Mario Kart Projected Onto Ice During NHL Game Intermission

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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 below–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.

Source: Game Spot Mashup