Level up in Fargo, North Dakota at this fun, interactive Super Mario Bros Mural also known as the Fargo Mario Wall (or #FargoMarioWall).
The Fargo Mario Wall was created in local artists Dark Elvis and Icky Hiccup (Lauren Starling) in 2018. It features the iconic blue-sky background of Mushroom Kingdom, a green warp pipe, an enemy Goomba, and a couple of question blocks. It’s even designed to go with the flow of the brick wall it was painted on, the bricks are actually the bricks.
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When I was kid back in the 80s, the original Nintendo NES was my first game system and the original Super Mario Bros was one of my favorite video games (and, truthfully, about where my skill level at playing video games peaked). So finding the Super Mario mural in Fargo and getting to pretend I was Mario in action, was a childhood dream come true.
The artists have even stated that they purposefully left Mario (and Luigi) out of this colorful street art so that visitors can get the full, interactive experience by pretending to be Mario (or Luigi) in photos, jumping to uncover what lies behind those question blocks. Will it be coins? A super mushroom? A fire flower? A Starman? You’ll have to visit Fargo, North Dakota and see for yourself.
So, where is the Mario wall in Fargo? You can find this vintage video game-inspired mural off of 3rd Ave. N, in an alley behind the Pickled Parrot bar. Don’t worry, I promise that when you get there there is no one waiting to tell you that this public artwork is in another castle.
The Mario Wall is just one of many pieces of street art scattered around downtown Fargo. While you’re there be sure to also check out the Octopus mural and Bird Up mural. And while you’re visiting Fargo, hop across the border to Moorhead to see the World’s Largest Dilly Bar roadside attraction.
Fargo Mario Wall: Super Mario Bros Mural
Address: 505 3rd Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102 (in the alley behind the Pickled Parrot)
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See