Have you been thinking, “Hey, I think it’s time to redecorate.” If so, we have some lovely wall art for you to consider! Los Angeles-based artist Fernando Reza, known as Fro, has created some polarizing (in a good way) artwork based-on popular Nintendo characters and franchises. His designs use the propaganda-style posters that were famous during World War II.
The new collection has a little something for everyone: Zelda and Mario command collections of their own, but Frogger, Tetris, Metroid, and even Dig Dug are also featured. In fact, there are over 14 different games referenced, presenting a little something for everyone
There are a total of 26 new designs. Each poster measures 18×24-inches and is printed on Latex-coated archival matte paper for lasting quality. All of them are hand-signed upon purchase, while each variant is limited to 100 proofs.
As for the artist himself, Fernando is a native of LA. His work has been featured around the globe, and he’s even worked on designs for Marvel and Disney Studios. If you’re interested in more of his work, feel free to reach out to him via Twitter or Tumblr. Alternatively, you can visit his online gallery to see all of his pieces (use coupon code NINTENDEAL to save 10% on your order!). So, what’s your favorite poster of the bunch? It’s hard to choose, we know.
We also had the chance to ask a few questions about the collection and person behind the art, so for those interested you’ll find the full transcript below.
Nintendeal: Hey Fernando! I’ll try to be quick, and keep the questions short and to the point.
Fernando Reza: Great to talk to you and thanks so much for sending these questions over.
How long would you say it takes you to design each piece?
It definitely varies, some I get the idea for and do in a few hours, some are based on some pretty intricate WWII era posters that I try to make sure I capture the aesthetic just right. And those I can work on over the course of a few days.
Why only 100 copies per release?
I want to make sure enough people they resonate with have a chance to pick one up while still making them feel limited and exclusive.
Which is your favorite poster from this collection?
Its hard to pick one but I really like the ones where the concept spotlights a detail like a game mechanic for example that people maybe don’t think about very much. Such as the Mario print asking for people to donate to the war effort by leaving coins in question mark boxes. I just like giving the games another layer.
What’s your favorite video game? Or, what are you currently playing?
I’m a huge metal gear fan, Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil, but lately Breath of the Wild just blew me away. Currently still playing and really enjoying Red Dead 2.
How did you start your path as an artist?
Id always been drawing, but I was really lucky to be living near Gallery 1988 in LA, which was the first really focused pop culture art gallery. And after attending one of their early shows I was totally hooked. I submitted some stuff and got a good response and then just went from there. A few months later I did a series of prints called Day Jobs, it was a print of pop culture inspired business cards that got some attention. That lead to me getting my first studio and to start doing freelance design as a career not long after that. SInce then I’ve been lucky enough to do some campaigns for companies like Disney and Adult Swim so I’ve been really fortunate to work with some great people and hone my skills as I’ve progressed through the business.
When not designing, what’s your go-to activity?
Mostly I like to get really obsessed with a topic, research everything I can, just binge on it and then move on to something else. Its fun but pretty draining for everyone around me. Like I woke my wife up the other night while watching a video about Aztec death whistles. It’s probably the most horrifying sound to wake up to.
Finally, what’s your favorite Nintendo franchise and why?
I’m going with Zelda. Just fun, lore filled, detailed, exciting big feeling games. Where you can feel the artistry and attention the people behind the game put into them. I loved Breath of the Wild, I loved Majoras Mask (one of the coolest settings for a game I’ve ever experienced) everything going back to the original games. It’s remarkable the way Nintendo has found so much room to innovate over the years while maintaining the sense of exploration. I’m still watching clips of people finding new things to do, missed details and easter eggs. It’s amazing.
Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.
Plays: Switch, 3DS, Xbox One, Pokémon TCG, and Various Board Games.