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Museum of Computing Mario event

Plumber's 25th anniversary to be marked by family day at the Museum of Computing in Swindon.

ISSUED: 18th November 2010

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros™, one of the most iconic and beloved video game characters of all time, the Museum of Computing in Swindon is celebrating with a family gaming day on Saturday 27th November 2010.

The high-jumping Italian plumber from the Mushroom Kingdom is being honoured with a whole day of celebrations.  Events include the Super Mario Bros Competition and the Mario Kart DS Multiplayer Championship. During the first competition participants in two age categories (5 to 16 and over 16 years) will play three Super Mario titles to achieve the highest score, starting with the original Super Mario Bros from 1985. The player with the highest score will be crowned the museums ‘Super Mario Bros Master’. Visitors can try their hand at many Mario games on original Nintendo hardware from the NES to the Wii.

Participants of the DS Multiplayer Championship are being asked to bring their own Nintendo DS console to compete head to head on Mario Kart DS. Competitors are asked to register by 11:45 am.

Simon Webb, Museum curator said ‘it’s going to be a fantastic family day with lots happening, we've got competitions, face painting and the chance to have your photo taken as Mario. Anybody who loves Mario should be there’.

The museums Childrens Computer Club which meets every Saturday morning will be trying their hand at writing a video game, their work will be available to play online and in the museum gallery.

The museum will be open from 09:30 to 17:00.  Admission fees are £5.00 for a family ticket, £2 for adults, £1.50 for Students and Concessions, children age 6-15 yrs cost £1, under 5's go free.


About Super Mario Bros

See  http://mario25th.nintendo.com/index2.html

In 1980 in Japan Nintendo released Super Mario Bros., a video game that changed the gaming world forever. Super Mario Bros. has sold more than 40 million copies over the past 25 years, the best-selling video game of all time.


About the Museum of Computing

The Museum of Computing was the first dedicated computer museum in the UK, opening in 2003. It is a non-for-profit Company limited by guarantee and is run entirely by volunteers. The museum has a collection of over 3000 objects related to the history of computing and holds regular exhibitions and events.

The museum is in Swindon town centre at 6-7 Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN, at the top of Regent Street close to the new Central Library. Opening times are: Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm and Mondays from 10am to 4pm. There is a classroom for talks, PC clinics, gaming events, childrens club, adult computer classes and school visits. Admission fees are: £5.00 for a family ticket, £2 for adults, £1.50 for Students and Concessions, children age 6-15 yrs cost £1, under 5's go free. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. We welcome school parties and private groups by appointment. The museum is sponsored by the following organisations:

• Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors ( www.clarkholt.com)

• Intel UK ( www.intel.com)

• Silent-G Design ( www.silent-g.co.uk)

• Alpha Galileo ( www.alphagalileo.org)

• Shepherd Consulting ( http://www.shepherdconsulting.co.uk/)

• Dennis's Removals and Storage ( www.dennissremovals.co.uk)

The museum is supported by the following organisations:

• Wiltshire Branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT ( www.@wiltshirebcs.org)

For further details, hi-res photos, screen grabs or interviews contact:

Magdalena Szalachowska

Press Officer

Mobile: +44 (0) 7894450514


Julian Hogan

Events Manager

Mobile +44 7597 134477


For details on the museum contact:

Simon Webb

Curator, Museum of Computing

Mobile +44 (0)7834 375628



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