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Super Mario 64

Computer science student and developer Erik Roystan Ross has recreated the first level of Super Mario 64 - the "Bob-Omb Battlefield" stage - in Unity. All you need to play is Unity Web Player, or hou can also download desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux -- it works with your keyboard or Xbox One, Xbox 360, DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers. The entire game was built using Ross's "Super Character Controller" program and offers graphics that are smoothed out and overhauled from the jagged edges present in the original Nintendo 64 version. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid who accidentally shoots a loaded Airsoft gun at his computer screen.

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Super Mario Bros.

These days, freemium is the way to go for game developers, or at least if they are targeting mobile / social media users. In other words, to unlock certain levels, users need to share things. Or, they could buy points to let them skip to the next level should they not be able to complete it normally. Thankfully, Nintendo has not yet invaded the mobile platform, especially with Super Mario Bros, unlike SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a teacher who loves Indiana Jones.

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Mario Fire Hydrant

When geeks spot something strange in public, the first thought that usually comes to mind is whipping out a camera or smartphone and posting it on social media for everyone to see, like this Super Mario Bros.-themed fire hydrant. Speaking of SMB, did you know that the game was supposed to be Nintendo's grand farewell to the NES? That's right, the Famicom came out 2.5-years before the US NES and by the time Super Mario Bros. came along, the company was already planning to replace it with an upgraded Famicom that read games off rewritable floppy disks. Continue reading for more.

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It only took 29-years, but someone has discovered yet another unlimited 1-Up glitch involving a magic beanstalk in the original Super Mario Bros. game. Before watching the video, note that you must beat the entire game once before this glitch even becomes possible. Continue reading for the video and a tutorial.

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Did you know that Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur since the very first game? Unfortunately, the technology to have a player be able to activate and hop onto another character wasn't possible at the time, as the NES just wasn't powerful enough. However, Yoshi finally became a reality in 1990 (1991 in the US). Continue reading for five more cool things you may not have known about Nintendo's Mario franchise.

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Mario Kart 8, unlike its predecessors, features HD visuals and a focus on anti-gravity sections, allowing racers to drive on walls and ceilings. It also has local and online multiplayer modes for up to twelve racers, along with a new feature, called Mario Kart TV, which allows players to use Miiverse to share clips from their races. Product page. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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The Chinese sheng is a mouth-blown free reed instrument consisting of vertical pipes. It is one of the oldest Chinese instruments, with images depicting its kind dating back to 1100 BC, and there are actual instruments from the Han era that have been preserved today. Continue reading to see a talented musician play a piece from the original Super Mario Bros. game.

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Mario Kart fans rejoice! One company has unveild 'Crazy Cart XL', a real-life Mario Kart that can spin and skid around corners just like its Nintendo cousin. It's battery-powered and can reach 17mph while turning on a dime, thanks to a special control handle. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Let's face it, Nintendo is not in the best shape right now, financially, but they're only a game and / or platform (mobile) away from roaring back. During these past few decades, some of the company's most iconic characters, like Mario, Kirby, Link, and more, have changed quite a bit, here is their evolution. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining exactly why we get nervous.

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Super Mario Bros. has been highly influential, popularizing the side-scrolling genre. In 2005, IGN's poll named it as The Greatest Game Of All Time. The game also sold enormously well, and was the best-selling game of all time for approximately three decades, until Wii Sports took that title. Continue reading for more cool and interesting facts.

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