Every Video Game Reference in "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"

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So the film sort of flopped during its opening weekend, but video game fans were in for a treat with the recent release of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Considering the countless number of video game references there are in the movie, it is no surprise that comic author Bryan Lee O'Malley and movie director Edgar Wright are huge fans of gaming. In fact, the director personally wrote a letter to Nintendo asking permission to use songs from The Legend of Zelda in his film, calling the Zelda theme "the nursery rhyme of this generation".

However, many of these references were brief and may have been difficult to notice. The following is a list of just about every video game reference in the Scott Pilgrim vs the World movie that I could catch.

  • The movie opens with music from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past coming from Young Neil's Nintendo DS. Because it's being played on the NDS, it must be the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords version for the Gameboy Advance.


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  • The Zelda "fanfare" sound effect plays when Knives Chau opens the door.

  • The name of the movie, "Scott Pilgrim vs the World", has a similar title as the 1991 game The Simpsons: Bart vs the World.
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  • The Sex Bob-Omb logo looks like a less angry version of Serious Sam's logo.
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  • During the description for Stacey Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim's sister, she is described as "Rated T for Teen". This is one of the video game ratings for the North American/Canadian Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

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  • Scott and Knives play Ninja Ninja Revolution, obviously a parody of Dance Dance Revolution.
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  • Scott babbles about the history of Pac-Man's name to Knives and Ramona Flowers. He tells her that the character was originally named "Puck Man" when it was first introduced into the North American market. However, fear that vandals would likely change the "p" in Puck to a "f" forced the developers to change his name to "Pac-Man."
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  • Scott's band is named the "Sex Bomb-omb", which is named after the generic Mario Bros enemies Bob-ombs.
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  • The "Great Fairy Fountain" song from The Legend of Zelda series is playing in the background during Scott's first dream of Ramona Flowers.

  • Scott performs a Dragon Punch uppercut during his fight with Matthew Patel, a move from the Street Fighter series. Unfortunately, he doesn't yell "SHORYUKEN!"
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  • "K.O." is announced at the end of the fight between Matthew Patel and Scott Pilgrim. This sound effect is the same one used in the Street Fighter series.
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  • Each of the seven evil exes explode and turn into coins when they are defeated. This is similar to all of the enemies in River City Ransom.
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  • Scott plays the bass line for the Final Fantasy IV battle theme during rehearsal.

  • The "ring" sound effect from Sonic the Hedgehog is played during Scott's confrontation with Todd Ingram backstage.

  • The "zone cleared" sound effect from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is used when Scott Pilgrim "gets it" about the relationship between Ramona and Roxy.
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  • Roxy Richter uses a segmented sword, similar to the one used by Ivy from the Soul Calibur series.
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  • Roxy's last name is "Richter", the same name as "Richter Belmont" from the Castlevania series. She also uses a whip as a weapon, similar to Richter Belmont.


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watson652
watson652

Gideon's company logo is an Upside-Down Triforce.

Magagazoo
Magagazoo

When Scott has that dream where he's in a school hallway and then sees Ramona and wakes up to answer the door for his delivery, menu music from Zelda's a link to the past is playing during the dream

Dimitriosg
Dimitriosg

Reference with the music to the opening of super punch out when Scott and Lucas Lee start running at each other.

Dominic Schmidt
Dominic Schmidt

one thing that is wrong is that scott got 1-up after defeating todd ingram, not the twins

Sean
Sean

3oThe magptthew patel battle wallace yells "watch out" i think he represents navi from ocarina of time cause hes a fairy lol no offense to anyones

Packman
Packman

The fight with lee and his stunt team. What game and music was referenced with them? Not the tony hawk part but before that? It's not any matrix reference at all. I remember playing a game like this but it bugs me that I can't remember it :-p

Jim
Jim

Nobody pointed out all the 8-bit gaming music references, to classic 8 bit gaming, i.e. the opening Universal sequence, and the ending 8-bit version of the song "Threshold" by Sex Bob-Omb. You people are looking so hard your passing all the obvious references! :)

Kpham
Kpham

The song "Under my Thumb" by the Rolling Stones is played when Gman's limo comes.

