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.

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