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Every Scott Pilgrim vs The World videogame reference


Above: G-Man is revealed to be Gideon, Ramona’s 7th Evil Ex, as well as a reference to the mysterious reoccurring character in the Half-Life series 


Above: And if you look closely at Gideon’s shirt and lapel pin, you can see a flipped Triforce… which, if you think about it, is the unholy videogame equivalent of an upside-down cross!


Above: Continuing his role as reluctant announcer, Wallace calls for Scott to put a violent end to the fight


Above: Gideon’s Chaos Theatre is a reference to Earthbound’s Chaos Theater, home of Blues Brothers wannabes The Runaway Five!


Above: The throne Gideon holds Ramona atop is inspired by the alter from Zelda II: The Adventures of Link


Above: The way Gideon jumps with his cane struck many of us with memories of Scrooge McDuck’s pogo ability from Capcom’s DuckTales


Above: The stats on the left reference… well, damn near every game that’s ever had stats


Above: When Scott’s health is low, he blinks a la every Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sidescoller


Above: Scott’s climactic clash with Gideon is an almost a shot-for-shot recreation of the Ninja Gaiden intro


Above: Gideon’s death stance, as well as the overall composition of the shot, is remarkably similar to Aeirith’s death in Final Fantasy VII


Above: Nega Scott references Dark Link from the Zelda series


Above: FIN!

There’s another double reference following the credits, but we’ll leave that for you to find…

Nov 9, 2010

Scott Pilgrim's precious little videogame references
How many game callouts are "hidden" in the comic's pages? Let's look at them all and find out

 


Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game review
Worth at least your precious little life

 


The Scott Pilgrim game that almost was...
... is still pretty f***ing awesome!

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103 comments

  • 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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