Video Games

Suspicious Box Found in Tempe Might Be Familiar to Old School Nintendo Fans

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According to a press release and image sent out by Tempe Police, officers called in the cavalry (specifically, the department's bomb squad) in response to a cardboard box covered in golden paper and decorated with large white paper question marks on different sides. The immediate area was also cordoned off and evacuated.

After glancing at the above image of the suspicious parcel, those folks who have played a round or three of the 1985 Nintendo classic Super Mario Bros. will instantly recognize it as a mock-up of one of the golden question blocks that are scattered throughout the game and contain various power-ups used by either Mario or Luigi.

So how did this box get there? We did some detective work of our own and discovered the answer.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.