Oh my gosh, remember Hungry Hungry Hippos? That was one of my favorite games when I was little. It was so loud and obnoxious and fun. Hungry Hungry Hippos made marbles useful again, at least for me. I was so excited today when I saw that some Mario fan with too much time on his hands redesigned the classic Hungry Hungry Hippos game into a Mario-inspired Koopa version. It’s appropriately called Hungry Hungry Koopas.
Donald (aka kodykoala), a 30-year old Electrical Engineer and nostalgic video game fanatic, has been working on this Koopa Kids creation on and off since January. He estimates that since each Koopa Hippo took 10 hours to make and the base also took about 10 hours that he’s got 50 hours invested in this badboy. He carefully crafted this labor of love and gave each detail the special attention it deserves.
In two days, this will go up for sale on El Paso Comic Con. Richard has touched on this before, but I’m going to say it again now – I don’t understand how an artist can spend so much time creating something so fabulous and then sell it away and never look at it again. I guess being able to let go of special things like this is an art all its own. I’ve written about kodykoala’s fabulous designs before. I remember he created a Gameboy Zombie mod and a few Yoshi-inspired doo-dads. You can check them out right here on Bit Rebels.
I’m curious to know how much this will sell for and how fast it goes. I hope it finds a good home. There’s no question it’s a one-of-a-kind piece, and we’ll probably not see another Hungry Hungry Hippos game like this again. You can see more of kodykoala’s designs on his Flickr page. I hope this brings a nice little chunk of change for Donald, he deserves it for all his creativity and hard work.
Hungry Hungry Hippos For Retro Gaming Geeks
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