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Mario History: Super Mario Bros. 3 - 1990

Super Mario Bros. 3 - 1990

Platforming wizardry

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. Though it landed in Japan in late 1988, it would be February 1990 before Super Mario Bros. 3 would grace the NES in North America - painfully, it...

Review: Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

*Insert creepy-door-closing sound effect

Let's go back to November 2012. The Wii U was finally gracing us with its gorgeous, HD presence and alongside it sat Nintendo Land, a collection of 12 great games that perfectly showed off what the GamePad could do. One of the most loved games from the collection was Luigi's Ghost Mansion, an asymmetric...

Talking Point: Considering the Future of Nintendo Direct and Beyond for Reaching Old and New Fans

Considering the Future of Nintendo Direct and Beyond for Reaching Old and New Fans

Continued evolution, or a fresh direction?

Since it first emerged in late 2011, the Nintendo Direct concept has been integral to the big N's strategy for communicating with fans. In busy periods there can be multiple broadcasts in a single month, while longer gaps of 6-8 weeks have become relatively common in the past two years. We're in the midst...

News: Club Nintendo Adds Some Snappy Coaster Sets in PAL Territories

Club Nintendo Adds Some Snappy Coaster Sets in PAL Territories

Drink with style

Club Nintendo in Europe and Australia has evolved into a source of unnecessary cruelty, as a number of members have likely already blown their remaining balances on a lamp, download code or a myriad of other options. Now there are new products, and what are some of the priciest drink coasters - in virtual money, at least - that...

Ninterview: Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library

Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library

Collecting at a rate of 1.064 games per day

Nintendo is responsible for some of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but one of its most technically humble seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence at present. The monochrome Game Boy may not have the visual impact of the SNES or N64, but its portable nature arguably lends a more...

Video: Check Out the Diversity of the Question Block in Super Mario Maker With This Quirky Trailer

Check Out the Diversity of the Question Block in Super Mario Maker With This Quirky Trailer

Level creation meets game show

Those following it closely will already know a great deal about Super Mario Maker, which is making its way to Wii U on 11th September. Beyond its various features, however, is a huge helping of character and quirky presentation. The latest video shared by Nintendo's Japanese YouTube channel highlights that nicely,...

Mario Memories: Super Mario RPG Opens Up The World (and a Boss's Big Mouth)

Super Mario RPG Opens Up The World (and a Boss's Big Mouth)

"Mario! Prepare yourself for the great beyond!"

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. Next up is reviewer and news contributor Tim Latshaw. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the...

News: Chasing Aurora Dev Porting Electronic Super Joy To Wii U, Secrets of Raetikon Unlikely To Get The Same Treatment 

Chasing Aurora Dev Porting Electronic Super Joy To Wii U, Secrets of Raetikon Unlikely To Get The Same Treatment 

Happy happy, joy joy

Chasing Aurora developer Broken Rules has revealed on Twitter that is it porting Michael Todd's Electronic Super Joy to the Wii U eShop. A music-filled platformer with a strong sense of humour, Electronic Super Joy is currently available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and was awarded a solid 9/10 by Destructoid. Ironically, its...

News: 3DS Homebrew Hacker Turns to YouTube App As Latest Workaround for 'Tubehax'

3DS Homebrew Hacker Turns to YouTube App As Latest Workaround for 'Tubehax'

Follows the removal of IRONFALL Invasion from the eShop

Early this month the rather niche 3DS homebrew scene had a key evolution, moving away from requiring a specific retail game - namely Cubic Ninja - and utilising a free download to trigger the workaround. It's a small-scale scene compared to the DS days, but the homebrew launcher efforts of...

Mario History: Super Mario Land - 1989

Super Mario Land - 1989

Portable platforming

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. It's a reflection of the technological times that it was 1989 before Nintendo produced a profitable portable - its grey and green screen was far from...

Mario Memories: The Creative Joy of Childhood and Super Mario Maker as a Modern-Day Roll of Paper

The Creative Joy of Childhood and Super Mario Maker as a Modern-Day Roll of Paper

Mario Maker is for all the kids who will look back 20 years from now

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. Next up is Nintendo Life veteran and Noiseless Chatter master Philip J...

Mario History: Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988

Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988

Like a dream

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In our 1986 entry of this series we covered Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which forms the other half of this particular tale. Both that and what would...

Event: Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2015 - 18th to 22nd August

Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2015 - 18th to 22nd August

Champion racers are back

The worldwide Mario Kart community is huge, especially since the success of Mario Kart 8; yet let's not forget that the older versions are still heavily competitive. Super Mario Kart has Official World Championships held annually in France every August run by the French Federation of SMK team (http://www.ffsmk.org/)...

Mario Memories: Pre-Internet Timeline Confusion and the Joys of Computer Club

Pre-Internet Timeline Confusion and the Joys of Computer Club

The first rule of Computer Club...

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. Next up is reviewer Jonathan Town. Looking back now, I realise that growing up in Wakefield (West...