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Mario's Greatest Cameos

The plumber's best guest appearances. Now including Scribblenauts!

Scribblenauts Unlimited is just the latest in a long line of games to feature a cheeky cameo appearance from the world's most famous plumber since Thomas Crapper. You see, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 were so inspirational for other games developers, from time to time other studios will slip cheeky little Mario references into their games. As a result, there are a large number of secret Mario cameos spanning a wide variety of games - both those developed by Nintendo itself and some from other studios as well.

Metal Gear Solid, The Simpsons, Zelda, Tetris, World Of Warcraft... some of the greatest franchises in entertainment history have given a nod to Mario over the years, and we're sure he'll continue to make appearances as long as he remains popular. So, to save you the hassle of having to find him yourself, we've done the hard work for you. We present a selection of our favourite Mario cameos.

Punch-Out!! (NES)

Punch-Out!!
Punch-Out!!
The NES version of the brilliant Punch-Out!! featured Mario as the referee, counting out anyone who hits the deck.

F-1 Race (Game Boy)

F-1 Race
F-1 Race
Before each race in this Game Boy classic, you'd be waved on and cheered by a Mario character.

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (GameCube)

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
One of the computers has tiny Mario and Yoshi figures standing on it.

Banjo Tooie (N64)

Banjo Tooie
Banjo Tooie
When Loggo the toilet gets blocked, Kazooie suggests Mario. Loggo says he doesn't think Mario does that kind of work anymore.

Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (N64)

Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
Reasonably early in the game you come across Talon. Now, if he isn't based on Mario than we're a bunch of badgers.

Advent Rising (Xbox, PC)

Advent Rising
Advent Rising
One of the levels has a secret area which leads to a Mario-style warp zone, complete with three different pipes.

Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)

Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Country 2
When you complete it, you're shown Cranky Kong's video game heroes (Mario, Link and Yoshi) and 'no hopers' (Sonic).

Alleyway (Game Boy)

Alleyway
Alleyway
This is full of Mario references, from the levels shaped like Mario characters to the fact that the paddle is piloted by Mario.

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  1. noodle link Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 08:36

    lol i remember that futurama episode, i mean i have seen every episode, feature and film of futurama. lol

  2. Cyberguy Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 08:44

    Wow! Mario has so many appearances. He looks weird in the Simpsons..

  3. solid MKsnaker Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 08:54

    He's also in the simpsons game

  4. JSupremoJ Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 09:05

    The Banjo Tooie one made me lol.

  5. Bellicapelli Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 09:52

    A good read. Thanks for the memories.

  6. Mr Resettio Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 10:08

    i havent seen the cameo in the simpsons where homer throws trash cans at him.

    which one was it?

  7. Wii_Will_Rock_U Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 10:41

    i havent seen the cameo in the simpsons where homer throws trash cans at him.

    which one was it?


    The one where Homer and Marge become criminals for "killing" the "old woman" they were supposed to be looking after. (Speech marks are as close as can get to spoilers.)

    Yes, I'm a former addict.

    I remember Frink marrying a Koopa in the Simpsons Game, too.

  8. GuyWhoLikesBlue2 Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 10:46

    LOL, that Futurama episode with all the videogame references is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny! :lol:

  9. DSVIP Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 12:11

    In Ocarina of time, there is another Cameo of nintendo characters (including Mario) where you look through the window in Zeldas castle. There are also cameos that aren't on this list, like the paintings in Link to the past, a character in 1080 and picross DS stages.

  10. ChrisONM Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 12:37

    In Ocarina of time, there is another Cameo of nintendo characters (including Mario) where you look through the window in Zeldas castle. There are also cameos that aren't on this list, like the paintings in Link to the past, a character in 1080 and picross DS stages.


    Hence our "favourite" cameos, not "all". :D

  11. Wii_With_Mii Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 12:41

    i havent seen the cameo in the simpsons where homer throws trash cans at him.

    which one was it?


    The one where Homer and Marge become criminals for "killing" the "old woman" they were supposed to be looking after. (Speech marks are as close as can get to spoilers.)

    Yes, I'm a former addict.

    I remember Frink marrying a Koopa in the Simpsons Game, too.

    I remember that episode, but not the barrel bit. There was also the part in The Simpsons Game when Mario appears in a cutscene and says, "I hope itsa' spaghetti! A-here we go!" Also there is a level where you can see Sonic running on a treadmill in the background.

  12. Jophis Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 12:54

    "EarthBound Zero" for NES, "EarthBound" for SNES, ONM. ;)

  13. TheAPERSON Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 13:12

    In Ocarina of time, there is another Cameo of nintendo characters (including Mario) where you look through the window in Zeldas castle. There are also cameos that aren't on this list, like the paintings in Link to the past, a character in 1080 and picross DS stages.


