Nintendo! (It’s for breakfast now!)
To this day, I still can’t hear “Nintendo” without thinking of the 80s cereal commercial jingle. Sadly, I never had the joy of having edible bits of the Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule be part of my balanced breakfast.
This past week – the first in a few of wearing actual pants for 5 days in a row (aka a job) – while limiting me on doodling time somehow picked out a theme on its own after I posted a goomba sticker. No real reason why I started doodling this guy other than “Crap, I can’t stay up late anymore and I better draw something before midnight.”
Why not a goomba, huh? Like a lot of us, he’s probably one of the first video game baddies you’ll encounter. If you’re older, maybe a ghost or speeding car.
Little side note on the sticker – previous week found me in the local Daiso shop…whattya know, some cheap blank stickers! Had me all sorts of ideas – I remember doing these in my really really early and embarrassing doodling days.
Still with no theme in mind, a day or two later, I was stuck again on what to draw for a daily. Eventually, Geno – the magical doll from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
Almost anyone who knows me knows this is THE ONE CLASSIC game I can’t shut up about. I’m serious. I go on and lament how a perfect marriage of Nintendo and Square(soft/enix/hot dogs) will never happen again. At least not like this.
I think, by this time – I was already committed to a Nintendo theme. Or Super Mario characters who aren’t Mario theme which is probably more accurate. And I was still high on remembering Super Mario RPG.
Was it Bowser this time? Nope…just a cloud with an identity crisis.
Mallow – who had a name that leads me to believe he’s either part marshmallow and/or he tastes like one (I had to quickly look that up to see if Belome mentions him being marshmallow-y).
The guy could detach his legs from his body, it rains whenever he cries, and he still thought he was a frog?!
I feel like this on was a bit of a scramble. The tiredness was showing, and I just wanted to get something on the drawing pad. And I REALLY wanted to draw Toad. Cute little Toad. Cute little Toad about to hurl a surprised root vegetable.
If it wasn’t Toadstool jumping around and hurling turnips in Super Mario Bros 2 (US version), it was Toad. That speed, the strength, and how painfully cute he looked when he was tiny and was just a little waddling shroom. And when he got hit by a baddie in that form – POOR BABY!
Back to Super Mario RPG – told you I can’t shut up about it. I ditched Mallow for Toadstool during her rare moments of being proactive in saving anything like..you know, the hopes and dreams of the world.
Sure, her weapons were clearly stereotypical girly – except for most of her powers (that bob-omb hurling, tho) but man, could they do some wrecking when hitting the A button at the right time. So her most powerful weapon – among the fans and bitch slap gloves – was a frying pan. I’m gonna say it was a skillet made from Valyrian steel.
So that was my unintended Nintendo/Super Mario theme for this week!