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Mario Bros. Bar

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real Super Mario Brothers-themed bar in Washington D.C., called "The Cherry Blossom Pub". The pop-up bar was set up by The Drink Company, and has been immensely successful to say the least. "Japan has always been a source of inspiration for me and, as a native Washingtonian, cherry blossom season is something we look forward to every year," said Derek Brown of The Drink Company. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here to view a few bonus images of awesome 90s game ads.

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Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run is basically split into three modes, the first being World Tour, which consists 24 levels - priced at $9.99 - each with increasing difficulty. Unlike previous games, Mario runs from left to right automatically, and by tapping the screen, you can make the character jump, spring off enemies, wall jump or spin in the air as he descends. Finishing World Tour may not be difficult, but similar to Super Mario 64, you'll have to go back to collect the five Challenge Coins. A boss in either an airship level or a castle level appears after every world to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, you'll have to always have a data connection or the game will pause. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview and more information.

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Zelda Nintendo Switch


Most gamers know that the Nintendo Switch is the highly anticipated upcoming hybrid video game console scheduled for release worldwide in March 2017, but now we get a first look at it in-action, thanks to Jimmy Fallon. The Switch's main unit is shaped like a tablet, featuring two detachable controllers on either side called Joy-Cons, which can be used individually or attached to a grip to provide a traditional gamepad form. The main unit is connected to a television display through a docking station, from which it can be removed and used as a portable console. It uses flash ROM cartridges rather than optical discs, similar to the Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a working single-cylinder engine made from paper.

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Super Mario AirBnB

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Always wanted to visit the Mushroom Kingdom? Well, one apartment room rental on AirBnB is as close as you'll probably get, or at least until Nintendo decides to open their own theme park. Located in Lisbon, Portugal, computer programmer Andre Farinha spent $11,100 transforming a normal room into the ultimate Super Mario Bros. fantasy suite. Featuring themed walls, a Mario bedspread, two Nintendo 3DS devices (one in the bathroom), a Wii kiosk and 20 games. "Nintendo has many other brands, artists and movies that were a part of my childhoodThe '80s and early '90s are a part of my everyday life. I wanted the apartment to reflect that," said Farinha. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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

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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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