For some strange reason, Nintendo hasn’t added Garfield to any Super Smash Bros. game to date, and it doesn’t look like that will change with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And this is a shame, I mean, have they played the Garfield games? Every single one of them is an all-time classic. And what is cooler than Garfield fighting Mario, Captain Falcon, and Ice Climbers in a fight to the death? Nothing.
That said, while Nintendo blindly ignores the rightful heir to the Super Smash Bros. throne (that isn’t Waluigi), a Chicago-based artist by the name of Shawn Bowers isn’t.
In a new project that he’s been sharing via Instagram, Bowers hasn’t imagined what Garfield would look like in the game, but he has done the next best thing: reimagined what Smash characters would look like as Garfield.
Here’s Garfield as Mario:
And here’s Garfield as Donkey Kong and Captain Falcon:
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Captain Falcfield is not a real captain. The closest he ever came was associate captain of his JV mathletics team in high school, and the only reason he got to do that was because the former associate captain, Darren Lieflen, moved to Idaho. But once he learned how to drive, it didn’t matter. Behind the wheel of his 2001 Pontiac Aztek, he WAS a captain…of the road, of his life, of his destiny. He went out driving every night, even if he had nowhere to go. In fact, those were his favorite nights. He would push the highway as far as he could, getting a little further outside of Muncie on each go before inevitably having to turn back due to exhaustion or a low gas tank or just fear of the unknown. One day, he thought, I won’t turn around…I’ll keep driving till I see the sunrise from a new city and never look back. He was confident of this plan, it could happen any night, just as soon as he worked up the courage. Of course, life isn’t always a direct route. As the years passed by, he found that his nightly trips got a little shorter, and then a little shorter still, until he stopped taking them altogether. But even though he stopped chasing it, he always held on to that dream. Every morning, as he awoke to the same Muncie sunrise, he smiled. One day, he thought, I’ll be Captain again. #garfield #supersmashbros #captainfalcon #fzero #cfalcon #smashbros #smash #nintendo #mashup #illustration #digitalart #design #popculture #gamer #videogames #n64 #melee #brawl #clickbait #whocares #popart #character #smashmain #smashfields
And here’s Garfield as Ness, Link, Kirby, and Star Fox:
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Linkfield had found his trusty weapon, Swordie, in a garbage dump some years ago. The garbage dump isn’t there anymore, so don’t get any ideas about going and finding more cool swords or whatever. It’s a Panera Bread and a Ross Dress For Less now. Anyway, so he found this dog sword and they became really good friends, and they told eachother all of their secrets, but then it turned out Swordie was (get this) a l33t hacker. And he sold all of Linkfield’s secrets on the dark web, and Linkfield was just super betrayed and humiliated and also he didn’t know how to access the dark web so he couldn’t even get on there to see who bought them. So Linkfield FLUNG Swordie into the Great Muncie River and Swordie presumably drowned. But he still needed a sword, so he had a replica of his former best friend 3D printed. Linkfield immediately told it all of his secrets, praying this sword wouldn’t gain sentience too. Also, boy does he love napping. #garfield #supersmashbros #link #zelda #linktothepast # legendofzelda #triforce #smashbros #smash #nintendo #mashup #illustration #digitalart #design #popculture #gamer #videogames #n64 #melee #brawl #clickbait #whocares #popart #character #smashmain #smashfields
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Once, there were two astronaut Garfield cats who lived and worked on the Moon. They were the only two cats working in their particular Moon Base, so of course they fell in love and “did it with eachother.” 58-67 days later, a kitten was born in space. And they were all happy, for a time, living on the Moon as a nice family. But then the kitten grew up a little and joined some internet message boards and found out about a fight club back on Earth. They didn’t have fight clubs on the Moon, cause that would’ve just meant wrestling his mom or dad, and nobody wants to do that. So he stole a rocket and blasted off to check this thing out, not realizing that the propulsion jets on his ship would be SUPER powerful and set their base ablaze with moon flames. Anyway, so he killed his parents, but in his head he blamed the fight club for being so compelling that he felt he needed to leave, and that’s why he fights dirty and uses a laser gun in a street brawl. He doesn’t respect rules, he doesn’t care. He’s here for false vengeance. His real name is Cat McCloud…but his enemies call him STAR FIELD. #garfield #supersmashbros #starfox #foxmccloud #snes #starfox64 #smashbros #smash #nintendo #mashup #illustration #digitalart #design #popculture #gamer #videogames #n64 #melee #brawl #clickbait #whocares #popart #character #smashmain #smashfields
And for all of you monsters out there, here’s Garfield as Yoshi:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is poised to release later this year on December 7 via the Nintendo Switch.
For more news and coverage on the game, click here. And of course, for future Garfield as Smash character art, be sure to give Bowers a follow here. Here’s to hoping he does Bowser and King Dedede soon.