The thing about legendary icons is that, in a sense, they serve as a cipher. A character who’s been around for 25 or 30 years is going to to be reimagined and reinterpreted nearly as many times as there are fans to see him.
So it goes with Mario, Nintendo legend, who has been featured in some small way in 200 games (though he hasn’t starred in nearly that many). Fan artists have been coming up with new ways to imagine Mario and his world for years. From art deco to Minecraft, from disturbing realism to watercolours and beyond, Mario’s appeared in pretty much every iteration you can think of.
Buzzfeed has collected a hundred of the best examples of Mario fan art they could find, ranging from the adorable to the creative to the downright nightmarish. All are fanworks, appearing on blogs, DeviantArt and Etsy. See below for some of the most creative!
Super Mario Bros. Re-Imagined In 100 Images [BuzzFeed]