Hardboiled Super Mario Looks Great On These Nintendo Noir Pulp Novel Covers

By Gerald Lynch on at

"I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. Except for the mushrooms."

What if Nintendo's top games weren't set in the Mushroom Kingdom, or Hyrule, or the planet Zebes? What if they were set here, on Earth, in the 1940s? That's exactly what artist Astor Alexander has imagined with this "Nintenbooks" series, recasting Nintendo's most-beloved characters as hardboiled, noir novel cover stars.

Am I sensing a bit of Barbarella in Super Metroid's Samus there? And how about that Zelda one! Perhaps that's the direction Netflix is taking with its rumoured live-action Zelda show. [Behance]