While shopping here in South Korea last month, I came across a few Nintendo-licensed Mario toys. And by toys, I mean marble mazes with Mario branding.
Originally, I chalked this up to some shoddy licensing by Nintendo of Korea. This is a culture that is so out of touch with the modern pulse of society that lawmakers have considered lumping video games in with gambling, drugs, and alcohol for their life-ruining abilities. So, here’s a twisting, turning, moving mess of plastic that bridges the gap between reality and gaming so parents can interact.
I mean, it can’t be that alcohol is so cheap that parents drink themselves into a stupor and children go to school three times as long as they sleep that is ruining this culture of socially underdeveloped young adults, right? No, it’s definitely the games that are out of control, you morally-conservative twits.
However, I was wrong. After a little bit of research, it turns out that these toys originated in Japan and were developed by a company called Epoch. Here are a couple of videos of the games in action.
Exciting stuff. Who needs interactive, competitive gameplay in virtual worlds when you can have interactive, repetitive gameplay in the real world?
Turns out, Epoch has a history of marble maze games in Japan. Check out this video from nightram56, as he shows off some of his Nintendo memorabilia, and you’ll see a few other Epoch gems that look exactly identical. Re-purposed for a new console generation!
Negativity aside, I’m honestly considering buying this hunk of junk. I can’t help but want everything from the World of Nintendo.Tweet
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