One piece is close to turning 25 and Super Smash Bros. It has already passed 22. Both are franchises that, despite coming from different media, anime and video games, respectively, have survived the test of time.
This is how they have become pop culture references, appearing in works by other creators. Sometimes in a very veiled way and at other times in a more open way. But what if they could mix?
One Piece and Super Smash Bros. exceed two decades of existence
That is precisely what the creator of One piece, Eiichiro Oda. What happens is that in the most recent edition of the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from Shueisha a new illustration appears of part of this mangaka.
It is a double page in color that serves to decorate the section where the most recent chapter of the manga comes. In this case it is 1 thousand 028. It can be seen at Nami and Usopp enjoying what appears to be a fun game.
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This is a parody of Super Smash Bros. Can be seen at Monkey D. Luffy, characterized as Ken from Street fighter, hitting Franky, who brings a suit Donkey kong.
Likewise, it is Roronoa zoro with a suit of Link, armed with sword and shield, attacking Tony Tony Chopper. The latter wears a very rare costume. There are those who believe that it is a parody of Charizard, but more reminiscent of a monkey. Could it be rather Diddy kong?
This tribute has references beyond the Nintendo game
Jinbe also appears in an outfit that is undoubtedly inspired by Mario from Super Mario Bros. and Sanji… Lends itself to interpretation. He certainly carries a weapon of Splatoon, but his costume is something different.
Some think it is inspired by the franchise of Star fox. In another part of the image you can see Nico Robin and Brook. She wears an outfit reminiscent of Morrigan aensland from Darkstalkers. Will it be a reference to Kazuya mishima from Tekken?
As to Brook, It is not entirely clear. There are some who relate it to Demitri maximoff… But he doesn’t wear an outfit like that. In fact, it is more reminiscent of the attire of Dracula in the series of Castlevania.
This villain is one of the bosses of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The fact is that the creator of One piece decided to get creative by doing this tribute, not just relying on what the series has to offer. Nintendo, but decided to go a little further.