Considering how much time I must have spent playing Super Mario World during what I retrospectively lament as my formative years, I can’t muster anything but admiration for the hours spent in the name of the above work of art, which we found over at Gizmodo. It isn’t only the craft that leaves me in awe, but the monk-like patience required to organize of tens of thousands of dominos in the likeness of different scenes of Super Mario World—one of the greatest titles to hit Super Nintendo, and video games altogether.
The 81,032-domino set by The Domino King careens fluidly through scenes from the SNES masterpiece. Present and accounted for are, of course, Mario—circa his 1990 incarnation—and valiant steed Yoshi, but also a number of varyingly consequential baddies that fans of Super Mario World will recall lovingly.
Included among the lot are more familiar faces like Koopa Troopa, Bullet Bill, Wiggler, Big Boo, and (the game’s anomalous iteration of) the Goomba, but also villains who haven’t enjoyed the same notoriety: Chargin’ Chuck (the football player who couldn’t be undone by mere jumps), Rex (the doofy dragon who required two konks on the head to defeat), Monty and Mega Mole (a pair whose primary association for me is that level where they somehow expected you to figure out that you needed to complete the main stage in under a certain amount of time in order to reach the finish line), and that reptilian jackass who used to start fires in your path from the safety of his nest atop rows of music boxes. He doesn’t even deserve the courtesy of a name Googling. Naturally, big bad Bowser is honored as well.
But it’s not only the characters of Super Mario World who earn an homage in this video; the game’s diversity of levels—from the grasslands of Yoshi’s Island and Donut Plains to the caverns of Vanilla Dome to the treacherous Valley of Bowser (forgive the dramatics, but I’m getting nostalgic here)—are impressively represented, each accompanied by the appropriate leitmotif.
If you’ve got five minutes to spare—and hey, if I had a childhood to waste and The Domino King had however many weeks to devote to this mania, you do—check out the video above.
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Michael Arbeiter is the East Coast Editor for Nerdist. Find him on Twitter @MichaelArbeiter.