    Hence our "favourite" cameos, not "all". :D

    Surely it's a more genuine Mario cameo that Talon. That's how I see it anyway. Talon never reminded me of Mario when I first saw him anyway.

  14. Jonny_ash_rocks Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 13:32

    just like to point out, there's a Legend of Zelda cameo in World of Warcraft aswell. you find "Linken" a gnome with no memory and go on a huge quest to get it back you have to help him find the golden power , the end rewards for the quest are: Linkens Sword of mastery, Linkens Boomerang and the Spirit of Aquementas. :lol:

  15. TheCakeisalie123 Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 14:00

    Do I remember this from the Mario Special Edition ONM magazine?

  16. adamwalker222 Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 17:21

    I never knew he has been in that many games/TV peices. Talon is the first one I remember seeing. I swear there is a Mario reference in Exctibike, doesnt he wave the flag or something
    ?

  17. yubel Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 18:27

    Wow,ive only uncovered the futurama cameo but who knew there were so many.

    Im sure youve missed the wii-fit mario referance onm. :wink:

  18. catscan93 Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 18:46

    What about the mario head on the Wii fit island or the mario characters in punch out snes?

    Good list though, got alot of the ones I remember.

  19. go4it Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 20:04

    i havent seen the cameo in the simpsons where homer throws trash cans at him.

    which one was it?


    The one where Homer and Marge become criminals for "killing" the "old woman" they were supposed to be looking after. (Speech marks are as close as can get to spoilers.)

    Yes, I'm a former addict.

    I remember Frink marrying a Koopa in the Simpsons Game, too.

    No, that one is called Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass. Homer does an embarrassing dance in front of Bart and Comic Book Guy puts it on his website, then Homer becomes a worldwide sensation. Mario is part of an Italian tour bus who have come to see Homer. Then Homer chucks rubbish bins at him Donkey Kong esque.BTW there is also a Donkey Kong reference, I can't remember the episode or what it's about, but in it DK is on a stage with a banner that says "Come and see Donkey Kong" and then a guy comes up and says, "Sorry Donkey Kong, you're not getting any customers" then DK throws a barrel at him and crushes him. "Hey, he's still got it!".

  20. mcs31 Saturday 2nd May 2009 at 20:29

    The cruel meatball of war has-a rolled onto our laps, and ruined our white pants of peace.

    I love this quote, even if you ignore that mario says it I still love it.

    Thats a great list! You must have watched alot of simpsons and futurama to spot it.

  21. dark void Sunday 3rd May 2009 at 12:49

    the banjo one made me lul'z:D

  22. mewthree Sunday 3rd May 2009 at 14:26

    I remember hearing something about a massive destructable 8-bit Mario statue in B-J Nuts & Bolts.

  23. Buffoonary Sunday 3rd May 2009 at 15:31

    There was also the Mario mask, on the mask man's bag, in Majora's Mask.

  24. tomutwit Sunday 3rd May 2009 at 16:54

    links awakening has a peach cameo, as well as a chain chomp, goombas and cheep chomps. and thwomps. and...

  25. master swordsman Sunday 3rd May 2009 at 19:30

    what about wii fit?

    their iare loads of NES maios around the island in the jogging game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBUNEQQza08

    0:42 on the cliff
    1:12 right side of bridge

  26. Ai64 Monday 4th May 2009 at 10:46

    That was really funny when homer was throwing trash cans at mario (like in donkey kong arcade). :lol:

  27. carnivine chaos Monday 4th May 2009 at 15:27

    LOL, some funny one's there, but I'm pretty sure the Earthbound one ISN'T Earthbound. It's Mother or, "Earthbound 0" as some people call it:

    Mother - Mother 2 - Mother 3.

    Earthbound 0 - Earthbound - Earthbound 2
    ___(NES)_______(SNES)_____(GBA)

  28. ConorMcC Tuesday 5th May 2009 at 12:24

    I agree with the Ocarina of Time Talon similarities (He even has a button/crest/badge on his dungarees that looks like a golden bowser head) but my favourite Mario cameo also appears in the game. It's in the area where we see Young Zelda after avoiding the guards. Look in the window and ... Mario, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi and Luigi all have portraits displayed :D

  29. Super_Sonic96 Tuesday 5th May 2009 at 17:12

    I never actually noticed the resembalence from Talon to Mario before! I love the Simpsons cameos too, seen every one! (Pure awsome!)

  30. Super_Sonic96 Tuesday 5th May 2009 at 17:12

    I never actually noticed the resembalence from Talon to Mario before! I love the Simpsons cameos too, seen every one! (Pure awsome!)

