March 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM ET
Mario — Nintendo's famed Italian mascot — first won our hearts back in the early 1980s with the way he zippily bounced through a 2-D world made of brick platforms and green pipes.
But a lot has changed since then.
While 2-D platformers still have their place in gaming today, it seems grabbing a gun and running through three dimensional worlds is what it's all about these days. Heck, even Nintendo wants us to go 3-D all the way with its Nintendo 3DS.
But visual effects artist Freddie Wong brings the old and new together like no one else. In a new video he posted to YouTube, he gives us a look at what those old "Super Mario Bros." games would play like if, say, we could play them in three-dimensional first-person-shooter style.
Wong's game features the same familiar brick platforms and same villainous Goombas ... but this is an entirely different kind of "capture the flag" game than what you'd find in, say, "Call of Duty."
The video has prompted some commenters to ask, "Where can I download this game?" Good question!
Meanwhile, don't miss the Real Life Mario Kart video Wong posted to YouTube last month.
By the way, Freddie Wong happens to be the brother of Jimmy Wong, the man responsible for "Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song" — a fantastic video response to UCLA student Alexandra Wallace's racist rant.
And Jimmy, like his brother, also has a penchant for giving us a new take on Mario. Check out Jimmy's a capella cover of the "Super Mario Bros Theme Song."
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