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Weirdness: First Zelda, Now Mario And Luigi Make A Cameo In inFAMOUS: Second Son

Posted by Damien McFerran

Someone at Sucker Punch must really love Nintendo

Last week, we reported on the news that a Master Sword was spotted in Sony's PS4 exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son. Today, we can tell you that another Nintendo reference has been spotted in the game — this time relating to those famous plumbing siblings, Mario and Luigi.

It's a real "blink and you'll miss it" moment, but in one scene, a child's drawing of Mario and Luigi can be seen in the background. (By the way, the fact that Reggie is mentioned in the dialogue is totally coincidental).

We personally think it's great that developers are putting stuff like this into their games, even when they happen to be producing titles for hardware which is in competition with Nintendo. It just goes to show how much influence and respect Nintendo has within the industry.


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User Comments (78)



Dak908 said:

How the heck did they see that. Im looking at the image and i had to look extra hard to make out Luigi lol



DreamOn said:

Hey, you gotta love Nintendo in this industry otherwise you don't know your roots.



MamaLuigi said:

All this Ninty fanservice COULD spell out a merger between Sony and the Big N, but that's wishful thinking.



Dark-Link73 said:

I don't see Mario nor Luigi in that. My sight must be worse than I thought, lol. If Sucker Punch loves Nintendo so much they should make a game for the Wii U. Unless they're a Sony second party programmer.

Btw, how was this screenshot taken? Because the game looks horrible for being a game for "almighty" PS4.



Xjarnold said:

I don't see it to be honest it looks like a scribbly green dragon or something



Dark-Link73 said:

@MamaLuigi Are you kidding? After the way Sony wanted to make a deal with Nintendo with the CD attachment for the SNES where they (Sony) wanted to keep most of the revenue because it was "their hardware and medium", you are "wishful" for a Sony-Nintendo merger?

Sony would probably try to absorve Nintendo, close the hardware R&D division, and make them a second-party programmer for Sony.



larry_koopa said:


I'm sure it's easier to see on an HDTV screen than it is on a computer screen. It's clearly Mario and Luigi, though. But yes, the quality of the screenshot isn't the greatest.



parkerjames said:

Also Delsin's brothers name is Reggie and he also calls one of his partners 'Game-boy' in a cut scene



JosieC84 said:

Didn't look like at first but when I zoomed in closer, i could make it out. Sony still has love for Nintendo - take that Sony fanboys! Nintendo and Sony should make an exclusive IP deal like Super Smash Bros VS Playstation All Star Battle Royales and make it online only compulsory cross platform. Nintendo version and Sony versions get different characters along with some same. Pikachu vs Sackboy sounds awesome.



SheldonRandoms said:

He's gotta fix this drawing, Reggie, make his body ready for those drawing lessons!

What's next, is he going to say "I feel like an electric mouse with these powers". I wonder if there's more Easter eggs in this game.



Einherjar said:

With all these nintendo-esque easter eggs, i kinda wonder why they arent developing for nintendo then ?
Im not sure about their status, are they a 1st, 2nd or 3rd party dev of sony ?
If youre free, why not give the WiiU a visit ? Strike a deal, make an Infamous crossover or something, and both parties would greatly benefit from it.

@SkywardLink98 So, uhm...youre comparing the PSX to the WiiU ? I guess you should consider glasses or contacts...

EDIT: Oh, nevermind, you probably reffered to Infamous 3 there. Still, that game looks "meh" at best. Its beatiful, dont get me wrong, but its not on par with all the hype the systems hardware got in the first place. Compared to how people praise it to be the new hardware god, it looks kinda shoddy. Just look at MGS V. The PS3 version looks almost identical to the next gen version. The leap in hardware wasnt nearly as big as "promied" or made out to be



Artwark said:

Isn't this copy righted? Wouldn't this be known by Nintendo now?

I gotta admit, even I had to magnify the screen just to see it. Cool stuff.



Just_Ethan said:

Not to mention the original InFAMOUS in it's early state was inspired by Animal Crossing. It's clear these people are Nintendo fans.



Dark-Link73 said:

@SkywardLink98 I never said the Wii U was better than PS4, what I'm saying is that for all the flare the PS4 and X1 get, at least this screenshot, doesn't look all that. It looks like a screenshot from a PS360 game.

