These Jimiyo Mario and Link illustrations are both awe-inspiring and somewhat creepy to look at. After all, Jimiyo decided to illustrate the two iconic video game characters in a realistic manner, but still trap the protagonists to the confines of their original 8-bit shapes. This leaves the pair looking extremely deformed, though it makes for extremely impressive art.
I can't even look at Jimiyo's illustration of Link without a smile on my face as the expression plastered on his visage is already hilarious, but its funniness factor is amplified due to his contorted proportions.
Implications - Artists are currently referencing retro gaming in many of their art pieces because the demand for nostalgic imagery is at an all-time high. Companies may similarly use nostalgic iconography in media campaigns in order to fulfill consumer demand for such content.
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