An unused "Coming Soon" image is present in the game's data. Instead of the game's final title, it uses the name "Paper Mario 2".
The Happy Lucky Lottery can not be fixed. Random numbers are drawn at midnight based on the internal GameCube date settings. Moving the clock forward will results in Mario being fined 500 coins and second time will results in a Game Over.
Grodus' dialogue has an error within the game's script. If the player chooses "Don't attack", he will say "WORM! You dare defy me?!?", even though the player is doing what he said. Likewise, if the player chooses "Attack", Grodus simply tells Mario to stop his blubbering. The responses appear to be the wrong way round.
An unused badge named "Trade Off" still exists in the games data. It was very close to being completed, but never saw the light of day. It had its name translated, and works properly. When used in battle, it will say "Rank Up." The player would be rewarded with more star points after the battle, but the enemies would become tougher.
In one of the back alleys in Rogueport, you can find a house with a lot of trash in it. In the Japanese version, there was also a chalk outline of a Toad and some dried blood on the floor, indicating a Toad was recently murdered there. Nintendo censored this for obvious reasons.
In the German version of the game, Fahr Outpost is named Grossfrostheim, a pun on Grossostheim, the location of the Nintendo of Europe headquarters at the time.
In the Spanish version of the game, Rawk Hawk was named Hawk Hogan, in reference to former WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan.
Ghost T. is a Toad spirit located in Room 004 of the Excess Express. This was likely chosen as the number "4" is an unlucky number in Japanese culture, able to be pronounced "shi," which is close to the Japanese word for "death."
Lord Crump's theme has the Pac-Man death sound effect from the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man.
Luigi: I was one hot sacrifice, Bro.
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Connection to Other Media
One of the crows in Twilight Town talks about opening a real estate website called "Luigi's Mansion," but his friend warns him against possible copyright infringement.
In the X-Naut Fortress's changing room, you can drop into one of the closed changing areas and exit. Mario and company will then adopt 8-bit sprites, akin to those featured in the NES Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. games. The overworld background theme from Super Mario Bros. will also play.
When you receive the e-mail late in the game from Zip Toad, if you look in the background, you'll see Jr. Troopa, a character from the Nintendo 64 Paper Mario title.
During Chapter 3 at the Glitz Pit, as you walk onto the stage for one of your matches, an NPC will shout at Mario, thinking his name to be "Jumpman" before saying "Wait, who?". This is an allusion to the Donkey Kong arcade games in which Mario first appeared, under the name "Jumpman".
When riding the blimp to Glitzville, you'll hear the "Athletic" theme as remixed from the Super Mario Bros. 3 variation.
When Peach is in the shower during the interludes between Chapters 1 and 2, you'll hear her humming some music. This is to the tune of the "Inside the Castle Walls" theme of Super Mario 64.
One of the items you can receive in this game is called "Chuckola Cola", a reference to the GBA title Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Rarely, if you look into the audience during a battle and see Luigi, he may have a vacuum cleaner on his back. This vacuum cleaner mimicks the appearance of the Poltergust 3000 from the GameCube title Luigi's Mansion.
When Mario receives an e-mail from someone a ringtone will play. The ringtone varies on who is sending the e-mail to Mario.
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In the Italian version of the game, the Pianta couple Frankie and Francesca are named Guiliano and Romoletta respectively, in reference to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (despite the swapping of the characters' respective genders).
In the Japanese and various European versions, Doopliss is named "Rumple," in reference to the titular character of the fairy tale Rumplestiltskin. This is further referenced in his multiple challenges in which you attempt to guess his name.
Grodus' computer, when interacted with, plays the start-up sequence from the Famicom Disk System. The disk that starts up the computer even resembles FDS floppy disks.
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