If there’s a pantheon of video-game characters, Mario and Luigi are undoubtedly part of it, alongside the likes of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Frogger (but not Q*bert; never Q*bert). So it’s only fitting that the two brothers should be depicted as deities in a traditional Japanese screen painting commissioned by Nintendo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
In a new video, artist Taro Yamamoto shares his process for the work, which casts Mario as Raijin, the Japanese god of thunder and storms, and Luigi as Fujin, the god of wind.
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