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This Artist Reimagined Iconic Nintendo Characters As Beautiful Mayan Paintings

Somebody just 1UP'd their art game.

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"The project started about two years ago when my sister and I were putting together a video game themed group show in her gallery," Navas told BuzzFeed.

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"I knew I wanted to do a Super Metroid themed piece, but was kind of at a loss for how to represent it," she said. "Then one day, when I went to work, I came across an image of the Mayan calendar on a customer's shirt."

"It felt like getting punched in the face as images went racing through my head of how I could combine one of my favorite childhood games with the intricate, beautiful art of the Mayan culture."

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"My family on my father's side is from Mexico City, so I realized a connection to the art style right away and it felt very natural."


"I have been a long time fan of the Smash Bros. series, starting with the N64 all the way up to the Wii U. Games in general were a huge part of my childhood."

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"My sister and I would stay up really late playing Donkey Kong Country."

In the meantime, check out Sita Navas' artwork at RetroNerdStudio's Etsy shop, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!