All your childhood gaming sessions have been for naught. Recently, in honor of NES’ 30th anniversary, a YouTuber that goes by darbia did the seemingly impossible—beat Super Mario Bros in under 5 minutes. His time, 4:57:627, beat out the previous world record of 4:57:679. If you feel exhausted just reading that, you’re not alone. Click on the video below (if you dare) to see exactly how the newly minted king of gaming accomplished the feat. To the Warp Pipe!
Mario is coming to your iPhone. Nintendo has announced a new partnership with app development company DeNA to begin creating games for your phone. The games aren’t just mobile editions of classic NES staples. Instead, according to a press release, “to ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created.” Though if Nintendo’s track record of creating addictive cartoon games is any indication, these new apps have the potential to vastly increase your smartphone’s time-wasting capabilities ... Discuss
If you’re looking for yet another reason to head to Austin for the SXSW festival (that is, aside from the film showings, technology expos, concerts and cookie-and-milk creations), there’s also a real-life Mario Kart track. Motor oil company Pennzoil teamed with Nintendo to bring the classic video game to life using virtual “weapons” (like banana peels and turtle shells) to slow riders as they race around the game-inspired track. Each cart is also equipped with a GoPro camera that captures the action in real-time, displaying the game-like experience to spectators on a big screen. Though reviewers fromThe Verge said that the execution of the augmented reality race required too much suspension of disbelief, if you ask us, the idea still sounds pretty epic ... Discuss
This weekend, the Clemson Tigers marching band performed this amazing tribute to the Super Mario Bros. during halftime of the university’s football game. The Tigers ended up easily beating Georgia Tech by the score of 51-33. Obviously, this was entirely due to the inspiring marching band performance … Discuss
You may want to go ahead and fire up that old Nintendo—science has just confirmed that a daily dose of video games will actually make you smarter. A German research team observed two groups: One that played Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day, and one that played no video games. After a two month period, the team found that the group that played Super Mario daily, showed significant increases of grey matter throughout the brain. In a report, the lead researcher said, “The present study can demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.” The researchers said that in the future, they hope to use the findings to create specially designed games that can be used to treat patients suffering from PTSD, schizophrenia and stress through a sort of video game therapy … Discuss
Go ahead and cancel your afternoon plans, because if you were a fan of Nintendo, the rest of your day is now spoken for. At FullScreenMario.com you can play the original Super Mario Bros. video game in its entirety and even create your own custom levels. Just, a heads up, the HTML5 site only runs on Chrome. Thank you to the bored programming genius who made this dream a reality … Discuss