Motion Comic Experiment with Super Mario!

I thought I might take a break from Dreamside news to show you something fun I created a couple years back. If you're as old as I am (32), you'll likely have at least some memories of growing up around the advent of Nintendo's video games. Waaaaaaay back in the early 90's, Nintendo introduced a comic series: the Nintendo Comics System. They created one for each of their hit games, likely as a way to add some life to their characters. Those early game formats didn't exactly lend themselves to the deepest storytelling.

While they felt a bit rushed, I enjoyed reading them. Every now and again, I wish Nintendo would invest in a new series. So, I made a test of what a Super Mario motion comic might look/sound/feel like. In the video, I'm experimenting with style, layout, flow, animation complexity, speech bubble use, and music/sound design.

As you can see, it's laid out like a traditional comic page. Advancing to future panels, which would happen on user command, allows motion to continue in previous panels, so the page gradually comes to life and stays that way until you choose to advance to the next page.

So, what do you think of this? Would you enjoy reading through a comic in this format? Would you like to see Nintendo invest in the Nintendo Comics System once again?

I know I would ;)