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God of War art director gets back to his Smash Bros. Ultimate tribute series with Fox McCloud

We need you, Star Fox!

Last year, God of War art director Raf Grassetti started doing tribute pieces for the roster of Smash Bros. Ultimate. He made a considerable dent in the lineup, but other work got in the way, and Grassetti had to pause his series. Now with 2020 underway, Grassetti is able to return to the tributes, and he kicks things off with Fox McCloud himself.

Grassetti has said that he's going to do the full Star Fox team, and is looking for input on which character he should tackle next. Hit him up on the Instagram comments above and let him know!

Dad creates a custom Luigi's Mansion 3 "Poltergust G-00" for his son

I want one!

Redditor Kitty_rootbeer has a 3-year-old son who's completely obsessed with Luigi's Mansion 3. That's all the motivation Kitty_rootbeer needed to get to work on a Poltergust G-00 for his son. You can see the results above, which pretty much nail the look of the in-game version! The custom prop was made using an old clothing steamer, and the tank was filled with aloe. Kitty_rootbeer took some tap lights, painted them green, and slapped them on the side for the finishing touches.

Pokemon fan makes a giant Snorlax pillow

Room for one more?

Reddit user Youcanseemyface shared the above picture of her husband snuggling up in the belly of a huge Snorlax pillow, which looks insanely comfortable. According to Youcanseemyface, the project took a few months to come together, and cost hundreds of dollars in yarn. I don't know about you, but seeing the joy on that man's face makes me think all the hard work and money was more than worth it!

Pokemon Sword and Shield fan gives the games a Game Boy Color-style intro

A little bit of retro love

Pokemon Sword and Shield definitely feature graphics a huge step up from what longtime fans of the series remember. We've come a long way from the early portable days, but sometimes it's fun to go back! Pokemon fan Sindre has worked up an intro that shows us what Sword and Shield's intro might have looked like if it came out on the Game Boy Color. Makes you want to see the full games given this makeover!

Companies celebrate the release of 'Pokemon Sword and Shield' (Atlus, Bethesda, Arby's, Hulu, Crunchyroll & more)

With big video game releases comes big company promotions. Pokemon Sword and Shield has officially launched for Nintendo Switch, and corporations are taking to Twitter to congratulate, promote, and celebrate the games launch. Check out some of the most creative company Tweets below.

First up, is the DOOM Twitter account run by Bethesda Game Studios. This one is a more subtle Pokemon nod. The tweet features a gif of a DOOM enemies eye being torn out with the caption "eye choose you", clearly referencing "I choose you" (the catchphrase from the Pokemon anime).

Next, we have the the Arby's restaurant chain. The companies Twitter account has been known to create fun cardboard creations to celebrate video game launches (although in this case, it's more like 'lunches"). Sobble, Scorbunny, and Grookey look excellent!

Hulu spreads their love of Grookey with the hashtag #GrookeyGang. The only big streaming service currently available on Nintendo Switch is Hulu, so it's nice of them to promote Nintendo's latest big release.

This one is a fun one, as the official Pokemon Twitter account actually gets involved. Atlus U.S.A. posted a screenshot of Persona 5 with Morgana saying "I'm not a Pokémon." The caption for the Tweet wishes for a happy Sword and Shield release day, and jokingly states "Morgana, I choose you!" The Pokemon Company responded to the Tweet, making sure to clarify that Morgana is indeed NOT a Pokémon.

Pokemon can't even escape from the delicious goodness of ice cream. Drumstick expresses their Starter choice of Grookey in this Tweet, and rightfully so. He uses a stick after all.
Crunchyroll shared some beautiful original artwork from @nashirasauce featuring the anime streaming services mascot, Hime, as well as a variety of Pokemon. They lock their starter choice in with the hashtag #ScorbunnySquad.

This post will be updated as more companies begin celebrating the launch of Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Artist behind the 'Mandy' movie poster whips up a Witcher 3 print

Absolutely stunning

Christopher Shy is the artist who created the absolutely incredible poster for the Nicolas Cage movie, Mandy. Turns out Shy is a fan of gaming as well, as he's worked up the amazing Witcher 3 print above. If you're a fan of the work above, you can actually buy a print for yourself right here!

This fan-made Monado amiibo is absolutely gorgeous

I'm really feeling it!

Reddit user LeonPrien2000 is clearly a huge fan of the Xenoblade series, which is why he's crafted a one-of-a-kind Monado amiibo. We've seen plenty of custom amiibo in the past, but this one is not only a unique idea, but a fantastic execution as well. I bet plenty of Xenoblade fans would scoop this one!

Arby's celebrates the release of 'Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020'

Two iconic characters, one delicious restaurant

Arby's social media has always been a goldmine for video game references! Today, the official social media account for the restaurant showed some appreciation for the Nintendo Switch release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. More particularly, the company's social media manager seems to be quite fond of "Wario on a surfboard". The picture tweeted features very well crafted cardboard creations of the Italian plumber and blue hedgehog with golden metals. It's quite clever how Mario is in front of an Italian sub, and Sonic is in front of some onion rings!

Smash Bros. Ultimate fan puts together a Master Hand and Crazy Hand costume for Halloween

Wow! Incredible!

Some people really go all-out on Halloween, creating absolutely ingenious costumes. That's exactly what Reddit user Calvin_and_Hobbies did with his Master Hand and Crazy Hand costume. It looks like an absolute nightmare to get around in, but it definitely puts smiles on the faces of Smash Bros. fans!

Pokemon designer shares tribute art for Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi cutified

Pokemon designer James Turner has stepped away from the world of Pokemon for a minute to celebrate the launch of Luigi's Mansion 3 with a special piece of art. Turner has put a very cute spin on the world of Luigi's Mansion, making for a memorable look. Great to see Luigi love out there from other devs!

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