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The Mario Bros. Get A Drug-Fuelled Goodfellas Treatment

Video: Plumbers can only climb so high in Brooklyn — and Mario and Luigi are looking to fly.

The 16 Most Horrible Alternate Realities

It’s 2016, and things are looking pretty grim. As prognosticators of the future, we’re here to assess the present, and remind everyone that as bad things are, they can always get much, much worse — and they are much, much worse in mirror universes and parallel worlds. Here are 16 alternate realities that make the original look like home sweet home.

Power-Up Your Walls With This Super Mario Bros. Level 1-1 Poster Set 

It’s considered to be one of the most perfectly designed video game levels of all time because it introduces players to new gameplay concepts without an instruction manual. And if you have fond memories of Super Mario Bros.‘ Level 1-1 (who doesn’t?) you can now immortalise it on your wall.

Speedrunner Reprograms A Super Mario Game To Beat Itself

Speedrunners have long been exploiting 8-bit games by “reprogramming” them. Pixel-perfect inputs can be used to trigger memory events, usually for the purpose of beating games in fractions of the time it would ordinarily take. A similar exploit exists in the classic Mario Game Boy game 6 Golden Coins, but it exists in a physical, semi-playable form. Welcome to glitch hell.

Make Room In Your Shoe Closet Because Vans Has Teamed Up With Nintendo

Adding to a long list of pop culture collaborations, which has yielded fare like Star Wars– and Disney-themed kicks, Vans is now working with Nintendo on a new line of branded sneakers featuring characters and power-ups from classic 8-bit NES games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and even Duck Hunt.

There Is A Mario-Themed Airbnb In Japan And I Want To Go There

Image Cache: From the ceiling to the floor, this Japanese apartment is Mario-lover’s heaven. Goombas, mushrooms, Yoshi and more are scattered throughout, and there’s even a Nintendo-themed gaming area with SNES and NES consoles to pass the time.

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.

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