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Hotel Mario
As Mario and Luigi approach Ludwig's hotel, Mario comments "We ain't afraid'a no Koopas!", a reference to the theme song to the 1984 film "Ghostbusters".
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Hotel Mario
After Mario, Luigi and the Princess run out of Lemmy's hotel, a giant fan is switched on blowing Lemmy and the hotel away, to which Mario says "Hey you! Get off of my cloud!". This is a reference to The Rolling Stones' 1965 song "Get Off of My Cloud".
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Hotel Mario
Bowser and the Koopaling's hotels are all references to real-life and fictional hotels:
•Morton's WoodDoor-Hysteria = Waldorf Astoria
•Roy's HardBrick Hotel = "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley
•Larry's Chillton Hotel = Hilton
•Lemmy's High-ate Regency Hotel = Hyatt Regency
•Ludwig's Thump Castle Hotel = Trump's Castle
•Wendy's Blitz Snarlton Hotel = Ritz-Carlton
•Bowser's Seizures Palace Hotel = Caesars Palace
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Shenmue
In 2018, on the Discord channel of the Japanese gaming blog Gamecast, an anonymous former Sega AM2 developer revealed a previously-unknown Easter egg where at the end of the quick-time event at the New Yokosuka Harbor, if you input Hado Hado + A within 3 frames, you will perform a Shin Shōryūken as used by Ryu in Street Fighter III two years prior to Shenmue's release (Note that "Hado Hado" (or 236 236) refers to performing the command for the Hadoken move from Street Fighter by moving the D-pad down, down-right, right in rapid succession, twice in a row).

The developers had originally planned to include this in the game as a tribute, but producer Yu Suzuki stepped in and disabled it from being useable in the final release. For the average player to make the move, it takes 6 frames to perform, but the game lowers the window to successfully perform it to 3 frames, making it impossible to perform under normal circumstances. However, the secret itself was not removed, and would later be discovered and executed by a modder in 2019.

When asked why the Easter egg was added in the first place, the developer added:

"Although we were employees at Sega, we were far from staid workers, and all we wanted to do was make our games fun. We told ourselves we mustn't ever lose that way of thinking.

We attributed a minimum number of various events in parallel to all the characters, so even if the ending is the same, the path to get there will be different for every player. We were trying to do something like that. Quite different from multiple endings. The main story alone was followed without exception, but at the same time we wanted to give all the players a differing experience."
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Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
In the Nocturne Mainax version that features Dante from the Devil May Cry series as a guest character, jumping from the Mantra Headquarters will normally cause your party's HP to be reduced to 1 HP. However, if Dante is in your party, he will take no damage from the fall.

In the Nocturne Chronicle version only released in Japan featuring Raidou from the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner games replacing Dante, he also takes no damage if you jump from the building.

These appear to be references to how each character can fall from great heights and land without any visible damage, such as in the beginning of Devil May Cry 2 where Dante successfully lands a jump from a tall cathedral tower.
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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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The bottom-left corner of the overworld features a miniaturized version of the map of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda, revealing that it is only one part of the entire kingdom.
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The background of the World Tour intro features a dollar bill with a portrait of Dr. Light, from Mega Man, as a founding father.
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Mighty No. 9
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In the game's Backer Credits, backer Mighty No. 5040 is listed with the name "Kamiya was right". This is in reference to comments made by Capcom alumn Hideki Kamiya on Twitter slamming Mighty No. 9 the year before its release, calling it a copy of Mega Man and "an insult to their old home".
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During the end credits level, Mario/Luigi will appear in the background doing a dance that involves swinging their arms from side to side and taking a step in the direction of each swing. This could be a reference to "Do the Mario", the end credits theme to the 1989 animated series "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" during which the dance is performed by Mario, portrayed by professional wrestler Lou Albano.
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MultiVersus
When sitting on his Chinese Lantern, there is a rare chance that Gizmo will sing Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York". This is an homage to a scene towards the end of the film "Gremlins II: The New Batch", where the near-entirety of the film's Gremlins sing the same song as a big musical number with the Brain Gremlin leading the pack and providing the vocals.
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Legaia 2: Duel Saga
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In the Prison of Dolpin Castle, you can find a small laboratory containing three large green stasis tubes in the back of the room. In the middle tube is a Gimard, the first Seru fought in Legend of Legaia.
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The main theme for the game is a cover version of "Rydeen", a 1979 song by Japanese synth-pop supergroup Yellow Magic Orchestra.
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MultiVersus
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In the game's Beta, Tier 15 of the battle pass features the rewards of Pajama Finn and the feline character Cake, both from the animated series Adventure Time. This is a possible euphemistic reference to the "Tier 15 of Dating" joke from the series episode "Burning Low" implying in-game that Tier 15 is bestiality, although it's never actually stated what Tier 15 is in the episode.
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MultiVersus
When facing off against Batman, Shaggy will say lines implying he and Batman have worked together before and are friends. This is a reference to the Scooby-Doo and Batman series having numerous crossovers that span all the way back to the 1970's.
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Just Cause 3
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On the roof of a settlement in Regno, Citate Di Ravello, a pair of women can be found wearing two differently colored dresses. This was first discovered and posted in the game's Steam community, where users were initially confused over whether or not the dresses had the same color, or were different, until another user uploaded a photo proving they were different colors in-game.

This is a reference to a 2015 meme where a washed-out picture of a blue and black dress posted on Facebook sparked widespread debate as to whether it was colored blue and black, or white and gold, highlighting differences in human color perception.
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The Poison Forest appears to lift its visuals directly from the Toxic Jungle from the 1984 Japanese animated film "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind", with the area's boss, the Giant Insect, bearing extreme similarities to the Ohmu from that film.
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Super Smash Bros. Melee
Although Banjo and Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie would not appear in the series until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, their names appear as two of the random default names selected in the Name Entry in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Melee. The same is true for Conker from Conker's Bad Fur Day, another Rare character.
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In The Promised Lands expansion pack for the PC Engine CD, it's possible to encounter randomly-generated levels themed after the Bomberman series. One such level can be accessed with the code "LOWUSDON", and features several White and Red Bombermen inhabiting fortresses in their likeness and setting bombs across the world map.
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EarthBound
The music that plays in Onett's Arcade contains brief snippets of the main theme of Xevious, and of the bonus theme from Nintendo's 1979 arcade game Sheriff.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
There's a small chance that the Guile assist trophy will jump and perform a flying kick attack, as opposed to doing a Flash Kick. This is a reference to a common human error where if Guile players failed to charge the attack long enough, they'll jump and do a flying kick instead.
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