Hey there, fans! This week, a particularly famous Italian plumber with a red hat and overalls has caught my eye, as several videos featuring the most famous video game character in the world have recently surfaced and have been buzzing about the web. Though not necessarily uncommon, these videos had their makers pour an extraordinary amount of either talent or time in them, and they are rather awesome. This got me to searching the web a little more to see what other devoted fans have to done to celebrate Mario.
Super Mario Beatbox
This first video is a take on Mario that’s a little more unique than most of the others I’ve seen online. His name, as it appears on the description of the YouTube video, is Hikakin, a self-described “Japanese Beatboxer,” and this video is his beatbox version of the theme that’s an original twist on a theme almost everyone’s heard a million times — no small feat!
(Via Topless Robot)
Real-Time Mario Violin Theme
However, this violinist takes playing the Mario theme up a notch when he: (a) does the entire thing on a violin, a particularly hard instrument to tame, (b) he wears a great looking white suit (because no one wears anything else while playing a violin), and (c) he does the sound effects while playing the theme. THE SOUND EFFECTS. It boggles the mind to see him, Japanese Teppei Okada, do the theme live while watching for the sound effects too. Quite the feat!
Paper Stop-Motion Mario
To take this article in a different direction, this video takes the game of the original Super Mario Bros. and plasters it around the walls of what appears to be a Japanese high school. Frame by painstaking frame, the makers of this amazing video used Post-it Notes as the medium for this stop-motion animation. This video is nothing short of awesome, knowing its length, the sheer technical difficulty, and the patience that must have been part of the process.
And, finally, an Internet classic to round out this article: notorious French prankster Rémi Gaillard dresses up as the Italian plumber himself, arms himself with bananas, and takes to the roads of France on an actual go-kart. Like racers in the game, Rémi takes actual bananas and pelts them on the roads, thus annoying them to no end. Pranks such as these are the Frenchman’s forte, and he executes this particular tribute to Mario Kart with the perfect combination of humor and disregard for his fellow drivers.
And for now, I leave you with the images of enraged drivers and a French funny man as I conclude this week’s segment! Did I leave something out? Was there a particular video of Mario that got you in stitches I didn’t mention? Write them all down in the comments!