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The TTC route map gets the 8-bit treatment

Posted by Derek Flack / June 13, 2012

TTC 8-bit map mario brosThere are TTC fantasy maps, and then there are TTC fantasy maps — this latest effort would fall into the latter category. As much as I might dream of a DRL, a station named Ataratiri, and a subway line along Queen Street, the TTC's best hope for future prosperity might just be Mario and Luigi.

TTC super mario mapPosted by Dave Delisle to his blog before appearing on Reddit yesterday, this Mario Bros.-inspired TTC route map deserves a whole sheet of gold stars. And while the Toronto version is not the only one out there — the artist has previously put together similar maps for the Vancouver SkyTrain and Calgary C-Train — we can perhaps claim it as the best.

TTC route map mario bros.There are already some good examples of 8-bit renderings of Toronto out there, but this one ratchets up the nostalgia (not to mention the geek catchet) to a whole new level with its marriage of the TTC and retro video game graphics. One can only imagine what fun it would be to ride this line. Want to dispatch a fellow passenger? Just jump on his or her head.

TTC map Mario Bros.When I was in 5th grade, I traded an Atari system with 50 games and $40 cash for a Nintendo with Mario Bros. and Rad Racer. Despite the hefty cash top-up, it remains to this day one of the few business transactions I've been a part of that really went all my way (sorry, Atari). For about the same amount, you can buy a huge poster print of this map. Sounds like a good deal to me.

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Harry / June 13, 2012 at 09:34 am
Would love to see this as a full-blown video game.
mike in parkdale / June 13, 2012 at 09:47 am
I've talked to the people, and the people want mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms.
BuzzBuzzHome / June 13, 2012 at 09:54 am
This is brilliant. Love it! Where does Bowser Koopa (aka King Koopa) hang out?
Bubble Bobble replying to a comment from BuzzBuzzHome / June 13, 2012 at 09:58 am
Oh, he hangs out at city hall, for sure.

"People, you have to get involved. Contact your local koopa troopa..."
Antony / June 13, 2012 at 10:10 am
If this means I can jump around throwing hammers from my bike, I'm all for it.
Nixon / June 13, 2012 at 10:34 am
Amazing. Will definitely purchase.
Jonathan / June 13, 2012 at 11:00 am
I wish it was actually like this; I could warp whistle my way in from Etobicoke.
Nk / June 13, 2012 at 11:25 am
Atratiri was the name of a development proposed for the West Don Lands in the 80s. It's a Huron word and has nothing to do with video game consoles. Bye.
Brendan / June 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Watch out for the hammer brothers in Scarborough and North York.
JeffR / June 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Actually, Nk, the word is spelled "Ataratiri" and it is also the name of a proposed DRL station in the 2011 Network scheme, which you might have realized if you'd bothered clicking on the link rather than rushing to your high horse. Bye.
McRib replying to a comment from Nk / June 13, 2012 at 01:19 pm
this is both the best and worst post.

to be wrong, clueless, and condescending all at once takes some talent.

well done!
Ugly Red Honda / June 13, 2012 at 01:21 pm
If you defeat the boss at Museum station, you can open Lower Bay as a secret level.
iSkyscraper / June 13, 2012 at 01:48 pm
Given the dated nature of TTC maps in general and the behind-the-times nature of the entire network, I can think of nothing more appropriate than doing the whole thing in 8-bit.

Please make this the graphic standard for all TTC maps and signage. If we're going to be stuck in the 1980s, we might as well enjoy it.
Alex / June 13, 2012 at 01:50 pm
Awesome. Next time TTC floods I can just put on my frog suit.
shaddap replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / June 13, 2012 at 02:00 pm
Moose / June 13, 2012 at 05:17 pm
Hey maybe some day we can have something like this?

Sadly, not in our lifetime :(
Aaron / June 13, 2012 at 06:04 pm
An 8-bit map for a 2-bit system.
Ryan / June 13, 2012 at 09:20 pm
Shouldn't North York Centre be 31 to be consistant with all the other transfer station castles counting as stations?

Still won't stop me from buying this though.
T / June 14, 2012 at 03:21 pm
Damn. All the 8-bit jokes are taken.
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