Mario power-up fan art, drawn from memory by the Polygon staff
It’s March 10, likewise referred to as Mario Day (Mar10, get it?). And to commemorate, the Polygon team chose to draw their preferred Mario power-up from memory.
A few of us — the typical suspects, if you’ve been following along in the Polygon Draws extended universe — actually nailed their submissions this time. And others people drew from our hearts, which is likewise something.
Utilizing just their memory, Polygon staffers have actually braved drawing Sonic the Hedgehog, Animal Crossing’s Tom Nook, Last Dream 7’s Cloud Strife, Investigator Pikachu, and everybody’s preferred Pokémon however with human teeth (???). Naturally, we needed to return together for Mario’s big day.
There was some internal dispute about what counted as a power up in the Mario universe. The Mushroom, naturally. However what about Kuribo’s Shoe? Is it a power up? A lorry? What about all the powerless souls Mario have in Mario Odyssey? Would the F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunlight count? These are the type of concerns no one wishes to respond to. So we didn’t!
Please enjoy our vast array of Mario power-ups. Please check out the artists’ declaration’s to actually get in the minds of the developers, and after that let us understand your favorites (all of them, right?) in the remarks.
“I know a ? cube isn’t a “Mario Power Up” per se, however it has the prospective to turn into one of any variety of Mario Power Ups. So it’s kinda more of a power up than any single power up might be. Truthfully, I simply desired a reason to draw an inscrutable geometric item. It’s kinda my thing.”
“As Maddy so delicately mentioned, my style of late does have a very strong … let’s call it theme. Is it done in colored pencil? Yes. Yes it is. Does it look like it could have been executed in just a few minutes? Yes. Yes it does. But you see, this is because I can’t draw. In fact, the more time I spend on drawing a picture the worse that picture gets. This took the better part of four minutes, but that’s after I ruined two other sheets of paper with horrid, misshapen star-like wads and tossed them into the trash. Drawing is not my primary skill. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to this single Space Marine that I’ve spent the last week building, airbrushing highlights onto with semi-opaque inks, and detailing with sable hair brushes and oils.”
“I applaud the ambition of the Super Crown. Reject the power-ups of the past and walk into the future. I will not elaborate on any further reasons for loving the Super Crown.”
“I chose the fire flower… or is it flame flower? Either way, it’s a solid, reliable Mario power up. It’s the same in every game and makes me feel safe. There’s nothing more satisfying than button smashing and releasing a steady stream of fire balls.”
“When I was asked to draw something Mario-related I panicked because I spent a bunch of time drawing one of those item diamonds from Mario Kart. So this is what you get a fire flower made in a panic!”
“I feel like Mario would not be excited to be in the Kuribo shoe. It’d probably wobble a lot and have low visibility, considering Mario is stuffed inside. Accidents will happen that way.”
“The cat power-up from Super Mario 3D World, delivered via the “Super Bell,” is among the most recent power-ups included into Mario tradition. Because of that, I consider this piece to be ‘modern art.’ My only remorse is that I forgot the Super Bell must have little eyes. Well, that, and I forgot felines have tails.”
“The Cape Feather from Super Mario World is my favorite. It’s sweet, strong, yellow, and it makes really satisfying sounds as you swoop and float around the levels. You can also dive and crash back on to the ground, causing earthquakes and stuff with it, which is also really great.”
“The blue shell is the great equalizer. I wanted to capture the moment of tranquility before it wreaks havoc upon the world.”
“I like it when Mario gets in the shoe and runs around. Hell yeah!!!“
“I wanted to capture the fury and delicacy of the fire flower. I think I’ve done that.”
“This squished bell is something I really felt I nailed immediately — not in terms of quality, but I felt like it was the best effort I was capable of right off the bat. I had some trouble exporting the image, so I took my time to add some clouds and experiment with the question block, which looks particularly 2D in this image. I’m thankful for my technical issues, because I think the clouds and background make for a better piece. As my co-worker Pat famously coined in our Zoom chat ‘All art is built out of strife,’ and there’s nothing more vexing than Microsoft Paint.”
“I always thought that maybe the reason Waluigi was grumpy was because he never got a chance to be in the shoe. I have seen fit to correct this.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.