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Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

If you think you're a hardcore, old school game fan, or one of the best speedrunners around, you've got nothing on this guy. YouTuber/Twitch streamer PangaeaPanga has beaten Super Mario World in just 23 minutes, 14 seconds… while blindfolded the entire time. It's an incredible feat just to comprehend, even more so when he says he only began practicing for the challenge on June 16th, started blindfolded runs on June 20th, and uploaded the successful attempt days later on June 23rd.

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AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

It's one thing for a computer to learn how to beat a Super Mario level from scratch and another to actually learn how to create such a level. And it is definitely another thing to learn all that just by watching people play Super Mario on YouTube. This latest and almost unbelievable feat of machine learning is exactly what Georgia Tech researchers, headed by Ph. D. student Matthew Guzdial, have accomplished. The computer program watches gameplay videos and tries to create its own unique level that a player can really play through.

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Super Mario Maker launches 11 September, demo kiosks ready

Super Mario Maker launches 11 September, demo kiosks ready

It might not be the most well thought out date for a launch, but at least Nintendo is putting exact figures this time. Almost exactly a year since it was announced, Super Mario Maker will finally be landing exclusively on the Wii U on 11th September this year. But if you're itching to actually try it out before you buy, you might just be in luck. Partnering with Best Buy, Nintendo will have demo kiosks ready North America, giving fans a chance at making their dream Mario level.

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MarI/O AI learns to beat Super Mario World level from scratch

MarI/O AI learns to beat Super Mario World level from scratch

We've seen a lot of people beat Super Mario games on YouTube, some with more pizazz and eccentricity than others. But what about a computer program beating a level of the game? Sounds easy peasy for a highly intelligent computer you say? But what if that program didn't know squat about Mario, or even know about going right or jumping? Yes, a computer program that learns from scratch to beat a level so Super Mario World. That's exactly what Seth Bling set out to do with the Artificial Intelligence program he calls MarI/O.

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Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Tired of staring at the same old, same old website all day long? Presuming, of course, that is part of your work. If so, and if you use a Mac, you might want to give this hack a spin. Probably inappropriately named Screentendo, this small open source program was designed to do one thing and one thing alone. It will turn any web page you set it on into a Mario level, which you can then use to while the hours away by playing until all the bricks are gone.

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Super Mario-themed Airbnb in Tokyo is retro gaming paradise

Super Mario-themed Airbnb in Tokyo is retro gaming paradise

If you were wanting to stay a few nights in a Super Mario-themed hotel or apartment, there's few places you would think to look first than Tokyo, Japan. But what you might not expect is that instead finding it in some Nintendo-hosted location, you can book it on Airbnb for only 9,000 yen (about $75) per night. Going by the Airbnb username "Heart of Tokyo," host Parker has converted a one bedroom Tokyo apartment into a floor-to-ceiling Mario masterpiece. Now all you need to do is find some affordable airfare to Japan.

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Mario Kart 8 gets a new DLC pack and a speed boost at 200cc!

Mario Kart 8 gets a new DLC pack and a speed boost at 200cc!

Mario Kart has gone through innumerable incarnations, and Nintendo Wii U's Mario Kart 8 is about to get even more fun. Nintendo is adding a slew of new features in its latest paid DLC Pack 2, including new race tracks, new bikes, and more. There's also a free software update for the game coming soon. Also incoming are nine additional amiibo figures like Sonic, Pac-Man, and Mega Man. Tapping the amiibo figure on the Wii U touchpad unlocks new Mii Racing Suits themed accordingly.

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Super Mario 64 in your browser is perfect retro Sunday fun

Super Mario 64 in your browser is perfect retro Sunday fun

Ask Nintendo 64 owners what their favorite game was and, after a little reminiscing, many will tell you Super Mario 64. Now, you can relive the classic 3D title - or at least its first level - all in the comfort of your browser. Handiwork of Erik Roystan Ross, the recreation of Nintendo's 1996 masterpiece can be played online or through the browser, using either the keyboard or a gamepad controller from either Microsoft or Sony's stables.

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Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

It's not often that a new world number one speedrun record is set for a game almost 20 years old, but it's just happened. For those who don't know, a speedrun is completing a game from start to finish in fastest possible time, often still collecting all items or meeting all objectives. The previous world record for Super Mario 64, the first 3D entry in the series released alongside the Nintendo 64 console in 1996, was 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 32 seconds. But a challenger beat that 17 seconds, and by mere accident.

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Fan-made Super Mario level so insane it takes 3 years to beat

Fan-made Super Mario level so insane it takes 3 years to beat

People have been hacking Super Mario World for years. When I first played it, it was all about the secret pipes and magic whistles. I hate to admit, but that was a long time ago. There is a lot more to the game now than just tanuki suits and turning into stone. Now, there are entire online communities dedicated to hacking the game, building your own levels, and playing other people's custom built levels. Ones of these levels is so insane, that user PangeaPanga spent three years trying to beat it!

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Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Two new editions of the first wave of Nintendo Amiibo figurines have appeared: Mario Gold Edition and Mario Silver Edition. While no details have been shared by Nintendo officially, both editions were found on Nintendo's webpage - so they're on their way! Both editions are very likely set to function the same as their predecessors, tapping in to functionality with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS for cross-platform play. And don't expect the Gold and Silver re-paints to stop here, either.

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Impossibly difficult Super Mario cheat glitch pulled off

Impossibly difficult Super Mario cheat glitch pulled off

The classics are making a comeback, and in more ways than one. Super Mario, one of the most beloved gaming franchises in the world, is back in the press, not because of a hot new game or a retro old game, but because of how people are stretching the game beyond what the developers intended. Like giving it a brain to play itself. Now a high-profile YouTuber is earning views because of how he managed to hit a very intricate glitch that let him finish Super Mario World in just 6 minute, without facing the final boss.

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