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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cardboard Mario Kart Arcade Cabinet

Cardboard Mario Kart Arcade Cabinet

Nintendo Labo kits encourage players to build game accessories using cardboard. DanCreator took that idea to the next level by building a complete sit-down Mario Kart arcade machine to go with his Labo cardboard steering wheel. The total cost for the build was $150, not including the Nintendo Switch.

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Super Mario Core Mega Mix

Super Mario Core Mega Mix

Super Mario Bros. turned 35 years old in September 2020. To celebrate the plumber’s auspicious anniversary, Nintendo fan Kas K created this joyous remix of classic sounds and characters from the Super Mario universe.

Nintendo Consoles A Cappella

Nintendo Consoles A Cappella

Nintendo fanboys and fangirls will get a kick out of this medley of console startup music performed by Korean a cappella group MayTree. Nintendo consoles always have had great music, but the GameCube theme is still our favorite.

Making Donkey Kong’s Treehouse

Making Donkey Kong’s Treehouse

Ever since the SNES game Donkey Kong Country, Nintendo’s big ape has lived in a wooden house up in the trees. Inspired by a fan request, builder Studson Studio made a model of the treehouse, incorporating twigs, dirt, and rocks he found outside to add to the authenticity. The tiny bananas are a nice touch.

Nintendo Switch OLED Model

Nintendo Switch OLED Model

This new model of the Nintendo Switch offers the inky blacks, high contrast, and rich colors that OLED displays are known for. It has a slightly larger 7″ OLED screen, a wide adjustable stand, enhanced audio, and a dock with a wired Ethernet port and 64GB of storage. The $349 system drops 10.8.2021 just in time for the holidays.

If Toad Had a Podracer

If Toad Had a Podracer

When you think about it, the podracer sequence in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, is kind of like a round of Mario Kart, minus the banana peels. Studson Studios ran with the idea, and put together this awesome Star Wars + Nintendo kitbash model that imagines what Toad’s podracer might have looked like.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel (Teaser)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel (Teaser)

Nintendo has yet to announce the title of the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but they are here to tease us with a bit of footage. See Link take to the skies, face off against a giant beast, and witness gorgeous vistas as far as the eye can see. Coming to Switch in 2022.

Metroid: Attack of Ridley

Metroid: Attack of Ridley

Filmmaker Devin Supertramp and team created this fan film inspired by the world of Metroid Prime and Super Metroid. Ainsley Bircher portrays Samus Aran on a mission to find the Chozo Temple and to fix her damaged suit. They did a great job taking advantage of the frigid location shoot and combining live action with VFX.

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How Nintendo Makes Game Sounds

How Nintendo Makes Game Sounds

Beyond the It’sa Me Mario!, you have to admit that the sounds in Nintendo’s 1st-party games are often pretty silly. Comedian Gus Johnson takes a stab at envisioning exactly how they came up with all those sounds in the recording studio.

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

We’ve heard a million and one versions of the Super Mario Bros. theme music, but it’s still fun to discover a new take on the classic video game tune. The very talented Ukrainian duo B&B Project performed a live run-through of World 1-1, with the button accordion providing the music, and the bandura creating the sound effects.

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.

Super Mario Game Stage Cards

Super Mario Game Stage Cards
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Nintendo started out making playing cards, so it makes sense that they might occasionally dip their toe back in those waters. This official deck features images inspired by the game levels in various Super Mario games. Apparently, they’re a little thin compared to regular playing cards, so they’re best as a collector’s item.

Donkey Kong A Capella

Donkey Kong A Capella

The A capella group Maytree is really good at making mouth sounds. In this clip, they replicate the music and sound effects from Nintendo’s classic 8-bit arcade game, Donkey Kong. Though like many of us, they couldn’t make it past Level 1.

The Legend of Beavis

The Legend of Beavis

Nintendo fans might remember the short-lived The Legend of Zelda cartoon which ran on Saturday mornings in 1989. Now, thanks to the warped mind of editor KhalidSMShahin, we can enjoy this not-so-classic video game cartoon with Beavis playing the role of Link.

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