It's hard to find two more opposite games than chess and any Super Mario video game, and one might think the gulf between them is too wide to ever be bridged. Well think again - USAopoly's Super Mario Collector's Edition Chess Set grafts Nintendo's video hit onto the game of the grandmasters.
The $45 chess set is most definitely a collector's edition that owners likeley won't use everyday or let the kiddies fool around with. For one, the 32 pieces are all hand painted.
A total of 13 distinctive figures sourced from Super Mario mythology are used, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, 1-up Mushroom, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Birdo, Goomba, the Hammer Bros. and Magikoopa.
USAopoly's game designers eschewed the classic Black vs. White theme in favor of ed vs. Green, with good guys Mario & Luigi anchoring the Red team. The board features blue and white squares which also helps brighten things up. The whole kit & kaboodle stores in a colorfully decorated aluminum tin. (via F4F via TokyoMango)