A gentleman named Mikaël Aguirre (Orioto on Deviant Art) has created some amazing video game artwork based on actual popular games from the past. The example above is a piece of his work showing Donkey Kong Country. Perhaps this is what video game graphics may look like in the future. Some of his other artwork includes paintings of Mario, Kid Icarus, Metroid, Zelda, Sonic and others. There’s also a link to the Photoshop technique he used in creating these images.
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