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This ‘Super Mario Bros.’ light even makes classic sound effect

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It’s a safe bet that you, and anyone you share a room with, won’t get much sleep for, oh, the first week that you own this Super Mario Bros.-inspired light. You see, much like the Question Blocks in the video game, this lamp makes a “Ping!” sound effect whenever you press it.

Alas, it doesn’t spit out any gold coins (or mushrooms, or bean stalks, or ….). Not that you’ll need any, mind you, as it’s reasonably priced.

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Vans partners with Nintendo for line of 8-bit-era-inspired shoes

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If you need some shoes that are equally equipped to handle Goomba-stomping and duck-hunting, then you’re in luck. Vans is partnering with Nintendo for a line of shoes inspired by the video game company’s classic 8-bit era. Mario, Link, Princess Peach and more are all represented in this new line of kicks, which consist of Vans’ classic Sk8-Hi and Old Skool styles. Heck, even the patronizing dog from “Duck Hunt” is represented!

Vans’ line of Nintendo shoes is expected to launch in June

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This 24-karat gold NES can be yours for $5,000

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You may consider yourself old-school when it comes to video games, but are you cool (and wealthy) enough for this 24-karat version of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System?

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Is this our first look at ‘Pokémon Go’?

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Six months after the tantalizing announcement of an augmented-reality game that would allow aspiring Pokémon Trainers to track down and capture pocket monsters in real life, we may have our first look at footage from Pokémon Go.

Following a talk given over the weekend at SXSW Gaming by John Hanke, CEO of Pokémon Go developer Niantic, a video (below) appeared online, depicting the capture of an Ivysaur.

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Watch: ‘Star Kart’ is the ‘Star Wars’-‘Mario Kart’ crossover we need

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The newly announced LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks amazing, don’t get me wrong, but a Star Wars/Mario Kart mashup may be the video game fans are truly waiting for.

Of course, they’ll likely be waiting for a long time, as a Nintendo/Disney collaboration probably isn’t happening anytime soon. In the meantime, however, we can enjoy “Star Kart,” a fan video by Dark Pixels that perfectly combines the high-flying space action of Star Wars with the high-speed racing of Mario Kart.

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Moschino celebrates ‘Super Mario Bros.’ with fashion collection

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Although 2015 is nearly at an end, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. continues with “Super Moschino,” a collaboration between Nintendo and the Italian fashion label Moschino.

Available beginning this week online and in stores, the capsule collection includes printed tees and knitted sweaters, as well as bags, wallets, belts and other accessories, featuring bold prints of characters and items from the iconic video game, ranging from Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to Bowser, Toad and stars.

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‘Hyrule Warriors Legends’ will introduce a female Link

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Hyrule Warriors Legends will be available in March for the Nintendo 3DS, bringing with it a female version of Link called Linkle.

A first for the Legend of Zelda franchise, the “energetic” Linkle wields dual crossbows possesses a powerful spin-kick attack similar to Link’s own sword spin. Fans actually got their first glimpse of Linkle last year, in a Hyrules Warriors art book released in Japan.

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Trace the evolution of Mario in this ‘Super Mario Bros.’ tribute

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Amid all the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. arrives this video from Digg that chronicles the iconic plumber’s long journey, from 1981’s Donkey Kong to Wrecking Crew ’98 to this year’s Super Mario Maker.

Before you interject with “But what about –,” Digg explains, “For the sake of your patience and our sanity we’ve excluded games from the Mario universe’s extended cast which don’t include Mario himself (e.g., Diddy Kong Racing), unaltered ports, compilation games (Super Mario All-Stars), and Mario-inspired Easter eggs.”

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Guitar Boy is the electric guitar/Game Boy combo we all want

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As difficult as it may be to conceive, the same Bit Fix Game Boy Classic modding competition that brought us the Game Boy mini-fridge, aka “Cold Boy,” has also produced … the Guitar Boy. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Created by Fibbex, it’s both a working electric guitar and an oversize Game Boy. The latter is run by a Raspberry Pi B+; the A and B buttons on the body are gaming controls as well as volume and tone for the guitar.

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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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With a Game Boy mini-fridge, you’ll be the coolest kid in the dorm

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My year stuck in the university dorms would’ve been so much more tolerable if I’d only had this amazing Game Boy mini-fridge, and maybe a different roommate.

Called “Cold Boy,” it’s the work of Daniel d’Entremont, aka ModPurist, who transformed a run-of-the-mill dorm refrigerator into a super-sized, playable replica of the classic Nintendo hand-held device. Of course, it’s no longer “hand-held.”

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Nintendo is heading to Universal theme parks

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Nintendo will bring its video games characters and worlds to theme parks in a newly announced partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts.

Details are slim, but the agreement represents the latest effort by the video-game giant to expand its reach, and follows the announcement on Wednesday of the “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” attraction at Universal Orlando.

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‘Attack on Titan’ 3DS game is stomping to the West in May

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Atlus USA will bring the Attack on Titan Nintendo 3DS game to North America, Europe and Australia in May. Watch the announcement trailer below.

An enhanced version of the Spike Chunsoft game previously available only in Japan, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains permits players to battle Titans as one of the characters from the hit anime, based on the bestselling manga by Hajime Isayama. They can also create their own characters, head out on missions, and even transform into a Titan for short periods.

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Marvel and Nintendo meet in animated mashup ‘The Wiivengers’

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James Farr, who previously mashed up video-game characters with Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters (and that’s only for starters), now turns his attention to the Marvel Universe with the animated parody “The Wiivengers,” in which “Nintendo’s mightiest heroes must assemble to defeat the galaxy’s puniest god, and recapture the legendary power of … the NESeract!”

My favorite is easily the Mighty Thorkachu, but Farr’s list is a bit longer: “Nick Kirby (was almost So-Nic Fury), The In-A-vinc-a-ble Iron Mario, Orange Widow, Captain Kakariko, The Mighty Thorkachu, The In-A-cred-a-ble Luigi, Waloki, Kid Hawkarus and … Agent Phil Toadson.  Other characters have been saved for later. Maybe.”

OK, Phil Toadson is pretty good, too …

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Nintendo + Dark Horse = replacement for ‘Star Wars’ license

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Ever since Disney announced the purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, virtually everyone in the comics industry knew there was a ticking clock on Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics; it’s only natural, after all, that the entertainment giant would move the profitable Star Wars license in-house, similar to how it shuffled the Disney and Pixar titles from BOOM! Studios to Marvel in 2011. Following the announcement last month that Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics line will end its 20-plus year run at the end of the year, the next obvious question concerns what will take its place.

It’s difficult to overstate how big of an impact the Star Wars comics have had on Dark Horse. In the early days 0f 2014, the publisher has two ongoing series and two miniseries — one of which, The Star Wars, was the highest-selling Dark Horse and licensed title in 2013. The company has already announced plans for a broader Aliens/Predator/Prometheus line that could fill some of the holes left by Star Wars come January 2015, but recent news in the video game world gives me another idea …

Nintendo.

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