Spanish Neighborhood Names Streets After Games

Spanish Neighborhood Names Streets After Games

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A new neighborhood in Spain that's being built for first-time home buyers is naming a dozen of its streets after famous videogame characters including Mario, Sonic and Zelda.

Arcosur is a government-sponsored initiative that began last year, building more than 21,000 residences as a suburb of the city of Zaragoza for people aged 20-35 who are buying their first homes. As part of the process, future residents were invited to vote on street names in an online poll, resulting in a dozen of them being tagged with game-related names. The first, "Avenida de Super Mario Bros.," was unveiled on Saturday.

"We are people who grew up living with videogames. We know them very well. I'm the same age as Mario," Arcosur neighborhood association president Antonio Almudi explained to CNN. Other streets planned for the new suburb will be given the names of videogames like Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders and The Legend of Zelda, while the remaining 46 roads will be named after musical composers and Spanish monuments.

The unveiling of what future residents claimed is the first street in the world named after the iconic Nintendo videogame was accompanied by a celebration featuring people wearing fake mustaches, a dancing "Mario mascot" and a violin and a cello duo performing the Super Mario Bros. theme song. Nintendo representatives even showed up to hand out prizes in honor of the game's 25th anniversary.

Residents are "proud" to have their street named after Super Mario rather than war heroes or violent characters, according to Almudi, who added that more than 60,000 people are eventually expected to live in Arcosur. "The majority of us are lawyers, police officers, engineers, businessmen, teachers and hard workers of all kinds," he said. "Surely we have a lot of plumbers."

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I feel this is necessary.

And I think that's the first time anyone has ever said that with a straight face.

"Surely we have a lot of plumbers."

Brilliant things to say with the circumstances.

EDIT: Upon further reading (and after being quoted), I have seen this was in Spain.

Well, its nice then. It will be kinda cool, but as to why spain does this, I'm not sure. From what we're led in AMerica to believe, the european audiences are something of afterthoughts (release dates, games, contents, I hear importing is harder there, but then again, I just hear this stuff. id otn know anyone i could ask). though its nice city officials have a sense of humour.

Mario: Taking over the world, one street at a time.

In all seriousness: That's cool. Hope to hear updates about other street names.

emeraldrafael:
Well... At least thy're trying to add some joy to the otherwise black hole of despair Mexico is turning to with the drug cartel war.

uh, bro, he's talking about Spain, not Mexico

I hope many countries take after this, it would be awesome to liv on Kratos Road. Or Kel'Thuzad Street.

teh_Canape:

emeraldrafael:
Well... At least thy're trying to add some joy to the otherwise black hole of despair Mexico is turning to with the drug cartel war.

uh, bro, he's talking about Spain, not Mexico

Is it? Hunh... must of missed that. My bad then.

Your wife's in another residence.

What's your address? Super Mario Bros #3

Edit: I wouldn't want to live on Peter Jackson's King Kong the oficial game of the movie av. It would take me for ever to fill forms.

Anyone else thinking it might look quite strange on official correspondence to have a videogame-themed address? ...maybe I am old fashioned...

Uh, uh, can I pre-book a house on Bowser Street? I'll install a lot of ladders and build the entrance up on the third floor!

esperandote:
Your wife's in another residence.

What's your address? Super Mario Bros #3

you just won the thread for that

Is that even legal? They are trademarked characters. Could they just call a street "Coca Cola Street"?

I wanna live there. Just to be able to live on Sonic ave. Or If they did use Metal Gear Solid just so when someone asks where i live i can say on Solid ave or something else really bad lol.

I really hope this picks up in the States... I want to buy a house on Aperture Lane.

Darth IB:
I hope many countries take after this, it would be awesome to liv on Kratos Road. Or Kel'Thuzad Street.

I'd love to live on Kratos Street. Or perhaps Captain Price Avenue? Maybe even Reznov Boulevard? The possibilities are endless!

You´d be the coolest gangsters ever `If you mess with me, you mess with all of the super marios`, `welcome to the hood, want a ´shroom?´

Mmmm, Morrowind Av.

I could grow old and be happy there...

I'm all for game references over war heroes any day =D Sign me up for just about any street in this neighborhood. Awesome.

esperandote:
Your wife's in another residence.

What's your address? Super Mario Bros #3

Edit: I wouldn't want to live on Peter Jackson's King Kong the oficial game of the movie av. It would take me for ever to fill forms.

It could be worse. You could live on Richard Garriot's Tabula Rasa Avenue.

"Hey where do you live?"

"E.T. street."

"GIMME THE FLAMETHROWER!"

I could see myself living there. We need more awesome neighborhoods like this.

great...now fanboys are gonna get all gangland on people...

 

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