We'll excuse you for thinking you can grab these Hungry Hungry Hippos and start up a game. And no, you can't actually play that Nintendo. And still no, that's not really Mega Man.
This outstanding collection of illustrations is the work of Chris Carlson, a Denver-based 3D chalk artist. Can't believe your eyes? Carlson has a playlist of time-lapse videos on YouTube showing just how he goes from empty canvas to chalky masterpiece. And, of course, he's on Instagram.
Check out these 12 brilliant pieces of chalk art and fulfill your inner nerd.