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Taisen Hot Gimmick (Arcade)

Cross-Series (Sengoku Ace): Aine from Sengoku Ace has a stage (which when completed gives you the option of some rather revolting choices of removing his clothing.) (Credit: Travis Fahs)
Status: Unverified


Tales of Destiny (PS1)

Cross-Series (Tower of Druaga): There is a dungeon based on the classic Namco Arcade game Tower of Druaga. (Credit: Travis Fahs)
Status: Unverified

Cross-Series (Tales of Phantasia): Cless and Arche from Tales of Phantasia also make an appearence in a hidden quiz game. (Credit: Travis Fahs)
Status: Unverified

Cross-Series (Pac-Man): During a racing minigame in one of the towns, an odd, remixed version of the intermission music from Pac-Man plays. (Credit: MJB817)
Status: Unverified


Tales of Destiny 2/Tales of Eternia (PS1)

Cross-Series (Legend of Valkyrie): Valkyrie from the Namco classic Valkyrie no Densetsu appears as a secret boss. The stage leading up to her also plays the music from Valkyrie no Densetsu. (Credit: Travis Fahs)
Status: Unverified


Taz-Mania (GB)

Console (Gameboy): In the game's intro, Taz can be seen holding a Game Boy. (Credit: Andrew Rae)
Status: TRUE: (www.vgmuseum.com) proves it.


Tech Romancer (DC)

Anime (Various): Some of the robots were inspired by other series. The designer/art director was a famous name in the business of Japanese Robot Design, Shoji Kawamori. He also directed things, too. One level is modeled after Trigun! I know what you're thinking; the desert can hardly be a reference, but the main thing about this background is the ship that crash landed into the desert. The ship looks identical to the one from Trigun that also crashed into the desert at a single angle (It's sticking up from the ground about 45). The other level is on the moon. The background shows a large battle occuring between two space fleets. This is most likely a reference to Mobile Suit Gundam. (Credit: Bill)
Status: Unverified


Tecmo Bowl (NES)

Cross-Series (Rygar/Ninja Gaiden): On the Scoreboad between quarters and before and after the games, there are ads for Rygar and Ninja Gaiden. (Credit: Yoichi)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO, (Screenshot) proves it.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game (NES)

Products (Pizza Hut): There are Pizza Hut signs all over the place in this game. Konami and Pizza Hut had some kind of promotional deal going on when they made this game.
Status: TRUE: (Screenshot) proves it. (Sorry that the snowman is half-obscuring it. I'll get a better screenshot eventually.)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters (SNES)

Cross-Series (Castlevania): Wingnut's profile says that he likes Castlevania. (Credit: Crawl and 1000)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Tekken (PS1)

Cross-Series (Galaga): Tekken for the PS1 lets you play Galaga while the game loads. (Credit: Yashiro Nanakase)
Status: Unverified


Tennis (NES/GB)

Cross-Series (Super Mario Bros.): Mario is the umpire in this game. He is more obviously Mario in the GB version. (Credit: Mark Kelly)
Status: TRUE: Verified in the Mario Mania Nintendo Power guide. FO's Note: The reason he doesn't seem as "obviously" Mario in the NES Tennis is because he's the old "Donkey Kong" version of Mario in that game, which I have a (Screenshot) of.


Terranigma (SNES)

Cross-Series (Soul Blazer): Turbo the dog from Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia is also in this game. (Credit: Shadow Villgust)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Alexander Graham Bell): There is a guy named 'Bell' in the game. He invents the telephone in the game. This is a reference to Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone in 1876. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Thomas Edison): There is a guy named 'Eddy' in the game. In the game he invents the light. This is a reference to Thomas Edison, he invented an automatic repeater for telegraphic messages and the carbon transmitter. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Sven Hedin): There is a guy named 'Hedyn' in the game. He is a traveler and you'll meet him at various spots during the game. Later he write stories about his travels, inspiring many people to travel and see other places. This is a reference to the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin. The real 'Hedyn' (Hedin) explored Asia six times. He also explored the Middle East as well as the United States, where he explored the Grand Canyon. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Henri Matisse): There is a guy named 'Matis' in the game who is a painter. This is a reference to Henri Matisse, a French painter (Matis lives in France in the game), sculptor, illustrator and designer. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Keynes): There is a guy named 'Keinz' in the game. He's an economic forecaster in the game. This is a reference to Keynes, the most famous and influential economist of the 20th century. Keynes was the mind behind Keynesianism, the advocation of government monetary and fiscal programs intended to stimulate business activity and increase employment. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Wilbur Wright): There's also a guy named 'Will' who's the inventor of the airplane in this game. He is named after Wilbur Wright of the Wright Brothers. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Real Place (McDonald's): 'Mick' is a guy that starts a hamburger restaurant in the game. Calling it Mick's burgers. Probably a rip-off of McDonalds. Mick and Mc sound a bit like each other, too. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Christopher Columbus): 'Columbus' is also in this game and is of course a reference to Christopher Columbus, a navigator and explorer. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Famous Person (Genghis Khan): There is also a guy named 'Temjin' in the game. This is probably a reference to Genghis Khan, real name: Temuchin. (Credit: Ruudos)
Status: Unverified

