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The Mighty LEGO Bowser

The Mighty LEGO Bowser

This official LEGO version of big bad Bowser has your princess in another castle. The 12.5″ tall, 2807-piece model features brand new LEGO parts for his spikes and has articulated hands and fingers, a head and neck that move, and a fireball launcher in his mouth. It also interacts with LEGO’s Mario, Luigi, and Peach digital figures.

Mario Kart Live: Banjo’s Rare’n’ Racecourse

Mario Kart Live: Banjo’s Rare’n’ Racecourse

The game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit uses augmented reality tech to let you play racing games with real-world obstacles. Thomas from Mutch Games takes his course builds to the next level. In this clip, he takes us for ride through Banjo Kazooie’s Spiral Mountain along with a bonus Diddy Kong Racing section.

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Mario Question Block Lamps

Mario Question Block Lamps
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Nintendo fans, check out these fun Question Mark Block lamps from Rock City Creative. Each is laser cut from birch plywood and will look great in any geeky setting. They come in 4″ and 8″ sizes with either classic gold or color-changing LEDs. We don’t recommend punching it to see if coins or power-ups come out.

Lose Yourself, Mario

Lose Yourself, Mario

There I Ruined It takes a momentary pause from ruining songs to delight us with a little musical mashup. It makes no sense on paper, but combining Eminem’s Lose Yourself with the theme from Super Mario Bros. somehow works just perfectly.

Mario Wood Pixel Coasters

Mario Wood Pixel Coasters
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Artist Cameron Oehler of 1337motif makes awesome cutting boards and coasters inspired by video game pixel art. This set of six wooden coasters features pixelated images of Mario, Mushroom, Star, Boo, Bob-omb, and Goomba, each made from hundreds of cubes of colorful wood.

Cardboard GameBoy Advance SP

Cardboard GameBoy Advance SP

We always figured if you were going to upgrade the plastic case on a handheld game system, you’d want to go for aluminum or maybe carbon fiber. But Peter Knetter is a bit of a contrarian, so he downgraded his GameBoy Advance SP by building it a case, buttons, and D-pad out of cardboard.

Hot Wheels Portable Nintendo Switch Dock Backpack

Hot Wheels Portable Nintendo Switch Dock Backpack

In 2017, Mattel wanted to get in on the Nintendo Switch craze and created a limited-edition backpack that made the handheld console no longer handheld. Ultimately, only three of the $980 backpacks were produced. Peter Knetter offers his take on this electric blue oddity that may or may not have actually existed.

Super Mario Bros. on Tesla Coils

Super Mario Bros. on Tesla Coils

Franzoli Electronics is back with another great musical performance on his trio of tesla coils. This time the high voltage towers zap out an energetic cover of Koji Kondo’s oft-played theme music from Super Mario Bros. More of a Zelda fan? Be sure to check out his Tesla cover of The Legend of Zelda’s theme.

Yoshologie

Yoshologie

Louis Zong presents a magnificent medley of tunes from the world of Yoshi, performed in the style of jazz great Django Reinhardt. The tracks include music from the soundtracks of Yoshi’s Crafted World, Yoshi’s Island DS, Yoshi’s Cookie, Yoshi’s Story, and Yoshi’s Island. The EP is available for download from Bandcamp.

Making Zelda’s Rupees Real

Making Zelda’s Rupees Real

We wish real-life currency looked like Rupees from the Legend of Zelda games. Artist Squowks shows how they made a set of the colorful gemstones by pouring UV-cured resin into faceted molds they made from sheets of plastic. If you’re not feeling up to the DIY challenge, you can find similar sets for purchase on Etsy.

Polymer Clay Peach’s Castle

Polymer Clay Peach’s Castle

Previously, ClayClaim built a miniature scene based on a level from Super Mario 64. Now the Fimo clay artist is back with another build inspired by the N64 game – Princess Peach’s iconic castle. He achieved the low-poly look by cutting lots of sharp, angular blocks of clay. Those Mario, Yoshi, and Cameraman sculpts are adorable.

NES Controller Valet Tray

NES Controller Valet Tray
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Reimagined Wood Shop has the perfect gift for the video game fan that has everything. This substantial 12″ x 5″ valet tray holds your coins, wallet, phone, keys, and more, all while looking like the classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Each one is CNC-carved from a block of solid lumber and comes in a variety of woods.

