Toledo Walleye 8-bit jersey (via Toledo Walleye/Instagram)
The Toledo Walleye and Fort Wayne Komets are teaming up for an “8-Bit Night” on Nov. 21, which will feature amazing Super Mario-themed jerseys. The hometown Walleye will dress up like Mario, while the Komets jerseys have been designed to look like Bowser.
The Colorado in-game audio crew started having some fun this season by playing the Super Mario power-up sound whenever the Avalanche successfully kill a penalty. It’s a nice touch, but they’ll be one-upped by their ECHL affiliate this season. When the Avalanche-affiliated Fort Wayne Komets roll into Toledo to take on the Walleye on Nov. 21, the two clubs will be taking part in
“8-Bit Night,” a creative tribute to the video games of the past. The game will also be the Walleye’s “Movember Night,” where they’ll be giving away fake mustaches to the first 2,000 fans in the building and will be offering mustache grooming for those who wish to partake. But what makes the night special are the jerseys. Take a look at these 8-bit beauties:
According to Toledo's website, the Komets and Walleye will be rocking jerseys that, “pay homage to a very famous mustached character.” We don’t want to make any assumptions here, but we’re pretty certain they mean Nintendo mascot Super Mario. Everything about the jerseys is fantastic. On the Walleye jersey, the shoulder patches are the question-marked boxes that can contain anything from a coin to a power-up and the 8-bit Walleye logo is holding one of the mushrooms from the Mario games. The Komets jerseys might be even better, though. Designed to look like Mario’s nemesis, Bowser, the jerseys feature the invincibility star on the shoulders and the numbers on the back of the jersey are laid over Bowser’s shell. We’re not sure what the pants and socks will look like for the evening, but the Komets should go all out and make sure they match. The jerseys will be auctioned off following the game, with all proceeds from the Walleye’s sales going to the Adopt America Network and the Komets’ proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.