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Wendy-O’s – You’ll Have It HER Way!

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I remember watching an episode of the Super Mario Bros. cartoon years ago that was to do with fast food, and I was sure that it had a lot to do with Kootie Pie Koopa. I went back and re-watched a little, but it turns out that it doesn’t, but it still got me thinking about fast food in general.

So, here is the finished product, Wendy-O’s, the restaurant chain run by spoiled brat Wendy O. Koopa!

I tried to make the image look like one of those promo posters you would see advertising a new burger, and the tag line was ripped right from classic Burger King “Have It Your Way”. As it was for one of the Koopa Kids/Koopalings, I also wanted it to look pretty unappetising. So, the burger buns aren’t even, or even cooked, the burger meat looks a little greenish… There’s also some green stuff coming from under the bun, but no one knows if that is sauce, cheese or what.

Bonus fun fact – while I was looking for an image of Wendy to base the logo on, I found that fan artists like to draw her pregnant. Not sure why, that’s not something I want to look into.

-Odd (Martin)

Items

The Master Fork

I have been playing a lot of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, and I have been really enjoying it. However, I feel a little mixed about the recovery system. You see, in previous Zelda titles, when you get hurt you need to find hearts, and they are just about everywhere for some reason. Seriously, hiding in grass, pots, the rib cages of your slain enemies, those sweet, sweet hearts are everywhere.

In Breath of the Wild, however, there are no recovery hearts for you. Instead, ingredients are everywhere, and you need to cook delicious meals for Link to recover (you can eat food without cooking, but it recovers very little). Whenever you are hurt, you eat food, and we aren’t talking a few bites here – you recover more hearts with better quality food, but it is possible to eat 6 or seven meals in the space of a single battle with a few irritating enemies.

True, it could be that I am just terrible at the game, but I thought the idea of Link stopping a momentous battle to eat several portions of steak. A large portion of the game does revolve around collecting ingredients and cooking them.

You may have noticed the pun by the way. Other puns I wanted to include were:

  • Hero of Thyme
  • The Sword that Seals The Juices In.
  • High Rating Shield (showing a 4.5 star Yelp review)
  • The evil Gordondorf, a mix between Ganondorf and Gordon Ramsay, here to judge Link on a prime meat so undercooked that it’s still playing Uncharted.

-Odd (Martin)

Anime/Manga, Items

Dragon Handle – The Seven Deadly Sins

It may come of no surprise that, along with being interested in games and gaming culture, I also have an interest in animation from both Eastern and Western cultures. At 31 years old, I have clearly grown up.

Anyway, the design above is one of the Dragon Handle, from The Seven Deadly Sins anime/manga, originally kept by the main protagonist and Dragon sin of Wrath, Meliodas.

As personal preference, I’m not actually a big fan of the series, however I have nothing against it and in particular I find the design of this item interesting, as a simplified, looped dragon, and being used as a handle for a sword. I hope you agree, whether you choose to dive into the series or not, this item at least looks pretty cool!

-Odd

Creatures

Azure Dreams – Tundra

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I have never made it a secret that I have a deep, deep love for the Playstation game Azure Dreams, and this even extends to the GBC version of the game. One of the best looking monsters from the series is the Flame creature, but even cooler (puns!) is the water variant, which becomes the icy creature known as Tundra!

The most detailed image that exists for this is the Monster Book version, included with this post, and just look at it. It’s a badass! Even now, I’m happy with my work on the new image, but the original still looks amazing!

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The original Tundra!

There aren’t many details that I can provide on this, so a little information on the creature is that it is essentially an elemental ghost haunting a suit of armour – you can see that it has no arms, even though it carries a sword and shield. I decided to add to this by adding a glow to the ice-ball it has as a head.

 

Items

Phantom Sword – The Legend of Zelda, Phantom Hourglass

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After recently completing this game, I was saddened to find that one of the coolest blades from the series is only obtained at the very end of the game, just before taking on the final dungeon. And so, here it is, in all its glory!

The smartest design that I noted from the original, aside from the hourglass embedded within the hilt, is that the hilt itself is designed to look like the hourglass housing too! It’s a great little touch, and I was happy to see it!

I decided that the setting of the game was mostly nautical, and so to give the image a little flavour I set up a quick sandy beach for the sword to be resting on. It’s not too unusual – in Link’s Awakening on the GameBoy, Link’s sword is found along the coast too!

On an additional side-note, when I asked my wife’s opinion on the design (which she adds was made without her wearing her glasses), she has said that the hilt made it look like the female reproductive system. Well, I kind of see what she means, so I can’t argue too much, I guess!

-Odd (Martin)