Monday22nd Mar 2021
Bleep bleep bleep bleep-bleep bleep, bloop.
We'll be honest – we just like any excuse to use an image of Music Toad. All the little sounds that play when you're messing around in a console's menus might not seem all that important at first, until you realise just how much time you spend there. Maybe we're just strange, but we often find ourselves...
Games? Gone. Merch? Gone. Mario?
Nintendo has confirmed that a set of special Mario 35th-anniversary products currently available at its Tokyo store will be pulled from sale on 31st March. An awful lot has already been said about Mario's upcoming doomsday (31st March is looking set to be a pretty miserable day for Nintendo's famous plumber), but...
"Optimisation tricks were needed to get the game to run at full speed"
You may not know the Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD) by name, but you'll certainly be familiar with its work. Having created emulators for the NES and SNES Classic Editions, and downloadable
Friday19th Mar 2021
The Osaka theme park is now open to the public
CNN Correspondent Selina Wang visited the newly-opened Super Nintendo World to show off the theme park, as well as detailing some of its COVID policies. She even managed to get a ride on the AR Mario Kart track, "Koopa's Challenge", which is more than many visitors will get - VGC noted that the queue...
Update: Deals end this weekend
Update: As a quick reminder, Nintendo's 35% off Mario deals are coming to an end this weekend. You have until Sunday if you're hoping to pick up either Super Mario Maker 2 or Paper Mario: The Origami King at a reduced price from the eShop! Original Article (Thu 11th Mar, 2021 15:00 GMT): While sadly not as impressive...
Thursday18th Mar 2021
A-Train All Aboard! scores top ten debut
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 14th March, revealing that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is still top of the pile. The title continued its winning ways with another estimated 41,734 physical sales this week, down by roughly 12,000 from the previous week. It leads a top...
"Don’t miss out"
Update [Wed 24th Mar, 2021 00:00 GMT]: Nintendo of America has published yet another reminder that Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Switch will only be available until the end of this month. Now might be the time to grab it, if you haven't already. Original article [Thu 18th Mar, 2021 01:35 GMT]: It's March, and that means...
Wednesday17th Mar 2021
Final course goes live next month
Super Mario Maker 2's Ninji Speedruns, an online mode featuring special courses designed by Nintendo, will soon host its final challenge. The mode gives players a chance to compete against each other to submit their fastest times on each course; each challenge typically lasts for a week, and old courses remain...
And you're invited to take part
One of the cool new additions in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is the game's Snapshot Mode, a feature that unsurprisingly lets you take perfect shots of the title's cat-filled world, add filters and stamps, and then share your best efforts with the world. To make the most out of it, Nintendo has opened up a...
Begins on March 19th
It's another week and - until March 31st rolls around, at least - we've got the usual Super Mario Bros. 35 event coming our way, going live on March 19th. Following on from the previous 5th Coin King event, this week's Special Battle has more in common with the
Update: "was mistakenly posted for pre-sale"
Update 2: The set is now planned to launch on 24th June! Full details here. Update [Wed 17th Mar, 2021 02:15 GMT]: We've been contacted by a Hot Wheels representative and it turns out the Mario Kart Rainbow Road track was mistakenly posted for pre-sale on Amazon over the weekend. It won't actually be...
Tuesday16th Mar 2021
Someone put these Marios out of their misery
Forget Bunny Day and St Patrick: the most important event this week is the Off-Model Mario Championship, in which multiple mangled Marios will battle for the dubious honour of being crowned Weirdest Mario. Here are the ones who've made it to Round 32: Climb into the Mario mouth for endless times of...
Naughty, but effective
The original Super Mario 3D World on Wii U introduced the Double Cherry, a brand new power-up that creates a clone of your character, essentially allowing players to control two or more versions of themselves at the same time. Naturally, the item is present once again in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on Switch...
But it's another solid week for Nintendo
UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 13th March, revealing that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has lost out on top spot for the first time since its launch in mid-February. Mario's latest adventure has had to settle for second place this time around, as Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles...
Monday15th Mar 2021
Find out how to beat the boss, and which food is best
Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park opens this week, and although its Universal Studios Orlando sibling just got kicked back to 2025, fans will be able to visit from the 18th March. In anticipation of the park's gates opening to the public, Video Games Chronicle has published a series of...
