I'm really not sure how, but I came up with something I called - for lack of a better term - "Dark Nintendo": twisted revisions of the classic characters. Something along the lines of what this video game did for Alice in Wonderland.
There were two results.
First, there's Glass Joe from "Punch-Out!", or an impossibly scrawny, skeletal junkie version of Glass Joe, with ribs you could play like a xylophone.
He also looks vaguely like Tom Petty.
Then there's Princess Peach, from "Super Mario Bros.", or a bloodstained, club-wielding, psychotic version of the Princess.
This is lovingly titled the "Imma f*** your day up" shot.
There were two more characters planned.
There was Link, from the Zelda universe, but I couldn't decide what he should look like. I got as far as building him a crossbow before I gave up.
Then, of course, there's Mario. I finished except the head by the time I gave up. He just looked too simple, too by-the-numbers. Too cartoonish, too.