E3 2016: Mario Party: Star Rush Box Art is Recycled

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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Mario Party: Star Rush Box Art


If you think the box art for Mario Party: Star Rush looks a bit familiar, you aren’t alone. However, it should be noted that this box art may be an early placeholder and not the final cover art. Regardless, Twitter user Jirachi’s World posted another image along side the box art shown above. It turns out this box art has previously appeared on a Spaghetti Os can, among other places.

Spaghetti Os


There are some little differences between the two. The circular border around the characters is a flat blue band on the can, but on the box art, it is a much more interesting looking gold border. The color of Toad’s vest was changed in the box art, and a number block was added on top of Mario’s right hand. Is this recycling of art lazy? I’m inclined to think so.

It should also be noted that this is far from the first time. Mario character renders are reused all the time by Nintendo. To a degree, it does make sense when you have a franchise like Mario, where the appearances of characters don’t change too much over time. So this recycling of art could save a lot of time and money, but for a huge company like Nintendo, is that really excusable? I’ve leave that for you to decide.

Bowser Amiibo - Mario Set


At first, the image above just looks innocent enough, right? It’s the Bowser Amiibo from the Mario Amiibo Set. But Twitter user, Henry Perez, posted a response in the comments on Jirachi’s World’s Twitter post about the recycled graphics in the Mario Party: Star Rush box art. Henry’s post shows that this Amiibo is using a pose from a stock Bowser character render that Nintendo had lying around in their library of Mario art. And this image, too, has appeared on a Spaghetti Os can.

Spaghetti Os


It’s clear that Nintendo likes to reuse art in the Mario franchise, and it’s easy to do since the appearances of the characters don’t change that much over time. Of course, this would never fly for franchises like The Legend of Zelda, where different games have different art styles. If you look around at various Mario art for different games and things, you can find reused Mario character renders in a lot of places.

So yes, it seems Nintendo is a bit lazy when it comes to Mario art at times. This doesn’t really seem all that excusable coming from a huge company that could easily afford to make custom art for Mario Party: Star Rush‘s box art if they wanted to.



About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called Pre-Computer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode (a bare-bones version of BASIC) which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer, which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the Unity 3D game engine (a powerful and easy-to-use engine) and learning 3D modelling in Blender.

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.