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This article was published on August 22, 2016

    Real-life hamster Super Mario is my new favorite thing

    Juan Buis
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    Juan Buis

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    Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here. Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here.

    Though it’s been 31 years since its first release, Super Mario is still going strong.

    First, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as the iconic character, and now there’s this.

    Japanese YouTuber yutako55 recently created something he calls ハムマリオ or ‘hamumario’ — a version of Nintendo’s famous game made exclusively for hamsters.

    There’s not a lot to it. The hamster gets to run a replica of level 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. NES game, and we get to watch. Yutako55 is no stranger to making hamsters do weird stuff, as becomes apparent in the other videos on his channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyao6vrAPyk

    Viewing the related videos it turns out Japan is obsessed with these hamster mazes. And down the rabbit (hamster?) hole we go: