The Day of the Nintendo Dead!

By Shawn Robare

One of the things I love about hanging out on Twitter and Facebook is the opportunity to see some pretty awesome artwork, both in-progress and finished pieces that tend to melt my eyes with their sheer radness.  Lately I’ve been following the development of a series of Nintendo/Day of the Dead mashup screen prints by the supremely cool Jesse Acosta

JesseAcosta Art

I love these interpretations of Link, Mario and Mega Man!  Jesse’s been jumping feet first into the world of at-home screen printing and has been documenting his process as he’s worked on this series of video game dead characters.  I’ve been insanely curious myself, so it’s been fun watching him experiment and adjust to get these looking sharp.

I can’t wait to get these framed and put up in my new place…


We’ve also been chatting a bit about movies and he’s got me super curious about the world of luchador flicks.  Being the super gracious guy he is, he sent me a copy of a really insane flick called Santo Las Momias de Guanajuato (or roughly The Saint vs. the Mummies of Guanajuato).  I can’t wait to get a chance to watch the flick and write up a review for the Cult Film Club.  He basically described it as the Latin wrestling hero version of the 60’s era Adam West Batman TV series, which sounds like fried gold to me!

Santo DVD

Jesse also included some of his mini comics in the care package, which were a really fun read.  If you get a second, do yourself a favor and check out Jesse’s blog, or hit him up on Twitter, you’ll be glad you did!  Also, check out his store where you can snag these Nintendo Dead designs on a T-Shirt!

  • Ben Rollier

    Those video game pieces are pretty awesome! And I can’t wait to see your write up on the Santo movie. Looks pretty nuts.

    My only exposure to Santo has been my copy of ‘3 Giant Men’ –>

    • Wow, 3 Giant Men looks literally insane! Spider-man and his criminal gang?!?

      • Ben Rollier

        Haha, yeah it is. They make him out to be a pretty sadistic criminal. At one point, he has his thugs put a running motorboat propeller to someone’s face. No idea why they translated Spider-man that way.

        • That level of absurdity sounds … awesome!

          • jesseacosta

            I have yet to explore the bizarre realms of Turkish lucha films like 3 Dev Adam.

  • jesseacosta

    Thanks for the shout out, man! I’m really excited to hear what you think of Las Momias de Guanajuato. It’s definitely my favorite, because you get the trinity of lucha libre: Santo, Blue Demon, and Mil Máscaras.
    After work tonight, I’ll have to put the prints I have left up on my Etsy shop. You’ll have to send me a pic of them framed up!
    Thanks again!

  • Love those prints! I can’t think of many combinations more awesome than undead Nintendo characters.

  • Paxton Holley

    yeah, I didn’t even think about that. Those Santos movies should be on our CFC list. Some are terrible but many of the are f**king AMAZING.

    • I’m hip deep in this one and loving it! The Spiderman one Ben mentioned above sounds batshit crazy and awesome as well…

      • jesseacosta

        I have a couple more extra copies from buying lots of lucha dvds if you’re ready to go off the deep end :D