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25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman 25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman
This deviation got featured on Kotaku, Reddit, GraphJam as well as a few other dozens websites! Thanks!

Because, admit it, "25 Years of Dying" is a lot catchier than just "Cause of Death" as a title. :D

Mario celebrated his 25th year among us sometime in late 2010 (more like "25 years of Independence" since he existed since the Donkey Kong arcade game, making him 29 by 2010). I wanted to do something big for the occasion, even though I technically missed the boat by a few months (not practicallysince Mario didn't turn 26 just yet). :D

So this poster-like illustration is my official tribute to him for the occasion. I didn't cover everything of course, but the most important is there. Just watch out, there's a BIT of blood here and there (hard to spot though since I painted it black). There's some seriously violent deaths in these games, when you think of it...

Sorry for the ugly watermark by the way. I've had people steal some of my artwork before, you would figure this one would be a perfect pick for unscrupulous people wanting to gain easy money in video game shops and Anime conventions. Ugh.

40+ hours in Paint Tool SAI, Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Enjoy! All characters belong to Nintendo. Also check:

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25 Years Of Dying by =TheBourgyman

The suggester said: "A hilarious and yet tragic idea to commemorate the 25th birthday of our most beloved plumber hero. I just couldn't stop laughing at each square. The style of the artist is lovely, not only on this piece but his entire gallery. It's full of humor and a feast for everyone who loves games."

Remember when dying in video games always made you go into a rage and throw a fit? That would be me, and this reminded me of those times! Totally hilarious and a wonderful talent! I think Mario has a world record on the amount of Purple Heart awards received! ( Suggested by mukuro-sama and Featured by TommyGK )
Well, well, well. What have we here? A clever and creative dedication to Mario's ongoing series of adventures, sports, and, perhaps most notably, unfortunate deaths.

What strikes me as most attractive about this piece is how creative each way of Mario dying is drawn. I also enjoy how you touch upon ways of getting killed in both present and past Mario games, such as in the "Barrel Roll", "Bullied", and "Pushed out of stage" squares.

The variations of Mario's expressions are always a laugh, and your cartoony style boasts them quite well in each box.

All in all, this is a delightful and humourus picture to celebrate both the 25th birthday of our beloved red plumber and have a laugh at all his unfortunate deaths we had to witness in the games throughout the years. I really cannot give this a score less than perfect! Wonderful, wonderful job, Bourgyman! :)
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A creative and innovative look at the many ways Mario has gotten screwed over in his epic game series. Brings back a lot of memories of game play. I've been in most of these far more than once. Super mario has always been an old favorite of mine. There isn't a more glorious Super Mario death that going down in a barrage of falling hammers and flame shots from the original World 8-4 of the first Super Mario series. Well done mate, well done! This is definitely going into my favorites folder. And with that this review is done. Yay.
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ElizaTheKitty Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
lol XD
wookywok Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Don't forget touched!
Rot8erConeX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
So the only deaths I'm seeing people ask "where's this one from?" are in Super Mario 64.  I saw one ask about the kidnapped one, but that one kinda made sense since some people don't consider the Yoshi's Island games Mario games.

I'm saddened.  While SM64 isn't the best game ever, it really is the game that paved the way for all third-person 3D games that followed, regardless of genre.
Stick-bag Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I didn't know the "spaced out" death was possible.
Rot8erConeX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I think it's more of a failsafe the programmers put in to prevent people from getting out of gravity ranges.
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to pull, but it's definitely possible.
ExxorD Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
I like the first picture of Mario's death animation at the very very top. xD I can imagine him looking like that whenever he tumbles off the screen.
BigRosieLover53 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Man, Mario does ANYTHING for Peach... :sad: Where the death of Mario being frozen comes from?
Myryy-Tan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
u know for the eaten part, is that luigi??
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was supposed to be frog Mario, but I ommited some details...
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