So I was reading this post
on Back of the Cereal Box about obscure Mario characters, and when it got to this one my mind got blown a bit.
That little guy in Wario Land 4 in the pipe rooms that you throw to break blocks to get the diamonds? He's the guy from the newspaper at the beginning! I always saw his glasses and beard as a big metal helmet/robot head (made sense, considering how much you bounce on him and throw him and he never dies, though he does yell ouch) and his butt-shaped-head as like a feather in the helmet? and maybe he was holding a mirror? But no, it's that professor guy, holding a magnifying glass.
He looks a little bit like Mad Scienstein, the scientist/professor guy from Wario Land 3 (and also Dr. Mario 64, which was all WL3-themed for some reason), at least in the ingame sprite, but comparing the full art, they look different enough that they're probably not the same character.
Someone on a message board found a better idea: He's actually Dr. Arewo [dukar]ain, from Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru, the Japan-only Game Boy game that Link's Awakening was built off of, which is translated as For the Frog(s) the Bell Tolls.
So unless there's like some deeper thing in Japan about professors/scientists have butt-shaped heads and little glasses and a big white beard and four teeth, like swirly glasses or tanukis, that looks like a pretty good match (Actually, I do seem to remember thinking the butt-head professor in the newspaper looked vaguely familiar when I first played WL4, but I'm pretty certain I had never heard of For Frogs the Bell Tolls back then... has he been in anything else? Or anyone that looked like him?).
So anyway, what I actually started writing this topic for: In Thousand-Year Door, there was that chapter For Pigs the Bell Tolls. So I'm figuring that's probably a reference to that frog game, right? WL4 wasn't the first time Nintendo acknowledged it -- Richard in Link's Awakening in the town with all the frogs is a character from there too, and also I think there was a sticker in Brawl that had the prince from the game. So I was wondering what the Japanese title of that chapter was, and noticed that our Japanese to English page for TTYD
doesn't have chapter titles. Does anyone know?
Also I want to try out that frog game now.