If your head is still spinning from the realization that there’s an Angry Birds RPG on the horizon, you’ll want to sit down for this one. The game soft-launched in Canada and Australia last night, and after 30 minutes or so, we bumped into a pig that looked pretty darned familiar.

Red hat. Moustache. Pipe. Mushrooms. I’ll let you be the judge:

 

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It’s-a-him! Mario!

Whether a clever nod to a classic franchise or a “@#$% YOU NINTENDO, WE’RE COMING!!”, Rovio has seen fit to include an homage to everyone’s favorite socially-acceptable Italian stereotype. We haven’t seen any other hat tips quite yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

There’s still no word on the official launch yet, but here’s a spoiler to keep you warm while you wait: it’s really good.

Stay tuned to Gamezebo as we try to elaborate on that later this week.