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Super Mario Bros. 3
The Koopalings were based on seven of the game's developers. They were all later named after musicians by the American localization team, as no distinct names were given in the Japanese version. It's also speculated the musical names were chosen because their scepters resemble microphones.
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In an interview between Shigeru Miyamoto and "Gamekult", Miyamoto states that he loves Disney, and their interpretation of Peter Pan inspired Link's design. This inspiration could also be why the Kokiri never age.
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Series: Mario
Shigeru Miyamoto had originally intended for Bowser to be an ox, and based him on the main antagonist from the animation "Alakazam The Great". This is likely why his modern design has horns and a defined muzzle, despite him being a turtle.
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The boss "Giygas" in Earthbound was made by Shigesato Itoi and described as "a living being that deserves love." He created it based on an adult film he accidentally saw as a child, where he confused a lovemaking scene that ends in murder as rape. He says it had a "sense of terror having atrocity and eroticism side-by-side, and that's what Giygas's lines at the end are."

Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness Ness, Ness...
It hurts... It hurts...
I'm so sad, Ness...
You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!
Go b..a..c..k
I am...H...a...p...p...y...
It's not right, not right...
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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The 7th dungeon of Twilight Princess, "City in the Sky", is speculated to be based on a painting called "Another World" by M.C. Escher. The creatures, seen on the walls in the painting resemble the Oocca from the game. In the Twilight Princess dungeon, the Oocca are found running on the walls and floor.
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Pac-Man was created to appeal more to girls; the game's creator noticed that women enjoy eating desserts, and designed the game around eating things. The game's original name was "Puck-Man", which can be translated to "Munch Man"
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Mortal Kombat
Johnny Cage is based on Jean-Claude Van Damme. The creators wanted Van Damme to be in the first Mortal Kombat, but Van Damme was unable to due to his busy work schedule. Johnny Cage's clothes in this game are almost identical to the clothes Van Damme wore in the last match in the movie "Bloodsport", and his Split Punch is taken directly from a move done by Van Damme in Bloodsport. Cage's Nutcracker Split Punch was also inspired by Bloodsport.
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Yoshio Sakamoto, co-creator of the Metroid series, has stated that Metroid was influenced by the 1979 sci-fi movie "Alien". This is evident when considering the following:
• Both Metroid and Alien feature a female lead protagonist.
• The Nostromo's computer is referred to as "Mother" and the antagonist of Metroid is Mother Brain.
• The Xenomorph aliens and Metroids both have multiple stages of development, and the first stage of both species latch on to other creatures.
• The boss "Ridley" is likely named after Alien's director Ridley Scott.
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Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
The character portraits were copied from famous films and icons.
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Angry Birds
During development, Rovio got the idea to make the enemies pigs because of the Swine Flu epidemic. The pig's sickly green color is a reference to this.
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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
The art style of Yoshi's Island is said to be a result of Shigeru Miyamoto rebelling against Nintendo's internal evaluation committee. The committee wanted the game to feature pre-rendered visuals like Donkey Kong Country, but Miyamoto disagreed. Instead, Miyamoto reworked the original art assets so they looked as if they'd been drawn with crayons.
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Developer: Capcom
The word "Capcom" was created from taking the first 3 letters from each word in "Capsule Computers" (from the subsidiary Japan Capsule Computer Co).
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Developer: SEGA
The word "SEGA" was created by taking the first two letters from each word in "Service Games", SEGA's original name.
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Princess Zelda was named after Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.

When asked about the name, Miyamoto said, "Zelda was the name of the wife of the famous novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald. She was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title."
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Developer: Nintendo
Hal Laboratory, Inc. (A subsidiary of Nintendo, creators of Kirby and Super Smash Bros) named themselves "HAL" because each letter in "HAL" is one place ahead of each letter in "IBM", as if to say HAL were one step ahead.
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Super Metroid
Samus Aran's appearance in Super Metroid was based on the actress Kim Basinger.
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L.A. Noire
Many of the cases in the game are inspired by real-life crimes that occurred in L.A. around 1947.
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Console: DS
The white Nintendo DS Lite bears a striking resemblance to the Zelda Game & Watch released by Nintendo in 1989.
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