Sunday14th Mar 2021
Welcome back, you lovely lot, to Box Art Brawl — our poll-filled series to find out your favourite regional retro box art variants from two or more contestants. It's been over a month since the last Brawl but following some time off to train up and recuperate, we're back once again to wreak havoc on video game covers of yesteryear...
Saturday13th Mar 2021
And is the second best-selling game of 2021
NPD sales tracking data has revealed Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has experienced a strong start in the US, in terms of sales. In its launch month of February, the game was ranked as the best-selling game and the second best-selling game of 2021. Notably, this doesn't include its digital sales...
Thursday11th Mar 2021
Entire top ten and best-selling hardware secured
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 7th March, revealing that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has returned to the top of the pile. Nintendo's mega Mario rerelease sold another 53,603 physical copies this week to get that top spot, knocking last week's debut number...
"LEGO Super Mario introduced an entirely new way to play"
Last year's announcement that LEGO Super Mario would finally happen was like a childhood dream coming true. Blending together block-building with unique character interactions, we've since had several expansions like Bowser's Castle and Toad's Treasure Hunt, and even a LEGO NES Console. We
The termination of various Super Mario games looms, but it's not all bad news
Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In this piece, Kate argues that Mario's Doomsday might not be as bad an event as you think... Let's begin with a tally of...
Update: Super Mario Deluxe Cloud Playset announced
If you're a fan of Mario-themed merchandise and toys, you can't go past Jakks Pacific's Super Mario playsets. The toy brand has now revealed it will be expanding the existing line with this Bowser's Airship Playset this Fall. This set comes packaged with a 2.5 inch Mario figure and the airship...
Wednesday10th Mar 2021
The end of an era
With Super Mario Maker's servers being completely shut down on 31st March (the original Wii U game, that is, not Super Mario Maker 2 on Switch), one indie developer has decided to give it a mighty send-off. That send-off arrives in the form of a 36-course feast courtesy of Ultra Dolphin Revolution, a developer which has been...
Much like the NES and SNES Mini before it, the dinky Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is sure to be a collector's item and hard to get your hands on in the future. Naughty scalpers are sure to have a field day with this one! Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. arrives in stores on November 13th and it includes the following...
How will you be celebrating?
As if last year's 35th-anniversary celebrations weren't enough, it's time once again to celebrate our favourite moustachioed plumber thanks to the timely arrival of MAR10 Day! Yes, as has become an annual tradition, March 10th is the perfect day to share our favourite memories and general adoration for good old Super...
Mario Tour Is Now Live
It's MAR10 Day, and Nintendo is celebrating in more ways than one. Having previously offered discounts on a select few games, Mario Kart Tour is also getting involved. Following on from the previous Snow Tour, this time we've got the "Mario Tour". Lasting until March 23rd, it introduces a new T
It's still possible to beat the new expansion
Raise your hand if you played "the floor is lava" as a kid. It's one of the simplest games you could play, jumping from sofa to sofa as you tried to avoid being "killed" by the "lava-filled floor". It's no surprise video games are full of variants on this idea, and most Super Mario games already feature...
Happy MAR10 Day!
It's 10th March today and that means it's officially Mario day. While there's a sale and more to celebrate Mario's 35th anniversary, unfortunately, Nintendo's Japanese customer support Twitter account has dampened the mood with yet another reminder the company will end the Super Mario Bros. 35 service on
Tuesday9th Mar 2021
Don't get too excited - Nintendo likely won't do anything for this one, either
Let's just ignore the woeful approach of the end of Mario's 35th anniversary, or the completely-ignored 35th anniversary of the Zelda series for a moment. 2021 is also a big year for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Nintendo isn't the only one pulling Mario products
We hate to remind you, but it's already March, and that means Nintendo will be pulling the plug on a number of Mario products at the end of the month. This includes Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35 on Switch, the original
Monday8th Mar 2021
"It's-a me, Mario Red & Blue Edition Switch!"
Update: While this initially sold out like hotcakes, many retailers have seen restocks recently. Pick one up while you can! Alongside the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Nintendo released a new edition of the Switch which launched on 12th February 2021. As you can see above, the...