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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 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
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
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
Yakuza 5
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The Tsukimono area in Yakuza 5 features an ice sculpture of Hatsune Miku, a virtual idol likeness owned by Crypton Future Media and licensed out to Sega for video game appearences. Although this might be coincidental rather than an intentional reference, Crypton is located in Sapporo, the same city as Tsukimono.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2
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Pac-Man
subdirectory_arrow_right 7 Up (Franchise)
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Attachment In 1982, 7 Up licensed out Pac-Man for a commercial, depicting the game's yellow hero turning red like the 7 Up spot and consuming both 7 Up and its lemon and lime ingredients after being made thirsty by pizza. Mistakenly, the opening of the commercial depicts Pinky (or Speedy) as being orange and, as a result, identical to Clyde, as well as Pac-Man being misnamed "Pacman"; while the ending of the commercial shows Inky, two Blinkies, and a green ghost resembling Funky from Pac-Mania, which would not be released for another 5 years.
Spot: The Video Game
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Attachment The Japanese localisation of Spot: The Video Game changes sprites of the NES and its controller into a Famicom - unusually, the Famicom has a golden color palette as if it had yellowed from overuse. Due to the image of a circuit board on the settings screen sharing a palette, this results in the circuit board also appearing yellowed. This also gives it an unintentional resemblance to the Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Famicom Mini, released 26 years after Spot released in Japan.
Madden NFL 15
subdirectory_arrow_right Madden NFL 15 (Game), Madden NFL 99 (Game), Madden (Franchise)
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The Madden curse was an urban legend which claimed that athletes who appeared on the box of Madden games would either under-perform or sustain an injury in the season following their game's release. After a 16-year streak of "bad luck" starting from Garrison Hearst's appearance on the box of Madden NFL 99 in 1998, the first Madden game to feature a cover athlete and not John Madden himself, the "curse" would finally be broken in 2014, when Calvin Johnson managed to have one of the best seasons in his career following his appearance on the box of Madden NFL 15. Although the streak ended, the curse would strike sporadically over the continuning years, but so far has not begun another continuing streak of bad luck.

In 2010, a film adaptation of the Madden curse was announced by EA, but no news has surfaced on it since and it can be assumed cancelled.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 21, 2023
Franchise: God of War
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Kratos appears in actual Greek mythology as a Daimon or lesser god of strength. He is most notable for being the brother of Nike. Besides the coincidence of their name, this character bears no actual resemblance to the protagonist of the God of War series.
Franchise: Mario
subdirectory_arrow_right Nintendo (Company)
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In the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation, the new CEO of Nintendo of America, Doug Bowser, was introduced with a joke comparing his last name to the antagonist of the Mario series, Bowser. However, in Japanese, the character’s name is “Koopa”, so in the Japanese broadcast of the Nintendo Direct, they clarified the joke with subtitles explaining that his name is Bowser in English-language releases.
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