One of my favourite casual footwear brands, Vans, today unveiled an awesome collection of clothing, footwear and accessories using 8-bit inspired graphics and characters from some of Nintendo’s classic games, including Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt and Donkey Kong.
I really love what Vans have done with this collection. They’ve combined classic characters with modern styling. Amongst others, there are the tie dye Mario pieces…
The Hawaiian Donkey Kong collection…
And cool Game Over graphics…
Top of my wishlist are the Princess Peach pieces – especially the backpack.
And these low tops…
The collection is officially released tomorrow (Friday June 3rd) but subscribers to the newsletter got a head start today with a pre-sale link.
To celebrate the collaboration, House of Vans in Waterloo is holding an interactive Nintendo exhibition from 3rd to 19th June 2016.
Celebrating the early days of video games, the Gallery Tunnel has been transformed to pay homage to all generations of Nintendo consoles, from the current Wii U to the old school NES, SNES and Nintendo 64.
The exhibition features Nintendo themed artwork and memorabilia from Nintendo’s various franchises, including Super Mario, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda.
Visitors can play classic games such as Duck Hunt (NES), Super Mario World (SNES), Donkey Kong 64 (N64), The Legend of Zelda – The Wind Waker (GameCube), Mario Kart Wii (Wii) and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U).
In the cinema space you’ll find a large-scale tournament going on as well as ongoing public competitions – with a range of prizes from Nintendo and Vans to the lucky winners.
If you aren’t into video games there’s a ring toss with prizes. I got a cool goodie bag…
How great do I look in my Mario hat…?
The Launch Night
The launch night this evening was great fun!
Mario himself was there, playing on the ring toss.
There was Mario Kart on the big screen…
Nintendo themed canapes…
and Princess Peach bellinis!
House of Vans always put on really cool events, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
All photos my own unless stated otherwise.