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Artist Draws Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Roster in Cuphead Style

Good day for a swell Smash!

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You ever just drink in the miraculous sight of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s roster — star-studded celebrities, obscure favorites, and third-party guests all — and think to yourself, “Boy, what I wouldn’t give to watch these characters animated in the vein of an old-timey cartoon?”  Probably not, yet it seems Cuphead fan Daniel Cortes couldn’t get the idea out of his head; in fact, the aspiring animator’s set out to draw all eighty-plus combatants in the style of a 1930’s cartoon! Just like the 2017 run-and-gun, every character channels the “rubber hose” animation motif: the antiquated American animation style that generated such classics like Felix the Cat and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Like a spilled cup of Joe, Cortes’s ambitious project went viral across social media, and so we’d like to share some of our favorites below:

As of today (that’d be January 11th, 2021), Cortes has drawn nineteen of Ultimate’s eighty-four fighters, successfully grafting each character’s visual personality — be it stoic stalwarts in Samus Aran and Simon Belmont to the cruel ferocity of Metroid‘s Ridley — and molding them into expressive, light-hearted caricatures itching to leap right off the screen. (And let’s not forget his attention to detail: the film scratches already add to the authenticity, but have you noticed each character’s background echoes their representative colors on the Smash Bros. Ultimate website?) As he’s following a chronological timeline, Metal Gear‘s Snake is set to be next — just how the gruff Soldier of Fortune translate into the world of Cuphead?

Regardless, we wish Mr. Cortes luck in his dream of breaking into the animation industry — with over sixty characters left (not to mention the three unknown DLC fighters!) and his exploding follower count, we imagine his cartooning prowess has a bright future. Again, you can check out his Twitter here, but in the meantime, why don’t you share which design’s your favorite in the comments below?

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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