1. The movie hits the ground running with a cool easter egg: The high score at the top of the arcade screen reads 11022012, which was the film's theatrical release date (November 2, 2012)  


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2. The Bad-Anon scene that opens the movie is stuffed with villains from across gaming. Bowser and Dr. Robotnik/Eggman are recognizable enough, but what about Neff from Altered Beasts?

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Or this "Cyborg" who is clearly Kano from Mortal Kombat

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Or this zombie who is clearly the double ax-wielding Cyril from House of The Dead?  

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In fact, screenwriter Phil Johnston says that he added Street Fighter's Zangief as a villain because he figured "he would feel remorse for the difficulty player had in fighting him" 




Bonus fact: Dr. Wily from Mega Man was originally supposed to be in the therapy scene as well, but was eventually scrapped.  

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3. As we get a better look at the arcade, there's plenty of easter eggs in the blur. Classics like Frogger, Street Fighters I and II, Pac-Man, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and Dance Dance Revolution take up space. 

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You can even see a Sonic The Fighters cabinet if you look close enough.   

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4. But Litwack's Arcade has nothing on Game Central Station. Chun-Li and Cammy from Street Fighter and the Pac-Man ghosts other than Clyde are easy picks, but what about the knight from Joust or the Pong paddles?

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If you're quick, you might even notice the protagonist from Paperboy slip behind Ralph 

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5. Gaming culture is large and amorphous, so some of the references take the form of graffiti in between the railways of all the games. Some of my favorites include to shout outs to imaginary Street Fighter II boss Shen Long and foundational World of Warcraft meme Leroy Jenkins... 

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But if you look even closer, you'll see both a nice homage to the horrible English translation of Zero Wing and a reference to Aerith from Final Fantasy VII

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And even some foreshadowing to Turbo's role as the villain of the movie 

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6. Speaking of Turbo, we first meet him as King Candy when Ralph makes it to the Sugar Rush kart racing game. His appearance is foreshadowed once more in Candy's throne, which is painted red and white, much like Turbo's jumpsuit. 


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7. King Candy also uses the infamous Konami/Contra code to unlock the door to the game's code room: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start (via PopeliusJones

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