Mario Enters the Shuffle with Nintendo Playing Cards

Super paper Mario

In recent years, we've seen video game companies harken to their histories with such successful releases as New Super Mario Bros., Mega Man 9 and the Virtual Console itself. Always one to outdo themselves and the competition, Nintendo's set to top all of these by returning to what started it in the first place: playing cards.

While seemingly available only in Japan, these three Mario-themed decks will retail for 1,050 yen ($11) apiece this July. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a deck, you'll be able to play your favourite card games with the moustachioed plumber and his posse in fashionable 8-bit, contemporary and cartoon styles. Have yourself a gander at Nintendo of Japan's website, and join us in hoping that an international release is in the cards.

[via nintendo.co.jp, dvice.com]