Nintendo-themed rides are coming to Universal Studios

Nintendo‘s diverse list of colorful characters and beloved games have been a staple of all our childhoods, with mainstays like Mario and Luigi, F-Zero or Zelda. Well, to the fancy of the current generation of kids and the kid-at-heart adults, Nintendo has announced today that they will be partnering up with Universal on new Nintendo rides in some of its theme parks. No details have been released yet, but “spectacular, dedicated experiences” are what’s expected to come.

Following the company’s recent lackluster game consoles (such as the Wii U), this provides them a great opportunity to stay relevant with fans of all ages. Let us know in the comments below what rides you’d like to see come to life, perhaps Luigi’s Mansion? Or Mario Kart?

Zelda and Pokémon ceramic plates will add a touch of class to any gamer’s dining room

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Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you’ve probably seen, and can recognize, what’s known as the Willow pattern. A mainstay of European ceramic tableware since the 1700s, the design takes cues from Chinese porcelain and features a characteristic blue and white color scheme.

Given its long history, even modern examples of Willow pattern dishware tend to feature quant depictions of trappings of life from a bygone era. Sailing ships and windmills are common subjects, but one artist felt the Willow pattern would also be an appropriate platform for showcasing the video game art of yesteryear, and created these plates featuring old-school artwork from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon.

Despite the self-effacing nature of the drawing, though, it’s clear that Moss has a deep respect for the artistry that goes into creating video games. As a matter of fact, he’s even lending a bit of legitimacy to the art form himself. Although most of Moss’ publicly displayed work, as seen on his website here, is done in the style of movie posters, he recently decided to try his hand at illustrating two ceramic plates, and here are the impressive results.

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If you came into the series with Ocarina of Time or Twilight Princess, it may take a moment to realize what you’re looking at, but that’s a Zelda scene done in the graphical style from before the franchise went polygonal. Specifically, it seems to be based on the pixel art from the 1993 Game Boy title Link’s Awakening, the visual style of which was in turn a derivative of that used in 1991’s A Link to the Past, the sole Zelda installment to be released for the Super NES.

Speaking of Nintendo properties that used to be on the monochrome Game Boy, here’s Moss’ Willow pattern rendition of Pokémon.

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Not only is the plate’s central area filled with lovingly recreated retro sprites, there’re extra nods to the series around the lip of the plate, which is decorated with Poké Balls and even more pocket monsters.

And to prove these aren’t just flat graphics manipulated to look like they’re on plates, here’re a few alternate angles of the dishes.

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Nintendo’s CEO of 50 years, Hiroshi Yamauchi, dies at age 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years, overseeing the creation of Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, has died aged 85. The great-grandson of Nintendo’s founder, Yamauchi led the company from 1949 to 2002, transformed what was a maker of Japanese playing cards into the world’s biggest maker of video games. He died in hospital following complications of pneumonia.

A spokesman said the firm was in mourning over the “loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning.

After succeeding his father as president in 1949, the company was almost forced to file for bankruptcy in the late 1960s after several failed attempts to expand its product line-up into toy guns, baby carriages and even to fast food, according to several books written on Nintendo’s history.

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Nintendo’s CEO Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at age 85

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