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Mario Cat

A gamer who goes by "CatastrophiCreations" online has turned an entire room into a stage from Super Mario Brothers. You'll find Bullet Bill, a coin block, and most importantly, functional warp pipes. "Our favorite video game is now actively getting played in our living room...by our cats. Complete with bullets and cannon balls to jump from," said its creator. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Princess Peach Halo 5

Halo 5: Guardians and Super Mario Bros. 64 aren't synonymous, but one fan decided to combine the two and recreate Princess Peach's castle in the first-person shooter. Reddit user "Bearskopff" spent hours on the map, and believe it or not, every single brick is a single object in the map, as he said "no shortcuts taken here," while remaining very keen to simulating the geometry found in the original game. Continue reading for a video and more information. Click here for more pictures.

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Romain Jerome Mario Watch

Are you a wealthy Nintendo fanatic who also loves watches? Look no further than this gem by watchmaker Romain Jerome. Limited to just 85-units worldwide, this $18,950 gem features a 46mm case constructed from black titanium, complete with three-layer, as well as enamel-coated pixel figurines. Plus, this timepiece marks the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of all 6 Star Wars movies compressed in to a 3-minute supercut.

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Hardest Mario Maker Levels

Super Mario Maker is basically the end all for any fans of the famous plumber, as it lets you create and upload custom levels for the world to enjoy. You read that right, [layers may create and play their own custom levels based on Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U and share them online. Over time, new editing tools are unlocked, allowing players to download and play levels designed by other players. In addition to traditional Mario elements such as Goombas, warp pipes, and power ups, players are able to manipulate the behavior of various elements in unique ways. For example, they can stack enemies, have hazards come out of question blocks and warp pipes, use shells as protective helmets, and make cannons and Lakitu emit any chosen objects. These combinations are possible because editing tools in the game work in tandem with one another. This allows players to enlarge an enemy by giving it a mushroom, grant an enemy the ability to fly by giving it wings, combine different attributes, and more Continue reading to see some of the hardest custom levels to date.

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Mario Unreal Engine

YouTube user "Aryoksini" rebuilt the Mario 64-inspired animations from scratch and purchased a few pre-built environments from the UnrealEngine 4 marketplace to make this mind-boggling mashup of Nintendo and reality. However, some say that many of these worlds are better suited for Link rather than the famous plumber. Continue reading for the video.

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Super Mario Rug

Photo credit: AlexKingshill / Reddit

Kjetil Nordin, a skilled programmer and skydiving champion from Norway, spent over 800-hours in the span of 6-years to crochet the amazing Super Mario Bros. 3 World 1 rug you see above. Not just any simple map, Nordin researched the exact yarn colors needed to emulate the map (Super Mario All-Stars version). He went as far as re-crocheting an entire section when the water had a slight purple tinge rather than blue. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Super Mario Bros. Guitar

An internet user who goes by the name "Geeked Out" has created a guitar that appears to be straight from the Mushroom Kingdom. The Australian artist designed the guitar's body to replicate the silhouette of Mario from the iconic Super Mario Bros. franchise. No detail was spared, as it also includes mushroom inlays that run along the neck of the guitar. Continue reading for a video and an interesting fact about Mario's many voice actors.

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Super Mario Bros. Room

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. is a timeless franchise that never seems to get old, and what better way to pay tribute than by creating en entire room based on the classic game? That's exactly what Dustin Carpenter decided to do for his daughter's room, and in addition to the decorations, there's an NES-controller-themed switch that starts playing the theme song when turned on. Believe it or not, everything you see in this room only cost Dustin $700 and 70-hours of build time. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a lazy hamster who found an alternative way to use its wheel.

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Chain Chomp Cat Bed

Photo credit: Catastrophic Creations

Chain Chomps made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, and bear a resemblance to a ball and chain. Shigeru Miyamoto's inspiration for this character was from a childhood experience: a dog once tried to bite him, but fortunately, a chain held it back. As a result, this enemy also possesses canine qualities, like barking, and are commonly used as guard dogs throughout the Mario series. Catastrophic Creations decided to pay tribute by building a cat bed shaped just like the Chain Chomps found in game. The company says: "I wanted to design something that could sit in a room as art, but also have a practical use. The box that Chain Chomp's attached to has hinges mounted from the inside to hide them, but to let you open the box for storage. At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly. I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!" Continue reading for more pictures.

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Mario Toothpicks

Photo credit: BitBlt Korry

From afar, it looks like someone is either playing a game of Super Mario Bros. or just a simple drawing, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize that this entire screenshot was made with toothpicks by Twitter user BitBlt Korry. What was the damage? How about five days of work and 10,000 yen (US$84) worth of materials. It sounds like an extremely arduous task for most people, but Nintendo fans would gladly put in these resources for a conversation piece like this. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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