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Spanish Town Names a Street After Super Mario

Famous and plumber aren't two things you usually hear in the same sentence but Mario is a different kind of plumber. What with Princess Peach and Wario, he doesn't really have much time for unclogging pipes and fixing leaky taps. No, Mario has more important things to do, like rescue the aforementioned princess and attend unveilings of streets named after him.

The suburb of Zaragoza, northeast Spain, has just revealed "Avenida de Super Mario Bros" as part of an initiative that will see other roads named after famous video game titles such as "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Space Invaders" and "The Legend of Zelda." The nerdy, nay, awesome, street names are part of a government ploy to get young people to move into the new neighborhood.

CNN reports that the government-sponsored project aims to build more than 21,000 houses for people aged between 20 and 35 who are buying their first homes. Construction began last year and the video game characters won an online vote allowing residents to pick the names of their future streets.

Antonio Almudi Miranda, president of the Arcosur neighborhood association and proud owner of a home on Avenida de Super Mario Bros, told CNN:

"We are people who grew up living with video games. We know them very well," he said. "I'm 25. I'm the same age as Mario."

Residents say they are glad that the streets will not be named after violent video game characters. At the unveiling, which saw onlookers don fake, black moustaches and cheer as a giant Mario danced, violin and cello-players played the famous theme song, and Nintendo hand to dished out prizes in honor of Mario's 25th birthday.

In total, 12 streets will be named after characters in video games, while the remaining 46 will be named after famous Spanish composers and monuments.

Source: CNN

  • Eh, sounds terrible. I'm 27, guess that makes me old...
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  • hellwig
    I wouldn't want to live on Avenida de Super Mario Bros. Imagine having to write that down on all your paperwork. People would think you were conning them.
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  • dogofwars
    Just can't believe it!!! :|
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  • Haserath
    If they get to use a pipe to get to work, I'm moving there.
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  • xFriarx
    hellwigI wouldn't want to live on Avenida de Super Mario Bros. Imagine having to write that down on all your paperwork. People would think you were conning them.
    LoL, that's what i was thinking...i wouldn't want to live on that street...to freakin' long to write every time you have to give your address out. Interesting idea as long the names are short i guess...
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  • adamboy64
    That's a pretty great idea. Wonder if it'll become a small tourist spot then.
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  • tacoslave
    thats were all the spanish speaking asians are
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  • omikron48
    "Residents say they are glad that the streets will not be named after violent video game characters"

    Yup, not the violent ones. Just an ex-hippie (flower power) Italian plumber who keeps tripping on shrooms. Or a rogue Santa's helper who slashes and breaks everything in sight in hopes of finding stuff (vandalism right there). Or an anthropomorphic hedgehog that's on speed and is addicted to chili dogs.

    Yeah, good one there.
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  • Camikazi
    omikron48"Residents say they are glad that the streets will not be named after violent video game characters"Yup, not the violent ones. Just an ex-hippie (flower power) Italian plumber who keeps tripping on shrooms. Or a rogue Santa's helper who slashes and breaks everything in sight in hopes of finding stuff (vandalism right there). Or an anthropomorphic hedgehog that's on speed and is addicted to chili dogs.Yeah, good one there.omikron48"Residents say they are glad that the streets will not be named after violent video game characters"Yup, not the violent ones. Just an ex-hippie (flower power) Italian plumber who keeps tripping on shrooms. Or a rogue Santa's helper who slashes and breaks everything in sight in hopes of finding stuff (vandalism right there). Or an anthropomorphic hedgehog that's on speed and is addicted to chili dogs.Yeah, good one there.Hey don't you show how violent and just odd old games actually were, that is a sekret!
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  • matobinder
    What's this talk about Mario's 25th birthday? Mario Bros was out in 1983 I believe. That featured both Mario and Luigi. Donkey Kong was out in 1984 I think, so Mario was out way before 1985.
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