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Thursday, June 04, 2021

I’ll admit, I took notice of that squiggly-lined blue backdrop on the new “Tonight Show” set. It’s visible only during Conan O’Brien’s opening monologue, but since that’s a mostly-static bloc of several minutes, it’s hard not to zoom in on that visual.

I didn’t make the connection with Nintendo’s oldschool “Super Mario Bros.”, but Serious Lunch did, and created the above animated GIF to illustrate the findings. And I’m glad for it.

No, the mash-up of various pixelated elements does not represent an actual Super Mario screenshot. But that doesn’t mean the outlines weren’t inspired directly by the videogame. It’s not like those mushroom blocks, clouds, etc. needed to be shoehorned into the Conan outlines — they fit perfectly. I’m fairly convinced that NBC’s designers took their cue from the game.

Nintendo of America agrees, and endorses the borrow. Heck, I’d have thought some conspiracy theory would have sprouted from this, i.e. that it’s subliminal late-night product placement, designed to juice Wii sales to sleep-deprived consumers.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if that premise is used for the upcoming in-show skit reacting to this development. Expect Conan to stick a fake black mustache under his lip and do a Mario schtick (with Andy Richter doing likewise for his Luigi impression).

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/04/2021 10:25 PM
Category: Creative, TV, Videogames
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