Nintendo Classics Get Political with “Super Democracy Bros.”

A senior at California’s Chico State University added a political flavor to three popular Nintendo classics for a recent art exhibit called “Eeprompaganda.” The title is a mashup of EEPROM and propaganda.

As reported by student newspaper The Orion, Ryan Fitzpatick showed off mods of Super Mario Bros, Millipede and Dr. Mario. From the report:

Fitzpatrick reprogrammed the beloved “Super Mario Brothers” and turned it into “Super Democracy Brothers: The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.” Instead of Mario and Luigi… players were able to choose from President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney… The two men run around the desert, encounter men in turbans and hop over oil bins with Exxon Mobil labels…

Fitzpatrick likewise transformed Dr. Mario into Doctor Democrat:

The words “Hillary Care” stretched across the top of the screen and players became Dr. Hillary Clinton. The object of the game was to arrange pills into a medicine container, similarly to “Tetris.”

Millipede was modded into what sounds like a potentially controversial take on the immigration debate, Minuteman Civil Defense Headquarters Presents: Border Stampede: The student newspaper, however, notes that the mod was presented in the vein of political commentary rather than political advocacy:

Fitzpatrick was afraid people would miss the comical aspect of the exhibit and find the games offensive… In the statement, he wrote about his curiosity with American culture symbols and the influence they have on thinking.

It took Fitzpatrick a year to create the classic Nintendo mods.

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    Carrie says:

    Ryan,  you are awesome!  I love the games!  I am constantly amazed with your creativity and talent.  Keep on, keepin on!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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    Brendan says:

    I’m from Chico State, and the games are definitely NOT pro Bush. It’s actually an extremely entertaining project which is meant (I believe) as an example of the absurdity of propaganda. For those of you curious about other modifications of the Super Democracy Brothers game, picture all the coins replaced by support our troops ribbons, 1up’s replaced by eagles, and after you jump onto the pole next to the Islamic temple (instead of the castle), you guessed it, the American Flag goes up, it’s too funny!

    I was just searching the internet to find a downloadable version to show friends

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I hope I’m not the only one that read that as ‘The Onion’ at first … I was going to say ‘Does he know this is actually satire?’ but upon closer inspection it doesn’t appear to be the case.

    And I’m liking the new look… it’s very…. blue. 😛

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    Tye The Czar says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s pro Bush-admin, oy. And we know that kind of person is delusional.     

    But what about the Exxon-Mobil, oy?

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    Mr. Manguy says:

    The words “Hillary Care” stretched across the top of the screen and players became Dr. Hillary Clinton. The object of the game was to arrange pills into a medicine container, similarly to “Tetris.”

    Dr. Mario, not Tetris.

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