Much like Jurassic Park's John Hammond, Nintendo spared no expense to bring the past to life in Times Square this weekend. In celebration of Super Mario 3D Land, out today on Nintendo 3DS, a life-size replica of Mario's platforming wonderland took over Military Island. Check out some great photos from the event, courtesy Nintendo, below.
Jon Bon Jovi and his family hang out in "Mario's World," making the event look like a lost episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show sans the late Captain Lou Albano.
Dressed as the portly plumber, a real-life Jersey Boy platforms like a pro.
An overview of the playground shows a deadly Bullet Bill in mid-flight. Watch out!
Mario compares guts with his biggest fans, secure in the knowledge that he'll always reign supreme. Nice try, paisano!
This kid is smart. With those camo pants on Goombas won't even see the stomps comin'!
Posin' with Princess Peach and… wait, Mario's a girl! My childhood is spinning out of control right now!