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I had to whip this up super fast, so it's not really done, but it's in this state that I submitted it to the weekly ca.org competition.
This was for this week's Character of the Week Premise: NES characters made real, 12 years later. Basically, the idea was that Nintendo accidently stumbled across the invention of a device that ported game characters into the real world around the heyday of the NES. They destroyed the cartridges that they could and tried to integrate as many of the characters as possible into society. This is them adapting, or struggling to adapt, to our "real world".
Lakitu here works for Nintendo as a programmer. I saw him once. The building is across the street from Digipen, and I was allowed to enter it once for winning a prize at a costume contest. I accidentally wandered down the wrong hall and happened to spot him (shh!) Nintendo kept as many rogue characters as they could, employing them and tucking them away into hidden corners of the company.