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Among the earliest arcade games ever made was Atari’s Breakout (followed a couple years later by Super Breakout) designed by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow.

Atari's Super Breakout game

In the game, players attempt to break through a wall of bricks via a wrecking ball bounced off a paddle. One Japanese gameshow featured a life-sized version of the the same, with bricks replaced by boxes and a human placed atop the structure just for laughs…


In the variety show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!, comedians Matsumoto Hitoshi, Hamada Masatoshi, Tsukitei (Yamazaki) Hōsei, Tanaka Naoki and Endō Shōzō competed in a wild Wall of Boxes challenge.

Japanese gameshow Wall of Boxes challenge

Threats to each player’s stack of boxes were revealed one-by-one from behind a curtain, including a team of ball-spiking volleyball players, a trio of roller derby girls, a hard-charging American football team, several sumo wrestlers and a pair of bowlers.


For an entirely different Wall of Boxes challenge that you can try at home, see how many cereal cartons you can stack without the tower toppling.