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The Hasta La Vista Station title, tagline and mission text are all references to the Terminator franchise: The title is a phrase from the original 1984 film, the tagline "I know now why you ink..." is a reference to the line "I know now why you cry" from the 1991 sequel, the use of the word "terminate" for the mission description is unique to this mission (normally it is "defeat").
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
In the Octo Expansion, Stations Maverick, Goose, and Iceman are named after the nicknames of the characters from the film Top Gun. The taglines for these stations "Revvin' up your Inkjet...," "Listen to its howlin' roar...," and "Jet into the danger zone..." are references to the song "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins, which was used in the film.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
In the Octo Expansion, the many titles and taglines of stations contain references to music from the 80s-90s:
• Roll Out Station - "Rollout" by Ludacris.
• Fake Plastic Station - "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead.
• Bounce with Me Station - "Can I Get A..." by Jay-Z.
• "Just go ahead now..." Spin Docto Station - "Two Princes" by Spin Doctors.
• "Just cruisin'..." Rad Ride Station - "Just Cruisin'" by Will Smith.
• "Blowin' up like it's all good." Notorious Station - "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G.
• "Bring da ruckus!" Phat Splatz Station - DJ Phat Beatz and "Bring da Ruckus" by the Wu-Tang Clan.
• " Step it up!" Breakdance Station - "Step It Up" by Stereo MC.
• "As 50 yellow balloons go by..." Pop Rock Station - "99 Red Balloons" by Nena.
• "Ya like to..." Move It Move It Station - "I Like to Move It" by the Outhere Brothers.
• "Stamp-collaborate and glisten!" Stamped-Up Station - "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice.
• "Don't just stand there..." Bust 'n' Move Station - "Bust a Move" by Young MC
• "Round round round round..." Right Round Station - "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive.
• "Splat magic splat!" Labyrinth Station - "Magic Dance" by David Bowie.
• "Watch out now!" Ink & Watch Station - "Watch Out Now" by The Beatnuts.
• "Gettin' dizzy with it..." Don't Ralph Station - "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" by Will Smith.
• Swass 8-Ball Station - Sir Mix-a-Lot album, Swass.
• "Inkulators, mount up!" Squee-G Funk Station - "Regulate" by Warren G and his record label "G-Funk"
• "Take it easy..." Slow Ride Station - "Slow Ride" by Foghat.
• "Don't stop 'til you pop enough!" Pop Star Station - "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson, who was known as "The King of Pop."
• "Who let the pods out?" Duh-Oh Station - "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men.
• "Might as well..." Jump Station - "Jump" by Van Halen.
• "What's the dealio?" Cubular Station - "What the Dealio" by Missy Elliot.
• "Y'all bready for this?" Toastmaster Station - "Get Ready For This" by 2 Unlimited
• Ride with Me Station - "Ride wit Me" by Nelly.
• "Ink it real good!" Ink It Station - "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa.
• "My my my my..." Can't Touch This Station - "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer.
• "Can't c me..." All Eyez Station - "Can't C Me" by Tupac Shakur from his album All Eyez on Me.
• "Ink-a-zig-ah..." Girl Power Station - "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls.
• "Do not miss your chance..." One-Shot Station - "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.
• "Watch your step!" Footloose Station - "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" by Will Smith.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
One of the title's mini-games is called "Dodge Fuzzy, Get Dizzy," a reference to the title of level 1-7 "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy" in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
Contributed by GamerBen144
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The names of the post-game master trainers appear to be references to other outside media:
•The Pikachu master trainer Lass Iuke is a reference to voice actress Ikue Otani who voices Pikachu in the Pokemon anime.
•The Eevee master trainer Lass Aoi is a reference to Aoi Yūki, the voice actress for Eevee in the game.
•The master trainers for Zubat and Golbat, Scientist West and Scientist Keaton, are references to actors Adam West and Michael Keaton, respectively, who both played the superhero Batman.
•The master bird trainers Bird Keeper Barney, Bird Keeper Seymour, and Bird Keeper Moe, are possible references to the characters Seymour Skinner, Barney Gumble and Moe Szyslak from the animated series The Simpsons.
•The three ghost master trainers: Psychic Arin, Psychic Danny and Psychic Ross, are references to the members of the video game web series Game Grumps; Arin Hanson, Danny Avidan and Ross O'Donovan.
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
Ridley's orange palette swap is in reference to the villain's appearance on the box art of Super Metroid.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
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The license plate on Claire's motorcycle, "J2198", is a nod to Resident Evil 2's original release date, January 21st 1998.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
The Conner android has several possible references to the Terminator film franchise. Conner is an "RK800" model, just as Arnold Schwarzenegger's character from the films is a "T-800" model initially. The name of the robot from the game is "Conner" which is very similar to the surname of two central characters from the films: Sarah Connor and John Connor. The Trophy for letting Conner die every way possible is called "I'll Be Back" which comes from Schwarzenegger's icon line from the first Terminator film.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Injustice 2
In an intro dialogue with Michelangelo and Atrocitus, after Atrocitus says that he "could wear a red ring", Michelangelo will reply back saying how he "should have worn the red bandana." A reference to how Michelangelo wore a red bandana in the original Mirage Comics.
Yoshi's new Final Smash, where he summons an army of multi-colored Yoshis, is a reference to his part in the opening of Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Injustice 2
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One of Captain Cold’s Combos is called “Prison Break”, a reference to the TV show of the same name.
In an interview, Naoto Oshima was asked if the blue birds were a direct reference to the game Flicky. Oshima said yes, and also mentioned that he asked game's designer Yoji Ishii's permission to use Flickies in his work.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
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When Pit gets Star KO'd, he'll shout out that he never learned how to read. This is likely a reference to a scene from Kid Icarus: Uprising Spoiler:when Palutena cuts off his power of flight upon defeating Pyrrhon.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Half-Life
While in an interview with Valve News Network in February of 2018, Gray Newell (Son of Gabe Newell) revealed that the final boss of Half-Life, the Nihilanth, represented him as a baby, stating "The Final Boss of Half-Life 1 actually the 'giant evil baby monster' is supposed to be me. When my mother was in childbirth they were thinking 'what's something really scary,' and at the time, having a child seemed to be the most scary thing to everyone."
Contributed by SquigglesTheDuck
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The Japanese Arcade version has Pac-Man wearing a hat with a feather through it.

In the American arcade version, Pac-Man's has was changed to resemble the one he wore in the Pac-Man cartoon from 1982.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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If the Player backtracks at a certain point in level 4-3, The Amiss Abyss level, and waits a while they can see a one of the eponymous creatures of the Metroid Franchise floating in the background in silhouette.

This is true in both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of the game
Contributed by PirateGoofy
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Entering the Konami Code on the title screen will change the game's logo from "Super Monkey Ball Jr." to the message "Super Nice Try".
Contributed by KidDivinegon
In the Octo Expansion, the title for Stick 'n' Move Station is a reference to a line in the 1979 film Rocky II, where the character Tony Evers tells Apollo Creed to "Stick and move." The tagline is a reference to Muhammad Ali's famous line about his boxing style, that he would "...float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!"
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
In the Octo Expansion, the taglines for all the 8-Ball stations are possible answers for a Magic 8-Ball:
• "Signs point to yes..."
• "Better not tell you now..."
• "It is decidedly so..."
• "You may rely on it..."
• "Outlook not so good..."
• "Reply hazy, try again..."
• "As I see it, yes..."
• "My sources say no..."
• "Cannot predict now..."
• "Don't count on it..."
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
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Pearl and Marina's designs in the Octo Expansion are references to American rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, respectively.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
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