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LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System

The coolest item to come out of the partnership between LEGO and Nintendo (so far) is this brick-built replica of the classic NES game console. The 2646-piece set comes with a retro TV set that displays a level from Super Mario Bros., which actually scrolls when you turn its crank. Drops 8.1.20 on LEGO.com.

Super Mario Fridge Magnets

Super Mario Fridge Magnets

Nintendo fans, dress up your fridge with your own custom level from Super Mario Bros. This set comes with 80 8-bit magnets from the Mushroom Kingdom, including bricks, pipes, gold coins, Koopas, Goombas, Mario, and Luigi. Just look out for those Piranha Plants.

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Super Mario Bros. Cartridge Mug

Super Mario Bros. Cartridge Mug

It’s-a-mug, Mario! Celebrate your love for caffeine and the Mushroom Kingdom with Paladone’s official Super Mario Bros. mug. The squared off ceramic mug borrows its shape from the classic NES game cartridge, only this time you need to blow on it to cool off your coffee, and not to get the game to load.

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

The members of Epic Symphonic Rock shared footage from one of their concerts, in which they performed a enveloping, larger-than-life orchestral medley of tunes from the Mario Bros. game franchise. Mega Man fans, they’ve got you covered too.

Game Console Guitar Sounds

Game Console Guitar Sounds

Musician Davidlap likes to make unusual noises with his guitar. In this video, he attempts to replicate sounds from a handful of game consoles, including the startup sounds from the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5.

Brass GameBoy Color

Brass GameBoy Color

Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.

Animal Crossing at Home

Animal Crossing at Home

The musicians who created the smooth and soothing sounds of Animal Crossing: New Horizons got together for a virtual performance of the theme music from the wildly popular Nintendo Switch game which has occupied countless hours for kids and adults while sheltering in place.

G-Boy Handheld Wii/GameCube Kit

G-Boy Handheld Wii/GameCube Kit

Would you love a handheld gaming system that can play classic Wii and GameCube games with actual Nintendo hardware? Shank Mods shows off a kit that lets you build your own portable using the actual circuit board from a Wii. GMan’s slick, professional looking system simply trounces those that run emulators.

Game Boy Alarm Clock

Game Boy Alarm Clock

Nintendo fans, start your day with Paladone’s officially-licensed Nintendo Game Boy alarm clock. It looks just like the classic 8-bit handheld. Use its D-pad and buttons to set the time and alarm, which plays the chiptune theme music from Super Mario Land.

Mario Brothers Pow Block Mug

Mario Brothers Pow Block Mug

A festive coffee mug for fans of the classic arcade game Mario Brothers. Yes, that’s right, before Mario and Luigi were punching question mark blocks, they were flipping over koopas with a “POW” block just like this. The only difference? This one holds hot coffee. Available Summer 2020.

LEGO x Super Mario

LEGO x Super Mario

LEGO and Nintendo have teamed up to create a unique line of playthings inspired by the world of Super Mario. Designed primarily for kids, the toys can build worlds inspired by platform game design. The highlight is an interactive Mario figure that collects virtual coins as he’s moved around each level.

inbento

inbento

Nintendo celebrates the launch of its relaxing new puzzle game for the Switch, in which you must carefully follow a series of recipes to create a perfectly presented bento box meal for a family of cats. It’s just the sort of game we need to take our minds off the craziness around us in the world these days.

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Musician Sam Griffin performs an acoustic classical guitar cover of the tricky Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2, and says its “basically the hardest thing” he’s ever played. If you play guitar and think you’re up to the challenge, you can grab the tabs as a Patreon supporter.

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Mario Kart Stunts

Mario Kart Stunts

5MadMovieMakers has a little fun with Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi as they zoom along Hot Wheels tracks, performing jumps, spinning through loops, and racing each other in a real-life version of Mario Kart. Using a loop of track as a monowheel was a fun trick we’ve not seen before.

NES Controller Mug

NES Controller Mug

Retro gaming fans, 1up your caffeine levels with this fun ceramic mug from Paladone. It features a level from the classic Super Mario Bros., and its handle looks just like the controller from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Now someone needs to make a playable version.

Super Mario Music Live

Super Mario Music Live

There have been tons of covers of music from the various Super Mario games, but the members of the Super NES Band likes to play video game music using the actual tone generators classic consoles. Listen as they perform live medleys of tunes from Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Land.

The Evolution of Console Controllers

The Evolution of Console Controllers

Cheddar shares the origins of the controllers of the N64, and the Xbox and PlayStation series to point out how their designs were not based on ergonomics alone. Sometimes, management or technological constraints led to these familiar forms.

GameCube Joy-Con Mod

GameCube Joy-Con Mod

The Nintendo Switch has been wildly popular thanks to its great combination of games and portability. While the standard Joy-Cons are good, Shank Mods prefers his old GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros., so he went through the daunting task of splitting one in half and converting it to work with Switch.

Hyperkin RetroN Jr.

Hyperkin RetroN Jr.

Retro game system maker Hyperkin took what was once an April Fools Day gag and turned it into an actual product. This little cube can play classic Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges on your television. It has HDMI (720p) and composite video outputs, and comes with an SNES-style controller.

Super Mario Popsicle Guitar

Super Mario Popsicle Guitar

Inspired by other videos of guitars being made with unconventional materials and techniques, Cranmer Guitars decided to build a custom electric guitar featuring a scene from Super Mario Bros. He created 29,000 pixel blocks by slicing popsicle sticks into perfect squares, dying the wood, then gluing them in small sections.

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10 Hours of Chiptunes

10 Hours of Chiptunes

Do you need a break from your regular music playlists? Then open up this video, hit play, and drop it into a background tab. Jorf assembled this epic 10-hour and 53-minute mix of 227 tracks programmed by various chiptune musicians and played with the classic 8-bit sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Mini Handheld Game Console 2.0

This cheap and tiny handheld gaming system comes packed with 268 retro games. The titles are from the 8-bit Nintendo era, and while some appear to be based on legitimate game ROMs, others are clearly homebrews and obscure titles. Still, for just 16 bucks, it’s a fun little stocking stuffer.

Paper Mario Bros.

Paper Mario Bros.

Fans of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit game will love this hand-drawn animation, which lovingly replicates World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Kisaragi Hutae 6 combined paper cutouts and line drawings in his notebook to create this awesome little stop-motion short.

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

If the Nintendo Entertainment System came out in the 1920s instead of the 1980s, the music its games played might have sounded a bit like the ragtime jazz piano arranged and played brilliantly here by musician Scott Bradlee.

Nintendo Pipe Mug

Nintendo Pipe Mug

Take a trip to a secret world of caffeine with ThinkGeek’s officially-licensed mug is a 3D version of the warp pipe from the original Super Mario Bros. game. It even includes the floor tiles as a base. The mug can hold up to 15oz and is made of ceramic.

Super Soprano Bros.

Super Soprano Bros.

(PG-13: Language) Upper State’s darkly-comedic parody of The Sopranos imagines if the show was set in the Mushroom Kingdom instead of New Jersey. It’s so well executed, it could have been an actually episode of HBO’s hit drama. Actor Max Koch’s Gandolfini impression really helps sell it. (Thanks Ryan!)

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