2018 is the year of the Nintendo meme, according to the internet, which can’t get enough of alternate versions of the company’s most beloved characters. The shenanigans stem from the creation of the Bowsette meme, which imagines what it would be like if Bowser were to put on the Super Crown, a new item in the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe that allows any of the characters in the game to morph into a version of Peach. Toadette, for example, puts the crown on and becomes Peachette. While Nintendo hasn’t officially revealed what Bowser would look like after putting on the Super Crown, the internet has wasted no time in producing fan art depictions of the infamous Bowsette. The result is a bit shocking and has inspired everything from a fan-made Amiibo and new cosplays to quite a few porn parodies.- Advertisement -
But Bowsette is old news at this point. Now is the time of Indie Rock Rosalina, a surprising new version of the space princess that was scrapped from Super Mario Odyssey. According to a new art book of the game (via Polygon), Nintendo created concept art for a guitar-playing, casual version of Rosalina for Odyssey but decided to nix the idea during development. The princess, who is usually clad in long gowns, donned a t-shirt and jeans for this new look, which is closer to singer-songwriter than royalty.
You can see what we mean in this piece of fan art, courtesy of @Mediamaster_127 on Twitter:
Unsurprisingly, Indie Rock Rosalina has become the internet’s latest meme obsession. You can find quite a few pieces of fan art out there at the moment, and perhaps a bit more if you’re into that sort of thing…
The real question is what plan Nintendo originally had for Indie Rock Rosalina in Super Mario Odyssey. Some fans have theorized that the Big N might have planned to make her a resident of the musical New Donk City before they scrapped the design. At the very least, it would have been nice to see Rosalina playing a few tunes during Mario’s adventure. But hopefully not “Wonderwall.”
John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9.