Contest lets fans create Nintendo-themed shirts

The winning design from Takashi Kawazoe, from Japan

Video game fans are well known for their passion and dedication to their favorite games and characters. Some fans are also very creative themselves, and a contest to design T-shirts based off of Nintendo products results in many clever shirts, including one that was named the winner of a competition.

Uniqlo, a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer, and retailer, partnered up with Nintendo for UTGP’17, a global T-shirt design competition. The 25 winning designs were selected from more than 16,000 submissions from around the world.

The winning design from Takashi Kawazoe, from Japan, features an oversized 8-bit Mario on the front and an 8-bit M on the back at the bottom.

“I was extremely surprised and pleased to receive such a prestigious award for my creation featuring one of Japan's most renowned characters, Mario, as a motif,” said Kawazoe. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you all, including my family who supported me throughout. Thank you!”

The second-place shirt uses a stylized “Splatoon” squid made up of different colored ink blots. It was the design of Shino Yamazaki.

“As someone who is trying to become a creator, I couldn't be happier,” Yamazaki said. “I want to take away this experience and joyful feeling and reflect it in my future activities.”

The third-place design uses the seen and hidden worlds of Zelda to create a haunting look at what lies beneath the ground in Hyrule in a wraparound look. David Ricardo Flores Gomes, from Mexico, said he was honored to be the first Mexican to win a prize in the competition.

“I have been a fan of the games created by Mr. Miyamoto ever since I was a small child,” Gomez said. “Many years later, my creation featuring Zelda has been selected to be used on a UniqloT-shirt produced in collaboration with Nintendo. I feel as if my dream has come true.”

The winners were selected by Nintendo, including Shigeru Miyamoto, “the father of modern video games” and developer of many of Nintendo’s most successful franchises. He is currently the representative director and creative fellow of Nintendo.

The shirts will be available for purchase online on May 18 and in stores on May 19. Adult shirts will be $14.90, and kid-sized shirts will be $9.90.

In addition to the winners, 22 other shirts featuring designs featuring Pokémon, Donkey Kong, Samus, Kirby, "Animal Crossing" characters, Star Fox and Pikmin will be available for purchase.