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Disney+’s The Mandalorian has been reimagined in Super Mario Bros. World fan art, and it works surprisingly well. Star Wars fans have had plenty to enjoy in theaters as well as on TV over the past six months, as the famed franchise continues to expand. Though the arrival of the final installment of the Skywalker saga has created a substantial divide between Star Wars fans, the ambitious Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was still hugely popular and delivered just what many fans wanted. However, because it arrived on the heels of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, it is arguable at least to suggest that what Rise of Skywalker lacked could be found in The Mandalorian.
The series took familiar characters and concepts and elevated them to a place beyond the nine-part Skywalker saga, giving fans insight into a new era for the decades-old franchise. Chronologically, of course, The Mandalorian is set somewhat in the middle of the Skywalker saga (taking place five years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), but that doesn’t mean it looks or acts much like what can be found in either J.J. Abrams’ or Rian Johnson’s films in the sequel trilogy. Its unique mixture of familiarity and originality lends the series a mysterious quality fans have instantly taken to.
Perhaps then, it is because The Mandalorian feels new, yet recognizable in so many different ways, that such an overwhelming degree of fan art continues to arrive. The series is open to possibilities – or at least that’s how it feels to many. As a result, a lot of fans are killing time until the second season arrives by toying with those possibilities. The end results are often humorous and sometimes alarming, but always interesting. The latest bit of Mandalorian fan art comes from artist Mauricio Abril via Art Station. As you can see in the image below, Abril took The Mandalorian to Super Mario World and ended up with The Mariolorian. It’s a great bit of work, with the Star Wars characters fitting nicely in the video game world.
Despite being an animated take on what The Mandalorian would look like in Super Mario World, fans of the series will also recognize the image from an actual episode of The Mandalorian. In “Chapter 2: The Child”, the Mandalorian is forced to do business with Jawas, who want nothing more than “The Egg” to be brought to them. Unfortunately for the Mandalorian, “The Egg” happens to belong to a giant horned beast and a great battle takes place. For obvious reasons, Mario as the Mandalorian, Yoshi as Baby Yoda (aka The Child), and Shy Guys standing in for Jawas feels a little more lighthearted than what originally took place. At the same time, however, it all somehow seems to work, and it isn’t too hard to imagine a Mario Bros./Star Wars hybrid game with an identical plot to that of The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian’s ability to meld with other characters or stories is indeed unique. Some might suggest the series moves too slowly and that nothing of particular note takes place, therefore making it easy to insert other characters or situations without upsetting things too much. The truth is that The Mandalorian follows a lengthy Star Wars tradition of quality. In the same way that several hit franchises have taken on the LEGO treatment with relative ease, The Mandalorian’s world is also capable of being enriched by different interpretations.