Concept Art - Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario is widely considered to be the world’s greatest retro video game classics. Since his debut in the old classic video game titled, “Donkey Kong” (originally known as 'Jumpman'), Mario has gained god-like popularity. He is the most famous character in video game history and some people believe he’s the most famous character that has ever existed. The franchise holds several Guiness World Records in the realm of video games including (but not limited to) the "Most prolific video game character" appearing in over 207 titles and the "Most successful video game hero" selling over 200 million copies worldwide. Also it lists "Super Mario Galaxy" as "The most critically acclaimed 3D platformer" as it was "praised for its gravity-bending level design and for staying true to the series’ nostalgic roots." Although the series usually involves saving Princess Peach from the villainous "Koopa King" known as Bowser, the series is still ever-evolving. "Super Mario Galaxy" took this surrealist retro franchise in a new direction with its leap into sky realms and space. This bold new direction was easily reflected in early concept art and even more so in the final product.