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First Person Mario 64

Kaze Emanuar, a YouTuber and Nintendo ROM hacker, has created a new hack for Super Mario 64 that uses the game's camera to follow Mario's head movement as closely as possible, taking players on a dizzying adventure through The Mushroom Kingdom. For an even crazier experience, you could pair this hack with a virtual reality headset, such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Continue reading for a a first person speed run video and more information.

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MariFlow Mario Kart AI


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may be fun to play on the Nintendo Switch, but this takes racing to the next level. Seth Bling is a programmer who has an affinity for Mario games as well as artificial intelligence. So, he decided to combine these two to create MariFlow, a neural network that has been designed to play Super Mario Kart. To train the AI, it was shown 15 hours of video of his father's play style, and at the end, it managed to to win gold in the 50cc Mushroom Cup. When the network got into tricky situations, Seth took over the controls to help teach the AI on how they should be tackled. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the lava lamps that help keep the internet secure.

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3DS XL Super NES Edition

SNES fans rejoice! Amazon is getting an exclusive SNES-themed 3DS XL bundle, which will not be available anywhere else. The body was designed to look like the US version of the console, complete with purple and grey accents. However, the coolest part is that it includes a code to download the original Super Mario Kart game. Pre-order here now. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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PDP Pixel Pals Mario

PDP Pixel Pals Super Mario World is the coolest way to light your game room, and it's being offered for just $11.99, today only, originally $14.99. Pop in a couple AAA batteries and you're all set. Super Mario World centers around the journey of Mario and Luigi to defeat Bowser and save Dinosaur Land. After dashing across the finish line, Mario throws up a peace sign to celebrate his most recent victory. With Yoshi as his trusted companion, he travels across sprawling worlds. Mario will do whatever it takes to help his friends and restore peace to the kingdom. Product page. Continue reading for another video unboxing and more information.

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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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