As we reported yesterday, Neil Gaiman is making a video game called Wayward Manor, which sounds like it’s going to be just about as Gaiman-esque as possible. See, you play as a ghost who must scare an array of eccentric people out of your gothic 1920s mansion. How delightfully macabre!
Well that got me thinking — what if other acclaimed comic book writers with a thing for dark themes got into making video games? Well, I think that comedy premise might look a little something like this…
IT ALL COUNTS!
Grant Morrison’s Meta Mario
Grant Morrison has cast his spell on Nintendo and been given complete control of the Mario universe. From this point on, every incarnation of the plumber, from Captain Lou Albano to miscolored versions of Mario from Chinese bootlegs count. Adventure through a randomized collection of worlds based on everything from Mario Galaxy to Hotel Mario to the live-action Mario Bros. movie.
In Meta Mario, challenge yourself to master the new camera system that places the viewpoint in front of Mario, making it seem as though he’s constantly running towards the screen in a bid to escape his twisted reality. Also, every copy of the game will ship with a camera, allowing Mario to constantly drop darkly comic quips about what you’re doing. Stages end with an animation of Mario crashing into the screen and briefly “breaking through the fourth wall” before being sucked back into one of an infinite number of parallel universes.
New power-ups will include the Pig suit, Sperm suit and the bald mushroom, which turns you into Grant Morrison himself.