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.