Suspicious Box Found in Tempe Might Be Familiar to Old School Nintendo Fans

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In a week when the entire nation is on absolute high alert concerning any sort of suspicious items being left out in the open, one local wisenheimer may have thought it was apparently high time for a little mischief.

Earlier today, officers from the Tempe Police Department investigated a "suspicious package" that was discovered near the intersection of Newberry Lane and Spence Avenue. And what cops found may resemble an object familiar to fans of old school Nintendo games.

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According to a press release and image sent out by Tempe Police, officers called in the cavalry (specifically, the department's bomb squad) in response to a cardboard box covered in golden paper and decorated with large white paper question marks on different sides. The immediate area was also cordoned off and evacuated.

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Photo courtesy of Tempe PD/Photo illustration by New Times

After glancing at the above image of the suspicious parcel, those folks who have played a round or three of the 1985 Nintendo classic Super Mario Bros. will instantly recognize it as a mock-up of one of the golden question blocks that are scattered throughout the game and contain various power-ups used by either Mario or Luigi.

So how did this box get there? We did some detective work of our own and discovered the answer.

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