Over the holidays, I gifted myself (read: purchased) a fancy new Nintendo 3DS. I’m not going to lie, I love this thing; it’s shiny, the graphics are sweet and I can play a game in 3D without wearing those ridiculous glasses! Seriously, it’s awesome, and I love it. Aside from being pretty, I mostly bought this device so that I could play all the video games I played as a kid — Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and Zelda. Even as an adult, I still want to play these games! It’s obviously not the same playing the updated versions of these games, but it was this video game nostalgia that motivated my purchase.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks old-school video games are awesome. A bunch of PopCap artists do too. In fact, over 20 artists participated in an art exhibit dedicated to the video games of our youth. Enter Retro Game Night!
Organized by PvZ lead artist Rich Werner, Retro Game Night featured over 40 pieces of original artwork paying tribute to the video games we played at arcades, on bulky consoles, and that required several huffs and puffs into the cartridge before finally loading. Below are some of my favorites! Hover over the image to see the game and artist.
Earthworm Jim (by Rich Werner) & Zelda (by Tim Gillette)!
Two awesome interpretations of Mario! “Captain Mario” by Noah Maas & “It’s On Like Donkey Kong” by James Ma.
A tribute to Pac-Man (look closely at the piece to see what he says) and a real-life Q*bert!
Both Sonic & Bowser pieces by Erin Middendorf.
Princess Peach goes bad (by Tim Gillette) & a tribute to Joust (by Derek McCaughan)!
What are some of your favorite old-school video games? Let us know in the comments!