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Penelope Cruz wears Mario mustache in Nintendo ad

Kristina Vragovic

Penelope Cruz ditches gown, dons overalls for ad

The Oscar-winning actress battles her sister in a game of Super Mario 2… and loses


Penelope Cruz and her sister, Monica, star in a new Nintendo ad – which ends with a mustachioed Penelope posing as Mario to promote the Nintendo 3DS XL and Super Mario 2.

In the ad, Monica and Penelope Cruz lounge by their pool, their Nintendo 3DSs in hand, playing Super Mario 2. (The setting itself is idyllic.) When things get competitive, Penelope loses a bet against her sister and has to dress up as the iconic coin-loving plumber. Needless to say, the screenshots of the game get slightly overshadowed by the sight of Penelope Cruz in a mustache and overalls.

“Teaming up with the Cruz sisters is a perfect fit for us,” Nintendo marketing exec Laurent Fisher said. “Not only because ‘New Super Mario Bros 2’ lets two players enjoy the entire adventure playing as brothers Mario and Luigi simultaneously, but because these sisters have been genuine fans of the series for many years.”

Oh, and probably because the sisters are both gorgeous, even with facial hair. A charming touch is Monica busting a gut in the background as Penelope Cruz buys mushrooms in an Italian accent.

“The co-op mode really brought out their competitive side, and they had a lot of fun trying to collect as many coins as possible while racing to finish each level first,” Fisher said.

What do you think? Does the ad make you long for some good old-fashioned sibling rivalry (with a 90% bigger screen)?

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