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News: How Was Super Mario Bros. 3 Made?

How Was Super Mario Bros. 3 Made?

Origin tails

The Tanooki tail is back in a big way this year, but it's time to take a look back at when and how it entered the Mario canon way back in Super Mario Bros. 3. Chris Covell's website has a translation of The Stars of Famicom Games, a 1989 book taking a sneaky peek at how Mario's greatest 8-bit adventure was created, from ideas to manufacturing. Shigeru Miyamoto, Koji Kondo, Takashi..

News: Just Dance 3 Gets Mario DLC on 14th December

Just Dance 3 Gets Mario DLC on 14th December

Wa-ha!

Just Dance 3 is about to get a whole lot more plumber-y, as Nintendo UK has announced a Mario song is on the way next week. From 14th December you'll be able to download The Mario Song for 250 Nintendo Points, a medley of classics beats and tracks from Mario games past. An on-screen Mario jives to the beat, and the dance marks all wear Mario...

News: 3DS Nears 3 Million Sales in Japan

3DS Nears 3 Million Sales in Japan

Mario Kart does the business too

3DS is selling better than ever, with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata telling the Nikkei newspaper (via Andriasang) the system is about to tip the scales at 3 million units sold in Japan — two weeks quicker than the DS reached the same milestone. The news comes a week after Nintendo confirmed 3DS beat the DS's...

News: Japan Buys Half a Million Copies of Super Mario 3D Land

Japan Buys Half a Million Copies of Super Mario 3D Land

Off to a flyer

Super Mario 3D Land saw release in Japan last month and made light work of the competition, selling over 500,000 copies across the country. Andriasang reports the game shifted 542,842 copies across Japan between 31st October and 27th November, with the best first-week sales of any 3DS game yet. In North America Super Mario 3D Land set series sales records, selling over 500,000 units..

News: Super Mario Galaxy Director Said No to Kuribo's Shoe

Super Mario Galaxy Director Said No to Kuribo's Shoe

Not a wind-up

After Super Mario Bros. 3 it took the Tanooki tail years to make a resurgence, appearing in both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, but it's not the only retro power-up from the game overdue a revival. IGN recently spoke to Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida about the game and asked about the legendary Kuribo's shoe, one...

Guide: Mario Kart 7 Top Tips

Mario Kart 7 Top Tips

Be magnificent in MK7

By now you'll probably have pumped a stack of hours into Mario Kart 7, but if you're still finding yourself more loser than leader we've got Mario Kart medallist James Newton to put together a few short tips to help you shave seconds off your performances. If you want to put your

News: Nintendo Life Takes the Podium at Mario Kart 7 Launch Event

Nintendo Life Takes the Podium at Mario Kart 7 Launch Event

We're number... two!

Mario Kart 7 is out now around the world, and to celebrate the release of Mario's latest racing outing Nintendo UK shelled out on a launch party at London's Sports Café this past Wednesday. Nintendo Life editor James Newton was there. The café's interior was decked out in Mario Kart livery, with stacked tyres and plenty of 3DS systems set up to demonstrate the latest MK..

News: Join the Official Nintendo Life Mario Kart 7 Communities

Join the Official Nintendo Life Mario Kart 7 Communities

Let's see some skill

Mario Kart 7 is out around the world this week, and to get you all playing together we've set up an official Nintendo Life community for you to join. To make sure everyone finds something to enjoy we've set up a range of game types, all in the 150cc class. To join the Nintendo Life community on Mario Kart 7, follow these steps:...

News: Digital Makes Up 14% of Key Nintendo Franchise Sales

Digital Makes Up 14% of Key Nintendo Franchise Sales

The figures are in

Nintendo does not release sale statistics for its digital content, leaving us with no real idea of how the company's download sales are doing. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did give away one intriguing nugget of information in a recent interview with Time, however: The packaged content gets all the buzz and the noise, but in the last 12 months when you look at..

News: Iwata Asks Sheds Light on Mario Kart 7's Creation

Iwata Asks Sheds Light on Mario Kart 7's Creation

Retro and Nintendo in harmony

By now you've presumably read our Mario Kart 7 review, giving the latest 3DS racer a well-deserved 9/10 score. If you want to know more about how the game was put together, Nintendo's got you covered with an Iwata Asks interview all about MK7. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke to series producer Hideki Konno and other members of the Entertainment Analysis and..