Yerface
Yerface

Did anyone else notice the earthbound reference with the gay guy and the guy with glasses

gametruthordare
gametruthordare

Forgot to mention The Clash at Head Demon which was the title of the NES game and also the name of the band Envy Adams.Adult Board Game

Cinereous
Cinereous

Did any one else notice the reference of Todd Ingram to Mewtew from the pokemon series I mean smoking whites eyes and minds powers also levetaion

Minocat
Minocat

I thought someone would have noticed the Mortal Kombat Arcade Mode reference with the Toronto International Battle of the Bands.

jack
jack

Also crash and the boys the name of sex bob omb's rival band is an old nintendo game.

chris
chris

I thought roxy's whip looked like the sand version of prince of persia's daggertail

BranceHatesYou
BranceHatesYou

When the set of Lucas Lee is getting closed off, the director announces morning to come soon, in the fashion of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.

Ryan
Ryan

Ramona's hair colors in the movie are red, blue, and green. This could be consistent to the 3 fairies in the Zelda series.

Tim Gregory-Hunt
Tim Gregory-Hunt

Basically remove all your references for games made before 2002, replace them with references from games during that time frame and you've got it right. Its pretty much a reference to old 90's geek culture, not this generations geek culture.

Subgeta
Subgeta

Ramona Flowers- Uses a large hammer as a weapon. short punky hair (Pink at first)Amy Rose: (Female name, a rose is a flower) uses a hammer. short quills made to look like hair, and she's pink.

Kyle and Ken are obvious double dragon references.

Scotts shirt during the fight with Lucas Lee is a space invaders reference.

Whenever characters take a hard hit (Scott or evil Ex) their cry echoes in a similar fashion to street fighter games.

Scott's "pee bar" is a reference to The Sims "Bladder"

The Zelda "obtained new item" tune plays when Knives is spying through Young Niel's window at Scott and Ramona.

Todd's Vegan powers are similar to M. Bison's powers.

Enemies not only exploding into coins, but adding to a 'point' total.

When Ramona draws her hammer, the Sonic the Hedgehog 'enter special stage' tune plays.

When Scott leaves for the chaos theater the second time, his 2X bonus is accented with a Space Invaders tune.

When Scott is appologizing to Kim, her 'raised eyebrow' plays a sour note i.e. Rockband and Guitar Hero. When she smiles, the score plays a pac-man sound.

just a few more

hgh
hgh

Roxy is kewl.

Sonicshinji
Sonicshinji

mmmm I feel like you are all finding references in whatever happened in the movie while I think most references were quite generic, like things that are common to many videogames, not precise ones. The bob-omb, zelda, street fighter and some other games might be accurate, but the rest sound like something made up by fans of the movie. In my opinion it had more to do with indie culture than it had to do with videogames. I wouldn´t say this is geeky full of video game references movie. Most hardcore gamers I know didn´t really love it, they expected more references.

Mario
Mario

Nothin related to video game reference on what I'm abot to say but the retired skater Lucas lee which is an actor is similar to the real retired skater now actor Jason Lee ha

Amazingu
Amazingu

The bass line Scott plays is definitely from FF2's battle theme.That is the REAL FF2, so not the US FF2 (ie. FF4).

Look up some YouTube videos of that theme and it's instantly recognizable.Most FF battle themes have that same opening, but the way he continues after that is definitely based on FF2.

Darkpoc
Darkpoc

Is another reference form "Jet Set Radio Future" or JSRF when Scott dream Ramona in rollerblades in the desert, she was moving like the characters in JSRF

Ctrimble02
Ctrimble02

In the final battle when certain hurt characters are blinking red, it reminds me of the bosses in the second Ninja Turtles NES game.

Awesome
Awesome

Obvious one, but at the beginning when Young Neil says he plays Zelda and Tetris x3

Scarhairylarry
Scarhairylarry

When Scott stops Matthew Patel in their fight, the Street Fighter pause/unpause sound happens just before they start fighting again.