  31. Super_Sonic96 Tuesday 5th May 2009 at 17:16

    Oh yeh, also in Zelda: Link to the past if you go into the house with the sick boy in it in the down there is a picture of Mario directly beside the bed!

  32. linkbob Tuesday 5th May 2009 at 18:39

    i love that episode of futurama with mario in

    it's fab!!!

  33. Lagerboy Thursday 7th May 2009 at 21:32

    He He yeah tht my fave episode of futurama aswell. I have only seen the barrel simpsons 1 once though. People have said that in Ocarina of Time (and Majoras Mask) Talon looks like Mario: fair enough but why has no one mentioned Ingo he looks just like Luigi. Also im like the 15th person to say this but i also spotted those pictures in Hyrule Caste in OOT.

  34. D7y7y u Sunday 10th May 2009 at 08:29

    It's not that amazing to me that mario appears so much outside his own games. After all, mario is a gaming legend! :lol:

  35. dark_gamer Wednesday 13th May 2009 at 19:12

    It's Banjo-Kazooie ONM, not Tooie.

  36. C.T. McCarthy Sunday 14th Feb 2010 at 02:25

    *wipes awy nostalgic tear*
    posted here on my old account
    i only had 11 kudos?! the shame!
    and look at supersonic64's avvy! freakily similar to kiba-fang-overs!
    i like the simpsons mario cameo too
    and the plumber in ratchet and clank

  37. 7alfie7 Monday 15th Feb 2010 at 10:51

    :P I like it in the Simpsons episode called 'Marge be not Proud' when Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and Sonic the Hedgehog encourage Bart to steal a videogame called 'Bonestorm'. :mrgreen:

  38. TheLegendOfNinte Thursday 9th Dec 2010 at 20:24

    Guys, stop saying things such as "Shame On You, For Not Including... Etc.". Chances are they are highly aware of your mentioned appearance, but the list clearly tells us that this is their 'favourite' appearances, not every single one of them!

    On a side note, shame on you for not including the Mario mask on the Mask Salesman's backpack in Majora's Mask.

  39. TheLegendOfNinte Thursday 9th Dec 2010 at 20:30

    Sorry, to post again, but there's one i believe deserves a mention on your 'favourites' list. It at least beats the F1 appearance. Mario appears in the South Park episode: "Imaginationland Episode 1", along with Wario and Link.

  40. Dalekbuster523 Wednesday 29th Feb 2012 at 17:58

    I love Mario's cameo appearances in Simpsons. They're so funny.

  41. SuperJonnyMario Tuesday 13th Mar 2012 at 16:04

    So many cameos. I remember most of them when I first seen them without the internet telling me. :D

  42. MagicMan5 Tuesday 13th Mar 2012 at 16:51

    He also has an apperance in The Simpsons Game.

  43. ganonkilla Tuesday 13th Mar 2012 at 21:45

    what about those gnomes that look like mario & luigi in the simpsons game? at one point homer asks "what's for dinner marge" and the mario gnome jumps on the couch and says "ah hope eetsa spagetti!"

  44. shy guy 64 Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 12:48

    i recall many of these from the last time you did this feature

  45. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 13:22

    i recall many of these from the last time you did this feature


    Its the same feature. It's just been edited.

    It was really interesting to see some of the more unusual references, some that I've never seen or heard of before - the Assassins Creed one being a prime example.

  46. Samster296 Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 15:23

    I had no idea you could get a Toad coat on Animal Crossing LGTTC.

  47. Pyron12 Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 15:45

    The caption says Just Dance 4 instead of Just Dance 3. :|

  48. rrriki Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 18:19

    Nintendogs has Mario Refrences too

  49. BrockenmanJr Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 18:44

    I remember reading most of this in the Mario special Mag a few years ago! It was nice to read it again, with some new content added!

  50. Donkey Kong Jr. Thursday 18th Oct 2012 at 19:10

    Those simpsons episodes are class

  51. noodle link Saturday 20th Oct 2012 at 10:27

    lol i remember that futurama episode, i mean i have seen every episode, feature and film of futurama. lol

    What a prat.

  52. MartinIsAwesome Saturday 20th Oct 2012 at 18:20

    lol i remember that futurama episode, i mean i have seen every episode, feature and film of futurama. lol

    What a prat.


    Brilliant.

  53. smash-brother Sunday 21st Oct 2012 at 14:45

    i liked the level in super sqibblenauts, where you need to empty the boxs to find the starit :) e

  54. SM3DL2 Sunday 11th Nov 2012 at 20:19

    My favourite is in Pilotwings N64. Mario in Mt. Rushmore style? Brilliant.

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