This is your brain. This is your brain on Super Mario 64. See how the gray matter is increased? A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggests a whole lot of benefits to playing video games.
Nintendo has announced that it will finally be stocking its stripped down, $99 Wii Mini console on US store shelves later this month.
The Wii Mini, which debuted in Canada shortly after the official Wii U launch last fall, has seen launches in a number of other markets, most recently the UK in March. With Wii U sales tepid, only spiking recently thanks to a significant price cut, Nintendo has its eyes set on expansion.
The latest "Super Mario" or "Zelda" title may never end up on a smartphone or a tablet, but that doesn't mean Nintendo isn't thinking about ways to extend its presence to mobile devices.
"We're constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle," Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said on Tuesday during a meeting with CNET editors. "How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?"
Despite the tease of bringing "experiences" to mobile devices, … Read more
I would be surprised if designer Robby Leonardi doesn't already have some job offers in hand. Leonardi created one of the most memorable resumes to ever cross an HR person's eyes. Rather than settle for a boring slip of paper, he built out a Web site that is navigated like Super Mario.
The side-scrolling resume delves into a colorful world inspired by old-school video gaming. It's the most fun you'll ever have reading about someone's career credentials. You control the forward and backward movement of a little animated Leonardi as he progresses through his skill set, hobbies, and job experience.… Read more
You could plug in your old Nintendo Entertainment System, load up a vintage Super Mario Brothers cartridge, and play one of the greatest games of all time. Or you could just pop over to Full Screen Mario and get your fix online.Josh Goldberg is behind this perfectly reproduced Super Mario remake done entirely with HTML5. If you're looking to switch things up and you like surprises, then you can play through randomly generated levels. Purists can stick with recreations of the levels from the original game.… Read more
If you have trouble peeling your cat away from epic sessions of Super Mario, then consider Etsy seller CatastrophiCreations' custom-made Mario cat furniture. It's about time retro-gaming-fan felines got some cat condos designed for their specific interests.
The wall-mounted pieces are done in stylish earth tones, but the design is unmistakably Mario. The $190 Super Mario cat complex features two sisal-lined warp tubes for your geeky cat to crawl into and out of. There is a question-mark prize box in the middle.… Read more
When it comes to decorating rooms for young girls, most people think of pink and princesses. The only princess on Redditor carpenter75's mind was Princess Peach. Carpenter75 invested 60 hours of painting time and a whole lot of ingenuity into creating a Mario-themed room for a daughter who requested it.
The room's blue walls are covered in bricks, Mario and Bowser vinyl decals, Mario throw pillows, and 3D question-mark boxes. The high score on the wall is the 13-year-old's birthday.… Read more
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To mark Villains Month, DC Comics is releasing a limited number of 3D comic book covers -- no annoying glasses needed. Plus, Hot Wheels builds the tallest wall track for toy cars, and we take a look at Dash Robotics' educational "origami" insect bots meant to get kids excited about robots and engineering. All that and more on this week's awesome Crave show. … Read more
Here's a question you probably don't hear often: Did you ever try the music mode in Mario Paint for Super Nintendo? If you're not aware, Mario Paint had an awesome 8-bit music composer and a genius has manipulated it to play a funky version of Daft Punk's summer hit "Get Lucky." It's funky fresh.
Using the standalone PC game Mario Paint Composer by Unfun Games, YouTube user jeonghoon95 re-created "Get Lucky" with amusing beeps, boops, and other effects that derive from video game sounds. It's not a simple composition, either, as the layered production uses several harmonies to create a rich chiptune re-creation of the catchy song.… Read more