Taking many arcade gamers down memory lane, Campus Events Commission is showing Disney’s Oscar-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph” today at 7:30 p.m. “Wreck-It Ralph” is filled with references to the golden age of arcade games and other easter eggs. Without spoiling too much of the movie (most of these scenes have appeared in the trailer), check out our “teaser” list of allusions that you should keep your eyes peeled for tonight as you watch the movie. That said, minor spoilers may follow although most refer to specific scenes without revealing the plot.
1. “Bad-Anon” meeting
As seen in the trailer, look out for the “Bad-Anon” support group meeting during which you will see the villains from “Super Mario Bros.” (Bowser), “Sonic the Hedgehog” (Dr. Robotnik), “Street Fighter” (M. Bison and Zangief), “Altered Beast” (Neff) and “Pac-Man” (Ghost) all on one screen. One of the many highlights of this scene is Kano performing his signature move from “Mortal Kombat” on a zombie based on Cyril from “House of the Dead.”
2. Imaginary Game Parallels
Many of the imaginary games in the film are based on other games. For example, many of the races in “Sugar Rush” are very similar to “Mario Kart,” but with candy. Yes, there is a version of Rainbow Road. “Hero’s Duty” calls to mind games such as “Halo,” “Call of Duty,” “Gears of War” and “Metroid.” And can we just point out how much Sergeant Calhoun, the main character of “Hero’s Duty,” looks like the actress that voiced the character? Yup, that’s Jane Lynch, more famously known as Sue Sylvester on the TV series “Glee.”
3. Konami Code
During the film, one character hits Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, on a controller, a sequence known as Konami Code. This cheat code can be used in games such as “Contra” and “Castlevania.” You can also try it on a lot of websites including Facebook, Google Reader and Digg.
4. Post-Credit Scene
Be sure to stay for and after the credits for some bonus footage. During the credits, the main characters take part in the different games featured in the film, giving the audience a sort of “tour” of this game world. As for those who are patient enough to stay after the credits, you will be rewarded with the screen that many have faced when they reached the level 256, the last level on “Pac-Man.”
5. Other blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments:
Keep your eyes open during the bar scene where you may see the bartender from “Tapper” and Ryu and Ken from “Street Fighter.” The Game Central Station also features many game characters from games such as “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Q*bert,” “Paperboy,” “Pac-Man,” “Pong,” “Dig Dug,” “Dance Dance Revolution” and many more.
Skrillex also makes a non-speaking cameo appearance, as does a well-known character who is shown dozing off while on the job at a scrap metal lot.
We know we definitely saw Mario’s mushroom in there somewhere. So where’s Mario, you ask? Keep your ears open, and you might also hear a reference to a game character that Angelina Jolie very famously portrayed.
Let us know if we missed any references or what your favorite arcade game was by tweeting @dbmojo or commenting below.