Mario Kart Projected Onto Ice During NHL Game Intermission [UPDATE]

The modified version of Mario Kart featured Tampa Bay's mascot, ThunderBug.

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[UPDATE] We reached out to a Tampa Bay Lightning representative, who confirmed that the Mario Kart projection was a video created by part-time graphic artist Scott Sleder. The Lightning used it in Round 1 of the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings, which explains the purple character--the Red Wings' mascot is a purple octopus.

"Actually, we had one with the Penguins mascot ready... but the outcome of the game was a downer going into the intermission having just given up a goal with 10 seconds left in the second period," VP of game presentation John Franzone told GameSpot.

"It was not 'played live' interactively… just 'played live' with the push of a button. The whimsy of it is just to get the fans swimming in some techno-nostalgia for a minute or two…albeit with a Lightning spin." The original story follows.

The worlds of sports and video games collided last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning projected Mario Kart onto the ice during a Game 3 intermission in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It doesn't look like any old version of the Nintendo racing game, however, as the one you see below features Lightning mascot ThunderBug and... some purple thing.

The video, shot by Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, shows what looks like a ROM hack of 1992's Super Mario Kart. It's not clear whether its live gameplay or just a pre-recorded video, but the two characters being controlled are ThunderBug and that purple thing. You can try to figure out what it is in the video--and if you do, let us know in the comments.

Other characters that can be seen include Bowser, Toad, and Mario. You can follow who's in the lead by looking at center ice or checking out the jumbotron above it.

This seems like it was an entertaining way to pass 15 minutes between periods, though the hockey game itself probably wasn't as fun for the hometown fans. The Lightning lost to the Penguins, 4-2.

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And now they're off the playoffs. Man that sucks.

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Wow, glad to see there's some hockey fans on this site! Living in Clearwater for 25 years of my life, lightning have been my team. It was really fun going to the games when tickets were super cheap. I didn't notice the mario kart thing but I was streaming the game from Canada so it may not have been shown.

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Love going to the Lightning games. The atmosphere there is always hype. Too bad they lost against the Penguins.

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Well done Lightning! If this keeps up you got yourself a new fan.

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Sued.

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@Silverline62: :)

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Isn't the purple thing just the back of Waluigi's hat?

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Nintendo's copyright bombers have left the base armed with copyright bombs and piloted by lawyers.

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@o311rocks: basically

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@o311rocks: DAMN IT! *sighs* well pack it up boys its too late, he already got in....

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@camou504: HA!! *sticks out tongue*

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Forget those boring Forza and GT games, now this is a legitimately fun racing game!

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@cboye18: Dunno if its fun to be turned into a small sized version and then be overrun by other players just before the finish line

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@sladakrobot: Actually, that's much better than getting constant *disconnected from game server* messages just before reaching the finish line, rubber banding, rage quitters and everything else which plague online gaming.

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@heqteur: Where did you experienced constant disconnection issues in a racing game?
And also rage quitters?

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Lightning can not lose to penguins! It's against nature!

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@snugglebear: Actually, thunderstorm are incredibely rare in winter climate, where penguins actually lives so I'm pretty sure no lightning ever struck a single penguins.

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@heqteur: Lots of breeds live in Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa and the like. Not that I want them to actually get struck.

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