Cute is out, sinister and dark is in. The evil-er looking the villain/enemy, the better. Maybe it’s because we’ve changed a society and consumers of video games and culture (if you call blockbuster movies and comic books culture), because simple and nice looking goombas to jump on just don’t work anymore.
If you ever felt that Goomba’s didn’t have an edge, the Koopa Troopa’s don’t scare you enough or that Bullet Bill just didn’t really have any maliciousness to him, don’t worry, you will after these.
Mike Puncekar probably feels the same way, especially about Mario enemies, and did a Dark Mario kind of theme, revisiting all of the plumber’s enemies throughout history, giving them a special, sinister make-over.
The everyman of the Mario world, and its most basic enemy.
In Japan, say Packun Flower, or whatever the word is for flower in Japanese.
The Torpedo Ted of open-air.
Not as cute as he usually looks, is he?
The thing Lakitus throw from their smiley clouds.
Always the trick one for me to defeat.
I used to actually like this character, but not anymore. Can’t un-see this one.
Don’t be confused with this.
Not, not the NIN lead singer. The Triceratops, just with an attitude.
For more awesome Mario art, these propaganda posters should satisfy your creative appetite. If not, and your appetite is an actual one, meaning hungry, then just take a look at these awesome Mario cakes to get your taste buds rolling.
Or you can just go and play the game online, which no matter what you’re doing, is always the better option.