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Funky Kong and 12 more Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer Easter eggs

Just like a Mario game, the trailer is full of secrets.

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Against all odds, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is looking good. Its second trailer is packed with sneaky homages to Nintendo history, some subtle and some as obvious as an 800-pound gorilla.

The trailer opens with Mario meeting Donkey Kong. They get along about as well as they did in the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade game.

The stage they fight on even looks like a Donkey Kong level.

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It would be a stretch to call this an intentional reference, but the surprisingly brutal beatdown DK gives Mario does look a lot like his Super Smash Bros. ground pound.

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While Princess Peach and Toad look on in horror at Mario getting his ass whooped, Cranky Kong couldn’t care less.

Mario’s humiliation continues as he gets clowned on by a Cheep Cheep, the flying fish that have been part of the series since Super Mario Bros.

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Some of the toughest traps in the Super Mario series also return for the movie.

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Things start looking up for Mario

when he gets his hands on the Tanooki Suit, the best powerup in Super Mario World (or at least the cutest).

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Another iconic powerup, the Fire Flower, appears in the trailer as well

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Princess Peach

changes into the signature red and white Fire Flower costume when she touches one.

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In addition to her dress, we see Princess Peach suit up for battle in her Mario Kart biker suit.

Peach’s throne room is complete with a stained glass window pulled straight from Super Mario 64.

Here’s the window as it appears in Super Mario 64.

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The Mushroom Kingdom war room also includes a map styled after the world maps found in many Super Mario games.

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This chaotic scene of Bowser’s minions includes Goombas, Koopas, Shy Guys, and bats modeled after the ones in Super Mario Galaxy.

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On the more adorable side, we see a field full of frolicking Yoshis, which feels reminiscent of both Yoshi’s Island and the Yoshi stampede in Super Smash Bros. Melee’s intro.

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The trailer ends with the glorious introduction of Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road.

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The short sequence of Mario Kart’s most challenging course shows Peach back in her biker getup and actually riding a motorcycle.

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Funky Kong also puts in an appearance as part of the Fury Road-esque caravan tearing up Rainbow Road.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is clearly catering to fans, unlike the last time a Mario movie was attempted. It’s scheduled to debut on April 7, 2023.