Mario Bros. Stories May 9, 2016

Vans and Nintendo team up for epic new line of NES-themed sneakers, apparel and more

Update (6/1 4:05pm): It looks like we are also getting a line of bags, clothes, backpacks, socks and hats, many of which with the same 8-bit style patterns as the previously mentioned shoes. You can get a closer look at some of them in the new gallery below, along with the incredible packaging for the shoes. Even better, the collection will launch in the US on Friday June 3rd. The line will be available via the official Vans website as of tomorrow.

Vans and Nintendo are coming together for a new line of retro NES themed sneakers. After a run of both Disney and Star Wars kicks were released previously, the new line will feature the classic Vans silhouettes adorned by iconic imagery from early Nintendo titles such as Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Duck Hunt and more.

It looks like we will be getting the hi-top skate models along with the traditional lows and the classic Vans slip-ons hitting retail in June on June 3rd. Check out some of the colorways in the gallery below:

And here is a look at some of the apparel, and what might be one of the coolest shoe boxes we have ever seen:

Source: Solecollector via Gizmodo

Mario Bros. Stories May 27, 2015

Screentendo can turn any part of your screen into a playable Super Mario Bros. level

Nintendo’s famous characters are everywhere, from adorning the top of retro-inspired amiibo stands, to a plethora of merchandise and soon, on mobile devices. But for developer Aaron Randall, that just isn’t enough. His new work-in-progress desktop app turns just about any part of your screen into a playable Super Mario Bros. level:

The aptly named Screentendo project allows users to select a portion of their screen for everyone’s favorite plumber to run around in. As you can see in the demonstration video above, a semi transparent window appears once the app is launched, which can be moved around and resized like any typical window. You then lay the window over an area of your screen, click in the middle, and then it analyzes the geometry of the images to create a traditional original Super Mario Bros. looking level, breakable bricks and 8-bit clouds included.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a compiled version of Randall’s Mario Bros. hack, so you’re going to need Xcode (or something along those lines) and a basic knowledge of coding to get the prototype up and running. Here’s to hoping that we will be playing Super Mario Bros. on the 9to5Toys logo in the near future.

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