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As 2019 comes to a close, it’s important to appreciate the little nods just as much as the sweeping gestures. Take the new Brain Age Switch game that just came out in Japan (and will arrive in the UK and Australia very soon): there’s a tiny, simple, charming nod to Super Mario Odyssey found in the most innocuous place.


If you end up with the “Walking Speed” achievement, flick the little dude pacing around on screen and he’ll start whistling the tune to “Jump Up, Superstar!” — which is just a little bit delightful. We can only hope such quaintness bodes well for the foreseeable future, and that Ninty continues to add innocent little references like these.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.