If there is one good thing to be said about the dated and simplistic graphics of past generations its that they left a lot to the imagination. Those few squares of red, brown and pink that made up the original rendition of Mario on the NES certainly gave no secrets away. Its that kind of a blank canvas that inspires a kind of humorous and twisted fan creativity you don’t seem to get anymore.
The Design Inspiration has composed an extensive list of stylised portraits of Nintendo’s classic mascot from an array of different artists. Some are quirky – playing with modern painting styles of Mario’s native Italy, some are typically cartoony and a select handful are too dark and too realistic than I’m comfortable with.