Some of you may already be familiar with the artist GoshaDole (James Franzen), but I wasn’t. I found this delightful take on Super Mario Brothers 2 and really enjoyed it There’s a lot to soak up here, GoashDole didn’t skimp on the details. I never considered this game to be influential or important to me, but seeing all those enemies and those POW boxes sure made me realize how much I enjoyed it.
Here’s what James (GoshaDole) had to say about that piece
So, I wanted to do a Mario piece… what better to do it on both one of my favorite Mario games and also one of my favorite games of all time! Super Mario Bros 2 (Doki Doki Panic). I get a little sad at how generic the Mario series has gotten over the years compared to the original games. I know its a bit of nostalgia, but I think a lot of passion/creativity is missing from Mario as of late. For this piece, I wanted to do a limited tone piece just set to the colors of the original NES/Famicom release of the game. There is something about keeping everything thing so limited that really made the world jump out to me.
I decided to call this the 8 Bits of Subcon since it represents a lot of the enemies found in the game, which are known as the 8 Bits. Subcon is the world the characters enter in the game. The background kind of mish-mashes the look of a few levels found in the game. Mario 2 is a very vertical-orientated game compared to others in the Mario series, so I wanted that to be reflected in the piece as well.
It is kind of funny that he considers this game to be the height of creativity in the Mario franchise, even though he calls it Doki Doki panic, referencing the fact that it wasn’t intended as a mario game, but ultimately just re-branded into the franchise for release.
GoshaDole does other games as well as non game related stuff. There are a few details below, but you really need to just go look around the artists page to get a feel for the style.