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  • The song that plays in the early routes of the first generation of games sounds suspiciously similar to "Polly Wolly Doodle". If you listen closely, the harmony sounds a bit like the "Flea Waltz".
  • Let's not forgetting the "chorus" of Cinnabar Island sounding near-identical to that of "Sing Hosanna"...
  • The first few bars of Prof. Oak's lab theme in Generations I and III (and later the theme for his radio show in Gens. II and IV) sounds nearly identical to the first few bars of the "Chinese Dance" (or "Tea") from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. It also bears some strong resemblance to the old sea shanty "Goodbye, Fare Thee Well".
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  • The theme for Route 29 in Gold and Silver (and their respective remakes) sounds very similar to both the original Route 1 theme and "O Susanna".
  • The first part of the theme for Route 30 (also from G/S/C) is similar to Blaster Master's Area 1 theme.
  • The Primal Dialga theme from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky is suspiciously similar to the Bowser Jr. battle theme from Super Mario Galaxy. On a similar note, the music that plays in Fall City Harbor for Pokémon Ranger sounds very much like Peach's theme from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Route 209 (from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum) shares an extremely similar tune to the choruses of Electric Light Orchestra's "Telephone Line" and Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes".
  • The music in the Celestial Tower in Black and White sounds quite a bit like a mix of the "Green Memories" & "Secret of the Forest" tracks in Chrono Trigger, "Sanctuary Dungeon" in 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past' and "Chronopolis" in Chrono Cross. Remarkably, it starts off already sounding very Chrono Trigger/Cross-ish through the intro, and then when the primary melody comes in, the first few bars are practically a note-for-note copy of "Secret of the Forest". It might be dismissable as a coincidence if it was only the intro, but the fact that it happens twice in the same piece strongly suggests that the composer definitely had the Chrono series in mind when he wrote this piece.
    • While we're on the topic of Pokemon B/W and Chrono Trigger, the music in Icirrus City shares the same beat and time signature, along with very similar instrumentation and overall feel, as CT's Millennial Fair music.
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  • Black/White and Black 2/White 2's encounter theme for the backpacker sounds similar to the Mickey Mouse Club March.
  • Let's add some Touhou. The Final N battle theme has parts of "Now, until the moment you die" from Highly Responsive to Prayers about 0:47 onward.
  • The opening bar of the "Farewell" track fromfirst Pokémon Black and White is pretty much exactly the same as the start of Mother 3's famous "Love Theme". Other parts bear resemblance to "To Far Away Times" from Chrono Trigger.
  • In Black and White, Route 10's music has also been compared to "Run, My Dog, Run!" from Mother 3, while the surfing theme sounds very similar to "The Green Train's Fun, Too!" from the same game.
  • The Surf theme in Pokémon X and Y is (with the exception of a single skipped beat at the end of the loop) bar-for-bar like the theme from the Comet Observatory in Super Mario Galaxy. Transpose the Surf music one semitown down and increase its tempo from 156 to 175 and they literally can play in sync with one another.
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  • Team Charm's Theme from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky sounds suspiciously like the theme from Charlie's Angels.
  • The Victory Road Theme from "Pokemon Blackand White" & "Pokemon Blackand White 2" is somewhat similar to "Fanatics' Tower" from "Final Fantasy VI".
  • The theme for Serene Village in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is almost a swung rendition of "Kids Run Through the City" from Final Fantasy VI.
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