If you grew up playing Super Mario Bros. 3 in the early 1990s on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, you’re going to need to see this.
Kjetil Nordin, a 31-year-old Nintendo fan from Norway who now lives in Denmark, has spent the last six years crocheting one of the game’s most iconic maps. The map is “World 1” from Super Mario Bros 3, and Nordin has created it in 3-D completely out of yarn.
Nordin told NRK in Norway that the project “hasn’t taken all of my time. You get a bit sick of such long lasting projects. The great thing is that I’ve been able to take as many breaks as I’ve wanted to.”
The crocheted Super Mario Bros. 3 blanket measures 2.2 by 1.8 meters.
“The hardest thing has been to accept that it took such a long time. I’ve spent 800 hours crocheting and many hours researching and searching for the correct yarn.
“When the water was half way finished I saw that I had chosen the wrong shade of blue. It was almost purple, and very ugly, so I had to undo all of it. That took an extra week.”
The 31-year-old Norweigan native now lives in Roskilde, Denmark, where he works as a computer programmer. Nordin has also won the Norweigan skydiving team championship two times in the last six years.
Super Mario Bros. 3 is one of the most popular games released for Nintendo’s first home entertainment system. The NES was originally released in North America in 1985, with Super Mario Bros. as a launch title. Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in February 1990 in North America (it was released in Japan in October 1988). Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto led the development of the game alongside Takashi Tezuka.
Super Mario Bros. 3 became the third highest-selling game in NES history, with it’s sales coming in at 18 million worldwide. Critics often name Super Mario Bros. 3 as one of the greatest video games of all time, and it has been re-released several times with enhanced graphics following it’s original NES release, including a Super Mario Bros. 3 release on the Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, and as a virtual console release for Nintendo’s Wii, Wii-U, and 3DS systems.
Nordin has not announced what his next crocheting piece will be centered on. Might we suggest Super Mario 64?
[Image via NRK.no]