Programmers: At some point in the game you can visit a representation of Quintet's offices and meet some characters based on the programmers. (Credit: Ragnorak-X)
Status: Unverified


Tetris (NES/GB)

Cross-Series (Various): On the NES Nintendo version, many different NES characters appear when you beat Level 9, B-Type games, such as Mario, Luigi, Pit (Kid Icarus), Samus Aran, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Peach, and Link.
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO. I only have a (Screenshot) of Kid Icarus.

Cross-Series (Super Mario Bros.): In the GameBoy version, Mario and Luigi appear during 2-player matches.
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.

Music (Tchaikovsky): Nintendo NES version: BGM A is the first part of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. (Credit: Yashiro Nanakase)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.

Real Place (St. Bazil's Cathedral): The multi-domed building that is picture in almost every version of Tetris is St. Bazil's Cathedral.
Status: TRUE: (Screenshot) proves it.

Music (Korobeniki): In the Game Boy version, Music A is a traditional Russian folk song called "Korobeniki". (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified


Tetris 2 (NES)

Real Place (Nazca Plains): The background images are based on real line drawings from the Nazca Plains.
Status: TRUE: Screenshots prove it: (Bird) (Spider) (Monkey)


Theme Park (Genesis)

Famous Person (Walt Disney): One of your competitors is Malt Wisney, a play on Walt Disney. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified


Three Stooges, The (NES/Amiga)

Cross-Series (Ghostbusters 2): The game begins with the three stooges walking out onto the Ghostbusters 2 logo.
Status: TRUE: (Screenshot) proves it.

Cross-Series (Defender of the Crown): Amiga/GBA version: The stooges walk out onto a Defender of the Crown logo. (Credit: Yashiro Nanakase)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Thrill Kill (PS1 - Unreleased)

Literature (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory): The character Violet Boregard is named after the character from the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, only the spelling of "Beuregarde" has changed. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified

Comics (The Incredible Hulk): In the manual, Mammoth's backstory mentions the classic "Don't get him angry...you wouldn't like him when he's angry" line from The Incredible Hulk. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified

Mythology (Biblical): Cain and Judas are named after characters from The Bible, both of whom betrayed someone close to them. Cain murdered his brother; Judas turned Jesus over to the Romans. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified

Movie (Hellraiser): Tormentor has a finishing move called "Hellraiser". Not only is the name a cameo (referring to the 1990's film of the same name) but the sequence is one from the film. In it, Tormentor suspends the enemy in the middle of the room using a multitude of chains then proceeds to tear him/her up. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Tinkle Pit (Arcade)

Cross-Series (Rolling Thunder): Leila from Rolling Thunder and Rolling Thunder 2 makes a cameo in this Namco arcade game. (Credit: Dire 51)
Status: Unverified


Tin Star (SNES)

Music (Yellow Rose of Texas): The music in the bonus levels is a slightly remixed version of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose (SNES)

Movie (Various): In Tiny Toons for SNES, there are lots of movie references, such as Star Wars, Back to the Future, and old westerns. The last level is a spoof of Star Wars and is also based on an episode of Tiny Toons. The old westerns and Back to the Future references are one and the same, since Back to the Future III took place in the Old West. And if that isn't enough, all the stages are listed in the instruction manual, with a picture for each, including the deleted fifth level which never made it into the final game. (Credit: JG Shady)
Status: Unverified


Tiny Toon Adventures: Montana's Movie Madness (GB)

Music (Can-Can): The music for when the boss is almost defeated is the Can-Can. (Credit: Deven711 )
Status: Unverified