Btw, do you even own a Wii U and/or any games for it fir that matter? Because the Wii U has some gorgeous games. Just because they don't use a realistic engine like inFamous, it doesn't make them any less beautiful than inFamous. The ones that do use a realistic engine like NFS and Splinter Cell are amazing. How you seen Pikmin?

There's no shame in having ugly first-year games on PS4, it's natural. So relax dude, I'm sure they'll get better.



Dark-Link73 said:

@Hy8ogen First of all, such merger would never happen. If SEGA, who probably had less assets than Nintendo when they left the hardware market, never allowed any company to absorb them or merge, I seriously doubt Nintendo would ever make a company merger or buyout with Sony. Sony would be just more of a liability than an asset for Nintendo.

But if talks for such deal would every happen (nothing is impossible in this crazy world) I'm sure Sony would try that. There's just too much competition between those two Japanese giants.



Hy8ogen said:

@Dark-Link73 Buy out playstation division, possible. Buy out entire Sony Corp, over Yamauchi's dead body.

In all seriousness though, that would never happen. IF Sony does go bust, giants like Google and Amazon will probably buy out Sony way before Nintendo has the chance.



Jaz007 said:

@Einherjar Sony owns Sucker Punch, and they would much rather make a game on PS4 than Wii U. I don't see why a few Easter eggs would be a reason for a developer to work for a company.



MrGawain said:

That's a really nice homage. It shows true respect to Ninty and is really fun for the fans.

How long before Nintendo sue them for multiple trademark infringement?



Monkeh said:

And the pink+yellow is Peach with her back turned to us?

Anyway, nice little Easter-egg and just shows some love for Nintendo.



BetweenTheTrees said:

you can take screen shots on the ps4. stil looks better than any wii u game. the screenshots and video you can capture on ps4 is only in 720 instead of 1080. still I can capture 15 minutes of video, edit it and post it to my fb, my ps friends etc etc. so yeah the almighty ps4. you got it right.



firebird3334 said:

Does anyone find that Reggie in the game bears a resemblance to the nintendo Reggie or is it just me?



Einherjar said:

@Jaz007 Well, its a form of apreciation. If i put a bunch of easter eggs of a certain company in my works (and according to some comments, not just Infamous 3), why not work for them ? Give something back ?



Dark-Link73 said:

@Hy8ogen Yeah no kidding. I don't care how many Wii U's Yamauchi might own, or how much he praises Nintendo now; Sony would never allowed the PS brand be sold to Nintendo. It'd be like publicly admitting "defeat" and saying Nintendo is a better gaming company.

As for buyers of Sony, are you kidding me man? MICROSOFT would be the first in line to buy them! M$ HATES Sony. I remember reading an article about M$ making the XBOX just to bring the PS down. The PS goes, Sony goes down with it.



Dark-Link73 said:

@SunnyShores Ahhh! The PS4 fanboys are coming out of the woodworks now!

Let's see:

  • Screenshots (check)
  • Post them on social networks (check)
  • Video. Ok, you got me there, but what are video capture devices for? (so half of a check)

Listen, besides some of the big third party titles and exclusives, the PS4 doesn't really offer anything I wish the Wii U had. If anything, it'd be..... Nope, I can't think of anything right now. BUT whenever I happen to buy a second console (in a couple of years or so), I'm leaning more toward the PS4 vs the X1. Not because I think the PS4 is better, but because the X1 appeal me less.



Mommar said:

Maybe they could make a game for the WiiU and then I would give a damn.



SkywardLink98 said:

@Einherjar Oh I agree with you there, the PS4 isn't nearly as good as it was hyped, all I'm saying is it's still a lot more powerful than the Wii U. (And yes, I'm referring to the game in the picture above)



noctowl said:

ds wasn't as powerful as the psp. wii wasn't as powerful as the other consoles. ps2 wasn't as powerful as the other consoles. the people who just care about power are a minority.



Hy8ogen said:

@noctowl You're wrong. NOBODY cares about power in consoles . Only fanboys use the term in ridiculous and stupid arguments.

All the people who are power maniacs got PCs.



