You could have a top IQ if you can work out which way Super Mario is running on the stairs in five seconds | The Sun

EVERY youngster has fond memories of the two Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi blasting their way through Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach.

But now you can really put your skills to the test and see if you can work out which way Mario is running on the stairs in an action-packed clip from 1989.

You could have a top IQ if you can work out which way he's running in the optical illusion in just five seconds

You might think it's an easy task – but the mind-boggling clip has got viewers scratching their heads.

The episode of Super Mario Bros Super Show Cartoon shows Mario trying to wipe out the green turtles tailing him with a massive fireball before he runs away.

The popular cartoon character dressed in his classic white dungarees and matching white cap can be seen racing through a winding tower to rescue kidnapped Joliet.

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But a few seconds of the video have left viewers stumped as it's tricky to work out if Mario is running up or down the stairs.

One baffled viewer posted an image of him on the stairs, with the caption: "I'm losing my s**t over this. Which way are these stairs going?"

At first glance, it appears Mario could be running down the stairs – but is he?

If you need a clue, take a look at his left foot.

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Decide for yourself whether your foot would be in this position if you were running down the stairs.

It means Mario is actually running up the stairs.

Well done if you managed to work it out as many viewers were left shocked after finding out the answer.

One said: "Omg, I was sooo confident that it was down."

Another wrote: "I was so confused then I saw this and I'm questioning the same thing now."

A third said: "During that one particular scene it still looks like he is going down."

But someone spotted it straight away and wrote: "Definitely up, just look at how his feet are placed on the stairs."

If your brain isn't fried enough from Mario, try and work out if the cat is travelling in this optical illusion within five seconds.

The grey moggy has managed to mystify social media users trying to decipher its direction.

The incredible illusion shows the furry feline pacing on a grey flight of stairs.

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Although you can clearly see the cute creature's face looking straight at you, it's difficult to make sense of which way it's going.

But if you manage to bust the brain teaser in just five seconds, it could be a sign of your extraordinary intelligence.

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