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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.


Forget Zelda, This 20-Inch Link Figure Is Worthy Of An Epic Hyrule Quest

It turns out the re-release of Majora’s Mask for the Nintendo 3DS wasn’t the biggest Legend of Zelda news this weekend because JAKKS Pacific has given Toyland an exclusive first look at the latest addition to its Big Figures Line: a 20-inch Link that’s so detailed you can even see the texture of the fabric on his tunic. Who cares about Zelda or the Triforce when this is up for grabs?


Game Boy Pokemon Mugs, Because Caffeine Is Your Real Champion

When your opponent is a long day filled with meetings and paperwork instead of a skilled Pokemon trainer, Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle won’t be much help. The real fighter you need in your corner is caffeine, delivered via this wonderful Game Boy-themed mug that’s perpetually playing Pokemon.


I Used The New 3DS On A Train And Didn't Want To Throw Up

Years ago, I mastered the art of playing Nintendo 3DS — finding and holding my head in the perfect position to peer through the console’s 3D parallax barrier display and drink in its stereoscopic worlds. I’m so proud of this skill that I even use it to inflate my ego: yes, I am the best at looking at screens. Yesterday, that ego was destroyed. I used Nintendo’s New 3DS XL to play Super Smash Bros. on a train ride so nauseatingly bumpy that my talents were useless. And it worked perfectly anyhow.


Animator Turns Nintendo Power Glove Into Cool Stop-Motion Film Tool

Animator Dillon Markey — who works for Robot Chicken and famous animation studio PESfilm — took an old Nintendo Power Glove, replaced the circuit board, added bluetooth connectivity and transformed it into a cool animation tool. This short documentary explains how he did it.


This Fake Famicom Controller Does Everything But Play Video Games

Despite their games being incredibly outdated by today’s standards, anyone who grew up in the ’80s has a perpetual soft spot for their first video game console, which, depending on where you’re from, is either Nintendo’s NES or Famicom. So while this card-reading portable charger from Datel isn’t particularly outstanding when it comes to features, it doesn’t matter, because we’re all going to buy one anyways since it’s shaped like a classic Nintendo Famicom controller.


Nintendo Makes An Exit From Brazil

Briefly: Thanks to “high import duties” and “challenges in the local business environment”, Nintendo will no longer be selling consoles or games in Brazil. Sorry, local Mario fans: looks like you’ll have to cross (any) border to get your fix.


A Working NES Inside An Ecto-1 Is Everything Great About The '80s

Got half a grand burning a hole in your pocket, a soft spot for classic gaming, and a love of Ray Parker Jr? Then eBay seller ultimatecustoms1982 has a convenient way to scratch all three of those itches at once with this custom-made original NES console shoe-horned inside of a die-cast replica of the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1.


It Took Three Years, But The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Hacked

The likes of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have gotten better over the years at securing the consoles from external modification, though persistence (and a bit of smarts) can get you a long way. The PS3 eventually fell thanks to some determination and now the Nintendo 3DS has been hacked, so to speak, allowing users to run unsigned code on the platform.


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