Diagram 5-3: Kuribo’s Shoe

We’ve seen exploded tees before but none as geeky mysterious as Diagram 5-3 by 15 Bit Gamer. If you know what particular item is exploding than I tip my hat off to you, because, I had no clue. It turns out that Diagram 5-3 references a small detail from Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. Apparently, Diagram 5-3 is a diagram of Kuribo’s shoe. But who the heck or what the heck is a Kuribo? The Giant Bomb explains:

Kuribo’s Shoe is a rare power-up first seen in level 5-3 in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It is first mentioned after you beat World 2 in a letter given to you by Princess Peach. The name “Kuribo’s Shoe” comes from the fact that in the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3, Goombas are known as Kuribos. A second revision of Super Mario Bros. 3 was released that renamed Kuribo’s Shoe to Goomba’s Shoe, though in its appearance in Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, it had reverted to its original name.

Kuribo’s Shoe is a giant green boot with what appears to be a spring-winding key on the side, and it is initially occupied by a Goomba. While attempting to jump on top of Kuribo’s Shoe while still occupied by this Goomba will eliminate both Kuribo’s Shoe and the Goomba, attacking from underneath knocks the Goomba out of the shoe, making it possible for Mario to take control. While Mario’s speed is reduced while in Kuribo’s Shoe, he’s able to traverse terrain that would otherwise harm him. These terrains include spiked floors and jumping baby pirahna plants. Unlike other power-ups, it is possible for Mario to keep his current power-up (e.g. Fire Flower) while using Kuribo’s Shoe.

So there you go. Kuribos is actually the Japanese translation for Goombas. Who knew! Now, if you are enough of a gamer geek to appreciate this T-Shirt or are one of those super obsessed Super Mario freaks than you probably want to buy this T-Shirt to stump your geekiest friends. Head on over 15 Bit Gamer to purchase Diagram 5-3 now for $17.

And for more on Kuribo’s Shoe, check out the video of it below in play!

Make Your Own See-Thru Portal T-Shirt

I’ve never played Portal before. In fact, before seeing this Ben Heck episode the other day, I had no real idea of what the game was really about. Thank goodness for Wikipedia.

“The game consists primarily of a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD, also dubbed the “portal gun”), a unit that can create inter-spatial portals between flat planes.”

Neat! Natural born modder, Ben Heck, set out to create his very own Portal T-Shirt. ThinkGeek has one for sale, but it turned out to be just an April Fools Joke. So if you want one of these puppies, you’ll have to DIY (that is Do-It-Yourself for the acronym disinclined).

I did watch the episode and the process seems pretty straightforward, though a little cumbersome. Of course, you’ll need to order the parts, including a mini LCD screen and a small surveillance sized video camera. But once you get all the pieces together, the effect is pretty cool. Might make a good Halloween costume?

Glennz Tees: Sale Week

WEll this is exciting! A blog favorite, Glennz Tees, is having a site wide sale this entire week. This means that all shirts are $15.95 (regularly $19.95), hoodies are $34.95, calendars are $9.95 and laptop skins are $12.95. Also, don’t forget that he has a bunch of tees that have also been marked down to a cheap $11.

You may want to pick up Glennz latest tee, Snake Charmer. It’s printed on a silver American Apparel tee and features an 8-but snake!

Glennz Tees Sale

Snake Charmer

Punch Out for Wii

Punch Out for the Wii came out today and I am super excited to play it! I was a huge fan of the original Punch Out for the NES, starring none other than Mike Tyson. In fact, I guarantee you that if you were to let me play the original game today that I would still remember the correct duck, duck, side, side, punch combinations for each of the fighters. And am I the only one that thought Mike Tyson was impossibly difficult to defeat! Man, such a fun game. I hope the Wii version is just as fun!

Check out the live action trailers below (via Johnny Cupcakes) and the two Punch Out tees The Bald bull tee is courtesy of Crazy Dog Shirts ($18.99) and the one featuring Doc Louis and Little Mac can be purchased from 80’s Tees ($20). 

Mike Tyson's Punch Out

Bald Bull