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Lion and the King
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While the other Code Monkeys games featuring mockbuster films used images from the films themselves for their sliding puzzle and coloring minigames, Lion and the King instead uses unauthorized frames from the 1965 anime adaptation of the manga Kimba the White Lion. Coincidentally, TV and film adaptations in this franchise have also been used in various plagiarism allegations relating to Disney's 1994 film The Lion King, the movie that Lion and the King plagiarizes.
Donkey Kong
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Attachment According to court documents related to the 1983 legal case Universal City Studios, Inc v. Nintendo Co., Ltd., 19 alternate names considered for Donkey Kong included:

Funny Kong
Kong the Kong
Jack Kong
Funky Kong
Bill Kong
Steel Kong
Giant Kong
Big Kong
Kong Down
Kong Dong
Mr. Kong
Custom Kong
Kong Chase
Kong Boy
Kong Man
Kong Fighter
Wild Kong
Rookie Kong
Kong Holiday

The name "Funky Kong" would coincidentally re-emerge as a character in Donkey Kong Country.
Iron Lung
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On February 16, 2023, the game's creator David Szymanski jokingly announced on Twitter that a film based on Iron Lung was in development, starring YouTubers Markiplier (real name Mark Fischbach) as "John Iron Lung" and Jacksepticeye (Seán McLoughlin) as "The Fish", with a soundtrack by Andrew Hulshult. On March 8, Fischbach revealed that he would be directing, writing, and acting in a film, but did not specify what it was. On April 21, it was revealed to be film adaptation of Iron Lung, with Hulshult doing the film's music. Finally, on May 7, McLoughlin revealed on Twitter that he would appear in the film as well, bringing the original joke tweet full circle.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month May 28, 2024
City Life DS
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In 2022, the English rock band Arctic Monkeys released a song titled "Sculptures of Anything Goes", featuring the following lyric in the last verse of the song:

"The simulation cartridge for City Life '09 is pretty tricky to come by."

This lyric became the subject of news articles when fans on the music lyrics website Genius initially determined that it was referencing the obscure Nintendo DS game City Life DS, which only released in France in 2008 and the United Kingdom in 2009, and did not sell as well as previous games in the City Life series. Fans theorized that the difficulty in finding a copy of the game referenced in the lyric stemmed from Nintendo eventually discontinuing the DS family of systems to support future consoles. They also cited the closure of the Nintendo 3DS/Wii U versions of the Nintendo eShop as another possibility, but this was unfounded as City Life DS was only officially released as a physical cartridge and not part of the Wii U Virtual Console's Nintendo DS library.

However, it was confirmed in an interview with the band's frontman Alex Turner by Rolling Stone Germany on the day the song released that the lyric was not about City Life DS. He attributed the lyric to the works of author David Foster Wallace, most likely as a reference to his book "Infinite Jest" where the characters consume entertainment in the form of cartridges, which could also be referring to Turner's growing struggle to appeal and relate to Arctic Monkeys' audience from their earlier years as their sound and image changed later on.
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month May 6, 2024
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person MehDeletingLater calendar_month April 24, 2024
Super Mario Maker 2
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Super Mario Maker 2 is the first Mario game to be released during the Reiwa era – the reign of Naruhito as Emperor of Japan – following the abdication of Akihito on April 30, 2019. To commemorate this, Nintendo of Japan's Instagram account posted a video concurrently with Naruhito's ascension on May 1 where Mario travels through each of Japan's imperial eras since the franchise's inception, with each one being represented by a different style in Super Mario Maker 2. The Super Mario Bros. style represents the Shōwa era (Hirohito's reign from 1926 to 1989), the Super Mario World style represents the Heisei era (Akihito's reign from 1989 to 2019), and the Super Mario 3D World style represents the Reiwa era. Coincidentally, although Super Mario 3D World was released during the Heisei era, it would later be ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2021, two years after the Reiwa era's onset.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
subdirectory_arrow_right Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Game)
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When it was announced that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's paid DLC characters were due to be revealed, it was with a tweet reading "Back to the lab again". Some theorized this was a tease for either Jimmy Neutron or Jenny Wakeman, both highly-requested characters with a technology theme. However, this seems to actually be a reference to a livestream by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate YouTuber GimR from two days earlier. GimR advertised the livestream for days prior, promising a new technique that would change the game's competitive scene, only to fail to actually start the stream due to technical issues. During the time he was live, he played a looping intermission animation depicting him as Dexter from the Cartoon Network series Dexter's Laboratory and playing the song "Back to the Lab" by Prince Paul and Wordsworth for over an hour. This mistake would become a meme within the Super Smash Bros. community for a short while afterwards. Ultimately, Jenny, Rocko and Hugh Neutron, the latter two not being related to technology, were revealed, and GimR would separately reveal the promised new technique, the "Slingshot", two days after the failed livestream.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month February 26, 2024
Yo! Noid 2
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The entrance to the final boss in Yo! Noid 2, where the player must hurl a dice into a TV screen showing Mike Hatsune's head, is assumed by many players to be a reference to another 1980s commercial, the "1984" commercial for Macintosh computers aired in 1983 and during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, where a woman throws a sledgehammer into a TV screen showing the face of a Big Brother figure. Despite "literally everyone" he has seen play the game making the comparison, Aska, who designed this portion of the stage, said this was unintentional and he simply wanted something fragile to make it clear that the dice could be hurled, with a cracked TV screen working as the stage already had a lot of TV screens.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month February 8, 2024
Developer interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBaxOEr7qbI#t=1695

