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Next Stop Rainbow Road

Mancunians using the Metrolink were left puzzled as the city centre’s busiest tram stops were renamed by a team of mischievous computer game characters. 

Led by Mario, the horde of costume characters wreaked havoc on tram stops, replacing signs with famous game locations and names.

Metrolink Manchester - It's a waiting game at Silent Hill
It’s a waiting game at Silent Hill

Piccadilly Gardens was renamed Rainbow Road after the iconic Mario Kart level with the help of Mario and Luigi.

Manchester Metrolink - Piccadilly Gardens renaming in action
Piccadilly Gardens renaming in action

St Peter’s Square was renamed Tetris Square with onlookers stopping to capture the characters causing mayhem and take a picture.

Manchester Metrolink - Passer by captures action at Tetris Square aka St Peter's Square
Passer by captures action at Tetris Square aka St Peter’s Square

Commuters were left in shock at Shudehill when greeted by the gory Nurse from Silent Hill getting off the tram.

Manchester Metrolink - Nurse from Silent Hill and Joel from Last of Us get off at Silent Hill
Nurse from Silent Hill and Joel from Last of Us get off at Silent Hill

The activity was in celebration of the North’s biggest gaming event Play Expo which takes place at Manchester Central on May 4 and May 5 – the entire Metrolink network has been renamed. Other stops given the computer game treatment included Market Street which became Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda and Exchange Square which was renamed Raccoon City from Resident Evil.

Play Expo will feature almost 1,000 free to play gaming screens with a huge range of games to play from retro favourites like Pac-Man and Mario right the way up to current blockbusters like Fortnite and Minecraft. The show also celebrates all elements of the gaming industry with a host of cosplayers, tournaments, guests and even careers advice for those looking to work in the world of gaming.

Think you know your computer games, why not challenge your friends and see who can get the most locations right on the Play Expo Metrolink map:

Metrolink Gets Renamed By Play Expo
Metrolink Gets Renamed By Play Expo

For more information and to buy tickets visit https://www.playexpomanchester.com

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