Mario is a gaming icon, drenched in nostalgia, at the heart of most gamers' childhoods. But you've never seen him like this. Nor did you really want to.
Sorry about that.
After tons of hype, Nintendo finally released Super Mario Run, its first Mario game for a mobile platform. In its first 24 hours, the game was downloaded more than 5 million times, according to app tracking companies, and made between $US4 ($5) million and $US8.3 ($11) million worldwide, depending on who you believe.
Many people who meet Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto often ask for an autograph. He regularly draws some sort of Mario thing along with his signature because he's a cool guy.
But you've probably never met Miyamoto. So here's you ultimate, final chance to watch him draw Mario.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
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.
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.
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.
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.