Wii U exclusivity means one thing...
Traveller's Tales Fusion has hidden away a wealth of brilliant Nintendo cameos in its excellent LEGO City Undercover. We're about 50 hours into the game (and incredibly not sick of LEGO yet) and about 15% away from total completion. These are the wonderful Nintendo references we've seen so far...
This little fella gets fired from a cannon in King's Court and promptly makes a beeline straight for you. Just like Mario Galaxy, there's a bonus to be had if you can get him to destroy a cage nearby.
Made out of LEGO, of course. You'll find him in Pagoda. Again, you can use him to destroy a cage by picking him up. Be careful his fuse doesn't burn out before you get there, mind...
There are several of these hidden around the city. If you headbutt them, you receive a load of LEGO studs for each jump until it's destroyed. This one's in Pagoda, down by the water.
This familiar skeleton is only unlockable after you've beaten the story mode and collected the Rex Fury character token, allowing you access to the crate in the museum. We half expected him to fall apart when punched and re-assemble himself, but sadly he's indestructible once built.
Not DK himself, but this section of the level features sloped platforms, ladders and hazards rolling towards you. Chase even says: "I hope there isn't a giant ape at the top of this thing".
Fort Meadows has a direct reference to the Mario games at the top of this spire. Chase jumps down onto the top of the flag pole and replaces the bowser flag with a Mario one as fireworks go off.
A familiar jump
Some characters have a Mario-style jump with a fist in the air. Conversely, Rex Fury has a very strange 'flap both feet forward' jumping style. We don't know why.
This must be a reference to Zelda games, surely. The Super Chicken Glide enables you to reach far-away places by using the flapping power of a chicken. It's surprisingly useful...
Head to Bluebell National Park and look for the train track emerging from the tunnel to the south. Above the entrance to the tunnel is an inaccessible ledge. And on it, happily walking around, is a LEGO Wiggler. We've tried everything to get up there, but it seems impossible. It's OK, he looks happy enough.
These fellas are hidden in very hard-to-reach areas. They fly around Chase just like in Mario 64, complete with the familiar 'invincibility' fanfare. To get this particular one, you'll need to jump down onto the grassy peninsular above Paradise Sands (by the observatory) and leap across using a Super Chicken Glide. See - we said it was useful!
Crescent Park has a little waterside promenade and on it you'll find this fishing rod. Win the simple minigame and, unlike other fishing rods in the city, you'll be rewarded with a Cheep Cheep. He slips back in to the water after leaving a blue stud on the floor. Must've been scared.
Red bricks unlock a wealth of cool content (as you'd expect from a LEGO game) so imagine our surprise when we found Mario's hat. We're pretty sure it's on Apollo Island... but we're not 100% sure. Sorry, truth is we've seen so much LEGO recently we feel a bit funny.
Once you've got the Smelly Overalls outfit from the farm, head around the back of the dojo and you'll find a familiar green pipe. Water it with your watering can and a Piranha Plant emerges before proceeding to spit fire at you. We've tried everything to kill it but to no avail. You can, however, use his fire to burn the nearby spider's web away with quick dodging and retrieve a bonus.
After you finish the game you'll be able to find and open a Mario-style warp pipe to reach Lady Liberty Island, which is off-limits to the public for most of the game. We're not supposed to tell you exactly where said warp pipe is, but we will say Uptown would be a good place to start and you will have been a few yards from it already during the game.
What can you find?
As we say, we're not quite at 100% yet. So there could still be more Nintendo cameos to discover. Let us know in the comments if you find any good ones and we'll update the article if we find any more.
And if you're looking for more, check out Why you might never actually start the story in LEGO City Undercover and our LEGO City Undercover review.