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Weirdness: Meet The Man Who Plays Super Mario World With His Nose

Meet The Man Who Plays Super Mario World With His Nose

A novel use for the humble recorder

Whenever we tried to play the recorder at school using our nose our teachers told us off. That early lesson in life didn't seem to get through to Japanese NicoNico user Wakou who can not only play music by blowing into a recorder through his nose, but also control Mario in Super Mario World. The secret to doing...

Weirdness: Hands Up If You Knew About the Super-Easy Button Combination to Resume Progress in Super Mario Bros.

Hands Up If You Knew About the Super-Easy Button Combination to Resume Progress in Super Mario Bros.

The greatest - but most obvious - mystery of our times

As a break from convention, we're going to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a conversation in Nintendo Life HQ between two grown men in their 30s. Player 1 - "Did you see that thread on Reddit about the Super Mario Bros. continue trick?" Player 2 - "Nope, what are you talking about?"...

Weirdness: Super Smash Bros. Fans Raise the Stakes With 'Falcon Potato' Minigame

Super Smash Bros. Fans Raise the Stakes With 'Falcon Potato' Minigame

A Falcon Punch for the loser

Last year we shared videos of some fun minigames that fans of Super Smash Bros. were creating with the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases. On the home console version we showed you Smashketball, which utilises the stage builder to establish boundaries of cannons and lave - if you hit an opponent into the right barrel...

Weirdness: Sonic Boom Writer Jokes About Knuckles Infinite Jump Glitch Being Canon, Fan Video Makes It So

Sonic Boom Writer Jokes About Knuckles Infinite Jump Glitch Being Canon, Fan Video Makes It So

Update: Yep, writer's joke and fan's video, we get it now

Update: We saw some tweets around a video that we thought was a clip from the Sonic Boom cartoon, but is actually a funny fan creation. To clarify (thanks to all that pointed this out), show writer Alan Denton tweeted a joke about Sonic Boom making this famous glitch canon, and a funny fan...

Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And Bowser Are Now Firm Friends

According To McDonald's, Mario And Bowser Are Now Firm Friends

We all know that Mario and Bowser don't exactly get on. The latter is always attempting to steal the former's girlfriend, and over the past three decades the pair have clashed multiple times, with Mario usually emerging victorious. It would appear that fast food chain McDonald's feels that it's time to bury the hatchet and make up, as it has...

Weirdness: These Push Guards for the New Nintendo 3DS Will Stop Game Cards From Popping Out

These Push Guards for the New Nintendo 3DS Will Stop Game Cards From Popping Out

Panic averted

Strange accessories are part of the game with Nintendo systems, as entrepreneurial individuals aim to help us fix problems we didn't know we had. The Wii had plastic sports bats and rackets for Wii Remotes, for example, so that it was easier for us to hit virtual tennis balls, or something. There are few problems a silly bit of...

Weirdness: Researchers Working on Mario Artificial Intelligence - Who Needs Players?

Researchers Working on Mario Artificial Intelligence - Who Needs Players?

May start to wonder why Princess Peach doesn't improve palace security

It's not uncommon for video games and academic research to mix - gaming is increasingly mainstream, and is a ripe source for study in a variety of areas. One such area is artificial intelligence, and German cognitive modelling researchers at the University of Tübingen have been...

Weirdness: Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

He's got the power

The Power Glove remains an iconic part of Nintendo history, an accessory that was hugely visible in the NES era and beyond. It promised much with motion controls, and famously failed to deliver. Its visual and cultural appeal at the time can't be denied, however, and to this day we see accessories and mods that keep it alive. One...

Weirdness: This Interpretation of Super Smash Bros. 'Lore' Takes a Serious Turn

This Interpretation of Super Smash Bros. 'Lore' Takes a Serious Turn

A tale of growing up and being trapped by fate, or something...

