This was just a personal pet project to make all three Super Mario games for the NES look uniform in appearance, mainly in the style of Super Mario 3. The lower wordmark logos were for the sides of the box (and the top of the cartridge label too). Nothing against the first two games’ box art, which are iconic, this was just for fun.
The goal was to print these for some plastic clamshell boxes (like these ones I have) for display on my shelf, but I gave these games away to my nephews last year. Might still do this if I ever get the games again.
The Magic 8-Ball is a toy that people interacted with much like they would with today’s personal assistants Alexa or Siri; they asked questions, the 8-Ball provided answers, albeit random ones. Amazon’s Echo Spot devices inspired me to draw up this design.
Continue reading ➞ Magic 8-Ball Personal Assistant
Another floating pen design, this time celebrating a famous video game moment from Super Mario 64. Anyone who says they didn’t do this is lying and cannot be trusted.
This is handheld gaming device in the same vein as that Oregon Trail handheld that came out a few years ago. It features a 16:9 LCD screen, making this device the size of a small smartphone. It is held like a Game Boy, featuring 2 buttons on the front to control the paddles, and an analog nub in the middle to control the pinball shooter/plunger.
Continue reading ➞ Space Cadet Pinball Handheld Device
This alarm clock would use the same technology found in Nintendo’s old Game & Watch handhelds, which had an LCD display with a color background layer. This would allow for a display comparable to the original Game Boy Color, and enable a simple alarm animation (which was another staple of the Game & Watch devices).
Continue reading ➞ Link’s Awakening Alarm Clock
Sony released the PlayStation Classic last fall, and it hasn’t really sold all that well, being marked down as much as 70% or given away for free as a promotional item. The system is marred by a few problems: half the games are the PAL versions (they run slower in NTSC regions), no analog controls, and the included games aren’t all that great.
I believe Sony could right the ship and release a peripheral add-on that could fix this system, and that involves taking a cue from modders: all you need is a USB flash drive.
Continue reading ➞ Fixing The PlayStation Classic
If Darth Vader can get a toaster, I don’t see why Scorpion from Mortal Kombat can’t get the same treatment. It’s a little more appropriate here, owing to the famous Toasty joke the video games are known for.
The face mask operates the toast lever. I wanted something that looked like a retro/vintage toaster for this design, so it doesn’t look out of place on the kitchen counter when not in use.
It could also have eyes that light red from the heating elements (or LEDs), but that might be a bit too dramatic for making toast. I’m still debating whether or not I should add that.
Other design notes: the toast would be emblazoned with the Mortal Kombat logo. I don’t see why this design couldn’t be used for other characters like Sub-Zero, Reptile, and Smoke as well. Went with a skull because I wanted more chrome to match other kitchen appliances. I can see many other brands using this approach, like Transformers, but the Toasty joke clinches this design in my opinion.