There were two common themes in some of February's biggest viral videos: the Sochi Olympics and Super Mario Bros. It is only fitting that on the final day of the month, we cover a video that combines both.
Australian-based filmmaker Michael Shanks imagined what speedskating at the Olympics would look like if Mario Kart rules were allowed. With a few CGI and sound effects as well as commentary and video game music, he created "SOCHI 2014 — Speed Skating Double Dash Final." It has over 3 million YouTube hits and almost 23,000 likes.
The video takes a men's 500-meter race and adds in everything you remember about the classic game. Even the opening slate to the competition is reminiscent of how the races would start on a gaming console. The rink, named Baby Park Stadium, after one of the tracks in the game, is littered with item boxes that feature shells, banana peels, and power-ups. Shanks even edits the skaters themselves, making it seem as if they are hit by said shells or shrunkRead More »from Viral Video Mashes Up Olympic Speedskating and 'Mario Kart'