Every Scott Pilgrim vs The World videogame reference

To quote Oscar-nominated director Guillermo Del Toro, "Everybody who didn't watch Scott Pilgrim is a mother***er." Damn straight! It seems that many of you were too busy seeing The Expendables for the second or third time last August, because Edgar Wright’s phenomenal salute to youth, love and this little medium o’ ours failed to KO the box office.

Above: Seriously, screw you

Luckily, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hits DVD and Blu-ray this November 9th, so not only do you have a chance to redeem yourselves, hopefully the home format of Scott Pilgrim will finally bring it the audience it truly deserves.

Don’t listen to the haters: It’s not a film about hipsters, nor does it pander to players. Based on the already incredible graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the director of Shaun of Dead and Hot Fuzz put together a uniquely paced story about an immature guy trying to break down the defenses of a girl he can’t quite figure out, set it in some hyper-idealized, post-high school utopia where games and rock shows remain the utmost importance (Toronto?), and it just so happens to be the best videogame movie ever made… in spite of not being based on any specific game or series in particular. You’ll get a better sense of what that means after watching the movie’s opening:

Above: VG sounds and references make numerous cameos, evidenced here by a crapload of Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past audio call outs

And here’s what I love about the film: As gamers are want to do, many were quick to jump on message boards with “LOL, there’s no cartridge in the DS. Stupid Hollywood!” disregards, anxious to point out VG inaccuracies starting with Young Neil’s empty Nintendo handheld.

Above: The Phantom Cartridge?! No…

But right from the get go, Scot Pilgrim’s got its ass covered! It’s actually being incredibly accurate. There is no version of Link to the Past on DS, however, there was one released on GBA in 2002 (featuring Four Swords multiplay.) Look closely and you’ll see that’s the exact version Neil is playing while he fumbles the DS around talking to Knives.

Above: How’s that for fan service, bitches?!

You gotta love that Scott Pilgrim for kicking things off with something so authentic, it actually confused fanboys. And the references don’t come close to stopping there. Get ready, because we’ve combed through the Blu-ray and we’re going to show you everything we can find. BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

Above: Outside of certain Spyro titles, most of us have never seen the Universal logo in any pixilated fashion. Its interactive wing rightly balked at appearing before early games like the Atari’s E.T., and I think we all can agree Scott Pilgrim’s version beats the hell out of the gaudy 90’s version that appeared before 3DO classics like Way of the Warrior

Above: Scott’s band’s name is derived from the Bomb-omb, the explosive little frienemy introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2…

Above: But the logo on Kim’s drum kit is clearly inspired by the famous emblem in Croteam’s Serious Sam series

Above: Scott calls the first song “Launchpad McQuack” although Stephen Stills is quick to debunk that title (it’s listed as “We Are Sex Bob-omb” on the on the
film’s soundtrack)

Above: Like the second book in the Scott Pilgrim series, the title references 1991’s horrible Simpsons NES game, Bart vs. The World, albeit in name alone

Above: Further proof that the movie knows its business, Scott’s roommate Wallace Wells is the proud owner of a Nintendo Entertainment System and a Super NES

Above: Scott’s younger sister, Stacy contains an ESRB compatible description

Above: Scott takes Knives on a date to an arcade adorned with many real-life Namco arcade games. However the one they play “Ninja Ninja Revolution” is fictitious, although obviously inspired by Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution

Above: Part of getting wooed by Scott Pilgrim involves hearing the gripping origins of Pac-Man, which you can currently read more about in every tenth feature GamesRadar posts

Above: Scott is haunted by his ex girlfriend Envy, who currently fronts up-and-coming band, The Clash at Demonhead, named for a largely forgotten NES game

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  • Partinaire - November 15, 2013 5:25 a.m.

    This is killing me.. How did NO ONE catch that Super Mario World game over acoustic guitar riff earlier in the movie? I can't remember exactly when it was but I'm sure it was near the beginning of the middle of the film...
  • ViolentLee - November 22, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    One more: Sex Bob-omb's ape avatar in the fight against the twins more closely resembles one of Kameo's forms in Rare's 360 game.
  • ViolentLee - November 22, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    I really think the "X" in the snow was related to a level in N64's GoldenEye.
  • Tronto13 - November 21, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    How about when scott is fighting Matthew Patel; Wallace says asks what he's wearing, "are you a pirate or what?" so him fighting scott (the ninja as in the arcade game) is the age old Pirate vs. Ninja debate!! :)
  • KingArchie55 - November 21, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    **************SPOILERS! FROM HERE ON, IT'S EITHER YOUR OWN CURIOSITY OR STUPIDITY THAT LEADS YOU********************* I think that when Scott dies, it's a reference to Resident Evil 2 or 3, like when you die, it shows your character, and says "YOU ARE DEAD" (I think), it points to Scott and says "DEAD". I may be wrong, and someone may have said that already but, hey.
  • thatnerdguy1 - November 21, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    You missed one.In one of the scenes, Scott is clearly wearing an Astro Boy T-shirt.
  • embracethisjosh - November 19, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    Seems like the Ramona hammer scene is actually a reference to Meru from The Legend Of Dragoon
  • aros888 - November 19, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Ever think the seven evil ex's are like the seven kids of Bowser in Mario 3?
  • n00b - November 19, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    you also missed the part where scott punches roxy in the boob is pretty much the same move that makto from street fighter does
  • matthurley - November 18, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    it kinda feels like the "hey... HEY!' at the end of the dream sequence could be a reference to Navi...
  • cyclone306 - November 16, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    great fucking movie. You missed a reference though. When Scott & Ramona meet for the first time after he gets the package delivered. she says something like "I'm waiting on you" which is what kerrigan said in the first starcraft.
  • boondocks50 - November 15, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    what about the TMP thats seen before roxy hits the ground in the ally after being punched in the boob
  • CHAINSAWhaxor - November 14, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    At the very end, after the credits roll, a sprite version of Scott throws his arm up in the air and warps away , a reference to the Megaman series where Megaman/X does the same thing after defeating a Robot Master/Maverick
  • writinguy - November 13, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    OK, this is driving me nuts. The typeface that is used on Chaos Theatre Level 7 is from a game, and I can't for the life of me remember which one it is. It is so familiar it is driving me crazy.
  • festerblatz82 - November 12, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Great article Mantista! Saw it in theaters, and I am buying on Bluray. I have always liked Cera since Arrested Development. This movie fucking rocks.
  • linkuu128 - November 12, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    HI Chris, great article by the way.!! but you maybe dont know something from the movie since you dont see much super robots anime. the scene where scott take the sword from his chest its from the last battle on the anime MAZINKAISER. you can look for it on you tube.
  • camelfro - November 12, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    awesome article and an awesome movie too!
  • Heyexclamationpoint - November 12, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    bought the blu-ray today!
  • Sandwhich - November 12, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    Friggin' Awesome. Any article that has two pictures of NES Ducktales is a deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
  • TDUBBS - November 12, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    Recently saw the blu-ray and liked it, but this article kind of ruined the movie for me. most of these things seemed like cool references to gaming as a culture, but now that I know things like the names of places and the fighting stances are lifted from specific games it seems to demean the films creativity. Instead of being a clever and original movie, now it just looks like it is simply relying on references to gain the cult following I'm sure it will get. Not a bad movie, just not for me.