the science tree that unlocks the second-tier garbage bins is called Captain Planet.
    • One of the decorations added in the Sea Monsters DLC is a pineapple house, like the one Sponge Bob Squarepants lives in.
  • 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.
  • Pixelo: The background called Animal Farm has "All animals are equal" as the description.
  • 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.
  • Prehistoric Kingdom:
    • Nigel Marven being involved in the running of a park full of prehistoric animals is a clear reference to his role in Prehistoric Park, with him even stating in one of his quotes about Triceratops that he “prefers names beginning with T” for the genus, in reference to Prehistoric Park’s resident Triceratops Theo.
    • The Torvosaurus’ Volcanic skin has colourations very similar to the Torvosaurus from Dinosaur Revolution, particularly in the head region
    • There are, of course, numerous references to Jurassic Park and the rest of the Jurassic franchise:
      • One of the maps just so happens to be on Costa Rica
      • Among the messages that flash by on the loading screens - next to "Ruffling feathers..." and "Going back in time..." is "Sparing no Expense..."
      • One of Nigel Marven’s quotes about Tyrannosaurus states that “your favourite dinosaur movie” depicted T. rex as having poor eyesight
      • Nigel Marven’s advisory role in this game is highly reminiscent of the park staff from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis and Jurassic World: Evolution
  • The Prince Of Landis:
  • In Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, push 20 enemies off ledges and you get an achievement titled "This is Persia!"
  • Pumpkin Jack: The hook-weapon you get after beating the Scarecrow bares a striking resemblance to a Cooper Family cane.

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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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  • Understand: The theme of level 8-? is references to other puzzle games. The rule is that you have to highlight the name of the game being referenced.
    • 8-?-2 is a straight-forward reference that spells out the title of The Witness and displays some symbols from it.
    • 8-?-3 references Baba Is You, and even uses the Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue... poem from the "Poem" level.
    • 8-?-4 shows you a sentence along with the main character from Fez.
    • 8-?-5 shows you the Portal logo, a companion cube and another portal. The portals are functioning, and necessary for spelling out "PORTAL".
  • Unison League:

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  • VGA Miner: To The Hobbit when the game ends:
    — Thanks for playing Miner VGA. Hope you had a good time. May the hair on your toes never fall off... Frodo

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