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WATCH: Mario Helps Announce the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

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After over two weeks of competition, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are now officially over. Japan did pretty well for itself, racking up 41 medals over the various sports, but its got another pretty big reason to celebrate — in four years’ time, they’ll be hosting the next summer Olympic games ceremony in Tokyo. To help drum up support, Nintendo icon Mario briefly made a video appearance for audiences at this year’s closing. Check out the video below to see the color-coordinated plumber traveling to Rio by pipeline — and transforming into Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

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It’s Mario against Sonic in perfect ‘Batman v Superman’ remix

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The teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been remixed and mashed up more times than you can count, but “Mario v Sonic: Dawn of Smash” may be the best of the bunch.

Dusted off by IGN just ahead of the new trailer for the Warner Bros. film, it pits the two video game icons against each other in what’s certain to be a battle for the ages.

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Mario and Luigi become gods in Japanese screen painting

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If there’s a pantheon of video-game characters, Mario and Luigi are undoubtedly part of it, alongside the likes of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Frogger (but not Q*bert; never Q*bert). So it’s only fitting that the two brothers should be depicted as deities in a traditional Japanese screen painting commissioned by Nintendo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

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Mario and Wario, reimagined as iconic comic book rivals

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Talented U.K. designer Rob Lafratta, who once tackled minimalist Ninja Turtles, has created a wonderful series called “Really Super Mario vs. Really Super Wario” that’s pretty much what the title suggests: illustrations of the beloved video-game plumber and his arch-nemesis depicted as famous superhero/supervillain pairings.

Lafratta gives us the mustachioed rivals as everyone from Superman and Lex Luthor to Wolverine and Sabretooth to Wonder Woman and Cheetah.

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CUTE! Iron Man cardboard cat art is awesomely adorable

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On its Facebook page, Architecture & Design Magazine began an Internet-friendly initiative that turns your average household pet into something truly fantastic using only cardboard.

Subtitled only “Cardboard Cat Art,” the post features a compilation of photos that feature cats turned superheroes, among other things. Check out the photos below to see Iron Cat and Mario: Super Smash Kitty, and head to Architecture & Design Magazine’s Facebook page for more.

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Ireland celebrates classic video games with new stamps

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Paying tribute to classic video-game icons, Ireland’s state-run postal service today released four stamps featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

Taito Corp.’s Space Invaders and Namco’s Pac-Man — debuting in 1978 and 1980, respectively, making  them the oldest of the quartet — are represented by screenshots, while Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic themselves are showcased on their stamps.

The stamps are issued by An Post and designed Dublin’s Zinc Design Consultants.

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Artist transforms aluminum cans into pop-icon sculptures

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Although many of us are lucky if our empty soda cans make it as far as the recycle bin, Japanese artist Makaon has found another purpose for them: as raw material for incredible sculptures of pop-culture icons, ranging from Batman and Ultraman to Sgt. Frog and the Catbus.

As you can see from the photos below, and from even more images on the artist’s blog and website, Makaon doesn’t take shortcuts; he even tracks down peach-colored labels for Mario and Luigi’s skin tones.

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It looks like Wolverine has gone down into the sewers one to many times.

Atlanta-based artist Casey Edwards has come up with a quartet of inventive prints mashing up Marvel’s X-Men with Nintendo’s flagship heroes, the Super Mario Brothers.  Wolverine/Mario, Cyclops/Luigi, Yoshi/Rogue and more are illustrated in this send-up of fodder for any kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. Check them out:

I never realized it until now, but Luigi and Cyclops truly are more alike than you think. But putting Yoshi as Rogue makes me question a lot of my thoughts as a teenager reading comics.


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