The world of dime store novels retains such a fascinating nostalgic allure. Few really seem interested in the actual stories anymore, many of which were as cheaply written as their costs and just as trashy, but the best covers portray enough intrigue, danger, and taboo connotations to weave an interesting tale all by themselves.

Artist Ástor Alexander has translated a few of Nintendo's popular series into their own outstanding pulp fiction covers. You can see the noir takes on Mario, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda below. You can also head over to the artist's gallery page to take in some other excellent works.

Would you pick one of these tales up off the discount rack? Let us know which is your favourite.