Our fashion expert rates the style of your favourite Nintendo stars
A 31 year-old plumber in dungarees, a hero who sports a green hippy hat to make him look hard and a professor who wears a top hat to hide his big ginger afro. Which of these is the best dressed Nintendo character? On the day that New Style Boutique is released, it seemed like a good idea to find out so we asked our fashion expert for her verdict.
Chandra aside (he reviewed New Style Boutique for ONM 90), it's fair to say that we're not in a position to judge style. One of our reviewers wears videogames t-shirts every day and owns one long-sleeved shirt, another wears Fred Perry polo shirts like your Dad (well, he is a Dad of two), another is currently sporting a red hoodie with tartan lining while our newest team member looks like the bassist from an early 90s grunge band (actually, that's quite cool).
So we asked fashion expert Suzanne Elliott who has written about clothes and that for Sky and Orange to deliver her verdict on the fashion sense of Nintendo characters. Warning: it's not always pretty.
Suzanne says: The Jeremy Clarkson of The Mushroom Kingdom (he's not that old - Ed), this is the look of a man who is desperately clinging on to his youth (fair point - Ed). Baseball caps on the over-30s is rarely a good look, while a blue romper suit on anyone over one year old is a no-no. Get yourself down M&S Mario and kit yourself out with a pair of Blue Harbour cords.
Suzanne says: Link's look could do with a shot of colour - green and brown may be useful in a forest but in the real world Link risks being mistaken for a tree. He could also do with a little updating - his tunic is so long and combined with the belt, it could be mistaken for 'scousers' - that early noughties trend for wearing a skirt over trousers. That said, could Link be leading an early trend for Wee Willie Winkle in that hat.
Suzanne says: She may be pretty in pink, but Peach isn't pushing the fashion envelope here with her frou frou frock. It would be good to see her in something a little more modern and fashion-forward.