Fans celebrate classic gaming culture in many ways, and soon, Vans will provide an opportunity for them to show their love on their feet.
Sole Collector reports that Nintendo has teamed up with sneaker manufacturer Vans to produce a special line of 8-bit style shoes that should make their way to market this summer.
The shoes celebrate Nintendo’s historic influence on video games, with designs that feature the iconic plumber, Mario; classic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System controllers; the classic shooting game Duck Hunt, and various other designs. A number of designs can be found in the photos below, with more to be introduced after the shoe line launches.
These designs adorn some of Vans’ most popular shoe models, including the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool, and are expected to hit the market in June for a yet-undisclosed price in Europe, followed by a global launch soon thereafter.
This is a strong promotion for Nintendo, and a good way to keep consumers happy as they wait for official news regarding the NX video game console, which is expected to launch globally in March 2017. More information about the console could be unveiled as soon as next month, during the company’s annual Digital Event presentation at E3.
While these shoes look great, they aren’t the first time that a shoe manufacturer has teamed up with a popular video game brand. The manufacturers at Globe teamed up with Epic Games a few years back to produce a set of Gears of War hightops, and it also struck a deal with Bandai Namco to produce limited edition hightops based on the action horror game Splatterhouse.