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Remember Nintendo Labo? The kits that turned multiple sheets of cardboard into various types of controllers for the Switch? Well, one gamer from Japan decided to take the concept to the next level. He took the Labo Drive Kit and built an entire arcade cabinet around it to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Sure, the marquee might show Mario Kart DX Arcade GP, but we all know that title was never released on home consoles. Read more to see how he built it and for some gameplay.
With 2,064-pieces and priced at $169.99 USD, the LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Block (71395) set launches 25-years after the iconic Nintendo game. The question block opens up to reveal several familiar scenes, including Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Trouble. That’s not all, it also includes exclusive microfigures of iconic characters, such as Mario and Princess Peach, that can be placed directly in the scenes. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
A Twitch streamer who goes by “llogicoma” decided that Mario Kart 8 tracks would be fun if enjoyed with various aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator, so he made it a reality. This mod is still a work in progress, so you’ll see in the short playthrough that not everything is as it should be. How was this made? Models of the Mario Kart 8 tracks were downloaded and then a Blender addon, called Blender2MSFS, was used to turn them into 3D assets for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Mark Rober unveils his latest creation, the Dominator. This robot was designed for one specific purpose, arranging dominoes as fast as possible, and this former NASA engineer (worked on Curiosity rover at JPL) enlisted the help of two Stanford University freshman to help program the machine. In all, it took over 14,000 lines of code in addition to the 3D-printed funnels, custom components, and most importantly, omni-directional wheels. Read more for a video and additional information.
It’s true, Super Mario Bros. 3 was set to arrive on the PC back in 1990 at the height of the NES game console’s popularity, but unfortunately, the port was never released. John Romero, co-founder of developer id Software, uploaded never before seen footage of the adaptation, and let’s just say that it stays true to Nintendo’s side-scrolling formula. Read more to see a demo completed on September 28, 1990 from IFD (Ideas from the Deep), the company that preceded id Software.
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A sealed The Legend of Zelda game recently sold for $870,000 USD, but today, this graded copy of Super Mario 64 set yet another record by selling for an impressive $1.56-million. It was graded a 9.8 by Wata games, which is just a notch below the 10 pristine grade, while the A++ refers to the seal-quality of the shrink-wrap. Considering this game was released on September 29, 1996, it’s rare to see a copy that is in even better condition than most from a factory case. Read more for additional pictures and a bonus video.
Set for release on the Nintendo Switch in 2022, Mario, Rabbid Peach and their friends are back for an epic journey in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. Players will go on an epic journey to restore order as Cursa, a strange and malevolent entity who twists the planets with its evil influence. Like its predecessor, you’ll be able to explore incredible worlds, fighting enemies in innovative combats mixing turn-based tactics and real-time movements with their extravagant team of heroes. Read more for a first look trailer, screenshots and additional information.
Set for release on June 25, Mario Golf: Super Rush is the seventh installment in the series and will include several new modes that take the game to the next level. One of them is Speed Golf, where players hit the ball in real-time instead of taking turns. Once it’s hit by one of the players, they race along the course toward their ball to repeat the process until someone scores. Read more for the new overview trailer and additional information.
You’ve probably seen a few unofficial ports of Super Mario 64 for the PC, based on leaked source code, but now, a fully ray-traced version is available. Called SM64RT, this version offers custom level lighting, complete with ray-traced global illumination, shadows, as well as reflections, which really shine when you play as Metal Mario. Digital Foundry managed to get hair hands on an Alpha build and give us an in-depth look. Read more for the videos and Github page where you can try it out yourself.
The LEGO Super Mario Adventures world continues to expand with an all-new Luigi Starter Course (71387) that’s set to be released this summer. This 280-piece set adds several new characters including a pink Yoshi, Bone Goomba and Boss Boom Boom. Similar to the Mario set, Luigi has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color as well as action bricks. As an added bonus, a speaker plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series. Read more for additional pictures and information.