Gaming is a funny hobby, in which the most dedicated can find meaning in the most simplistic and light-hearted of concepts. That's not a bad thing, just a reflection of how much fans really love their favourite franchises and games. The latest video from hugely popular YouTube channel...

Weirdness: Totaka's Song Appears to Have Been Found in Mario Kart 8

Totaka's Song Appears to Have Been Found in Mario Kart 8

Listen carefully

Kazumi Totaka is one of Nintendo's most experienced and talented composers and sound directors, yet that's probably not the reason that many recognise his name. He's better know for Totaka's Song, a simple melody that has been hidden within a whole load of Nintendo games. The first appearance seems to have been in X on Game Boy,...

Weirdness: Jimmy Fallon Missed Out On Dating Nicole Kidman Because Of Super Mario Bros.

Jimmy Fallon Missed Out On Dating Nicole Kidman Because Of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo: ruining potentially famous relationships since 1889​

Today, Jimmy Fallon is a successful comedian, actor and producer, and the current host of The Tonight Show -- but he wasn't always so smooth an operator. During his recent interview with Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, it was revealed that the two met many years ago and that Fallon...

Weirdness: Apparently Wario Was Mario's Childhood Friend and Bowser "Could Not Stand the Idea of Happy Fungi"

Apparently Wario Was Mario's Childhood Friend and Bowser "Could Not Stand the Idea of Happy Fungi"

Oh, and Mario's favourite music is opera or new wave Euro-pop

Last year we reported on some humorous details from the official Nintendo Character Manual of 1993 - it was provided to companies and brand agents to ostensibly provide key facts around these characters. The main revelation on that occasion was that Yoshi's real name is T. Yoshisaur...

Weirdness: Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mouth and Dual Wielding Pit Join Defective Ranks

Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mouth and Dual Wielding Pit Join Defective Ranks

Lacking a bit of bite

When amiibo launched in November it didn't take long for attention to be directed towards inevitable manufacturing errors. With millions of units sent out into the world mistakes are inevitable, and for a time silly amounts of money were being paid for 'rare' and defective amiibo; whether they were genuine bids or not, examples...

Weirdness: The Pokémon Timeline Seems as Crazy as The Legend of Zelda's Equivalent

The Pokémon Timeline Seems as Crazy as The Legend of Zelda's Equivalent

Three dimensional

Timelines can be rather controversial in any franchise, but when they're applied to one of Nintendo's more storied franchises they can lead to some feisty disagreements. The Legend of Zelda is the famous example, dividing fans to this day despite an official version being available in Hyrule Historia; when you take into account...

Weirdness: Sony Uses Art From Super Smash Bros. To Celebrate 20 Years Of PlayStation

Sony Uses Art From Super Smash Bros. To Celebrate 20 Years Of PlayStation

Not so Mega, man

The PlayStation brand turns 20 this year, and Sony has plenty of reasons to be cheerful. It has gone from being an industry outsider to a major player in two decades, and has proven to be a worthy rival to the likes of Nintendo, Sega and Microsoft. However, it would appear that one of the graphic artists working on Sony's...

Video: What if... Smash Bros. Had Announcers From Other Fighting Games?

What if... Smash Bros. Had Announcers From Other Fighting Games?

Flawless Victory!

We still haven't got enough of Smash Bros. yet, but playing the game relentlessly day after day has had us hankering for revisiting old fighting games. Then, a crazy thought entered our brains — what if the cheesy Smash Bros. announcer was replaced with those of other famous brawlers? The result of this incredibly strange train...

Weirdness: Legless Peach amiibo Bidding Closes at $25,100

Legless Peach amiibo Bidding Closes at $25,100

We'll be amazed if that's actually paid...

Not so long ago we reported on another addition to the strange trend for faulty amiibo being sold on eBay, in this case a remarkably legless Princess Peach. Its early running (or not, but you know what we mean) was impressive, as it sought to overhaul the previous $2500 bid for a dual wielding Samus; it was...