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Earthbound creator and Nintendo collaborate for another fun thing ⊟

Hobonichi, the Japanese company headed by Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi and the maker of fine daily planners, has teamed up with Nintendo for a cute, unexpected product: Super Mario Bros. and Mr. Saturn haramaki belly warmers.

They’re part of Hobonichi’s 2014 Summer Collection, available on the company’s online store now. Pingmag and the Hobonichi Love blog explain the accessory’s appeal:

"The haramaki was once strictly functional underwear that had a grandpa-image similar to yellowing long johns. In 2001, Hobonichi reinvented them as fashion items to layer with your clothes.

You know those everyday momentary chills you get when you bend over and your shirt rides up a little? Gone. I see London, I see France, I see someone’s wearing a super handsome belly warmer over their pants. Studies have proven that wearing this thick, extra layer around your stomach keeps the rest of your body warm in the winter. It’s also great in the summer when trapped inside all day under a blasting air conditioner.”

You can find instructions on how to purchase a haramaki from Hobonichi’s Japanese site here. More photos after the break!

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Whoa, a new infinite 1-up trick for Super Mario Bros. ⊟

It’s E3 week, so expect lots of news from the bleeding edge of video game technology, like this amazing 1-up trick in Super Mario Bros., by S Haya (via Famicom no Neta). I can’t imagine the combination of virtuoso-level playing, tool-assisted replaying, and ingenuity that led someone to finally hit upon this method. Skip to 2:40 to see it in action!

Here’s how it works: start a two-player game in “hard mode,” die as Mario in 1-2, get to 5-2 as Luigi, die to a Hammer Bro while climbing a hidden vine, drop back into 1-2 as Mario, climb the bugged vine, and smack Buzzy Beetles a million times for easy 1-ups. Famicom no Neta’s Google-translated post calls this technique “violent buttocks.”

The best part is that if you have the skill to pull this thing off, you definitely don’t need any extra lives.

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This puzzle popped up in Scribblenauts Unmasked ⊟
It’s pretty great to see more games paying tribute to the Year of Luigi. Speaking of Scribblenauts Unmasked, I reviewed the Wii U version of the game at Joystiq!
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This puzzle popped up in Scribblenauts Unmasked

It’s pretty great to see more games paying tribute to the Year of Luigi. Speaking of Scribblenauts Unmasked, I reviewed the Wii U version of the game at Joystiq!

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Super Mario Crossover 3.0

How does Exploding Rabbit/Jay Pavlina do it? How does he top himself with every Super Mario Crossover release and put out something completely unexpected but so fun (from what I can tell in this trailer, at least)? You’ll get to play this around May/June 2013 when it releases for PC.

It’s a travesty Nintendo will likely never make anything like this, or allow someone to put out this remix on its consoles. The fact that this is of questionable legality means our legal system is worthless. This should be not only legal, but mandatory.

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Dracula’s plumbing needs work
Just a goofy Super Mario Bros. joke in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, found by That Boy Ain’t Right.
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Dracula’s plumbing needs work

Just a goofy Super Mario Bros. joke in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, found by That Boy Ain’t Right.

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"Princess Peach" by Masao
Let’s all go into the weekend in this spirit: stretched out on a cushion, just playing whatever makes us happy, whether it’s Fire Emblem or Mega Man 2 – oh yeah, Mega Man 2’s out on eShop this week! – or something from the backlog.
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"Princess Peach" by Masao

Let’s all go into the weekend in this spirit: stretched out on a cushion, just playing whatever makes us happy, whether it’s Fire Emblem or Mega Man 2 – oh yeah, Mega Man 2’s out on eShop this week! – or something from the backlog.

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Super Mario Kimono

And a Blooper scarf! Hiyoko-G has a neat round-up collecting snapshots of people in Japan wearing video game apparel.

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Here’s the first page for “Old Super Mario,” a touching comic by Daiki Sugimoto about what happens when heroes grow old, friends pass or drift away, and your final years are spent alone. It’s not your typical cheesy Mario comic — that’s why I wanted to share it with you all here.
You can read the entire comic, republished here with the author’s permission, after the post break. The pages should be read from right to left:

















You can see more of Sugimoto’s work on his blog.
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Here’s the first page for “Old Super Mario,” a touching comic by Daiki Sugimoto about what happens when heroes grow old, friends pass or drift away, and your final years are spent alone. It’s not your typical cheesy Mario comic — that’s why I wanted to share it with you all here.

You can read the entire comic, republished here with the author’s permission, after the post break. The pages should be read from right to left:

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"Mario Items" by Scott Balmer. You can download this pleasant illustration as a background for your PC, tablet, or mobile device here — you can even get a set of icons based on the power-ups, enemies, and items, too.
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"Mario Items" by Scott Balmer. You can download this pleasant illustration as a background for your PC, tablet, or mobile device here — you can even get a set of icons based on the power-ups, enemies, and items, too.

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Super Mario Bros. Sound Bank Retro, a new item by Media Factory. These block banks are SMB-themed, but are in keeping with the advertised focus of New Super Mario Bros. 2 as well, said focus being coin coin coin!
I haven’t seen these available on online import shops yet, but the retail price is just ¥399 (about $5) so you won’t have to smash your previous bank.
Preorder: New Super Mario Bros. 2 (August 19) 
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Super Mario Bros. Sound Bank Retro, a new item by Media Factory. These block banks are SMB-themed, but are in keeping with the advertised focus of New Super Mario Bros. 2 as well, said focus being coin coin coin!

I haven’t seen these available on online import shops yet, but the retail price is just ¥399 (about $5) so you won’t have to smash your previous bank.

Preorder: New Super Mario Bros. 2 (August 19) 
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Six swanky Mario, Animal Crossing, and Rhythm Heaven handcloths offered as prizes through Japan’s Club Nintendo loyalty program (click for larger images).

The 34x90 cm cloths are hand-dyed using Meiji-era techniques — you can see the process here — so don’t be the thoughtless guy who actually ends up staining/ruining one of these towels. It’s best to use them as intended: hung on your walls for display, never to be touched, even if you happen to spill juice all over your carpet.

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A new series of Super Mario Bros. “Body Covers” for 3DS, by Keys Factory. See? You don’t need a 3DS XL – not when your regular 3DS accommodates fun accessories like these.

They ship later this month from Play-Asia, for $17.49 each.

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