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  • There are several references to the Kirby series, which was also created by Masahiro Sakurai.
    • The way the Drill Arm launches is similar to the Drill+Needle combination in Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards. Its appearance also resembles the Core Drill.
    • The raid of the Space Pirate ship may be a shout out to the raid of the Halberd, complete with enemies shouting over the intercom. The shouting is unintelligible, though.
    • The first menu is in the same style as Super Smash Bros Brawl and Kirby Air Ride. The idols, treasure hunts and other elements seem to be strongly inspired by them, as well.
    • One underworld enemy called a Guttler is round, has oval-shaped eyes and gets stronger whenever it eats another creature. Doubles as a Take That Me, considering that, when it's first introduces, Pit talks about how disgusting it is.
    • During Pit's first battle with him, Hades, rapidly punches similarly to fighter/Smash Bros Kirby's Vulcan Jab. He even vocalizes in the same way Knuckle Joe's assist trophy did in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Hades then proceeds to eat Pit by inhaling him.
    • The Space Pirate Ship looks kinda like Lor Starcutter from Kirbys Return to Dream Land.
  • There are multiple references to other Nintendo games scattered throughout Uprising:

  "The last Komayto is not in captivity and Skyland is not at peace."

    • The idol description of the Fairy Orbitars:

  Hades: When freaky aliens give you lemons, make freaky alien lemonade!

    • At one point of Chapter 20, Pit uses the Lightning Chariot to burst through the shield around Palutena's Temple. It is done similarly to how Kirby takes out the Subspace Cannon towards the end of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s adventure mode. The Palutena Bow, a rare bow unlocked by beating Chapter 24 in 11 minutes or less, is the exact same bow that Pit uses in that game, and scenery very similar to that of Final Destination/Destroyed Isle of the Ancients is seen during the final boss fight with Hades.
    • Viridi mentions that she has a Brain Age of 24.
    • When fighting Twinbellows for the second time, Pit says he's going to rack up some serious Nintendogs points.
    • One of the floors in the Lightning Tower requires you to go up a series of ramps while jumping to avoid obstacles rolling down them. Hades even admits that it's basically Donkey Kong.
    • When Palutena talks about the powers and how you have to take into account the size and shape of the powers to fit into a grid, Pit proclaims that "All that time playing Dr. Mario has come in handy!"
    • When you battle the Kraken for the second time, upon knocking it out, Pit will shout, "Take that, tentafool!", a clear reference to Tentacool/Tentacruel.
    • Computer players in multiplayer have names which many Nintendo fans should recognize, such as "Resetti", "King Hippo", and even "Captain N".
  • Several enemies are named after deities and beasts from Greek mythology, though many of these names have been slightly altered (or, more likely, bungled in the translation).
  • The sound effects of certain shots finding their mark sound very similar to those made by MegaMan Buster shots doing the same.
  • Thanatos Rising has what's basically a cross between a Trojan Horse and an AT-AT. The Lunar Sanctum level is basically a huge love letter to A New Hope, with Pit assaulting and infiltrating a giant moon-shaped space station with a super laser.
  • "There are reapers creeping around in there."
  • Mimicuties have a rapid-kick move similar to Chun-Li's Lightning Legs. In the final chapter, Hades' fight involves him throwing monoliths at you in a fashion very similarly to the Hadoken motion. And when Medusa shows up to help out, he unleashes a Shoryuken on her.
  • The Brawler Claw's continuous fire is the Hokuto Hyakuretsuken.
  • The Ore Club lets you beat people up with the Eye of Sauron, and the Black Club is a 2001 monolith.
    • In Pandora's Labyrinth of Deceit, after the Star Fox-like space sequence, Pit descends through parallel "walls" for a while, with a light in the center, as David did upon entering the monolith.
  • At one point, Viridi says that Pit and Palutena have a "mutual admiration society." They later say "Anything Palutena can do, I can do better."
  • Pyrrhon mentions reading up on the Aurum on Divinipedia.
  • The Heart of Hades fights you in an arena that looks like it came from Bomberman. Throughout the fight, it will drop bombs that work just like the ones from Bomberman.
  • When Hades goes One-Winged Angel and sprouts a new head, it has a blue flame instead of hair, making him resemble another version of Hades.
  • The idol for the Hedgehog Claws weapon contains the description "these claws charge quickly and provide a large speed boost to users."
  • In the game, there's an enemy called "Collin" that can only be killed when you hit back the enemy it fires. The idol for this enemy says the name of the fired enemy is "Phil", and the idol is named "Collin and Phil". Flip the two names around...
  • Hades's overall characterization and voice seem to resemble Tim Curry, possibly a shout out to the Prince of Darkness from Legend.
  • The markings on the Ninja Palm are remarkably similar to the ones on Oboro headgear.
  • Standard Orbitars are Options.
  • Pyrrhon's Large Ham attitude is extremely similar to a certain blue-clad superhero. Doesn't help that he's a (self-proclaimed) deity giving superheroics a shot.
  • The Space Pirates are located in the Galactic Sea.
  • One of the loading screen tips says "Touch certain surfaces in Air Battles to run on them. Try this on Hewdraw's back."
  • If the moon fortress didn't make you think of Star Wars then the music that suddenly starts playing once you're under attack will.


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