World’s Biggest Bounce Castle Launches U.S. Tour

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As you get older, the number of opportunities you have to jump inside bounce castles starts to dwindle. Luckily there’s an inflatable attraction that’s currently touring the U.S., and it’s big enough to hold guests of all ages.

The Big Bounce America bills itself as the biggest bounce house in the world. According to KHON2, it comprises five sections that span 10,000 square feet when assembled into one unit. The castle’s turrets reach a maximum height of 32 feet and require 28 blowers to fully inflate.

The bouncy behemoth is the brainchild of Scottish duo Cameron Craig and Grahame Ferguson. They write on the Big Bounce website: “We had a dream. A dream to build a bounce house. A bounce house so awesome in scale and content that you, your friends, and your families would travel from far and wide to marvel at its awesomeness.”

Following two years of research, they went to Cleveland to achieve their goal of constructing the world’s largest bounce house. They started taking their creation across America in July and plan to continue the tour through November, with stops in San Diego, Houston, Portland, Oregon and beyond.

Tickets cost $12 to $39 and include full access to the castle's basketball hoops, obstacle courses, ball pits, and inflatable chill out areas. Bouncers ages zero to 100 are welcome, but single adults will have to wait for a 16-and-over session to join in the fun.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

This 1980s Copy of Super Mario Bros. Is One of the Most Expensive Video Games in History

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The original Super Mario Bros. changed video games forever when Nintendo released it for the NES in the 1980s, and now it's making history again. As The Verge reports, a mint cartridge from 1985 just sold for $100,150, breaking a world record in video game sales.

Super Mario Bros. was the first game starring Mario that Nintendo released for a home console. Most old copies of the game from the 1980s show noticeable wear, but the item that just sold through Heritage Auctions was a rare find for collectors. The cartridge is still preserved in its sealed case, earning it a "near mint" grade of 9.4 and a A++ "seal rating" from the rare game certifiers Wata Games.

It's also a rare "sticker-sealed" copy that Nintendo created for an exclusive test market launch of the NES in New York and Los Angeles. That, along with the game's pristine condition, helped make it the most expensive graded game ever sold when a group of collectors purchased it for $100,150 at auction.

Super Mario Bros. helped launch a video game franchise and paved the way for some of Nintendo's most famous properties, including Mario Cart and Super Smash Bros. It's one of several old-school NES games that collectors are willing to shell out big bucks for. Stadium Events, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships (one sold in 2014 for $100,088), and the Nintendo Campus Challenge are also very rare and expensive.

[h/t The Verge]

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