Clockwerk said:

This hardly looks like anything and the sword didn't resemble the Master Sword at all. This is getting ridiculous. I hate to be playing devil's advocate, but it seems like this is just some ploy to get N fanboys worked up against Sony's latest hit game.



Blue_Yoshi said:

Well to be fair inFamous spun off from an idea like Animal Crossing so its great that they're showing some love and probably adding hype and PR sicne they had just announced that AC inspired the series.



Manaphy2007 said:

@MamaLuigi that will never happen, nintendo would close its doors before that even happens but i do like how some non-nintendo games love nintendo with cameos on other consoles



Einherjar said:

@SkywardLink98 The thing just ist, artstyle is SO much more effective and powerful than hardware could ever be. Look at Mario Kart 8 for instance. It looks brilliant. And what about it could be made more beautiful with more hardware power ?
You can achive the same graphical "wow" effect even on less powerful consoles if youre crafty enough. More power doesnt always mean better graphics.
To stay slightly on topic: I still think that face animations and renders of Infamous 3 are no where near as nice as in some PS3 games, Beyond for instance.



JaxonH said:


PS4 does have good graphics (I own one). It's not "mind blowing" or anything like many would have you believe, but it's nothing to complain about. I mean, I think games on Wii U look phenomenal. So PS4 games, ya, they look nice.

Idk, it's about what you would expect I guess. It's not a huge leap or anything- it's just that everything is refined. A little more detail here, a little more detail there. Slightly sharper lines, no noticeable jaggies, little better lighting... it's like PS3 or Wii U, but refined so that everything is a little sharper, a little better, a little more detailed. It's a decent leap from PS3, it's just that diminishing noticeable returns hamper the jump this time around.



BassLostie said:

I can see a figure that looks a lot like Mario (cuz, I see a human figure with red and blue, and a white spot on the head, like Mario's hat)... but I'm not a 100% sure. And I'm not sure about Luigi...

Maybe someone else could get a better screenshot to confirm.



Doma said:

Mario and Luigi are in this pic?.... am i blind?

These so called Nintendo cameos just seem like some fanboy BS, to me.
More likely that it's related to that Tearaway game, which actually DOES look similar.


There ya go. Debunked.



MAB said:

Sony fanboys are reaching hard to find reasons for Nintendo to be on Playstation... First we have a sword so it must be a Zelda reference, now we have a background pic with red and green blobs so it might be Mario Bros



Gamer83 said:


There won't be a merger between the two but I could see a nice fit for Sucker Punch at Nintendo when Sony starts selling off its assets in 2016.



MamaLuigi said:

@Gamer83 Haha, they might.

Most games these days like Bioshock and Infamous are fun, but they stand out more for being broad open worlds in HD than for being fresh and original experiences. If a big asset purchase were to happen and Sucker Punch or Naughty Dog are bought out then it would likely result in another franchise revival like with DKC or Luigi's Mansion. XDD



Gamer83 said:


Wouldn't mind 'em maybe getting a stab at Star Fox although to be completely honest I really like the inFamous franchise and think it would be a great fit at Nintendo and would hope the franchise would be allowed to continue. As for SP itself, it would be a great fit with Nintendo. MS will buy Naughty Dog the second it's put on the market. And I don't think any of these are big 'ifs,' because if anybody has been putting the pieces together it isn't exactly all sunshine and rainbows over there at Sony. No matter how far places like Dualshockers are willing to go to try and cover it up. And this is coming from a huge PlayStation fan. I'm not a fanboy though, refuse to stick my head in the sand (or in this case, up a giant corporation's rearend) and pretend like everything it does and everything surrounding it is perfect.



Zombie_Barioth said:

Well, to be fair cross-generation ports won't look or play all that much better on the next-gen consoles, and early games usually don't look all that great either.

The main point of these consoles isn't pushing pixels and polygons anyway despite what some fans might believe. They're fixing all the rough spots the previous consoles had and aiming to reduce costs. With things like Nintendo's reward system in the works those kind of changes might be the defining characteristics of this generation, not power.



Zodiak13 said:

The only thing kinda appealing about this game is that it is set in Seattle and I'm a 45 minute ferry ride away. The hey look I've been "X" though would lose appeal and if it is anything like the PS3 versions gameplay wise I would be sorely disappointed. They came free with the PS3 and I still wanted my money back. At least Uncharted 1 & 2 were passable.



