Every Scott Pilgrim vs The World videogame reference

Above: Scott’s dream of being abandoned in a desert only to be awoken by Ramona recalls a similar scene involving Squall and Rinoa from the end of Final Fantasy VIII

Above: Speaking of Ramona, the object of Scott’s affection changes her hair three times during the film. Purple, Blue, and Green: the same colors of the Three Goddesses of Hyrule who represent the three sections (Wisdom, Power, and Courage) of the Triforce in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

Above: An Ocarina reference shouldn’t surprise anyone. Young Neil’s obviously a fan of the platform as well as the Zelda series

Above: Numerous foreboding Xs appear throughout the film, but many gamers believe that the one Scott and Ramona walk through is a direct reference to the Xenogears logo. Why not?!

Above: Just as Mario traveled through a star door into “Sub-Space” in Super Mario Bros 2, so too do Scott and Ramona in this life-affirming double reference

Above: Even in the face of impending doom, Scott still pauses to play the bass line from Final Fantasy II (IV), notorious for being one of the easiest bass licks known to man

Above: Many were reminded of Postal 2’s regenerating piss ability during the scene where Scott relieves himself before falling into a trance…

Above: In a beautiful move of pure fan service, Edgar Wright convinced Nintendo to not only let him use the Fairy Fountain tune from the Zelda series during this dream sequence, the song was re-orchestrated for the film with actual singers!

Above: Sex Bob-omb’s Battle of the Bands rival is named for Crash N’ The Boys, a sports/street thug game for the NES

Above: Wallace beckons for Scott to “FIGHT!” in a manner not unlike the many ways gamers have been called into battle throughout the last few decades. Please see our “15 years of FIGHT” video for further proof 

Above: The punch delivered to first Evil Ex, Matthew Pattel borrows more than a little inspiration from a certain Dragon Punch…

Above: And if that connection weren’t clear enough, the “KO!” sound effect used in the film is taken directly from the cornball announcer from Street Fighter Alpha 3


  • 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.

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