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  • Development Gag: "Scribblenaut" spawns the original concept for the protagonist before he was changed to Maxwell. Your reward for 100% Completion of the first game is the ability to play as that character.
  • Follow the Leader: Before the game even came out (in fact, only a few days before), a web game called The Wizard's Notebook borrowed the game's central concept but with a much smaller dictionary.
  • Killer App: Even before its release, thousands of DS units were sold just for the first game.
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  • Manual Misprint: The manual for the first game mentions that you can buy levels from the Ollar shop, but this feature was axed from the final game and only exists in the form of an invisible button that causes the game to crash.
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  • Recursive Adaptation: Unmasked contained a tie-in comic as a pre-order bonus. Said comic has since spun off into its own eight-part comic mini-series.
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  • Science Marches On: Chilantaisaurus summons a spinosaurid in both games, although it apparently belongs to a group that wasn't recognized until after the first edition was released.
  • Throw It In!: Whenever someone actually succeeded at "Stump The Dictionary" at E3 (like with "plumbob"), the devs made a note to add the word before release. They also threw in the references to Feep's famous post.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The meme references in the first game solidly date the series to the late 2000s/early 2010s when they were still relevant to Internet culture. By the time of Unlimited (the last game to have the meme objects, though out of copyright concern rather than datedness), most of them were considered ancient at best and downright forgotten at worst despite it coming out just three years after the original game.
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  • The Wiki Rule: The Scribblenauts Wiki.

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