Calvin and Hobbes Nintendo Video Game

Like most guys my age, I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes religiously. It is by far my favorite comic strip of all time, and I still enjoy revisiting it from time to time. Unfortunately, author Bill Watterson was notoriously tight-stringed when it came to releasing licensed material of good ol’ Calvin and Hobbes. While this is mostly for the best, I can’t help but think that the strip and video games are a match made in heaven.

As such, I took it upon myself to create a mockup for the game that an entire generation wishes was real. Ladies and gentleman, here is the Calvin and Hobbes NES video game that never was (complete with box art and screenshots).

Calvin and Hobbes Nintendo Box Art:

Calvin and Hobbes NES Screenshot: Opening Sequence

Calvin and Hobbes NES Screenshot: Level 1 – The Backyard

Calvin and Hobbes NES Screenshot: Level 6 – The Snow Fields

Calvin and Hobbes NES Screenshot: Level 9 – Spaceman Spiff in Outer Space

I had a lot of fun putting this collection together. If you’re interested, links to high-res 8-bit images for Calvin and Hobbes are below. Where will your imagination take them?

Calvin 8-bit NES sprite

Hobbes 8-bit NES sprite


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28 Responses to Calvin and Hobbes Nintendo Video Game

  1. TSto says:

    Epic radness!

  2. TSto says:

    p.s. Not just the idea itself, but this is really, really well done!

  3. TheReviewer says:

    “Level 1″ is totally Wizards and Warriors. I loved that game and would recognize that forest anywhere.

  4. Rob says:

    Level 9 is Bucky O’Hare. Awesomesauce!

  5. a says:

    not to put it down wasnt his duplication box called the transmogrifier? this is awesome i love c&h i wish there was a game!

  6. Tom says:

    Somebody please make this game and release it…. I will love you forever.

  7. Dan says:

    I love you

  8. Bob says:

    Looks familiar

    Yes thats Bucky O’Hare. So yeah nice idea. Put some effort on it next time.

  9. nick says:

    My son Edan aged 10 wishes the game were real so he could play it. Me too.

  10. Racheal says:

    Bill Watterson is an ass, but without him we wouldn’t have ANY Calvin and Hobbes.

  11. Linda says:

    Oh, how adorable! What can we do to get Nintendo to actually make this game?

  12. DJ says:

    I am actually working on a video game with these sprites. Thank you!

  13. Beau says:

    The bar code (which ends in 9 – no other end number shows up) is mario bros nes

  14. Hugh says:

    i’m currently learning how to program games and i can tell you right now, as soon as i learn how i am making this game!!!!

  15. Karen says:

    I LOVE YOUR IDEAS! If only this were real! If only!!!! i <3 calvin and hobbes.

  16. Jay Trux says:

    Part at the bottom of the screen is from Vice: Project Doom. As much as I love Vice: Project Doom (and I do love that game) it’s hard for me to imagine Calvin with a sword, a gun, and bombs. Maybe a stick, a dart gun, and water balloons.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am working on making this game with these sprites.

  18. Smokes says:

    You make me sick. Do you even know why Watterson resisted syndication so much? Its so fuckwits like you wouldn’t ruin it.

  19. philip neisa says:

    Adventure Game Studio would let you make this, with much better sprites.

  20. Robert Stoll says:

    You just realize you gave me a new minecraft project. These memes are going into their own stained glass gallery.

  21. Andreas says:


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