My little boy is nuts about everything Mario so our family rushed to Best Buy today to purchase Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Wii U game console…so guess what we’ll be doing all weekend? After playing a few races already, my initial impression is fairly positive – the game is fun and has been seriously updated graphically. We thought it would be fun to view a variety of artwork, posters and illustrations by talented fans to celebrate the far from past due return of Mario Kart 8.

This design named “Monster Kart” by King Monster is a gruesome eye-popping perspective on the Nintendo series that caught my attention and looks hella-cool on a t-shirt or poster…yes, I really said hella-cool.

Gruesome Mario Kart Art by King Monster

An absurdly ghoulish Mario Kart depiction, this design by Fernando Regalado named “Super Dead Kart” shows a dead plumber ironically in possession of many power ups.

Dead Mario

This next poster doesn’t really have much to do with Mario Kart or racing, but the Paul Bunyan perspective made is difficult to resist adding to this gallery. “Hammer Time” also by Fernando Regalado is a gallery-quality giclée art poster print on 100% cotton rag archival paper printed with archival inks.

Hammer Time Mario

Cover art for an upcoming novel, “Four And Up” by Ben Tallon documents a personal Mario Kart sibling rivalry that seemed to reach epic and unhealthy levels that has influenced the writer’s life forever.

Mario Kart book cover art

Zachary Harris in Saint Louis imagined a fictional magazine cover to celebrate Mario Kart 8 when the game release date was initially released.

Mario Kart 8 Magaine cover art

Tankidea Studio’s RETRO series combines famous pop culture in a humorous yet distinctive style. The first poster features Mario as a legend of the road.

Retro Mario Poster

This vintage Mario poster by Alba Del Castillo in Spain would clearly make it on my son’s wall of Nintendo.

Vintage Mario Poster

I absolutely loved Yuri Saluceste’s illustration of Mario Kart with “Super Mario Bike Cup” which looks fantastic on a t-shirt.

Mario Bike Kart Art

“Beware The Blue Shell” is an illustration by Winter that was on display at the Hero Complex Gallery “Righteous Rides … and the dudes who drive them!” show in California.

Mario Kart Art Poster

Thousands, maybe millions, of anticipating gamers and Mario fans will certainly ravage Mario Kart 8 this weekend. Let the races begin!