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Gamers Rejoice, Super Mario Cereal Is Coming Soon To The U.S.

Whether shooting Koopa shells from go-karts, or saving a princess from a pixelated castle, Super Mario has been a beloved staple in pop culture since the 80s. Now our favorite mustachioed plumber will be making his way to your kitchen, as an official Super Mario Cereal will be hitting U.S. store shelves.

While Kellogg’s U.S. didn’t confirm it yet, Kellogg’s UK did us a favor, tweeting out, “We can confirm this product is being released in the U.S., but not currently in the UK. We will pass your feedback on! Thanks.”


If you search for it on Brickseek, the cereal is already in Target’s inventory, with a retail price of $3.14, so it could be coming soon.

From photos, it looks like the cereal will consist of  star shaped toasted oats, and “power-upmarshmallows. Kind of like Lucky charms, but with different shapes.

Gamers can also rejoice as it seems the cereal is an amiibo, which allows players to scan the box and unlock special content on Super Mario Odyssey.

The back of the Mario cereal box

All signs point to the cereal being real, although there is no official confirmation at this point, but needless to say, Americans will be waiting on this one, especially at Target.


There’s A Super Mario Cafe Opening In Japan


In honor of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Japan is opening a Mario-themed restaurant in Tokyo. However, unlike most novelty cafes, this one will only be around for a couple short weeks.

In a collaboration with Tower Records, the cafe will feature a variety of menu items inspired by the iconic video game. Among them are a Super Star Rice Omelet, Bowser’s Taco Rice, Ground Stage Waffle, Block Tiramisu, Princess Peach Panna Cotta, Piranha Plant Soda and a Mario Latte.

Sure it’s gimmicky, but some of these dishes look pretty delicious.

The pop-up will be being June 22 and will run through July 5. Anyone in the Tokyo area be sure to check it out, the next one might not happen for another 30 years.


Fast Food

McDonald’s Japan Serves Up Super Mario Happy Meal Toys


Yet again the U.S. is missing out on some sweet swag. These koopa-tastic Super Mario toys are being offered as part of a Happy Meal at all McDonald’s Japan locations. The toys include Peach, Yoshi, and Mario in various power-up forms such as Fire Mario and Penguin Mario. Notably excluded is Luigi. Surprise, surprise.

Nintendo was founded in Japan which is why the fast food chain is celebrating this cultural icon. Oh, and all of the Super Mario toys feature a unique sound effect, like Mario slamming the Hatena block, or an action, like Mario popping out of a Warp Pipe. All the more reason to be jealous of the lucky fast foodies in Japan.


H/T + Picthx That’s Nerdalicious


Mario ‘Beerio’ Kart Might Be The Greatest, Nerdiest Drinking Game Ever

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Now, I’ve seen some pretty epic drinking games but I can only imagine how insane things get when you mix cheap beer with Mario Kart.

Think about it. The game is already hard to play sober. Plus, something changes in people when they play Mario Kart. Your friends are now laughing maniacally as they shoot Bullet Bills and leave a trail of banana peels for you to slip on. Not to mention you have Wario on your ass with Bowser waiting just around the corner to blast that damn spiny shell at you just as you slide into first place. But to play this seemingly innocent racing game while drunk off your ass? Nope. Kiss Rainbow Road goodbye.

The rules are simple:

1) Dust off your N64 and find your Mario Kart 64 cartridge. Yes kids, in the old days we had to play our video games on cartridges, none of that fancy CD ish.

2) Get some beer. Make sure it’s something you like because you’ll be spending some quality time with it.

3) Grab some pals and start up the game. Once you’ve all picked your characters and course, it’s time to get down to business.

Check out the run down below:

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Make sure you play this with some friends though, because playing Beerio Kart solo is basically geeky alcoholism.

PicThx Reddit


1-Up Mushroom Pizza Rolls, Because You Can’t Save Princess Peach on An Empty Stomach

Let’s file these under: “Things I need in my life.”

These little 1-Up Mushroom Pizza Rolls are literally the perfect snack to help fuel your endless Super Mario game sessions. Sure, they take a little more time and energy to throw together than say nuking some Totino’s Pizza Rolls, but how else are you supposed to get into the Mario mindset without popping a few 1-Up Shrooms?

Made up of popular pizza toppings, some canned biscuit dough and a little imagination, these pizza puffs are sure to give you life as you try to save Princess Peach . . . AGAIN. But most likely, she’s in another castle.

These are a little messy since they’re smeared with pesto to give that 1-Up Mushroom look but hardcore gamers won’t have a problem with that, we all know that’s what pants are for.

Head on over to Kitchen Overlord for the recipe to these Mushroom Kingdom treats.

H/T + PicThx Kitchen Overlord


Try One of These Mario 1-Up Ring Pops to Put a Little Spring in Your Step


With the week winding down, you’re probably feeling a little restless and moody right now. Well, they say the best way to find fulfillment is to devote yourself to helping other people, so why not whip up a batch of these Mario 1-Up Ring Pops and give yourself and everyone else in the office something to smile about?

All you need is some “White Mystery” Airheads, corn syrup, cherry and lime Kool-Aid and some recycled plastic rings. Thanks to this recipe by instructables user Sherrybaby81485, you’ll be hopping around on mushrooms (and if I might add, one hell of a sugar high) in no time.

You can also learn how to make Yoshi ring pops, here.

H/T + PicThx Sherrybaby81485


Spotted: Super Mario Mushrooms Hiding in the Produce Section


Picture this: You’re in the middle of grocery shopping when you see a pack of red and white spotted Mario mushrooms just sitting there between the portabello and the buttons. Now I know what you’re thinking: “If I eat those, will I get bigger, gain more health or get super-fast?” Forget the fact that you had some mushrooms last night and there’s a good chance you’re imagining things. Just hurry up and grab them, before you step on another Goomba.

Wait, hang on, I think I’m confusing video games and reality again. That’s not a Goomba, that’s somebody’s kid. And these aren’t actual Mario mushrooms, they’re guerilla art designed by Toronto street artist Aiden Glynn and planted at his local grocery store. My bad.

Unfortunately, because we do live IRL, chances are consuming these won’t make you any bigger, healthier or faster than you already are. Unless of course it does. In which case, call me. I need friends who don’t think I’m nuts.


H/T Obvious Winner + PicThx Pizza and Pixels


A Nutritional Guide to Popular Video Game Food [Infographic]


With our nutrition label conscious society brimming to a healthy boil, it only makes sense that our video game characters ought to know what’s in their food before they consume it. While the FDA may not approve of magic mushrooms or cannibalism, it’s a video game, so it’s OK. Here are some nutritional guidelines by Complex to think about next time you troll the city playing Rampage and other vintage games:

Super Mario

With the D.A.R.E program in full swing as a kid, it bothers me now that one of my favorite video game heroes could eat magic mushrooms and I was completely OK with it morally.




I’m not saying I’d do it, but there’s never been a better argument for cannibalism than this.



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If you think about it, it’s just like eating a lemon drop.


For more video game nutritional information, please see here.

H/T LaughingSquid + PicThx Complex