Article discussing the "1984" ad's airing during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984:
https://web.archive.org/web/19991005015117/http://www.duke.edu/~tlove/mac.htm
Sonic X Shadow Generations
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Sonic X Shadow Generations' title was leaked a day prior to its reveal by notable leakers and a URL registration. Following the leaks, some fans and gaming news websites jokingly noted that the term "Sonic X Shadow" had previously also been used on the internet since the 2000s to refer to fan art, fan-fiction and slash fiction depicting the hedgehogs as a romantic couple.
Platform: Xbox One
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"Xbox 720", a popular preliminary name given by fans and the press to the hypothetical Xbox 360 successor that would eventually become the Xbox One, was the official working title of the hardware according to a leaked Microsoft corporate slideshow from 2012, a year prior to the console's announcement.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 29, 2024
Hannah Montana: Wireless Quest
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Attachment Hannah Montana: Wireless Quest has an unused graphic, likely a placeholder, that is a red square with the word "Doge" written below. While the game's exact release date is unknown, it was available at least one year after the Hannah Montana TV show began in 2006, but the "Doge" internet meme first appeared 2 years after the show was cancelled in 2011. The shared name is a coincidence rather than a reference to the meme, and it is not known what "Doge" means in this context, though it is likely some kind of debug function, as there are other unused square graphics with phrases like "Control Game" and "Control Main" next to them.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 24, 2024
League of Legends
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Attachment The character Cho'Gath seems to be based off the character the Violator from the American comic book franchise "Spawn". This could be a coincidence, but when the game first launched, the Void (where Cho'Gath is from) was framed more like the world's equivalent to Hell, and the Violator is a minion of Hell.
Sonic the Hedgehog
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The bridge of Silver's theme in 2006's Sonic the Hedgehog, "Dreams of an Absolution", has a similarity to the original Green Hill Zone theme from 1991's Sonic the Hedgehog. Songwriter Bentley Jones has said that this was not intentional, but in retrospect he did notice it.
Fate/Grand Order
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In Episode 45 of "More Learning With Manga! Fate/Grand Order", Gudao (The Male Master) contemplates whether he should use a Holy Grail to increase Astolfo's Level Cap, or save it for when he gets a Limited 5-Star Version, presumably as a Saber Class. The Fifth Christmas Event "Nightingale's Christmas Carol" would introduce exactly that: a new, Limited 5-Star Saber version of Astolfo.
person aa1205 calendar_month December 30, 2023
Episode From More Learning With Manga!:
https://fate-go.us/manga_fgo2/comic45.html

Information on "Nightingale's Christmas Carol"'s Summoning Banner:
https://fategrandorder.fandom.com/wiki/Christmas_2021_Event_(US)#Summoning_Campaign
Fate/Grand Order
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In Episode 1 of the satirical manga series "More Learning with Manga! Fate/Grand Order", Gudako (The Female Master) is depicted deleting and reinstalling the game Spoiler:in order to bring Olga Marie, who died during the Prologue of the game, back from the grave.
Coincidentally, near the end of Lostbelt 5 Part 2: "Olympus", Spoiler:Olga Marie is brought back as U. Olga Marie, the vessel of the Foreign God responsible for the destruction of Humanity and formation of the Lostbelts.
person aa1205 calendar_month December 30, 2023
More Learning With Manga! Comic:
https://fate-go.us/manga_fgo2/comic01.html

