'Downton Abbey' as SNES video game: Fluff those pillows!

Up to the challenge of finding lost cigars and picking out a bouillon spoon from a lineup? Then the imaginary Super Nintendo version of "Downton Abbey" is for you.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Downton Abbey as SNES game
Test your fluffing skills. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

It's fun to sit around and play "What if?" What if Google acquired Microsoft? What if Superman and Spider-Man made a movie together? What if "Downton Abbey" were a Super Nintendo game? We have a pretty good answer to that last question.

YouTube user Bill Kiley posted a video showing what the imported PBS megahit would look like as an SNES game. It comes complete with an insanely catchy digital ditty that's perfect for the SNES period. As a new footman at Downton, you're faced with a myriad of tasks that come fast and furious.

First, you have to find the Earl of Grantham's misplaced cigars. Then, you must investigate a possible poisoning in the kitchen. Later, the head housemaid, Anna Bates, demands you push "L" and "R" as fast as you can to fluff pillows for the guests.

There's a cutlery identification challenge that most people in the world would fail miserably at. The aristocracy continues to boss you around, sending you off to locate the Dowager Countess's hidden jewels. A mock-up image of the fictional game box calls it "tastefully exciting."

Comments from "Downton" fans on the YouTube page are fairly effusive. One viewer even declares it to be better than the movie "Titanic." It seems like the legions of Downton fans would pay good money to play this game, me included. Are you listening, Nintendo? I want to fluff some pillows with a game controller ASAP.

(Via Geek When Spoken To)