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


  • RamenDragon - November 10, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    First! I take it this means the contest is over? Lol.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - November 10, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    The Scott Pilgrim contest is NOT over. I'm trying to land more prizes, actually
  • ThatOneGuy - November 10, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Great article, you guys really did your work! Actually bought the DVD today, watching right at this minute for the second time :D Plus I managed to convert some friends to the series by taking them to the movie, even lent them my copy of the books XD
  • nightmare17 - November 10, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    I didn't watch this movie because I can no longer tolerate Serra's acting. In every movie I've seen him in hes just an awkward looser. Out of curiosity was his acting role any different in this movie? or was he an awkward looser who managed to kick the asses of 7 people.
  • RamenDragon - November 10, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    OK, just wondering, since this is kind of a cheatsheet. Oh, and not to insult you, Chris, but just to point out something for you to fix: The song played during the opening credits sequence is actually listed as "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" on the soundtrack. "Threshold" is the song they play during the battle with the Katayanagi twins.
  • RamenDragon - November 10, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    @nightmare17: It is better here. This is his best acting to date. If you already can't stand Cera, I don't know if you'd like it, but I found this to be much better than his usual.
  • CRAPNUGGETS - November 10, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    Not sure if its much of a game reference, but I also liked how most of the evil ex's are kinda like a lvl. They had the number: like the 2nd one, his car had the number 2, then the club was club 6 I think. Super man had a number 4 on his shirt. Dont know if I got all the numbers right...but you get my point.
  • WonsAuto - November 10, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    The fact that this article even exists is life-affirming shit. Thanks Chris/everyone involved with Scott Pilgrim!
  • MrDuracraft - November 10, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    @nightmare17 I read something about this movie which may explain why people didn't see it. It was from what the person called "Michael Cera overload", just the fact that he has been in so many movies playing practically the same role each time. But trust me, this movie is worth it.
  • PooPSock - November 10, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    When I saw the OOT reference dealing with Ramonas hair colors I almost... Who am I kidding? I jizzed my pants. Plain and simple.
  • smashpro1 - November 10, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    The movie wasn't as good as the comics, but the game is frickin' epic.
  • erreip199 - November 10, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    bah the movie isnt even out in theaters in France yet... ffs cant wait to move
  • Doctalen - November 10, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Wish I was old enough to get most of these references, also wish I owned the movie. At least I can fix that with Netflix.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - November 10, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    @nightmare17 I dig Cera so you know, but he's hardly a loser here. Scott Pilgrim is quite the lady's man, actually. @RamenDragon Good catch! Thanks for the correction @CRAPNUGGETS All the Evil Exes do or wear something related to their number. I started to capture them for the helluva it, but ran out of time.
  • Brutalicus - November 10, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Goddamn, this was a good article. I love the movie even more than I did before I read this... which was to say quite a bit.
  • Mamudo - November 10, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    There were a few in there that I missed.
  • TruckThunders - November 10, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Very good article, Chris. Your hard work did not go unnoticed.
  • magic_muffin_man - November 10, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    GOD DAMN IT YOU MISSED MY REFERENCE!!! GAH! THERE'S EVEN A PIC IN THE ARTICLE!! (Look at the brand name on the amp in the "Launchpad McQuack" reference photo. The brand is "LameBrand", written in the Rock Band font. I used that as my reference in the contest and that you forgot it makes me a sad panda :'(. )
  • AnonymouZ - November 10, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Granted, the Gideon cane mcduck reference may be stretching it a bit, but... Article rating: A
  • JustinSane - November 10, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Yes, more prizes. Get a bunch of Blu-rays to give out, good word of mouth will surely help the movie sell on dvd.

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