This weekend, the classic video game franchise Super Mario Bros. turns the big 3-0, meaning that if they were real-life Brooklyners, Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser and Lugi would likely be fashionable hipsters working in the artisanal plumbing industry. In honor of the big day, Mashable’s Bob Al-Greene created a handful of portrait illustrations, reimagining the gang as real-life hipster heroes. Discuss

It doesn’t matter how your day has gone up to this point or how bad your case of the Mondays is, watching this video of a man in a Japanese arcade absolutely dominating the Guitar Hero-like game Taiko Master will turn everything around. Watch on repeat, and feel the stress melt away. Discuss

Kjetil Nordin has proven that with enough yarn, free time and devotion to old-school Nintendo, any crochet-related feat is possible. After more than 800 man hours and six and a half years, Nordin has completed this blanket that is an exact replica of the first map in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. 3. The 31-year-old also managed to get two college degrees, become a successful programmer and win the Norwegian Sky Diving team championships two different times, but we can’t help but think hand-making this average-sized video game blanket was the primary focus of his life for the better part of the last decade. Totally worth it ... Discuss

Let piano wizard Andrew Johnson take you back to the days when you could spend hours in front of a Nintendo exploring mythical worlds, with this dramatic Zelda-themed performance ... Discuss

Guitar Hero is back. Five years after the release of the last game in the franchise, the rock and roll video game is returning with Guitar Hero Live. Along with a redesigned interactive guitar controller and some fresh in-game features (like live audiences and playable music video games), the new Guitar Hero has a refreshed lineup of artist contributing songs. The game will still feature classic guitar-shredding acts like The Rolling Stones, but a handful of current bands have been added to the roster including Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Broken Bells, The Killers, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Sleigh Bells and more. Guitar Hero Live hits stores this fall ... Discuss