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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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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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