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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.

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

Once Upon a Workbench worked with his friends to build his kids one of the coolest playhouses we’ve ever seen. The build was inspired by Link’s house in the Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have similar ambitions, you can purchase the plans for $60.

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Tony Hawk’s Peach’s Castle

Tony Hawk’s Peach’s Castle
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Beyond the addictive gameplay, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2’s best feature is its custom park creator tool, which has inspired some great fan-made levels. Skramblez put his world-building skills to the test with a skatepark that looks just like Peach’s Castle from Super Mario 64 – with a few extra rails, ramps, and pools.

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

One of the most memorable bits of music in the history of video games has to be the background track that plays while you sit in the lobby of Nintendo’s Mii Channel. Musician Beanzo decided to pay tribute to this catchy little ditty with a fun four-part viola cover.

NES Cartridge Drink Coasters

NES Cartridge Drink Coasters
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Show your love for classic Nintendo games with this set of eight chipboard drink coasters made to look like flattened cartridges from the 8-bit gaming system. Includes Zelda, Metroid, ExciteBike, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and Super Mario 2 and 3 designs.

5 Levels of Super Mario World

5 Levels of Super Mario World

Violinist Rob Landes kicks things off in Noob mode with the familiar music from Super Mario World, then quickly levels up and progresses towards the incredibly challenging Epic mode. Rob previously did the same for the Super Mario Bros. theme.

Game Boy Talkboxing

Game Boy Talkboxing

The Daft Punk track Lose Yourself to Dance has some great robotic vocals that were created with an electronic talkbox effect. StarvingGOGO was able to replicate the sound using a Nintendo Game Boy running LSDj to play the melodies, and a tubeless talkbox gadget called the ElectroSpit ESX-1 he’s wearing around his neck.

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.

Where Is My Body?

Where Is My Body?

This upcoming 8-bit title from GreenBoy Games gives you a new reason to dust off your old Nintendo Game Boy. Where Is My Body? sends a disembodied hand on a quest to find the rest of its body. Gameplay takes inspiration from adventures like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island.

Nintendo Music on Steel Drums

Nintendo Music on Steel Drums

It’s Japan meets Jamaica in this clip from Steeldrumbands, who love to play cover versions of video game music on steel drums and bongos. In fact, they think Nintendo would have been better off using their tropical versions instead of the original instrumentation in some cases. The Mii Channel theme is perfect this way.

Switchblade Nintendo Switch Hub

Switchblade Nintendo Switch Hub

The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming system, but Nintendo’s dock isn’t exactly easy to travel with. The Switchblade Hub attaches directly to your Switch, adding Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless headphones, an HDMI output, and a kickstand that you can carry with you. It also adds extra USB-A and USB-C ports, and two hidden SD card slots.

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
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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
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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.

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.

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

The G-Boy is a handheld gaming system that can play classic Wii and GameCube games with actual Nintendo hardware. Shank Mods shows off the 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
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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.

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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.

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
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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.

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.

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