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One could argue that the iconic Super Mario Bros level 1-1 is perhaps the most well known and recognizable levels in video game history.  For me personally, I’ve probably played it more than any other map on any other game and would likely have little trouble playing it blindfolded.  However, I can’t say I knew much about the history of the level until after I watched this video of Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka explaining the design of the level and game in general.  There are quite a few interesting tidbits in the video ranging from the origin of the Goomba to why Mario jumps the way he does so if you have any interest in Super Mario old or new, you should definitely take a few minutes to watch this video!

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In the past, I have seen some pretty neat pencil lead carvings but this one takes the cake.  How anybody can have a steady enough hand to do something like this boggles my mind.  And I have one heck of a steady hand as I have many championship ribbons for air rifle competitions to my name so that should give you an idea of just how incredible these carvings are!

Reddit user mundungas carved a Game Cube controller on top of a Nintendo 64 controller on top of a SNES controller on top of a NES controller on top of a Super Mario question block out of the lead from a colored pencil.  Not only that, they managed to paint it with an impressive amount of detail!  I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and effort this took!  Speaking of the paint, to accomplish this feat, he had to use the tip of one of his eyelashes to paint it!

Unfortunate, now this colored pencil is pointless.  *rimshot*

The second picture gives you a much better idea of just how small these carvings really are.

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Nintendo Controller Pencil Carvings

Nintendo Controller Pencil Carvings

Nintendo Controller Pencil Carvings Scale

Nintendo Controller Pencil Carvings Scale

[Source:  Reddit]

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

For as long as I can remember, I have always had some sort of portable Nintendo system with me wherever I go.  Of course that started out with the original Game Boy and now I carry around my 3DS XL everywhere I go.  Well, even though this isn’t an official Nintendo handheld, I still want it like I would any real Nintendo handheld gaming device!

This incredible wooden Nintendo emulator that you can carry around in your pocket was created by Love Hultén.  The case is made out of solid walnut and it is powered by a Raspberry Pi A+.  There is no word on battery life but apparently there is a chance that this could be available for purchase at some point and assuming that happens, I already have my credit card ready!

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Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

Wooden Nintendo Emulator

[Source:  Love Hultén via Nerd Approved]

Stained glass isn’t exactly cheap so I have never owned any, but if I was to ever own a stained glass lamp, it would have to be one of these amazing and geeky ones below!  In the past I have posted some pretty cool stained glass creations like this Halo Master Chief helmet lamp and this Half Life Gordon Freeman stained glass but the geeky stained glass lamps below have taken things to an entirely different level.

DeviantArt user DarkeVitrum created these incredible nerdy stained glass lamps.  He has several stained glass lamps on his page but I thought the ones worth mentioning here due to their geeky element are the TARDIS stained glass lamp, the Portal Companion Cube stained glass lamp and the Borderlands Claptrap stained glass lamp.

Of all of them, I think my favorite is the Claptrap lamp although the others are equally awesome.  It is no wonder it took him 5 months to make it because the level of detail is incredible!

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Claptrap stained glass lamp

Borderlands Claptrap stained glass lamp

Companion Cube Stained Glass Lamp

Portal Companion Cube Stained Glass Lamp

TARDIS stained glass lamp

Doctor Who TARDIS stained glass lamp

[Source:  DeviantArt]

Without a doubt, the most iconic and memorable music from my childhood was the music from Super Mario Bros.  I can’t even begin to speculate how many thousands of hours I have put into that game and continue to put into it on my 3DS while I am waiting at doctors offices or places like that.  Well, for those that also have fond memories of the NES classic, I think I am about to make your day with this Super Mario Bros medley played on an NES piano!

The YouTube channel Player: Piano will be giving away this incredible NES piano with an NES controller bench to one of their lucky subscribers when they hit 1 million subscribers (they are around 100,000 right now).  In the video below, you can watch Sonya Belousova play a beautiful Super Mario Bros. medley on it with all sorts of Super Mario Bros scenery in the background.

If you want a chance to win this, make sure to head over to their YouTube page and subscribe to them!  I don’t even know how to play the piano but this NES piano is so beautiful, I want it in my living room!

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NES Piano

NES Piano

NES Piano

NES Piano

NES Piano

NES Piano

[via Nerd Approved]

From the parents I have talked to, it seems like Minecraft is pretty popular with kids these days.  I haven’t played it myself and I have no kids so I am a little out of touch but if what people tell me is true, I have a feeling there are a lot of kids out there that would love to have this cool Minecraft Creeper backpack for when they head back to school here very soon.

The awesome people over at ThinkGeek are selling this Minecraft Creeper backpack for $39.99!  You can find all of the dimensions and stuff over at that link but judging by the pictures, it looks like it has plenty of room to hold your kids books, pens and pencils, cellphone, trapper keeper (those are still a thing right?) and much more.  The only downside is that there is a limit of 3 per customer so if you have more than three kids that all love Minecraft, you might have to get creative if they all want one of these backpacks.

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Minecraft Creeper Backpack

Minecraft Creeper Backpack

Minecraft Creeper Backpack

Minecraft Creeper Backpack

[Source:  ThinkGeek]