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The robotic vacuum cleaner Roomba has already made life easier by cleaning floors on its own (when it is not running away), but a U.S. art exhibition recently showed how the device can turn household chores into a replay of childhood video games. At the art show, an artist crafted Nintendo-inspired covers and turned the cleaning robots into four of the most feared, but beloved video game enemies from the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series.

The cute Roombas are part of an exhibition on 1980s video game memories at a Los Angeles art hall. The four designs were modeled after popular villains from Nintendo video games: the green and red Koopa shells from Super Mario Kart, the Goomba from Super Mario Brothers, and the Octorok from The Legend of Zelda.

▼ The green Koopa shell from Super Mario Kart

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▼ The red and green shells ready to take out your real life Mario Kart opponent

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▼ The Goomba from Super Mario Brothers

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▼ The Octorok from The Legend of Zelda

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Japanese netizens were split over which character they would want to adorn their robot friend, but they all seemed to agree that you should not try to recreate an actual Super Mario level by stomping on the poor creatures. They wanted to get one, but netizens would have to make strict rules to make sure their kids do not imitate Mario! But beyond the all around greatness of having Nintendo characters cleaning up your floors, some netizens had some comments and concerns:

But that’s going to make it hard for cats to ride!

With a cover like that, it’s going to be hard for cats to hang on.

I want the shell one and then I’m going to put my kid on top!

▼ Roomba kitty: real-life video game villain

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Image: Cheezburger

Watch the video below and let us know which video game Roomba you want!

Source: Nikita Sokuhou
Images/Video: Vimeo (iam8bit Productions)