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Knock Coins Out of a Real Block With This Mario-Inspired DIY Project

We know that you've always wanted your own 'Super Mario Bros.'-style block to smash open for golden coinage. In fact, we know you regularly dream about it. No? Just us? Well, after seeing it in action above, you'll probably change your tune. Sadly, you can't buy it. But, if you're handy enough, you can build your own by following the not-for-beginners Instructable here....

Mario Gets a Holiday Makeover in 'Santastic Santa'

Ah, Christmas. A time of year to come together, rejoice, and slink away from the family to drown yourself in gaming mania. Why should the holidays put a damper on our playing? If anything, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a mug of cocoa, a festive sweater, and our picks of great yuletide-themed games. 'Santastic Santa' takes 'Super Mario Bros.,' and adds a healthy dose of...

'Mario' Gets His Own Avenue in Spain, Still Can't Find the Princess

'Super Mario Bros.' recently turned 25-years old, and the birthday gifts keep coming in. One Spanish neighborhood has given the iconic hero an impressively geeky present that may be the first of its kind: an entire street. During an elaborate public ceremony, the planned community of Arcosur, Spain officially unveiled the 'Avenida de Super Mario Bros.' Along with the expected costumed spectators,...

Nintendo's Miyamoto: 'Mario' Not Exactly Aging Well on HD

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto might just be the most humble geek alive. Miyamoto's 'Super Mario Bros.' turned 25 in September, and the legendary developer now contends that what may be the greatest game of all time currently strikes him as "a little embarrassing." Discussing time and technology's effect on 'Mario,' Miyamoto reportedly said recently, "Back then, with tube televisions, it was a...

Piano Concerto for 'Super Mario Bros.', in Koopa Minor

Joseph Karam has transcribed the first comprehensive musical score for 'Super Mario Bros.' (right in time, we might add, for its 25th anniversary). Transcriptions of the game's classic music exist elsewhere, but Karam thinks they aren't as faithful as his own. The completist Karam has posted the sheet music (and audio samples) for free on his site, with everything from 'Flagpole Fanfare' to the...

'Super Mario Bros.' Turns 25

Though Mario made video game appearances before the launch of 'Super Mario Bros.,' it was the 1985 platforming classic, launched 25 years ago today, that pushed everyone's favorite plumber to the spotlight. The Mario universe spawned countless sequels, an instantly recognizable soundtrack, cartoons and one of the worst video game movies of all time. Happy 25th, Mario! Don't miss the Nintendo recap...

'Infinite Mario' Adjusts Difficulty Based on How Badly You Suck

Gamers (and not just the completely inept ones) have been investigating and developing dynamic difficulty adjustment (DDA) software for several years. The system conceivably recognizes a player's skill level based on gameplay, and then adjusts the game's difficulty settings appropriately. Given the innumerable mods of 'Mario' games, it's only fitting that one 'Mario' clone seems to have inspired...

Shocking 'Mario Eye' Enables Hands-Free High-Voltage NES Action

'Super Mario' mods and DIY 'Mario' projects serve as an infinite source of entertainment. No matter how incredible those frequent creations may be, though, they haven't, until now, required "could result in pain, serious injury or death" advisories (which automatically let you know that something is awesome). A crew of nerds from Waterloo Labs has devised a hands-free method of maneuvering...

BeautifulPeople.com Rates World Cup Teams, Ebert Still on Video Game Kick

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. In a bizarre agreement with the Psychic Octopus, despicable dating site and eugenics supporter BeautifulPeople.com has rated Spain's World Cup players as more...

Jumping the 'Super Mario Bros.' Flagpole, Illustrating Apple vs. Microsoft

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Shattering years of Mario myth, it turns out you can jump over the flagpole in the original 'Super Mario Bros.' [From: Game Trailers] The Gray Lady's infographic...

Video Game Movies Don't Work: A History, From Raul Julia to a Not-So-Persian Prince

Share Producers and directors, take note: the video game movie -- and the inevitable franchise that follows it -- will never succeed as a film. Sure, that may sound hyperbolic, especially since movies like 'Tombraider' and 'Pokémon' have had significant box office success, but the formula, as it is, it will never work. At Switched, we are the video game generation. We grew up with...

NES Gamer Busts a Move Using a DDR Pad All the Way Through 'Mario'

Conquering a 'Mario' game merely with one's thumbs ceased being impressive decades ago. Bored yet devoted gamers have hence constructed numerous methods of toppling Bowser and his henchmen without having to physically handle a controller, including impressive computer programs and a system which harkens back to the powerless days preceding the Gilded Age. Controller-free NES junkie Nick Hagman...

'Super Mario Bros' Reimagined in 2010, iPad Tested as a Skateboard

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Game designer Zack Hiwiller reimagines the original 'Super Mario Bros.' as if it had been designed in social-network-happy year of 2010. [From: Zack Hiwiller] ...

DJs 'Play' Nike Plus Shoes, 'Sim City 3000' Perfection

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Nike's latest Free Run+ ad finds DJ Daito Manabe remixing 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' by manipulating and stomping shoes equipped with flexible music input devices....

German Couple Creates a 'Super Mario' Room

Creative geek couples frequently celebrate their nerd-love through incredibly dorky methods. From 8-bit wedding invitations to 'Super Mario' proposals, video game aficionados love to honor their unions of nerdity through festive and colorful tributes. Although we Switched folk are still partial to this incredible and intensive labor of love (which was bestowed upon one of our own), a couple in...