November 28, 2003
Ricky Winterborn's "8-Bit Soul" board features a sprite of Mario taken from Super Mario Bros. 3. Ironically, despite the name the sprite is actually from the 16-bit remake in Super Mario All-Stars. The board is unlocked by collecting 9 Time Trial coins, while collecting all 18 coins unloks an alternate version of the board featuring a sprite of Luigi.
Additionally, at the end of the Angel Light: Midnight City course there's a giant ice sculpture of Mario in a victory pose.
The game also features other minor references to the Mario series, specifically there's an unlockable bonus board shaped like an NES controller which makes noises from Super Mario Bros. 3 while jumping and while landing. Finally, some of the standard high scores spell out words, when putting together the 1st, 2nd and 3rd high score for each course. Among these are:
- Frozen Melee: Wi's Thicket (Gate Challenge) - HRE-WE -GO , referencing one of Mario's catchprases "Here we go!"
- Easy Life: Evolution Riff (Time Trial) - MAR-IO -BRO, standing for "Mario Bros."
- Ride Easy Railways: Dazzlin' Teaser (Time Trial) - BOW-SER-RLZ, standing for "Bowser rules"
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