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Sonic Generations
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The opening cutscene for the Shadow fight in the console/PC version of the game is nearly identical to the opening of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
Half-Life
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The desing of the "Polyrobo", a robot used to test how well the Half-Life engine could take high polygon, bone based animations, is based on the Regult BattlePod from the anime Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
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The game is a sequel to the stage play YoRHa that was written by the game's director, Yoko Taro. The play takes place a millennia after the events of NieR and features a cast of female androids called YoRHa.
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Paper Mario
The Koopa Bros. are an obvious reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Both the Koopa Bros. and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are turtles and wear bandannas around their heads. The Koopa Bros. also speak in skater slang similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Contributed by MeleeWaluigi
Kirby's Dream Land 3
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A spider-like enemy called Mariel is likely a reference to one of the angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion named Matarael, which is depicted as a spider-like being.
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Splatoon
When Callie and Marie announce the map Moray Towers, Callie says "Rollers are super effective here!" and Callie says "Chargers are the very best, like no gun ever was!". Both quotes are references to Pokemon.
Contributed by MeleeWaluigi
Undertale
The song "Dating Start!" sounds almost exactly like the song "Turnabout Sisters" from Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney
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The three DLC outfits for Haggis are all references to classic horror-themed 2D platformer games:
•The Vampire Hunter skin is based on Simon Belmont of the Castlevania series.
•The Royal Knight skin is based on Sir Arthur of the Ghosts 'n Goblins series.
•The Red Gargoyle skin is based on Firebrand, a recurring enemy from the Ghosts 'n Goblins series and a playable character in Gargoyle's Quest.
Contributed by Kitsune Hawk
Resident Evil Zero
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In addition to Rebecca's western costume originally available in the game, every new costume added in the game's HD port is a reference to one of Capcom's previous games.

• S.T.A.R.S. 1996 (Rebecca): Rebecca's costume from Resident Evil
• S.T.A.R.S. 1997 (Rebecca): Resident Evil Director's Cut's Arrange Mode
• S.T.A.R.S. Prototype (Rebecca): The unreleased Nintendo 64 version of RE0
• Sportswear (Rebecca): Resident Evil 2, easter egg
• Cheerleader (Rebecca): Deadly Silence, alternate outfit
• Western (Rebecca): Resident Evil Remake, alternate outfit
• Nurse (Rebecca): Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, alternate outfit
• Battlesuit (Rebecca): Version of Jill's outfit from Resident Evil 5
• Prisoner (Billy): Cody Travers from Final Fight
• Wolf Force (Billy): The Japanese cover art of Mercs

Additionally, three t-shirts are available for Rebecca. They are the winner designs by fans from Capcom's In-Game T-Shirt Contest. One of these was done by former SNK and Capcom's artist Shinkiro (real name Toshiaki Mori). Another one makes a reference to one of Barry's lines from the first Resident Evil.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
If the player begins the game, enters their username as "JohnCena", and then chooses the "hey" option, Emily will ask about your name. The player will automatically respond:

my name is JOOOHN CEEEENAAAA
naa na na naaa


This is a reference to professional wrestler John Cena, who became an Internet meme involving videos announcing Cena's name and playing his theme song "The Time Is Now".
Contributed by Boyobmas
In the Abandoned City's video store, there is a poster for "Civilization: The Movie". Looking at the poster displays the message "you wonder if the movie could possibly be as good as the game", referencing the series and game of the same name.
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Luigi's Mansion
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The book that the ghost Neville is seen reading is titled Mario Story, a reference to the Japanese title of Paper Mario.
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If the game detects that it's a pirated copy, a screen will appear saying "Winners don't make copy!!". The message is a reference to the phrase "Winners don't use drugs", which appeared in arcade cabinets in the 1990s.
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Like the Doll from Bloodborne, the Firekeeper will react to emotes. In particular, the "Toast" emote acquired from Siegward will make the Firekeeper twirl. This is the only emote that causes this reaction.
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One of the messages received after killing an opponent is "Sunlight Yellow Overdrive!" while the player who died receives the message 'Wwwrrrryyy'. This a reference to the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and its characters Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. The Sunlight Yellow Overdrive is a special attack used Jonathan while WRYYY is a vampiric screech uttered by Dio.
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After losing half of his health during his boss battle, General Dark Onward will transform into a scorpion. This is a parody of Darth Vader turning into a scorpion in Star Wars for the Famicom, a game which was previously reviewed by AVGN.
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During the intro cutscene, the theme from the fourth opening of the One Piece anime ("Bon-Bon Blanco - Bon Voyage") with its lyrics is used the Japanese version, but is replaced with a made-up instrumental version in the European version. The ocean ripples shown on the "One Piece: Round the Land" titlecard are also slightly different in comparison.

Additionally, the part where Luffy and his friends are running towards the screen together is a reference to the fourth opening of the One Piece anime, where Luffy and his friends are walking towards the screen together.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
When performing Bayonetta's forward throw Tetsuzanko, she'll occasionally say "Juu'nen Hayain Dayo!" which in English translates to "You're Ten Years Too Early!".

This is a reference to one of the the win quotes of Akira Yuki from the Virtua Fighter series in which the Tetsuzanko is also one of Akira's signature moves. This move was also possible in Bayonetta.
Contributed by SkyminHAZBOZ
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
One of the boss characters, Zephyr, utilizes time stopping abilities in conjunction with knives, much like Dio Brando from the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In the Japanese version of the game he shouts "Time has stopped"(時よ止まれ,Toki yo Tomare) which is one of Dio's catchphrases.
Contributed by Zpace Jockey
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When flirting with Mio, there is a chance she will say "Your princess is in another castle... JK!" This is a reference to Super Mario Bros. when Toad says "Thank you Mario! but our princess is in another castle!"

There is also a chance Mio might say "Player used Seduction. it's super effective. Mio fainted...". This is a reference to the "super effective" line used during battles in the Pokemon series.
Contributed by MeleeWaluigi
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