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Dramatic Mario Remakes

'Bit and Run: Mario's Ladder' by Cory Godbey Reimagines the Classic Game

— June 5, 2010 — Pop Culture
This dramatic reinvention of Super Mario Bros. by Cory Godbey is called 'Bit and Run: Mario's Ladder.' The web series is a delightful twist on the classic video game, with intrigue, drama, a piano soundtrack and even a death scene. Best of all, the entire short is done in 8-bit to honor the original.

Check out 'Bit and Run: Mario's Ladder' by Cory Godbey above. I don't know about you, but I like this version of the Super Mario Bros. far better!
Trend Themes
1. Nostalgia Gaming - The trend for revisiting classic gaming franchises and reimagining them in new ways opens up opportunities for nostalgia-inspired innovation for game developers and animators alike.
2. Interactive Fan Fiction - The rise of interactive media and fan fiction creates new avenues for creative adaptation and innovation. The crossover between game design and storytelling offers exciting potential for user-generated content.
3. Retro Aesthetics - The resurgence of 8-bit and retro graphics creates opportunities for designers and creators to experiment with new forms of visual storytelling and alternate game modes.
Industry Implications
1. Gaming - Innovations in gaming technology and interactive media present a wealth of opportunities for game developers to reimagine classic franchises with new features and gameplay mechanics.
2. Animation - The reimagining of classic gaming franchises presents fertile ground for animators and storytellers to explore new creative expressions- especially as the divide between gaming and film begins to blur.
3. Merchandising - The interest in reimagined gaming franchises presents opportunities for innovative merchandising, ranging from classic toys and board games to new apparel and accessories that recontextualize classic characters and themes.
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