Einherjar said:

@Zombie_Barioth Reducung the costs ? WIth the two new consoles, development costs and time almost exploded. Just look at UbiSoft. Massive delays, throwing everything overboards thats not a guaranted hit and franchise starter tu reuse assets.
My bet is, and i said that in an earlier discussion already, the these inflated costs Vs. the lackluster rewards could bring a few developer / publishers to their knees.
Last generation suffered badly, because no dev wa swilling to take risks anymore. Now, its even less likely.

Talking about cross generation titles: The FoxEngine developed for MGSV was catered towards the new generation of consoles and it was demented in early development that it would run on PS360 generation hardware. And, well, it does. And it doesnt look that different.
And PS4 / One exclusives dont look that spectecular to begin with. Remember the launch titles of last generation. Things like Kameo come to mind. While not looking all that spectacular, it was catered especially to show off the new features possible with the then new generation: Insane amounts of enteties on screen for that time and a bigger emphesis on physics.
With this generation leap, i literally have no idea what has changed except a slightly higher poly count. And that could be worked around by a crafty developer. Other than that, its the same kind of system.



kensredemption said:

@Brickbuild101 I actually made a blog entry about this on IGN months ago - but one that brings all three platforms, NWU, PS4 and XBO together. I'm still eager to see that dream fulfilled, but I'll link it when I can.



Einherjar said:

@Andross Yeah, and ? Whats so special about these pictures ? That a console game now looks like a PC game from a couple of years ago ?
I couldnt care less. The "all new and powerfull particle effects" ? Youre kidding me.
They just got a step further in the uncanny valley of "almost photorealism but not quite" and for me, thats not a selling point for a new, totally overpriced console with games, that offer nothing new and are rather mediocre.
If you ask me, games could be in low res black and white, as long as they are fun to play, i couldnt care less about graphics and technical shenanigans.



Zombie_Barioth said:

The switch to x86 is supposed to reduce costs, I'm sure you remember Sony claiming it to be back to "ps1 levels". I don't buy it'll make a big difference in the long run though, what they save will probably be negated by trying to make even bigger games.

What I'm talking about with cross-generation games is they won't put that much effort into making the next-gen version look that much better. Not that I'm expecting to be blown away by this generation either, but its the next gen games we should be going by.

Its gonna be an odd one thats for sure. Theres no leap in visual standards like 2D to 3D or SD to HD, nor is the consoles' hardware anything special. Like I said I don't think visuals will be the main factor in this one. That won't stop them from selling them that way of course, but now that the developers aren't limited by things like RAM we'll be able to watch them put their money where their mouth is.



Einherjar said:

@Zombie_Barioth The thing is, what ARE their selling points then ?
It cant be the "breathtaking" graphics, (Watchdogs seems to have gotten a downgrade too), it isnt the possibility of sheer endless entitys on screen, we already got that, they are not using all this hardware power to finally start working on "smart" AI scripts (a thing severely lacking this generation) or to finally embark on the journy of "grey instead of black/white moral systems" because that hardware power, cloud computing and whatever else there is would enable such an amount of possibilitys.
No, they kicked that "next generation" of with the exact games they made last generation, just with added polygons and lighting effects,
Gone are the attempts of trying out, at showing what COULD be possible with that amount of hardware power in the future.
Resistance on the PS3 showed what would be possible in multyplayer, upping the player count to 40, Kameo on the 360 teased the scale of games a bit, showing large amounts of entitys on screen, physics based gameplay etc.
The current lineup of games ist just pretty underwhelming in one way or another.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I think a lot of it right now is the promise and expectation that the games are coming. We were told games would be 1080P and Sony did an amazing job being "for the gamer" talking about all these changes that people bought into the hype of the new hardware. I doubt theres much to it besides wanting the cool new piece of technology. Theres also people that want the "best" version of the games they buy, even if it means buying a new console apparently.

I could be wrong of course but I think after the people who want a next-gen console finally get one things will really slow down. Right now we're seeing the same thing that happened with the Wii, people are snapping them up as soon as they're in-stock in fear they might "miss out".

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