We’re all wondering what Nintendo is going to do next. Few of us expected shoes.
The Japanese game maker is in a transition period as we wait on details for its next console, the mysterious NX. Until that system launches in March 2017, you can show your Nintendo love with a new line of shoes. The house of Mario has teamed up with Vans to create footwear based on its brands like The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. The collection releases on June 3.
The lineup has a retro theme. Along with those classic games, some of the shoes pay homage to the Nintendo Entertainment System, the 8-bit console that dominated the ’80s.
“To present a throwback-styled, head-to-toe look, the Vans x Nintendo collaboration extends into apparel and accessory items for men and women,” Vans notes in a press release. “Co-branded tees, backpacks, bags, socks, and hats are offered in prints that tie back to the classic footwear.”
Nintendo has begun diversifying itself in an attempt to bring in more money after the lukewarm response its last console, the Wii U, received. It has entered mobile gaming with DeNA, and it also made a deal with Universal to put Nintendo characters and brands inside theme parks. Maybe you can even walk around Universal Studios in your fancy new Duck Hunt shoe
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