Our favorite references from Guacamelee 2

From Sonic the Hedgehog to Reaper from Overwatch, there’s a lot of love in the Mexi-verse.

Despite being one of the best looking and feeling Metroidvania games of the modern era, Guacamelee was heavily criticized for its excessive use of memes and pop culture references. The folks at Drinkbox Studios carefully considered this feedback and determined that for the sequel, the best thing to do would be to double down on them. Guacamelee! 2 is brimming with nerdy references and even openly mocks the internet commenters who complained about flagrant meme usage.

Just like the original Guacamelee, it was always a treat seeing some of your favorite characters reimagined as Mexican wrestlers and pitted against each other like this poster of Nemesis from Resident Evil versus Silent Hills’ Pyramid Head. Many of these references are tied in to the story (i.e. Darkest Timeline from Community) and even have achievements attached to them. Whether you’re a younger nerd or more vintage, you’ll find something that makes your nostalgia flare up. Here are our favorites.

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Written by Marcus Garrett

Marcus created Top Shelf Gaming to celebrate the awesome things about the video game industry while challenging the areas of the video game community that could be improved. He loves playing guitar and eating tacos, but never at the same time.

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