Making Majora’s Mask

Making Majora’s Mask

Svetlana and Benni of KamuiCosplay make incredible props and costumes. Their latest build is the eponymous mask from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. They made it entirely from sculpting EVA foam and then added LED lighting and a colorful paint job. This thing always reminded us of Aku Aku from Crash Bandicoot.

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Super Violin Bros.

Super Violin Bros.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Super Mario Bros. theme performed on violin, but musician Teppei Okada’s version adds all the appropriate sound effects to a few different levels of the classic Nintendo platformer. He’s done the same for F-ZERO and Super Mario Kart among others.

NES Cartridge Notebooks

NES Cartridge Notebooks
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These officially-licensed Nintendo notebooks look just like NES cartridges – if they got run over by a steamroller. They have A5-size (5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″) ruled pages, game graphics on their inside covers and come in a slip-cover inspired by an NES cartridge case. Choose from Super Mario Bros. or Metroid versions.

Sculpting the Kirby Car

Sculpting the Kirby Car

With the possible exception of The Homer, the vehicular version of Kirby from Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the silliest looking car we can think of. Adam over at North of the Border sculpted a real-world version of the bubbly pink ride out of aluminum foil and clay.

Miniature Luigi’s Mansion

Miniature Luigi’s Mansion

Studson Studio is a master at creating miniatures based on video games and animation. His detailed model of Luigi’s Mansion will bring a thrill to any Nintendo fan. He built it primarily out of foam and paper boards, coffee stirrers, and modeling compound. We love his creative use of food skewers for the fence.

Super Mario 64: Polymer Clay Edition

Super Mario 64: Polymer Clay Edition

ClayClaim is an expert at sculpting objects and scenes out of Fimo polymer clay. In this video, he shows us how he created an incredibly detailed miniature scene based on the Bomb-Omb Battlefield level of the Nintendo classic Super Mario 64. We love all the tiny enemies, especially King Bob-Omb and Chain Chomp.

Jenga Super Mario Edition

Jenga Super Mario Edition

This special edition Jenga game adds to the tower-stacking fun by adding some Super Mario fun. As players stack bricks, they must also climb the tower to make their way towards the top in order to battle and defeat Bowser. Play tokens include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad.

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

To celebrate the holidays, software engineer Scottbez1 built a miniature replica of a Nintendo Switch to hang on his Christmas tree. The 3D-printed model is roughly 1:5-scale with a working LCD screen that plays animated GIFs of Switch games and has tiny clickable thumbsticks.

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Super Mario Light Box

Super Mario Light Box
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South Carolina’s Moore Than Just a Book makes works of illuminated using layers of laser-cut paper under glass to create a silhouetted depth effect. Our favorite is this scene inspired by the world of Super Mario. It measures 8″h x 10″w and comes with either a black or white frame.

Super Mario Bros. Build-a-Level Light

Super Mario Bros. Build-a-Level Light
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If Super Mario Bros. and Tetris did a crossover, it might look something like this tabletop accent light. The set comes with 16 double-sided and stackable light blocks which you can mix and match to create your own custom 8-bit game level. Makes a great gift for any Nintendo fan.

Mario Kart Rainbow Road Real Life Track

Mario Kart Rainbow Road Real Life Track

The Rainbow Road levels are some of the most memorable in the Mario Kart games. Mutch Games built a real-world replica of the SNES course with LED lighting and mechanized Thwomps. He combined the track with gameplay footage using the Switch AR game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. He’s built several other levels too.

Drawing a Moiré Illusion

Drawing a Moiré Illusion

The moiré pattern created by moving a striped transparency over special images can create the illusion of movement. While we’ve seen the idea executed using printed images, this is the first time we’ve seen someone draw the patterns by hand. We’re guessing there’s some editing trickery going on here, but it fooled us.

LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block

LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block

This 2,064-piece LEGO set offers a challenge for Nintendo fans. It looks like a 3D question mark block, but hiding inside are four levels from Super Mario 64: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Trouble. The set includes 10 Super Mario microfigures, and interacts with LEGO Mario and Luigi figures.

Warp Pipe Can Koozie

Warp Pipe Can Koozie
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1up your drinks and warp your thirst to another level with this Super Mario Bros.-inspired can koozie. This insulated foam cooler holds cans or bottles in style and is guaranteed not to contain any dangerous piranha plants.

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