Darren
Darren

What about When Knives asks when they are playing their gig and she does the Zelda gasp from OoT when you fight Ganon

anon
anon

Ok. Gideon is primarily one big Ganon and half-life reference. G Man is the name of the creepy dude in half-life responsible for just about everything. It is final fantasy II that he plays the baseline to. Knives resembles Hope from Mirrors Edge after dying her hair. Double dragon reference with jap twins.

Also note that most of the exes feature their number in the environment or on themselves. Most notablely, Lucas Lee has a two tattooed on his neck when you first see him on the spike commercial.

This one is also kinda stretching it, but Roxy is 4th ex. IV = Roman numeral 4.IV = Ivy = Soul Caliber.

Luke Carey
Luke Carey

The seven exs represent Bowser's seven castles.

Argon
Argon

He has a Rock Band bassist shirt.

Okashiiblues
Okashiiblues

wallace has Nintendo in the apartment. Of course, now on the dvd you can see all the references, including Tekken.

Mysterymoose
Mysterymoose

I might be wrong but i believe that "Nega Scott" isn't a really a reference to any one game but rather the cliche event in which the hero must battle a dark version of themselves.

In Zelda OoT I distinctly remember Link fighting a shadow Link in the water temple as well as in Zelda the second game in the series

Mario fights Metal Mario in Super smash brosetc

CJ
CJ

Yeah! I was pumped to see the chaos theatre, earthbound was the best game!

Jumpstreeter
Jumpstreeter

The smoke shadow quality of Roxy Richter just yelled ICO

Keshia Rhinestone Eyes Smith
Keshia Rhinestone Eyes Smith

There are alot that I noticed...Matthew Patel was Dhalsim from Street Fighter.In the end when Knives is battling Ramona she is very much like Kitana from Mortal Combat...she then adopts the fighting style of Chun Li from Street Fighter and Nina from tekken wth the kick in the end that really almost kills Gideon. Todd(Envy's bf) looks like some character from Tekken...not sure the name...but he looked completely familiar.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Am I the only one who noticed that when they were showing the stuff in the apartment that it was a reference to paper boy?

Anonymous
Anonymous

roxy is also a mortal combat reference because scorpion is a disrespected ninja who uses a pocket dimension to pop up and attack foes.

oi oi oi
oi oi oi

gideons upside down triforce is also an antichrist reference from the omen movie saga.

Hero"The Saint"Toxiko
Hero"The Saint"Toxiko

todd's shirt has a on it because of the 3 vegetable named sayans in dbz.@Matthew Fabb the 1 up is a mario reference that was in the book.

McRibisBack
McRibisBack

Thanks for putting this list together. Very awesome to look over. Whether you liked it or not, it's amazing how much attention to detail was given in SPVtW.

dartrixs
dartrixs

also just pointing this out scotts shirt has a 4 and a half on it 4 plus 1 is 5 and 4 plus 2 is 6

dartrixs
dartrixs

OMG I GOT 5 AND 6 ITS ON SCOTTS LIST AND ITS GOT A BRACKET AROUND IT!!!

Taylor
Taylor

You're probably thinking of The Warriors. :)

Jenny Thurlo
Jenny Thurlo

Or the three sacred stones acquired in the games. The Zora Sapphire, the Kokiri Emerald, the Goron Ruby. And she dyes them in reverse order they are found in-game.

Me
Me

Actually, in the movie he wears a rock band tee shirt. The red one with the bass logo.

Jesuschrist48
Jesuschrist48

uhr nope, she gets her ass handed to her for that kick and it isnt ninas low kick or twisted mind move.  Go home.

Jim
Jim

Or simply that he is the 3rd evil ex, don't try so hard to find things that don't exist, because last I checked in DBZ, the vegeta saga, there's Radditz, Napa, Vegeta, and Goku, then only half blood, but Gohan. So that makes 4, possibly 5 how you look at it. And any saga beyond that is just plain asinine to say only 3 sayians exist. Nice try. 

Jesuschrist48
Jesuschrist48

oh wait.  Wrong kick, sorry yeah knives not SP gf.  sorry lol  I just presumed Nina low blow then thought "what" turns out I should have read the post properly.  Excuse me ;-)

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