Tom and Jerry (NES)

Console (NES): Stage 4-1 has an NES sitting near the start with a controller stood up sideways to the right of it. Both are actually part of the level, as they can both be jumped upon. (Credit: Andrew Rae)
Status: TRUE: Screenshots prove it: (Controller Screenshot) (NES Screenshot)


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PS1)

Cross-Series (Spider-Man): Spiderman is a secret playable skater. (Credit: Ragnorak-x)
Status: Unverified


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (PS1)

Cross-Series (X-Men): Wolverine is a hidden character in Pro Skater 3. (Credit: Will B.)
Stauts: Unverified


TOONSTRUCK (PC)

Music (Who Put the Bomp): One of Spike's lines is "So it was YOU who put the dip in the dip de dip de dip!", which is a reference to the Barry Mann song "Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)". (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified

Cross-Series (Various): The games in the arcade are as follows: Sweet Fighter, Wac-Man and Mortal Wombat. Obviously these are spin-offs of Street Fighter, Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified

Mythology (Utopia/Xanadu): Two of the towns in the game, Cutopia and Zanydu, are named after imaginary places from real life. Cutopia is named after Utopia, Zanydu is named after Xanadu. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified

TV Shows (Looney Tunes): The company WACME is clearly a spin-off of the Warner Brothers ACME. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified

Literature (Little Red Riding Hood): The character B.B. Wolf is based on the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. In fact, he even says his name is Big Bad Wolf. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified

Famous Person (Arnold Schwarzenegger): The gym owner Jim is based on Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified

Music/Products (Various): The three frogs; Dough, Ray and Mee are named after the first three notes in a musical scale. Also, the frogs call themselves "The Fabulous Baker Boys" after the cake company of the same name. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Stauts: Unverified


Total Carnage (SNES)

Cross-Series (Smash TV): The first hostages you rescue in the game appear to be the host of Smash T.V. (Total Carnage's predecessor) and the women that constantly surround him in that game. (Credit: Deathspork)
Status: Unverified

Products (Nike): Speed-ups are a pair of orange shoes with the Nike swoosh on them. (Credit: Deathspork)
Status: Unverified

Cross-Series (Smash TV): At the end of General Ahkboob's first speech, it sounds like he says "I'll buy YOU for a dollar", which may be a spin on the saying "I'd buy that for a dollar" from Smash TV. (Credit: Deathspork)
Status: Unverified


Tuff E Nuff (SNES)

Cross-Series (Various): There are several references to other Jaleco games in the top scores table. B.Loaded (Bases Loaded), B.Brothers (Brawl Brothers), R.Turf (Rival Turf), Goal! (gee, I wonder), and possibly the other 3 are references to other games as well. (Credit: Mike Waters)
Status: Unverified


Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (N64)

Cross-Series (Quake): Entering the code "CLLTHTNMTN" will activate "Quack Mode", which will make the texture mapping pixelated and the animation choppy. This is obviously a reference (but more like an insult) to the popular PC shooter, Quake. (Credit: Iqniz)
Status: Unverified


Turrican (Multiplatform)

Movie (Aliens): The games in the Turrican series have enemies and backgrounds based on the Alien movies. (Credit: Espilonarge)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Turrican 2/Universal Soldier (Multiplatform)

Movie (Aliens): A lot of Aliens references yet again in Turrican 2 on Stage 5 here. Even the heads this time have "Aliens" written (or rather drawn) all over them. Even face huggers within the eggs appear in these levels (just as pesky in the original Turrican). (Credit: Espilonarge)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Turrican 3/Mega Turrican (Multiplatform)

Movie (Aliens): And here we are again with yet another rip off from Aliens where the aliens look meaner, and the graphics looks more gruesome. The Alien Queen is one of the bosses. She spits acid at you which is another Aliens reference. And on another screen, you'll notice a Terminator rip off with a huge T800. (Credit: Espilonarge)
Status: TRUE: Verified by FO.


Tyrants/Mega-Lo-Mania (Genesis)

Music (Holst): The music that plays during battle is "Mars the Warmaker" by Gustav Holst. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified

Real Place (Bethlehem): Bethlium is based on Bethlehem. (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified

Products (Marmite): Maramite is based on Marmite (British Vegemite). (Credit: Andy Thorley)
Status: Unverified


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