Corresponding Scene in Main Game:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYFyZfGMo0c#t=666
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations
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During the game's first case "Turnabout Memories", defense attorney Marvin Grossberg makes several references to his hemorrhoids acting up, with one being that they are "doing the Harlem Shake". While the English localization of the game wrote in several pop culture references and memes that were popular at the time of its release in 2007, this reference to the Harlem Shake was not a reference to the 2013 viral dance since it did not exist yet, but was actually a reference to the pre-existing Harlem Shake dance that first originated in New York City in 1981. However, according to the official Ace Attorney series timeline, Trials and Tribulations takes place in 2019, and in the events of that game, the Turnabout Memories case takes place five years beforehand in 2014, which is coincidentally one year after the Harlem Shake meme went viral. This makes it plausible for unaware players to assume that Grossberg is referencing the viral dance in the time when it was relevant, unintentionally predicting the meme's popularity and ostensibly inflating the number of meme references in the English script.

Alternatively, the German translation of the game instead has Grossberg say his hemorrhoids are doing "den Ententanz", also known as the Chicken Dance, another fad dance originating from Switzerland in the 1950's.
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month December 21, 2023
Turnabout Memories (English) in-game footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0yB6txqsa8#t=2160

Turnabout Memories (German) in-game footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6bdrsQiSRQ#t=1148

Scans of official Ace Attorney timeline as taken from the book "Gyakuten Taizen 2001-2016" (Turnabout Encyclopedia 2001-2016):
https://aceattorney.fandom.com/wiki/User_blog:DeeSeF256/Gyakuten_Taizen_2001-2016_Brief_Rundown

Harlem Shake 2013 meme Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_Shake_(meme)

Harlem Shake 1981 dance Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_shake_(dance)

Chicken Dance Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_Dance
Wario World
subdirectory_arrow_right Wario (Franchise), Nintendo (Company), WarioWare (Collection)
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Attachment www.warioworld.com was an official Nintendo website made as a hub for developers and publishers licensed to work on Nintendo hardware. The site used Wario as a mascot, something that may not seem strange as his profession is designing video games in the WarioWare series. However, the site was opened in 1997, predating WarioWare by multiple years, and also predates the Wario World game for GameCube. Instead of renaming the site to avoid confusion and using the URL for the game's US promotional site, the URL www.wario-world.com was used for the game's website, something that more than likely caused confusion for Wario fans. WarioWorld was closed in 2016, having recieved very few visual updates since the 1990s, and now redirects to a more modern and professionally designed Nintendo developer hub.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month December 18, 2023
Archive of a Supper Mario Broth post about WarioWorld:
https://twitter.com/AJ_256652/status/1736456383774466136

Forum thread about Wario World's promotional website, showing a screenshot with the URL:
https://warioforums.com/threads/in-search-of-wario-websites.3431/
River City Girls
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Kyoko's flurry kick features her shouting "ora ora ora," referencing Jotaro Kujo's battle cry in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. Kyoko's voice actor, Kira Buckland, is a noted fan of JoJo and previously voiced Reimi Sugimoto in the English dub of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. Incidentally, Buckland would later go on to voice Jolyne Cujoh, whose battle cry is also "ora ora ora," in the English dub of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean.
person VinchVolt calendar_month December 15, 2023
Clip showing Kyoko's "ora ora ora" voice clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF27uHr-r3Y

Clip showing the "ora ora ora" battle cry as used by both Jotaro and Jolyne:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDNMnafLcTQ

Behind the Voice Actors page listing Buckland's voice acting credits:
https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Kira-Buckland/

Interview with Buckland which mentions her longtime status as a JoJo fan:
https://jojo-news.com/2021/12/16/an-exclusive-interview-with-jolyne-voice-actress-kira-buckland/
Super Smash Flash 2
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Simon Belmont was originally slated to be revealed for Super Smash Flash 2 on August 10th, 2018 during that year's Super Smash Con event. Coincidentially, Simon would be announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate two days later in an August 8th Nintendo Direct. The trailer for Super Smash Flash 2 would poke fun at the timing of the two announcements.
person FazDude calendar_month November 28, 2023
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Simon and Richter reveal trailers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VrbkoWUyIg

Super Smash Flash 2 - Simon trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tQrVkb97rc
Tekken 3
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Eddy Gordo's last name of "Gordo" translates to "fat" in Portuguese. This is especially unfortunate since Eddy comes from Brazil where Portuguese is the majority language.
person Kirby Inhales Jotaro calendar_month November 28, 2023
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