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News: Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken

Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken

Beating the game in under 10 minutes is an artform

Super Mario World is a big game — so big it put other 2D platformers to shame when it launched alongside the shiny new SNES back in the early '90s. However, while many of us will have happy memories of wasting countless hours finding all those levels and secret routes, speedrunner linkdeadx2 has...

News: Missing Super Mario Philips CD-i Game Comes To Light

Missing Super Mario Philips CD-i Game Comes To Light

How Mario almost took America

When Nintendo ditched Sony at the altar and decided not to proceed with the SNES-based PlayStation console, it quickly inked a new deal with Dutch firm Philips. That agreement also fell through, but Nintendo sweetened the divorce by allowing Philips to create games based on its characters for its CD-i entertainment...

News: Boy Battling Terminal Cancer Gets To Control A Life-Sized Game Of Super Mario Bros.

Boy Battling Terminal Cancer Gets To Control A Life-Sized Game Of Super Mario Bros.

A heart-warming tale

A 10 year-old Canadian boy named Patrick has terminal brain cancer and is confined to a wheelchair, but thanks to The Children's Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan he got to realise one of his dreams: to control a life-sized version of the Super Mario Bros. video game. 50 volunteers — including the cast of Odyssey Productions, a...

News: These Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meal Toys in Malaysia Are All Kinds of Awesome

These Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meal Toys in Malaysia Are All Kinds of Awesome

Penguin Mario! Boomerang Mario! Peach!

Not so long ago there was a Super Mario range of McDonald's Happy Meal toys in the UK; restaurants near Nintendo Life HQ reported increased sales to late 20s / early 30s bearded men, some of whom had no children in tow to justify their visit. We even did an unboxing. The same wave of enthusiasm for cheap food...

Weirdness: Realistic Mario Probably Wouldn't Have Been As Successful As Super Mario

Realistic Mario Probably Wouldn't Have Been As Successful As Super Mario

Head + block = ouch

In case the size-altering mushrooms and cartoon-like environments didn't make it obvious enough, Super Mario Bros. takes place in a world of fantasy. However, it's always fun to consider what Nintendo's most famous franchise could have been like if the company had decided to adopt a more realistic approach. In this segment from...

News: Nintendo Is Working On The Next Mario Game, But Can't Reveal If It's Coming To 3DS Or Wii U

Nintendo Is Working On The Next Mario Game, But Can't Reveal If It's Coming To 3DS Or Wii U

"There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention"

Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has revealed that work has already begun on the next Super Mario game, but he is unable to give any information about which console it is coming to. Speaking to EDGE in a feature about the making of Super Mario 3D World, Koizumi refused to be drawn on...

News: Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North American Virtual Consoles On April 17th

Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North American Virtual Consoles On April 17th

Nintendo of America confirms GBA Virtual Console lineup, too

It's been a long time coming, but Super Mario Bros. 3 finally has a release date for the North American Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console services. Nintendo of America has confirmed that the classic NES game will launch on April 17th, priced at $4.99. Regarded by many Mario fans as one of the...

Video: Watch Us Hungrily Unbox The McDonald's Super Mario Happy Meal

Watch Us Hungrily Unbox The McDonald's Super Mario Happy Meal

It's the unboxing you've all been waiting for

This week sees the launch of a new range of Super Mario Happy Meal toys at McDonald's in the UK, and as you might expect, we were first in line to pick some up this morning. Below you'll see Tom and Damien pick apart two of these eagerly-awaited cardboard boxes of culinary joy. It's riveting stuff, and...

Weirdness: These iPhone Mock-Ups Suggest That Mario On Mobile Might Be A Bad Idea

These iPhone Mock-Ups Suggest That Mario On Mobile Might Be A Bad Idea

Place your tongue firmly in your cheek before reading

Industry experts and jumpy investors are screaming at Nintendo to make games for smartphones right now, but company president Satoru Iwata is adamant that the future of the firm lies in dedicated gaming hardware, rather than diluted, cash-grab experiences on the likes of iOS and Android.

News: Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is Just Swell

Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Super Mario 64 Is Just Swell

Esteemed developer lists it as his favourite non-Valve game

Gabe Newell is arguably one of the most important people in the games industry right now. He's the co-founder and managing director of Valve Corporation, a company which has created some amazing titles and is behind Steam — a popular digital distribution platform which many predict will...

News: As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

Japanese firm has no issue with the game's visuals

Unless you've been living down an especially deep well for the past week or so, you'll have heard of the name Flappy Bird. The smartphone title has attracted an astonishing amount of interest both from within and outside the games industry, and its creator Dong Nguyen apparently made $50,000 USD a...

Weirdness: The Fresh Prince Meets Super Mario In This Toe-Tapping Mash-Up

The Fresh Prince Meets Super Mario In This Toe-Tapping Mash-Up

I looked at my (Mushroom) kingdom, I was finally there

With the release of Super Mario 3D World almost upon us, what better way to celebrate than combine the lyrics of classic TV show Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air with the Wii U game's infectious soundtrack? That's exactly what one resourceful soul has done — you can witness the result below. If you're...

News: Check out These Awesome Super Mario Happy Meal Toys

Check out These Awesome Super Mario Happy Meal Toys

Although you'll need to go to Japan if you want one

Do you love Super Mario, enjoy eating copious amounts of fast food and also happen to live in Japan? If so, then you're in luck! Starting from next month, McDonalds Japan will be offering two delightful Super Mario toys with its Happy Set meals (essentially the Japanese version of a Happy Meal)...

Feature: The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D World's Multiplayer Mode

The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D World's Multiplayer Mode

One crown to rule them all

In this personal reminiscence, Martin Watts describes his experience of playing Super Mario 3D World in multiplayer, and how it exposes our greatest flaws of character... Last week, Features Editor Thomas Whitehead and I were invited along to Nintendo UK's offices for a bit of hands-on time with one of Nintendo's most...

News: Planning To Download New Super Mario Bros. 2? You'll Need About 45 Minutes

Planning To Download New Super Mario Bros. 2? You'll Need About 45 Minutes

Plenty of time to make a hot drink, then

Much has been made of Nintendo's move into digital download retail releases; while this kind of distribution is commonplace on consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita, Nintendo is only just finding its feet. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the first Nintendo game to be available digitally and in stores...