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One of the guidebooks contains concept art for a character with a companion similar to Hewpow, suggesting that it might have originally been planned for the game to feature a multiplayer mode or a second playable character.
Contributed by Operationgamer17
The Poison Mushroom in the Super Smash Bros. games is the only item borrowed from another series whose appearance does not stay true to its original franchise. In the Mario series, poison mushrooms have distinct colouring from other mushrooms, but in the Super Smash Bros. series, they look similar to Super Mushrooms in order to purposefully confuse players. The differences between the two items are nearly unnoticeable - the Poison Mushrooms are only slightly less red and have a meaner look.
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Series: Kirby
The way Wheel Kirby uses his Rocket Start move in Kirby Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot bares a striking similarity to the Spin Dash move used by the titular character of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Omega Red's ending shows him having killed Ryu, where a deeply distressed Ken asks him "How many lives have you ended?". Omega Red merely responds "Do you count the number of breaths you've taken?". 

This is a reference to a similar scene in the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, when Willian Anthonio Zeppeli asks a similar question towards the vampire Dio Brando. William asks Dio Brando "How many lives have you sucken away to heal those wounds?", only to be answered cynically with "How many breads have you eaten in your life?".
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
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A girl featured in the concept art of a pitch by Creative Assembly for a new Resident Evil game bears a striking resemblance to Natalia Korda from Resident Evil: Revelations 2. The images, by Brad Wright, depict a girl on a hospital bed and show her having some kind of unnatural powers. These story elements were all later included in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Wright put the images online in 2015 a few months after the release of the game, though his statements imply that the pitch was made years before then.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
In the Dragon Language, the word for "steal" is "Gahrot." This is a reference to Garrett, the protagonist of the Thief series.

Likewise, the word "Tafiir" translates to "thief". This is a reference to the invented word "taffer" featured in the Thief series.
Contributed by ChrisKamori
Mischief Makers
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At the end of the game, Spoiler:the game's three previous bosses merge their mechs together to form "The Beastector", the final boss of the game. The mech's design seems to pay homage to a few notable Japanese mechs, such as the Gundam robots from the Mobile Suit Gundam series. Similarities include the distinct V-shape on both of their heads, as well as the use of a beam rifle similar to the ones from the Gundam series.

The way each of the individual mechs morphs into a single bipedal mech is also reminiscent of the Megazord from Super Sentai (Power Rangers in the west).
Contributed by Castle23clash
Mischief Makers
In one of the stages, there is a mini-boss named Calina. Before fighting her, a cutscene plays where she takes a minute to transform. This is a parody of the magical girl anime Sailor Moon and its transformation scenes.
Contributed by Castle23clash
Skies of Arcadia
The boss battle theme heard in Skies of Arcadia bears a striking resemblance to the theme for first level of the 1989 Namco game Legend of Valkyrie.
Contributed by retrolinkx
Undertale
The song from the OST, "She's Playing Piano" by Toby Fox seems to be a rendition of the popular webcomic series Homestuck's "Doctor." Toby Fox would eventually make a scrapped remix of the song titled, "Patient," which was originally intended for Homestuck but was remixed into Undertale's "Another Medium."
Contributed by Countnecula
Final Fight
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The final boss of the game, Belger, is seen sitting in an electric wheelchair, though he is perfectly capable of walking without it. The exact reason why he needs the wheelchair is unknown. Some players theorize that Belger uses a wheelchair to trick his enemies into thinking that he is frail and helpless, or to discourage them from attacking him, as it would look uncivilized or cowardly to physically assault a "disabled" person.

In order to avoid the associated controversies, the wheelchair was digitally redesigned into an executive office chair during the game's transition from Japan to the rest of the world. The international version also adds new frames of animation for Belger walking, just to make it clear that he isn't disabled. In the Japanese version, he has no walking animation and merely hops around the room.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
Pokemon X & Y
In the Battle Mansion, the player can fight against a Beauty trainer. After beating her in the English version, her response is "Yes, a mere half year ago I was a Black Belt! Quite the transformation, wouldn't you say?". In the Japanese version, her response is translated as "I was a Karate King a half year ago: the power of medical science is awesome wouldn't you say?!".

Whilst differently portrayed, both versions hint that the Beauty trainer is transgender (black belt is a male-specific trainer class; same for Karate King in Japanese).
Contributed by Castle23clash
Overwatch
Genji's character may have been inspired by Hikaru Genji, the main character of an 11th century Japanese novel called The Tale of Genji. In addition to sharing a name, they both are described as playboys who were banished from their families.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
Grand Theft Auto 2
There is some discrepancy regarding the year in which GTA2 takes place. The game is often stated as taking place in 2013, as this is the year marked in police records found on the official GTA2 website. However, Head Radio host Johnny Riccaro says "the millennium is coming" in one of his broadcasts, suggesting the game takes place in 1999 or just before it. The game's own manual claims that it takes place "three weeks into the future", and the official website containing the police records used to have a timer always set three weeks from the current date.

The date was perhaps left ambiguous on purpose, as the city the game takes place in is also called "Anywhere, USA".
Contributed by Mass Distraction
Burnout Paradise
The announcer for Burnout Paradise, DJ Atomica, is voiced by the same person who provides commentary in SSX 3. He also references SSX several times in Burnout Paradise, possibly suggesting they are the same character.
Contributed by TheProJamer
Okami
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The Clovers in the game are references to Clover Studio, the games developer, and when collected play a similar sound to their opening title.

Since Clover Studio is now defunct, this may explained why the Clovers don't appear in Okamiden, but instead were replaced with Dandelions.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
Mathis Cronqvist is most likely named after Matthias Corvinus, the Hungarian king who was a tentative ally of Vlad Tepes', and once had him imprisoned in a royal tower.
Contributed by Dark Star
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Many fans have speculated that Lucifel's appearance was based on the game's lead designer, Takeyasu Sawaki. In response to these claims, Sawaki has stated in an interview that Lucifel's appearance was based on American movies he saw, and was designed to make him look as human as possible. However, Sawaki does admit that some of their traits are similar.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
When Future Trunks is tagged out in a tag battle, he says "Back to the future" possibly in reference to the popular sci-fi film of the same name.
Contributed by Wjsgamer
Paper Mario
Under the Smash Attack mini-game room, there are 10 unused Luigi sprites. Since the mini-game has Mario searching boxes for 10 portraits of Princess Peach, it's possible that the game's goal was originally to find Luigi in the boxes 10 times, and the developers simply forgot to remove the Luigi sprites.
Contributed by MeleeWaluigi
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