Some game series grow up alongside their original audience. Get darker. More "realistic". Metal Gear. Zelda. Grand Theft Auto. One series that has not done this is Mario. If it did, though, it may look like this. As seen on DeviantART, via Unreality.
If Mario Had Grown Up, He'd Look This Badass
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Earlier this year, Nvidia unveiled a showcase of real-time ray-tracing using Phasma and some Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise. At their conference in Gamescom this year, they showcased the same ray-tracing demo - but instead of running off four Volta-powered GPUs, it was powered by a single Turing-powered GPU.
One of the best things about the CD-ROM era was that it was a great promotional tool. And the best kind of promotions were free games. Specifically. free games with food.