Having garnered over one million views on his original mashup of Old Spice and Super Mario 64, Mowtendoo returns in glory to YouTube with a remix that blows the original out of the water. Behold:
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The Ukiyo-e Heroes project pays homage to classic video game icons by rendering them as stylized samurai. From Mario, Zelda, and Metroid to Star Fox, Mega Man, and Castlevania, and more, these amazing works of art brilliantly express the soul of each game via a Japanese medium that is hundreds of years old and a cherished tradition. Best of all, you can purchase prints to enhance your own video game decor.
Here’s an excerpt from the Ukiyo-e Heroes website that explains the background of the project:
For hundreds of years, Japanese woodblock printmakers worked in a thriving popular art scene. Their prints depicted heroes, villains and monsters, spanning every genre from satire, to romance, to horror. It was all part of Ukiyo, or Floating World culture. Inventive and fast-paced, Ukiyo culture was the big movement of its day. That tradition has continued through the centuries, down to our modern day, where Japan is still known for its vibrant creativity. This heritage is especially evident in Japan’s video game industry. Boss fights. Invulnerable heroes. Holy swords. Even the classic double-jump can be traced back to medieval Japanese legends.
Long story short: the Japanese games we love are just the new chapter in an ancient, enduring culture.
To celebrate Japan’s contribution to video games, illustrator Jed Henry has taken his favorite game characters, and returned them to the ukiyo-e style. Modern costuming has been traded for the medieval, but the essence of each character remains, proving that you can’t take the Ukiyo out of these modern pop icons.
That would have been hard to watch, except Super Mario sounds. Only in real life would the game end after securing a 1-Up, though. Sorry, homie.
Oh. My. Glob. My love for Wasteland is well known, so perhaps I’m a bit biased, but if we are to judge based solely on this video, then Wasteland 2 is going to be the ultimate shit of this universe and its release date can’t come soon enough.
Call it what you will; Fallout 2.5, Baldur’s Gate with guns, etc. But don’t call it a waste of Kickstarter money. I can’t wait to descend into the Nevada desert again and reduce my enemies to a thin red paste.
Wasteland 2 is expected to release in October 2013. Secure a copy now, and help further fund this incredible project.
You’re looking at the world’s oldest twenty-sided die, dating back to somewhere in the realm of 300 B.C., circa the Ptolemaic Dynasty. According to The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, where the the ancient d20 is held, this particular relic was property of the Reverend Chaunchy Murch, who acquired it while conducting missionary duties in Egypt around the late 1800s.
I’d wager the Egyptians had some wicked tabletop adventures with this thing, given its worn condition. Good Dungeon Masters may have been highly revered, ranking right up there with cats. Maybe they weren’t even Dungeon Masters, per se. Pyramid Masters, perchance?
The Dead Space games do a masterful job of presenting nightmarish and visceral sci-fi imagery, thanks largely to its macabre artwork. The Art of Dead Space is a compendium that chronicles the series’ wildly imaginative art, featuring concepts, settings, and an extensive chapter on the hellish monsters that make the games so terrifying – the Necromorphs. It may just give you bad dreams. You’ve been warned.
I’m sure by now my wife is completely sick of me whistling this tune around the house. This particular composition really sums up the Ni No Kuni experience – beautiful but not overbearing; full of wonder, and aching with wanderlust.
Composed by Joe Hisaishi and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the soundtrack to Ni No Kuni is a gorgeous construct through and through, reminding us that there just isn’t any suitable substitute for epic JRPG music.