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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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Mario AI learns how to run through levels on its own

Mario AI learns how to run through levels on its own

We've all played at least one version of the traditional, 2D style Mario games from Nintendo, running towards the right, jumping on baddies and collecting gold coins. Well, a group of scientists are taking the game a step further and trying to develop an artificial intelligence that will have our favorite Italian plumber navigating levels all on its own. Dubbed the Mario AI Project, its aim is to have the character make its own decisions and be aware of itself and the environment.

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Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Almost every game developer, at one point in their early lives, tried recreating the classic Mario game in one form or another. Last June, Nintendo made a surprise move by revealing Mario Maker, a Wii U exclusive that actually let you do exactly that, no programming required. At the Game Awards over the weekend, Nintendo stepped it up a notch and wowed would be game designers and gamers alike with a new trailer that shows the full power of Mario Maker's interface, letting you change Mario's world even as you play.

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