To celebrate the early days of video games, when Nintendo reigned supreme, California-based manufacturing company Vans has collaborated with the world's largest video game company on a brand new collection, showcasing one-of-a-kind graphic prints of characters from Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong and Legend of Zelda, as well as an assortment inspired by Nintendo’s first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), on shoes, T-shirts, hoodies, socks, hats, and backpacks.
"The Vans x Nintendo Classic footwear assortment kicks off with four variations of the Authentic silhouette. Travel to the Mushroom Kingdom for the first colorway, the Super Mario Bros. Tie-Dye, which showcases an all-over character print of Mario alongside several “power-ups” and the villainous Goomba over an 8-bit tie-dye pattern," reads the collection's description. A second color-up features the original damsel in distress, Princess Peach, awaiting rescue from her brave plumber. Duck Hunt comes to life atop a digi-camo backdrop featuring the hunting dog and flying duck and the final execution of the Authentic is an ode to Donkey Kong and incorporates imagery from its first level to present the title character in a unique floral arrangement. Vans’ iconic lace-free silhouette, the Classic Slip-On, appears in the sneaker line-up with graphics and quotes from The Legend of Zelda. A Sidestriped trio of the Sk8-Hi, Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Slim for women pay homage to the NES with prints and colors inspired by the console. Lace-up styles are trimmed with special details including Nintendo game logos on the tongue label and NES controller lace caplets. For the greatest feature, kick up your heels to reveal Vans iconic waffle sole printed with ‘Game Over!’"
The Vans x Nintendo collection, which comes in adults and children’s sizing, is available now online and in stores. Check out a large sample of the colleciton in our gallery at the bottom of the page.