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…Super Mario knows how to play chess?

Super Mario Chess

Though Super Mario didn’t arrive until more than 500 years after the invention of chess, the union of the two still seems like destiny.

The Super Mario chess set from USAopoly lets you battle for control of the Mushroom Kingdom with 32 hand-painted playing pieces, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Goombas, and more.

[USAopoly – Super Mario Chess via Retro Thing]

…movingMario makes the plumber real?

movingMario

Keith Lam’s movingMario is a fantastically classic art installation that takes the Mario experience and transfers virtual movement into real world experience.

Of course there’s an artsy explanation for everything, and he probably dives a bit deep into the symbolism of it all, but it’s hard to argue that the results aren’t cool:

Check out theDemos and Flickr for a full rundown of what was involved.

[theDemos – movingMario]

[Flickr – movingMario]