Sunday, December 09, 2007

Todays Icon

So I've decided that Mario is the next Mickey Mouse. Sure he's not as big as Mickey or Bugs, but they both have a bit of time over Mario. My claim is based on observations in the development of Mario over the last 20 years that show all the characteristics of a pop-culture icon.

First, we have the iconic disembodied face. It's simple, easily recognizable, and isn't disturbing when detached from the body in this manner.

Second, we have a history of designs, leading up to the recognizable one.

Throw in a cast of equally iconic supporting characters.

Then, span the character over multiple generations.

Now all we need is a Nintendo themed amusement park.

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