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Does Paper Mario: The Origami King contain a reference to the Super Mario Bros. Super Show?

Coincidence, or intended?
by rawmeatcowboy
08 August 2020
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Nintendo loves to reference their older works in new games. We've seen countless throwbacks to previous titles through music cues, location names, and more. While tributes to old games is nothing new, we don't often see nods to other Nintendo-related endeavors. That's what makes the screenshot above so interesting.

At first glance, the Blooper line just seems like a fun bit of alliteration. For all we know, that might be all there is to it. Something about that line set off alarm bells in GN reader Banzai Bill's head though. He thought he had heard that somewhere before, and it turns out he was right.

The video above, which comes from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, includes Mario and the gang getting stuck in a bit of quicksand. At the 4:28 mark, you hear Luigi exclaim, "Calamitous calamari," just like in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Is it a random example of two different writers coming up with the same thing, or was Nintendo's Treehouse slyly paying tribute to Mario's animated past?