Ever wondered what it would be like to play the classic Super-Mario Brothers NES game using another character? Well newsgrounds.com creator ExplodingRabbit has released a flash version of the classic Super Mario Bros. title, Super Mario Crossover, that allows you to use with Simon Belmont from Castlevania, Link from The Legend of Zelda, Samus from Metroid, Mega Man, and Bill from Contra. All characters maintain their special weapons and characteristics and the game even introduces a few new character features when they interact with the Mario Brothers game environment. Bill gains a ‘rapid-fire’ ability when he eats a mushroom, Samus can plant bombs when she is in her ball form and even the music changes for each character. This flash game offers the perfect distraction for your 2pm post-lunch food-coma, and may make you wonder why you ever ditched your original NES in the first place.
Ever feel the need to project your geek status in a less-than-obvious manner? Conversely, maybe you need that little extra something to put your geeky appearance over the top? Etsy seller CharlieCarter has just the thing for you. Her jewelry brings classic gaming superstars like Super Mario, Pokemon, and Pac Man and some favorite 80’s characters closer to you than they’ve ever been before. All handmade from polymer clay, the pieces are available as studs, dangle earrings, zipper pulls, charms, and even stitch markers for you knitting geeks. Everything in the shop is $25 or under, so there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank.
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TakaraTomy has designed tiny remote control cars for those who want to race the Mario Brothers in the real world. The Q-Steer RC car is only 4 cm long and 2 cm high. Each runs on 2 coin cell batteries for the remote and car. The driver can rev up the speed by pressing the up-right button while not sweating the curves with the car’s suspension design. Pre-order Mario or Luigi or one of their other designs for $32.47 and expect delivery within the next week or so.
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And yet more retro gadgets rear their heads in the shape of NES koopas and other miscellaneous gamey creatures. “pixelparty” makes the Super Mario 3/4 x 1/2-inch jewelry out of shrinkydinks, plastic, and plain cufflinks. Each design will set you back $16.00, and if you don’t like what you see on his Etsy page, he is more than willing to create something pixellated just for you. We wonder what he could do with Metroid or Frogger.
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For the Nintendo freak that just can’t get past the early Super Mario Bros., now you can put them on your walls. bliks are self-adhesive wall decals that stick to any flat surface, including windows, mirrors, table tops, ceilings, and floors, or any combination of the above. Peel and stick and when you get tired of looking at them, they are easily removable. The company has so many to choose from you can update in your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the NES mood strikes you.
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Why wait for the next Mario game to come out when you can have a piece of the little guy now? The Super Mario Bros. Sound FX Keychain is preloaded with six sounds that include Big, Coin, 1Up, Jump, Start and “Ouch.” Drive your workmates and/or buds nutsy as they try to figure out just what that familiar Nintendo noise is in your pocket. At a size of 2¾ x 2 x ½-inches, the key chain uses 3 AG-13 button cell batteries (included) and comes at the minimal price of $5.95.
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