Many people would do almost anything to prove their love for a video game, from buying t-shirts, to collecting official merchandise, and even getting a tattoo of that specific game or series they love. But just how far would some go to prove it?
Residents of a new Spanish neighborhood are the first in the world to name a street after a video game, specifically “Super Mario Bros Street”. the suburb in northeast Spain, Zaragoza, unveiled “Avenida de Super Mario Bros” in the Arcosur neighborhood last Saturday. It is nearly a kilometer long and will have hundreds of homes on it.
Many people who were wearing fake black mustaches cheered as a Mario mascot danced, while the catchy theme song we all know was performed as a violin and cello duet.
As we all know, Mario turns 25 this year, and he isn’t the only character that will be honored by residents of Arcosur, which is still under construction. Other planned roads in the neighborhood are in development, taking names from popular video games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, and even our own beloved The Legend of Zelda street!
At Saturday’s festivities, many representatives from Nintendo handed out prizes in honor of Super Mario’s 25th anniversary and celebrated the opening of the street. The government-sponsored Arcosur project is said to build over 21,000 houses for people ages 20 to 35 who are buying their first homes. Construction began last year, and once it’s finished, more than 60,000 people are expected to live in the neighborhood.
The residents are very proud to have Super Mario represented in the neighborhood. A resident who will be living on the street commented,
We wanted to make noise and show that there are a lot of us who are in this neighborhood, we want our homes now, because we are many young people and we have been waiting.
When asked what they would consider naming their streets, 80% of the residents w voted in favor of videogame names.
Construction on the neighborhood is expected to be finished by June of 2012.