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Meet MarI/O, The Computer Program That Kicks Butt At Super Mario World

Computers are besting us at everything these days, including our beloved childhood video games. MarI/O, built by programmer Seth Bling, may be 25 years late to Super Mario World, but the bot caught itself up to speed rather fast, thanks to artificial neural networks that evolve in hours rather than millions of years.


Watch This Software Learn To Play Super Mario World Better Than You Can

A quick YouTube search reveals countless Super Mario World speedruns by some of the game’s most skilled players. And MarI/O can keep up with the best of them, even though it’s actually just a piece of advanced learning software made up of virtual neural networks.


Gigantic Super Mario Warp Pipe Pens Are Obscenely But Great

Briefly: Giant ballpoint pens are a staple of most tourist trap gift shops, and rarely worth more than a fleeting glance. But paint one of those pens green like the warp pipes in the Super Mario games and put a tiny Mario and Luigi inside? Suddenly you’ve got a must-have $US20 collectible that even comes with a matching brick block penholder. Now where’s my gigantic pocket protector?


An RC Mario Kart With Wheels That Actually Convert To Hover Mode

Those pesky laws of the universe make it all but impossible to recreate the tracks, vehicles and stunts you can perform in Mario Kart 8 in real life, but that didn’t stop JAKKS Pacific from trying. The company’s remote control version of Mario and his kart looks exactly like its video game counterpart, right down to the transforming wheels which rotate flat to put the vehicle into its hover mode.


Super Mario Bros Edited Into Real Life To Ruin People's Lives

Video: I’m a horrible person who always laughs when people fail in YouTube videos. This collection of fails made me laugh even harder because it’s been perfectly edited to splice in Mario and Luigi from Nintendo as the evil invisible force who cause all these screw ups in real life.


I Don't Think Mario Could Survive This Real-Life Arcade Run

Video: Jason Paul and his team show their parkour skills in this cool set up that looks like a real-life 8-bit video game. Watching this I started thinking on Mario. He is not an overweight plumber would have enough stamina to survive a run in this scenery — not even with the help of magic mushrooms.


Super Mario Song Played On Wine Glasses Sounds Just Like The Real Deal

If you listened with your eyes closed, you’d think this was just a video of someone playing Super Mario Bros on a vintage Nintendo. But there’s not a controller in sight. Just 48 wine glasses and a frying pan. Dan Newbie of YouTube, you’re a maestro of the kitchen.


Do Not Let Super Mario Out Of Your Sight, He'll Destroy Your House

Ever wonder what Super Mario does when he’s not running across your screen kicking Koopa Troopas? Filmmaker John Huffnagle shows us what everyone’s favourite plumber might do if left alone in your house. Long story short: Don’t let Mario out of your sight.


Is Microsoft Approving Mario Rip-Offs For Windows Phone?

In recent months, there has been mounting speculation that Nintendo could eventually bring Mario to mobile phones in a bid to inject some much-needed cash into the company. A Windows Phone developer has decided to get the ball rolling himself using ripped-off Nintendo art — and it appears Microsoft hasn’t bothered to stop him.


I Really Hope Flappy Bird II Includes Mario As A New Surprise Enemy

I makes sense. After all, the pipes are all there, right? Can you imagine if this happened at random in that already infernal game? People would probably smash their phones against the wall.