News: Game Paused Shares Classy Mario and Zelda Shirts

Game Paused Shares Classy Mario and Zelda Shirts

Boldly going

Your wardrobe is probably missing shirts showing neon Mario leaping over a Super NES pad, not to mention garments depicting 112 icons of moments from the last 25 years of The Legend of Zelda. Your wardrobe shame could end soon though, with two new shirts from Game Paused. The classic Mario and anniversary Legend 25th t-shirts sell for £24 each, with free shipping anywhere in the..

News: Mario and Skyward Sword Set Series Sales Records

Mario and Skyward Sword Set Series Sales Records

Quick off the mark

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told USA Today that the latest outings for Mario and Zelda have smashed series sales records. Super Mario 3D Land became the fastest-selling handheld Mario game in history, shifting over 500,000 units since it launched on 13th November. The plumber's long-awaited début gave 3DS sales a boost too: when Mario arrived, system sales..

Feature: Keeping Mario at the Top

Keeping Mario at the Top

A never-ending icon

Mario is the face of Nintendo, a fact that is clear to most. As a character, however, he lacks any depth or back-story. Although some titles, such as the Mario & Luigi RPG titles on the Game Boy Advance and DS, apply a simple and humorous story to Mario and his world, he is often simply rescuing a Princess from a giant turtle creature. In fact, games writer James Leach said..

News: Nintendo Finishing Mario Kart 7 Was an "Act of Emergency"

Nintendo Finishing Mario Kart 7 Was an "Act of Emergency"

Calling all cars

Mario Kart series producer Hideki Konno has revealed Nintendo saw finishing work on Mario Kart 7 as an "act of emergency", according to a new Japanese Iwata Asks article (via Eurogamer). Konno reveals the game started development with just eight staff attached, but that once team members were peeled off to work on

News: Miyamoto: "Super Mario 64 Was Boring"

Miyamoto: "Super Mario 64 Was Boring"

Wasn't always a classic

We now know that Super Mario 64 is one of the most important genre leaps in gaming history, taking Nintendo's mascot from 2D into 3D with enormous skill and craftsmanship. However, creating the game wasn't plain sailing, as a new Iwata Asks reveals. The discussion — which comes in at a colossal 26 pages — reveals that...

News: Miyamoto Not a Huge Fan of Mario Kart 7 Customisation

Miyamoto Not a Huge Fan of Mario Kart 7 Customisation

But he came around

One of the biggest additions to Mario Kart 7 is the ability to change up your racer to suit the surroundings: big tyres, little tyres, that sort of thing. That's not to say that everyone within Nintendo was keen on including customisation though, with gaming genius Shigeru Miyamoto revealing he was against it initially. Speaking...

News: Zelda and Mario Break Into UK Top Ten

Zelda and Mario Break Into UK Top Ten

Strong showing

In one of the most crowded release weeks in the gaming calendar, Nintendo's key players have performed well to enter the UK top ten chart. Super Mario 3D Land leapt into ninth place, while The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword grabbed seventh position. Further down the chart, the latest crossover between plumber and hedgehog, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, got one..

News: Classic and Modern Mario Stages Step Onto Fortune Street

Classic and Modern Mario Stages Step Onto Fortune Street

World 1 awaits

Nintendo and Square Enix team-up Fortune Street is bringing the best of both franchises to its world of board games, with new screenshots showing some of the familiar sights you'll be trying to conquer with the upcoming Wii game. The game takes in spots of Mario history, starting from the classic World 1 from Super Mario Bros. and going right up to Starship Mario from Super Mario..

Out Today: Super Mario 3D Land and Wallpapers

Super Mario 3D Land and Wallpapers

Double whammy

Talk about good days: Nintendo fans in Europe have a new Mario and a new Zelda to choose from today, as the much-anticipated 3DS release Super Mario 3D Land finally reaches European shores. To celebrate the plumber's first true 3D platforming game we've put together some awesome computer wallpapers to bring a touch of the Mushroom Kingdom to your desktop. If you needed any further..