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Feature: What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved

What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved

Match three with a difference

YouTube recently released a presser in anticipation of its 10th anniversary. Listed in acknowledgement of the milestone were several "top 10's", including the top 10 most viewed video game videos, as ranked by watch time: Minecraft Grand Theft Auto (series) League of Legends Call of Duty (series) FIFA...

Review: New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

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When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...

News: Nintendo Announces Gold & Silver Super Mario Edition amiibo Figures For Australia And New Zealand

Nintendo Announces Gold & Silver Super Mario Edition amiibo Figures For Australia And New Zealand

Next two waves also dated

Following the recent US news, Nintendo has today announced the gold and silver Super Mario edition amiibo figures will be arriving soon in Australia and New Zealand. The silver amiibo will be available exclusively from EB Games from the 30th of May and is able to be pre-ordered from the EB Games website right now. With...

Video: Reminisce and Watch the History of Super Mario Intro Scenes

Reminisce and Watch the History of Super Mario Intro Scenes

From 8-bit to HD

The Super Mario franchise isn't renowned for its complex storytelling; in fact the old joke goes that when reviewing one of the plumber's platformers you can cover off the plot in one line - "it doesn't really matter". Be that as it may, the opening scene of a new Mario game can, nevertheless, set the tone for the platforming...

News: Get Ready To Build With Mario Maker On Wii U This September

Get Ready To Build With Mario Maker On Wii U This September

Celebrating Mario's 30th anniversary

Mario fans were given a special mention during today's Nintendo Direct, as the portly plumber will be celebrating his 30th anniversary this year. To help mark the occasion, it was announced that Mario Maker will be coming to Wii U in September, so fans can create their own version of the Mushroom Kingdom as they...

News: Nintendo Finally Confirms the Super Mario Series Mario amiibo for Individual Sale in North America

Nintendo Finally Confirms the Super Mario Series Mario amiibo for Individual Sale in North America

Breaking out of bundles

The Super Mario series of amiibo toys has, in some cases, been just as hard to find as the Super Smash Bros. run, though gamers in Europe have at least had options with the full range. While the Mario toy has been for sale individually and as part of a Mario Party 10 bundle in PAL territories, in North America this figure has...

News: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition Bundle Launching May 22nd

Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition Bundle Launching May 22nd

Demo hitting the eShop earlier in the month

Western players won't have too much longer to wait before they can get their hands on some red hot, orb-matching action, as the Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition bundle has been confirmed for a May 22nd release date in North America. This handy double-pack features...

News: Speedrunner Conquers Super Mario 64 in World Record Time, With No Stars

Speedrunner Conquers Super Mario 64 in World Record Time, With No Stars

You don't need any stars to be a star

The rules of Super Mario 64 are well known. Jump, flip, and swim through treacherous levels to collect the shimmering power star at the end; speedrunners take this premise to the extreme. They collect all 120 power stars in as fast a time as possible, using precise jumps and taking advantage of various glitches...

News: Speedrunner Unexpectedly Collects New Super Mario 64 World Record in Duel

Speedrunner Unexpectedly Collects New Super Mario 64 World Record in Duel

Powered up

Super Mario 64 has long been a popular game for speedrunning, and the title has had many world records attached to its name. Another has just been added, and it was rather unexpected. On 26th February two speedrunners known as Nero and Puncayshun raced to see who could collect the game's 120 power stars first. Despite saving and quitting...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

News: Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made

Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made

Three years in the making, and breaking

The ROM hack scene can be an endlessly entertaining place. Offering up creative, fan-made content, one can never really know what to expect from the community. More often than not, fans will create more challenging levels after completing a game in a quest for additional prestige and for a true test of skills...

Weirdness: These Nifty 8-bit Super Mario Collectables May Make Canned Coffee Taste Better

These Nifty 8-bit Super Mario Collectables May Make Canned Coffee Taste Better

Prepare to get wired

Japanese beverage company DyDo has teamed up with Nintendo to make canned coffee even more appealing. Starting on 17th February the drinks manufacturer will be putting a range of 8-bit Super Mario themed collectables on top of their cups. It appears that lucky Japanese customers will be able to collect 8-bit style Mario,...

Weirdness: Drunken Mario and Luigi Unleash Mini Crime Wave on Historic Cambridge City Centre

Drunken Mario and Luigi Unleash Mini Crime Wave on Historic Cambridge City Centre

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The historic English city of Cambridge is famous for many things - the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings, punting down the river Cam and world famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. This sterling reputation as a tourist hotspot for visitors to the UK was tarnished recently when rogue...

Weirdness: There's an Awesome Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 Easter Egg in Dying Light

There's an Awesome Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 Easter Egg in Dying Light

Stomping zombies

Dying Light, an open-world title in which you take on a lot of zombies, is a recent arrival on platforms such as the PS4 and Xbox One. The critical reception to Techland's game has been relatively mixed, but it's still one of 2015's first major releases; now, an awesome Easter Egg has been spotted to show that a current-day release...

News: Unused Textures in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Suggest Dr. Mario Themed Stage

Unused Textures in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Suggest Dr. Mario Themed Stage

The doctor is out

Through data mining and various other overtly complex methods, an avid fan of the Super Smash Bros. series has uncovered some unused texture files in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that point towards plans for Dr. Mario to have his own stage at some point during development. The three viruses pictured look as though they could...

News: This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super Mario Bros. 4 To Nintendo 25 Years Ago

This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super Mario Bros. 4 To Nintendo 25 Years Ago

Even Nintendo's rejection letters are awesome

Back in 1990, Nintendo fan Jason Venter had an idea. He loved Super Mario Bros. 3 and the excellence of that game inspired him to create a planning document for a sequel. That document was packed with the kind of ideas that could only come from the active imagination of an 11-year-old gaming addict -...

Video: YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offense At One Element Of Mario's Game Boy Past

YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offense At One Element Of Mario's Game Boy Past

"Come on Nintendo. You're better than this"

Mario is one of the most recognisable characters in entertainment media, and has starred in a staggering number of games over the past few decades. The portly Italian plumber has also enjoyed a number of cameo roles throughout the years, and it's this element of the character's history that the latest...

Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And Bowser Are Now Firm Friends

According To McDonald's, Mario And Bowser Are Now Firm Friends

We all know that Mario and Bowser don't exactly get on. The latter is always attempting to steal the former's girlfriend, and over the past three decades the pair have clashed multiple times, with Mario usually emerging victorious. It would appear that fast food chain McDonald's feels that it's time to bury the hatchet and make up, as it has...