Journey from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro recreated in the style of Nintendo’s classic games
Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise appearance at the Olympics’ closing ceremony dressed as beloved Nintendo character Mario, giving a tip of the hat (the plumber’s cap, to be precise) to a handful of Japan’s most internationally recognized video game and anime icons.
Now, the salute has begun to wrap back around on itself, with this creative bitmap GIF showing a pixely Abe Mario making his pipe voyage to Brazil, with the help of Doraemon, Pac-Man, Captain Tsubasa, Helly Kitty, and the genuine Mario.
くつわ (@ktwfc) August 26, 2016
The charmingly retro artwork comes from Twitter user @ktwfc, who’s got quite an eye for detail. Not only does the GIF start at Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble crosswalk (just like the video that preceded Abe’s real-life appearance in Rio de Janeiro), the ending, with a field of black framing Mario in a circle before he flashes a peace sign, is evocative of the character’s level-ending pose in Super Mario World, his first 16-bit outing.
But @ktwfc has more talent than can be contained in just a single GIF. He’s also been inspired to create clever animation loops by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and the Kirby series.
▼ Further proof that Link is incapable of taking ownership of something without lifting it over his head.
くつわ (@ktwfc) August 21, 2016
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And while there hasn’t been a new mainline Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo console in 22 years, the series’ starting on the Famicom/NES means it gets grandfathered into @ktwfc’s art portfolio.
くつわ (@ktwfc) August 28, 2016
Feeling left out because your favorite old-school title isn’t represented? Worry not, because as @ktwfc’s extensive pixel renderings of Famicom cartridges and labels shows…
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…he’s still got plenty of inspiration to draw from for future projects.
Follow Casey on Twitter, where he’s keepign his fingers crosse that the 2020 Olympics marathon course is laid out in the shape of the Pac-Man maze.