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“Super Mario Bros.” World 1-1 as a First-Person Shooter

“Super Mario Bros.” World 1-1 as a First-Person Shooter (photo)

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One thing that comes with being a entire generation’s cultural touchstone for a wohle medium is that the homages, remixes and pastiches keeping coming in a steady, unbroken stream. It seems like hardly a month goes by without some kind of tribute on “Super Mario Bros.” (The GTA-style one from a few months back was a classic.)

But the latest “OMG, SMB is so awesome” video folds in a sly bit of commentary about Nintendo itself. The clip–created by USC cinema students Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch–puts the iconic plumber in the middle of a first-person shooter. The pair re-imagine the first level of “Super Mario Bros” as a hardcore combat experience, complete with quippy achievements and level-up pop-ups. The in-joke here is that while FPSes make great goo-gobs of money on PC and on other consoles, they genre hardly moves the needle on the Wii or Nintendo handhelds.

I love the inset video of the corresponding action in the original version, too. It brings the vast differences in approach and visuals into broad relief. To be fair, it’s not like Nintendo hasn’t done the first-person thing with their major characters. The “Metroid Prime” series took bounty hunter Samus Aran and made her into hands-only avatar for three games. But, it’d be tough to ever imagine Mario getting a similar re-think. So, until Nintendo does so in their own inimitable style, gamers everywhere can give thanks to Freddie and Brandon for cooking up this awesome video.

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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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