Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear #3: Canned Food Mario, Zelda Playing Cards, Latte Art

Welcome again, GS readers, to Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear! This is our regular feature where we explore the world of video game art, toys, clothing, or random items we happen to find. Whether it’s custom-made or official merchandise, we’ll cover anything we think deserves your attention.

Mario appears again in a unique sculpture, this time in retro form; the universe of The Legend of Zelda is used to create something very clever indeed and an amazingly talented Japanese artist has created various gaming icons… using coffee foam.

Canned Food Mario

After seeing Mario in aluminium can form last week, the moustachioed plumber has now been created from food cans. Proudly displayed in the middle of a supermarket, the 8-bit wonder is taking a break from plumbing duties in order to sell canned food, with each can accurately representing a pixel.

Unfortunately there is no name of the artist available, but it’s great to know that somewhere a mysterious Nintendo fan is creatively presenting the world of gaming to customers. It’s a good advertising strategy, too – I now find myself wanting a can of sausages.

[Source: GoNintendo]

Legend of Zelda Playing Cards

User Nelde has created perhaps one of the greatest Zelda items yet: a complete, custom-made set of embossed playing cards. And what a beauty they are!

The four suits of Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamonds are now replaced with Triforces, Heart Pieces, Swords and Rupees. The King, Queen and Jack groups consist of Hyrulians, Gorons, Zoras and Villains. Oh, and you’ll find Ocarina‘s Scarecrow on the Joker cards.

Top that with a fantastic Triforce design on the back of the cards and a custom-designed tuck box, and you have  product that is not only genius in concept but executed professionally, making a truly legitamite-feeling item. That’s right, I said “product” – these are in fact for sale on FanGamer!

[Source: FanGamer thanks to Sprite Stitch]

Latte Art

An artist in Japan by the name of Kazuki Yamamoto likes to draw anime, manga, and video game characters. Pretty standard graphical artist, right? Well, he doesn’t use paper – instead, latte foam is his canvas.

Before Yamamoto gets stuck into a  hot, delicious, milky coffee, he will turn it into a piece of art, take a picture and upload it. Currently in Osaka,  apparantly Yamamoto attends coffee events (yep, that’s a thing) around the city, and one day wishes to open his own cafe in Tokyo.

For regular updates on his work, I’d highly recommend following the guy on Twitter, or at least checking out his Twitter feed. Here are some gaming highlights from the hundreds he has created:

[Source: George_10 thanks to Kotaku]

To check out last week’s featured Crafts ‘N Gear, here’s the link for Pac-Man Pumpkins, Zelda Key Hanger,  and Nintendo Can Sculptures. If you’ve seen or made anything cool that you’d like to see featured, leave us a comment or send me a tweet!

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