Video: Marble Racing World Cup, Who Will Beat Japan This Year?

April 15, 2016 Updated: April 15, 2016

If you haven’t watched a World Cup marble race yet, maybe it’s time to pull out your national flag, sing your national anthem, and sit back for some exciting racing.

The little orbs are making a comeback and Jelle’s Marble Runs on YouTube has racked up quite a following, with 61,816 subscribers.

Jelle, based in the Netherlands, builds marble runs and tracks and then videos the small spheres as they jostle for rolling supremacy.

The 2016 World Cup video has been released in three parts and is much more elaborate than the 2015 version. The marble to beat this year is Japan, which raced to marble glory last year after edging out the U.K. for the title in one of the closest finishes in the marbling contest.

And if you’ve never heard 11,000 marbles rolling on a track, the “Marble Tsunami” is a visual and auditory treat. The 11,000 marbles creates an interesting, somewhat soothing cascade of noises as the marbles travel down large tracks.

“This contraption is build inside a [sic] indoor playground ‘Monkey Town’ at Gouda, the Netherlands, so don’t worry about neighbors! It’s standing in a large hall next to a sport center,” Jelle said on the YouTube page. “The sound is deafening, because of the noise, it will be equipped with noise damping housing and glass panels on the front.”

The tsunami video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.

The Marble Tsunami:

Here you can see the 2015 World Cup video, the entire world cup is conducted in the one video.



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