'Mario Elephant' is now a trend, why am I not surprised?

The oddball surrealism of Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the new 2D platform game for Nintendo Switch announced this week at the latest Nintendo Direct, already has fans in love with the game's world-bending, deforming approach to its design. In particular 'Mario Elephant' is trending.

At first some were bemused by Nintendo announcing a new 2D platform game when the world loves photo-real 3D and Unreal Engine 5 games, but then Super Mario Bros. Wonder began to move, and then some. Those famous Mario pipes wriggled and came alive, and Mario, well, he turned into an elephant. (See the latest Nintendo Switch deals.)

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.