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This very cool piece of graffiti tagged by TEXER ALB has been spotted twice in the last five months with quick thinking nerds snapping its picture as it rolls on down the line. The three non-standard buttons aren’t a mistake, but are marked A, L, and B for the artist behind this creation.

Image via Kgriffin88

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Nintendo, believe it or not, has been around since the 19th century, so it makes sense that the company would be so big on making sure that its employees are keenly aware of its unique history. Case in point: All employees at Nintendo–including folks who make the first few application stages but don’t land a full-time gig–receive a company guide that highlights the entire history of the card and video game manufacturer.

Before Mario, a Nintendo fan blog, posted some pics of this year’s guidebook, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s basically a guideline of all of the products the company has made, and it features a wonderful collection of illustrations that are done in a hand-drawn sort of style, similar to the hanafuda gaming cards that the company fist produced. The products portrayed include original Nintendo toys like the Love Tester and Nintendo Color TV Game 15.

Talk about a colorful way to highlight over 100 years of amazing technological development!

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Speed skating’s great and all, but do you know what would make it better? If you said, “banana peels and green shells,” then you’re thinking just like Michael Shanks. The clever filmmaker meshed together Mario Kart with the men’s speed skating final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games, and the result is purely awesome.

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Allow us to introduce the Super Mario Kart Ride-On.

Jakks Pacific and Nintendo are making this bad boy as a “full size” 6V ride-on version of the kart in Mario Kart 7. I did some digging and found it available for US pre-order at Toys R Us with a March 7th arrival date. It will be available in the UK sometime towards the end of the year.

I’m looking forward to the slew of adults who “buy this for the kids” and hijack it.

Product Page: ($199 via Kotaku)

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Despite being one of the most recognizable video game characters of all time, Mario has apparently never had an action figure.

S.H. Figuarts is planning on releasing the first full-sized action Mario figure this May–yes, I know, when I heard this I called B.S. But the kicker here is that Nintendo has released a variety of miniature Mario statues or small collectibles (think: Happy Meal toys, etc.) before in the past, but never any with shiftable limbs or a compatible diorama set. Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA released the image above to give you an idea of what the final figurine will look like.

The price for a figurine will be $25.99, and the diorama will cost $19.99. Personally, that seems a bit steep–I think I’m just going to stick with my Happy Meal Mario Kart toy instead.

(Tamashii via The Nerdist)

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This video called “Press Start” is sure to conjure up some nostalgic feelings as it consists of every NES start screen back to back in alphabetical order.

If you’ve ever wondered how many NES games there actually are? Well, the video of the start screens alone is almost 3 hours long.

It just occurred to me that this would be an awesome drinking game. Every time you see a game you’ve played, you do a shot. Then again, maybe not. I’m pretty sure some of you folks would get alcohol poisoning.

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What if Star Wars took place in a Nintendo game? It turns out it would be clever and cute. This 8 minute video called “A Link to The Hope” features a ton of Zelda, Super Mario references and more. The designs are really fun (I like skeleton Owen and Beru a little too much probably), and it takes you all the way to the end of A New Hope. See how many Nintendo nods you spot!

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Mega Man 2 is almost 25 years old and birthdays mean presents! The ideal gift would of course be this custom NES with bold colors and fancy backlighting. It was made by Custom Nes Guy and Platinumfungi, and they did a wonderful job at making the system evoke the character and game. The paint job looks spotless and besides the neat look of the controllers, the character cards on the top of the console actually light up.

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mario music

Wanna see something cool? This player piano and a couple of robot percussionists are playing Nintendo music and sound effects while the game is played. Yep, this isn’t synced. It plays the sounds as you play.

The YouTube description explains thusly:

This system allows for Nintendo gameplay audio to be played through an acoustic player piano and robotically controlled percussive instruments. The piano and percussion play live during actual gameplay, mirroring the sounds that would normally be created electronically. All audio, including music and sound effects, is translated in realtime so that it is produced by the instrument most closely resembling the characteristics of the original electronic sound.

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We live in a day where a Nintendo themed art show is a thing. Isn’t it glorious? Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn is hosting the collection, and it opens this Friday. It’s massive. They’ve signed up over 50 artists to participate, and there are more than 180 pieces in the 3NES show. Art includes Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and Metroid pieces among others, and I’m telling you – they’ve got super talented artists involved. I wish I could see the gallery in person.

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