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Video: How would Super Mario Bros. have played with a portal gun?

Good thing Mario (and most video game characters/mascots) never got a portal gun. He (they) would get far too lazy and ruin his (their) games.

Consoleation: Sounding the alarm

Consoleation: Sounding the alarm

Recent economic trends—notably rapid increases in fuel prices and associated price hikes in the general cost of living—should be something that the console video game industry starts taking seriously. Everything is getting more expensive at a most inopportune time for the domestic economy, and with the decline of disposable income, it's only a matter of time before pain is once again felt by the console gaming industry.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 53: Portal 2, Dead Space 2 and Potpourri

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Video: Super Mario Fingers

Hokuto "Hok" Konishi is a member of the Quest Crew. (For those that didn't know, Quest Crew were the winners of Season Three of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. They've been enjoying great success since then making appearances all over the world.)

Konishi injured himself while training so he is sidelined from dancing. However, while he can't express himself with his feet, he still has two working hands and has used them to create this video "tribute" to Super Mario.

Video: Super Mario Fingers

Video: Learn how to outrun Mirror's Edge Faith

One of my new favorite shows comes out of Britain. It goes by the name of Misfits and airs on E4 (whatever that is). Anyway, it features a group of young superheroes (or super anti-heroes) and one of them actually uses parkour to get around.

Now, that has always looked cool, but watching the character who is only now starting to do the parkour  thing, I began to wonder where one would learn to even do this stuff and at a level where you could just traverse a city.

Well, wouldn't you know it, there is a place like that. It purports  to be "California's first indoor facility dedicated to freerunning and parkour."

Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. The skills of the people in the video are amazing and even if there weren't some Mario-theme sections in their facility, I'd still find a reason to post this video here.

Video: Learn how to outrun Mirror's Edge Faith

Consoleation: The not so noble intentions of abandoning instruction manuals

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I came out pretty strong on Twitter recently, decrying the loss of instruction manuals as publishers such as Ubisoft and EA Sports have made moves to abolish print manuals in exchange for digital manuals that can be found as extra content on the game disc. While publishers are reasoning that eliminating such manuals is better for the environment, it seems evident to me that there are more significant factors at work here.

Video: Brothers Mario 2: Kong Country

The GameStation is back with a sequel to its clever Mario Brothers/Grand Theft Auto mash up. This time, there is a new Don, a Don-Key Kong, stepping on Bowser's turf. Who does he call for help? The Brothers Mario of course.

At first I couldn't see Donkey Kong and Mario as enemies going up against Bowser. That was until I realized that, historically speaking, Donkey Kong and Mario have been enemies from Nintendo's beginning. I guess years of watching them pal around in Super Mario Kart, Mario Tennis and Super Smash Bros. skewed my view.

Video: Brothers Mario 2: Kong Country

Nintendo launches 3DS at NYC event

Nintendo launches 3DS at NYC event

It was cold, it was dark and it was crowded on Sunday morning at 12 midnight outside of the Best Buy in Union Square, New York City. That combination would usually keep people away from launch events like this one. And maybe it did because Joystiq's Ben Gilbert reports that the numbers were not as large as expected. Still, there was a healthy number of early adopters on hand to be (arguably) the first in the United States to say they own Nintendo's new piece of tech, the Nintendo 3DS.

Four-year old gets Mario-themed birthday party

Four-year old gets Mario-themed birthday party

Some kids get parties where they get to dress up as their favorite super hero or game character and their Mom and Dad throws around some related paraphernalia (mostly store-bought shlock).

This four-year-old's parents went above the call to create something so authentic and detailed that its a shame the four-year-old won't remember it when he or she is older.

Video: "Mario" Movie

It seems anyone with a camera and fellow film students with free time has made a Super Mario Bros. movie. This latest one goes at the Mario story from perhaps a more realistic angle. The story of Mario seems the result of a series of hallucinogenic experiences by the lead character. Are those really power-up blocks he sees? Is Bowser really a lizard? Maybe Mario just has a substance abuse problem.

Video: Mario Movie

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