I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?
But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells
I'll admit it: I'm one of those New York City residents who can't get enough of NYC inspired artwork and maps. I also happen to be a bit of a pixel art obsessed nerd, SO I couldn't be more excited about a map than I am with this Super Mario Brothers-inspired map.
Spouses-to-be Esther Tanouye and Ryan Watkins asked their pal Larry T. Quatch to design an 8-bit, Super Mario Bros. themed wedding invitation, and buddy, did he ever.
Though the photos aren't great, the "details and nods to the original video game are impeccable. It's only upon closer inspection that one identifies the couple's last names in place of the Nintendo logo. Once the Nintendo cartridge-shaped invitation is opened, there are more nostalgic surprises including three question block cards - one for the wedding registry, one for directions to the wedding, and one for your RSVP and dinner selections."
German artist and techmeister Andreas Heikaus created the best undergraduate thesis project ever: multiple levels of the original Super Mario Bros. coming to life atop the urban landscape.
Watch the top video first, then check out the one below to see how he pulled it off.
In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westing Game.
It was bound to happen, but I never thought the results would be this amazing!
Bruno made a DIY Super Mario Bros. coin block that emits legal tender when hit from the bottom, and even makes the classic da-DING sound! Wild, yes?
Even more amazing, he painstakingly documented the process so you can make your own.
See it in action in this video:
What better to go with your Mario and Luigi-themed filing cabinets than a handmade warp pipe pencil cup?
Not much we can think of.
This design used plastic needlepoint canvas, which I haven't seen since the horrific Kleenex box covers my grandma had in the bathroom.
I was gonna start this post with an "If I had filing cabinets like these, maybe I wouldn't let the piles on my desk get so high..." but I won't. Cause it's not true, and that's a dumb thing to say, anyway.
Last week, ManMade readers really dug on this Post-It Super Mario Brothers stop-motion animation that was created by Japanese students for a school festival. This week, we think you'll equally enjoy this live accompaniment to levels 1-1 and 1-2 in which a violinist recreates the soundtrack with sound effects as the game is being played.
The advent of digital cameras and animation software has put stop-motion in the hands of the masses, and we couldn't be more thankful. Folks will keep on making great stop-motion, and we'll keep watching them.
This Super Mario Brothers recreation was made for bunkasai, the Japanese cultural festival held at most schools to display the students' achievements. By the looks of this thing, this school has plenty to be proud of...