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(1994 Video Game)

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Although the game is set in a fictional modern-day type universe, numerous pop culture references appear.
  • Numerous references to the Beatles (see the entry above)
  • References to classic glam rock band T. Rex. One of Ness's weapons is called the T. Rex bat, and one of Jeff's weapons is called the Zip Gun, a reference to their album title Bolan's Zip Gun.
  • The Casey Bat is a reference to the classic American folk tale, Casey At The Bat. In the story, the title character struck out. Reflecting the legend, the bat is horribly inaccurate.
  • A snake being an enemy early in the game is a reference to the Biblical book of Genesis, in which a snake tempts Adam and Eve.
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There are various references to the British pop/rock band The Beatles throughout the game. Shigesato Itoi, the game's creator, has stated that he was a huge fan of the Beatles, and APE, the company that created the game, cited John Lennon as an inspiration for the game's music. Here are some examples:
  • A man in Onett gives you a pop quiz: fill in the blank of a Beatles song, "XXXterday". He gives you a yes-or-no answer choice. If you respond "yes," he'll say "That's correct! I'm impressed."
  • Various people in Moonside will say "Hello! And... goodbye!", a reference to the song "Hello, Goodbye".
  • In the Japanese version, John (for Ness), Paul (for Jeff), George (for Poo), and Ringo (for King the dog) are included as "suggested names" (included by the developers if you don't want to create names yourself).
  • Yoko (as in Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon) is also a "suggested name" for Paula.
  • Additionally, "honey pie" is a suggestion for your favorite food, and "love" is a suggestion for your favorite thing.
  • A yellow submarine can be seen inside Dungeon Man.
  • One of the Runaway Five members can be heard singing "Money (That's What I Want)" to himself.
  • Bits of Beatles melodies are scattered in the game's music. For instance, part of the opening to "All You Need is Love" can be heard in the Cave of the Past, and part of Tessie's song references "Strawberry Fields Forever."
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In the original Japanese version of the game, Ness is naked in Magicant. The American version edited this so that he appeared to have his pajamas on.
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The name Ness is a play on NES, the abbreviation for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
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Diamond Dog, one of the bosses in the game, was named for the David Bowie album Diamond Dogs.
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When sold in America, the game was packaged with a Players' Guide.
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This is actually the SECOND game in a series. The original game in the series was for the Famicom (Japanese NES) and the third for the Game Boy Advance. Neither the first nor the third game was ever released in America.
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Mr. Saturn from this game appeared as a treasure in Kirby Super Star (another HAL Laboratories game), and as a weapon in the Super Smash Bros. series.
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The game's crude humor was one of its major selling points, which prompted Nintendo to marker the game with scratch and sniff cards, along with the tagline "this game stinks."
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Ness's name is a play on SNES, and this game was released on the SNES
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A sequel was slated for release on the Nintendo 64, but never completed and the project was ultimately canceled.
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Was reissued on Game Boy Advance in Japan.
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The music played while riding the Runaway Five tour bus briefly references the Neil Young song Hey Hey My My's main riff. Additionally, Myna Birds appear later in the game. Young once played in a band called the Myna Birds with Rick James.
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The city of Fourside is based on New York City. The Dept. Store and Monotoli buildings resemble the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, and Monotoli himself is most likely a parody of then major Rudy Giuliani.
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