Nate's off this week, so it's MY turn at the reins of Fanart Friday! For this week's theme we decided to dig into platformers past, from the iconic mascots we all know and love to the more obscure gems, and even some that aren't quite so shiny.
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Dynamite Headdy is one of Treasure's true classics. It's so bizarre right from the beginning, and it's a wonder he hasn't been revived in some way, considering we even got portable followups to other Treasure gems like Gunstar Heroes!
Ristar never did catch on as a hot mascot, despite a fun game from Sonic Team. Chalk it up to unfortunate timing if you must, but it's nice to know the stretchy star still has some fans out there.
Kid Chameleon is not a good game. Still, it somehow manages to hold a place in my memory due to nostalgia alone, and apparently I'm not alone! Still, don't bother playing it…
Now for something a little less Genesis-y. I doubt I need to sing the praises of Yoshi's Island here, so instead I'll direct everyone to the excellent Supper Mario Broth tumblr. There's tons of great stuff there, from fanart like this to some real oddball official Nintendo comic strips.
You really need to be careful when searching for platformer mascot fanart. Thankfully I managed to avoid furry porn when looking up Aero the Acrobat, so here's a look at its hero decked out in the style of Sonic.
I don't think King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country (Super Donkey Kong in Japan) series has ever looked cooler than this.
Look, I know Super Mario Bros. 2 is really a re-skinned Doki Doki Panic, but that doesn't change the fact that it has some of my favorite Mario villains of all time. I'm going to remain extremely sour with Nintendo until they bring Wart back, because clearly he's not very busy.
"A pick and flick adventure," indeed! This incredible, disgusting image perfectly captures the problematic, doody-drenched life of Boogerman. This picture is upsetting.
Ok, I know we already featured Ristar, and I hate to repeat myself so soon, but here he is hanging out with the star of the ever-shameless 7 Up-themed platformer, Cool Spot! In all seriousness, I would definitely play this crossover, especially if it was on that Spumco tip.
It's Gimmick! Not only does this clever 1992 Sunsoft game come packin' a hefty challenge, it also happens to feature one of the best NES soundtracks of all time. No, really, go listen to the whole thing right now in another tab.
Whoa, this image of Mega Man and Zero was way too cool not to include in a collection of platformer-themed fan art. As tempting as it is to post more, there's enough Mega Man art out there to fuel a thousand Fanart Fridays. Actually, that's not a bad idea… whaddaya say, Nate?
Ever wonder what kind of spooky skellington hides beneath Bonk's skin? Look no further than the image above, and be forever horrified whenever you play a Bonk's Adventure game!
Sticking with Hudson for a second, Master Higgins is looking mighty jovial considering the trials and tribulations he's about to be subjected to in Adventure Island. Oh, sure, that snail looks harmless, but ask him how he feels about it when he has to hop over three or more in a row after dodging flames, rocks, and cobra venom.
Team Ninja's 3D games are fun and challenging, but it will forever be the first two NES games that occupy the Ninja Gaiden space in my heart.
As we get close to closing things out, let's return to Sega Genesis for some oddball action with DecapAttack. Amazingly, there's no shortage of fanart for this one, and who can blame folks with a hero as cleverly named as Chuck D. Head. Get it? Chuck D… ah, forget it.
Rocket Knight is one powerful opossum. His revival on modern consoles was a decent effort, but he'll forever be remembered for his 1993 debut on Sega's console.
We could seriously do this all day and have no shortage of platformers to cover, so why not cap things off with one of gaming's true icons. Keep ya head up, Sonic!
That's about it for this week's Fanart Friday! There are so, so many awesome platformers out there, and about ten times as much fan appreciation for them. It's hands down my personal favorite genre, but we'd love to know what your favorite platformers are. Sound off in the comments!