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Nintendo Gives Mario a 25th Anniversary Compilation

Nintendo Gives Mario a 25th Anniversary Compilation (photo)

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Maybe you haven’t gotten around to downloading “Super Mario Bros.” off the Wii’s Virtual Console yet. Or, maybe you’re holding on to your beloved Nintendo Entertainment System so you can experience the games as you did in happier, simpler times.

No one is judging you.

Still, if your answer is yes to either one of those scenarios, then you may want to consider the deal that Nintendo’s about to offer this holiday season. “Super Mario All-Stars” collects the iconic plumber’s exploits from the 1980s and makes everything shiny with enhanced sound and graphics. The release was originally announced for Japan–in conjunction with limited edition red Wii consoles– and a North American version was left up in the air. But Nintendo’s just announced that the discs will be arriving in the U.S.A. on Dec 12. “Super Mario All-Stars” will feature “Super Mario Bros.,” “Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels,” “Super Mario Bros. 2” and “Super Mario Bros. 3.” And, yes, all of those game are currently on the Virtual Console download service but you’ll also get a series soundtrack CD and a 32-page booklet that talks about the franchise’s early years.

25 Years of Super Mario Bros.

The real draw here is the updated look of the titles, especially if you’ve got young’uns that you want to school on Mario’s early titles. While 8-bit graphics may evoke nostalgia in adults, kids may think of the blocky pixels as hopelessly dated. With more modern-looking graphics, Mario will surely charm players who weren’t around the first time that these games came out.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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