Parting Shot: ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ ‘Mega Man’ and ‘Metroid’ as Japanese Woodblock Prints
The influence of Japanese culture on classic 1980s Nintendo games isn’t always overt — especially considering how localized box art and other modifications colored consumer’s earliest experiences with many titles. The fact remains, however, that the games that defined (and continue to define) generations of gamers have a unique heritage influenced by their Japanese origins. Paying homage to this truth is artist Jed Henry, who has dialed back the clock on the heroes of The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man and Metroid to display their dopeness in the style of Ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock art. Feast your eyes on Henry’s samuraized Samus, Link and Mega Man after the cut and be sure to hit up Henry’s Tumblr next week for his take on Mario Kart.