Nintendo Games Are Given a Pulp Fiction Art Style in These Amazing Book Covers

Illustrator Astor Alexander takes on Nintendo's classics and turns them into Pulp Fiction book covers.

November 19, 2020

At DualShockers, we are big fans of Nintendo. Only a couple of months ago, we put together our official Nintendo Switch DualShockers Definitives list where all of the staff voted for their favorite Nintendo title. Not only do we love so many of the games, but we also love the culture that surrounds it that include cosplays and unique Breath of the Wild builds so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across these incredible fake Nintendo book covers displaying its gaming characters but with a Pulp Fiction arty twist.

If you are a fan of Astor Alexander’s work, you may remember back in July last year we published some fantastic The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt artwork which saw Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer made into a modern, noir detective thriller. This time, we are back with Alexander to showcase even more of his brilliant artistic style but instead of The Witcher, this creative painter with an eye for the unique has taken on some Nintendo classic games that include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid, Bioshock Infinite, and Super Mario Bros. Alexander references actual pulp fiction novels for his set of illustrations, drawing from Rudy Nappi’s Man-Killer cover art for Metroid, Robert McGinnis’ Kill Now, Pay Later for The Legend of Zelda, the covers of Naked Nurse, The Sleeper for Super Mario and also turning Ken Levine’s “Burial at Sea,” the downloadable content for BioShock Infinite, into a pulp cover, too.

There’s no denying that Alexander’s eye for detail is second to none and I especially love how he has turned Metroid’s Samus into a bad-ass gun-wielding woman. He certainly gives the three Nintendo games an entirely different tone that would look incredible on the walls of fans. In an interview on Colbert News Hub, Alexander talked about what his inspiration for his distinctive style of art was. “Old school and obsessively figurative…more or less” replied Alexander “Someone whose father worked in advertising during the ’60s told me my paintings reminded him of the ’60s style. That was good to hear because I’m a big fan of the illustration of that time. Those guys were great at making realistic – yet stylish – everyday scenes” continuing on “I wish I could do that but I hate doing backgrounds. Pretty much all of my work is forced on faces and bodies.”

Alexander has been a freelance illustrator for many years with a figurative artist specialized on human figures and characters. Some of his work has even gone viral like his Dragon Ball Z character and, of course, his interpretation of The Witcher 3 not forgetting his reimagining of Disney princesses as femmes fatales. I’d highly recommend that you check out his work, he’s an incredible artist so head on over to his Artstation to gaze upon all of his pieces. You can also follow Astor on Twitter and if you fancy buying any of his stuff, check out Society6.

In some other news, Nintendo released a statement recently about businesses and organizations using Animal Crossing: New Horizons for political reasons. “We deeply appreciate that so many people around the world are having fun with Animal Crossing: New Horizons” the official statement from Nintendo reads. Then it goes into acknowledging that businesses and organizations have found opportunities to promote themselves through the game, and as such, in Nintendo fashion, some guidelines have been set in place. Last month we also saw that Nintendo could have revealed a part of their plans for Metroid‘s 35th anniversary in promotional images that may have offered a glimpse into the future of the game.

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In Japan alone, New Horizons on Switch previously sold more than 1.88 million copies as of March 23th. The title released worldwide on March 20th, which means it managed to sell 1.88 million physical copies in Japan in only three days. And overall the game’s Nintendo Switch debut sold 11.77 million units between its March 20th launch and March 31st, placing it seventh among the console’s highest-selling titles. In barely four months, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become Japan’s second best selling game ever.

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Rachael (She/Her), who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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