A press release from Nintendo has revealed the release date for Vans’ line of Nintendo-themed shoes. Announced at the beginning of May, the shoe company displayed a wide array of new sneakers spanning the entire Nintendo universe. And those eager to don a fresh pair of Mario kicks won’t have to wait much longer.

The collaboration between Nintendo and Vans will feature shoes representing the classic Nintendo titles
Mario, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and The Legend of Zelda. They’re set to release in the US on Friday, June 3rd, with international releases coming “throughout the month.” The shoes will come for Nintendo fans of all ages, with sneaker sizes “down to youth and toddler fits.”

Here’s the full press release:

CYPRESS, Calif., June 1, 2016 – Gamers, it’s time to power up as Vans and Nintendo, the ultimate two-player partnership, unveil an extensive collection of footwear, apparel and accessories celebrating the early days of video games. Vans presents exclusive graphic prints using 8-bit inspired artwork and characters from Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, as well as an assortment inspired by Nintendo’s first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Set to release June 3, this coveted collection will be available in adults and children’s sizing, making it ideal for Vans and Nintendo fans of all generations.

The Vans x Nintendo Classic footwear assortment kicks off with four variations of the Authentic silhouette. Travel to the Mushroom Kingdom for the first colorway, the Super Mario Bros. Tie-Dye, which showcases an all-over character print of Mario alongside several “power-ups” and the villainous Goomba over an 8-bit tie-dye pattern. A second color-up features the original damsel in distress, Princess Peach, awaiting rescue from her brave hero. Duck Hunt comes to life atop a digi-camo backdrop featuring the hunting dog and flying duck, and the final execution of the Authentic is an ode to Donkey Kong and incorporates imagery from its first level to present the title character in a unique floral arrangement. Vans’ iconic lace-free silhouette, the Classic Slip-On, appears in the sneaker lineup with graphics and quotes from The Legend of Zelda. A Sidestriped trio of the Sk8-Hi, Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Slim for women pay homage to the NES with prints and colors inspired by the console. Lace-up styles are trimmed with special details, including Nintendo game logos on the tongue label and NES controller lace caplets. For the greatest feature, kick up your heels to reveal Vans iconic waffle sole printed with ‘Game Over!’

To present a throwback-styled, head-to-toe look, the Vans x Nintendo collaboration extends into apparel and accessory items for men and women. Co-branded tees, backpacks, bags, socks and hats are offered in prints that tie back to the Classic footwear.

Vans invites the newest generation to join in on the fun with sneaker styles sized down to youth and toddler fits. Tiny tykes can get their hands on patterns designed just for kids with characters from Mario Kart and Super Mario across the Sk8-Hi Zip, Classic Slip-on and Authentic.

The Vans x Nintendo collection is available to all gamers around the world with the collection available this Friday in the US and at international retailers throughout the month. Travel through a warp zone and visit vans.com/Nintendo to shop or find a store near you.

Will you be donning a pair of Nintendo-themed sneakers? Sound off in the comments section.

Source: Nintendo PR

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What's up Gamnesia readers, Name's Ethan. I like to make things up. It's my trade, my passion, and my lifeblood. I'm open to talk about any and all topics of discussion, should any of you care to engage me. Everything is fair game. Except the How I Met Your Mother finale. I'll talk about the Middle East, but I won't talk about that. And with that, I'll leave you with a quote from my favorite television series, Californication -- Rome is burning, he said, as he poured himself another drink. Yet, here I am knee deep in a river of p*****. Here it comes, she thought. Another self indulgent, whiskey soaked, diatribe about how f****** great everything was in the past. And how all us poor souls born too late to see the Stones at - wherever, or snort the good coke that they had at Studio 54 - well, we all just missed out on practically everything worth living for. And the worst part was, she agreed with him. Here we are, she thought, at the edge of the world - the very edge of western civilization and all of us are so desperate to feel something... anything... that we keep falling into each other and f****** our way toward the end of days. Cheers, fellow gamers. Long live Nintendo.

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