Super Mario - News
Weirdness Someone Shaved Mario's Face And The Internet Cannot Cope
The devil makes work for idle hands, and in the case of Twitter user @november17, that involves painstakingly removing Mario's facial hair for kicks. A quite innocent use of spare time you might assume, but when the resultant image was posted on Twitter, things went a bit sideways. The post has - at the time of writing - been...
News Nintendo Was "Kind Of Liberal" When It Came To Creating The Super Mario Cartoons
"There was no pushback"
Those of you who were alive during the late '80s and early '90s may well have fond memories of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a cartoon production which dominated kid's TV during the early days of the Sega and Nintendo console war. Eurogamer has been speaking to people associated not only with this and the other Super...
News Take A Cheeky Peek At The Super Mario Happy Meal Toys Coming To McDonald's This Summer
Arriving in the UK in June
If you're a die hard fan of plastic Super Mario toys, fast food, and burgers presented inside a cardboard house (who isn't?), then you may remember we recently revealed that a Super Mario range of McDonald's toys would be returning to UK restaurants this summer. Well, thanks to our undercover McDonald's reporter, we can...
News Mario's Stretchy Face In Mario 64 Started Out As An Experiment With Ping Pong Balls
Meet the man behind THAT face
Eurogamer recently conducted an interview with Giles Goddard, one of the few foreign programmers who worked at Nintendo HQ in Kyoto in the 1990s, the man who also happened to create the famous interactive face that introduced the world to Super Mario 64. You know, that major turning point in gaming history. Goddard,...
Video Speedrunner Completes New Super Mario Bros. In Half An Hour With No Power-Ups
Smashing a world record in the process
Most of us love Super Mario games, and many of us would consider ourselves to be fairly decent at them, but completing an entire game in around half an hour without using a single power-up is going way beyond the skill level we could ever hope to possess. Amazingly enough, though, that is exactly...
News The Creator Of Seaman Worked On A DS Title Called Mario Motors
He also provided the inspiration for StreetPass
Yutaka "Yoot" Saito is one of Japan's most unique game designers, having creating titles such as Seaman and Odama. Over the years he has enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo, and was on very friendly terms with the late Satoru Iwata. Speaking at Reboot Develop 2018, Saito revealed...
Feature The 26 Best Nintendo Game Boy Games Of All Time
Limited to four colours per cartridge
Every system has its gems, but the original Game Boy was something else. Despite some weak hardware compared to its rivals at the time, it managed to dominate the handheld market and last for years longer than it arguably had any right to, largely thanks to a certain yellow electric mouse. So today we're going...
Video Don't Cry Over these Top Ten Worst Mario Games
Not every game can be a winner
With over 100 games under his proverbial belt, it'd be foolish to assume that every title Mario's appeared in is an absolute winner. Edutainment title for DOS, dodgy licensed CD-based games, it's madness to think there couldn't possibly be ten Mario games worth shoving in a list to mock and lose hope over. That's why...
Video Try to Remember these Top Ten Forgotten Mario Characters
Can't do Mushbert-er than these
Mario's had a lot of friends. So many in fact that you'd be pushed to remember every single one of them, and even then there's probably one or two you've just never even heard of. That's why we've teamed up with the excellent rabbidluigi so that we can collate the very finest of these Mario relics to put in front of...
News Here's How The Nvidia Shield Port Of Mario Galaxy Handles The Lack Of Motion Controls
Retro-fitting the past
Super Mario Galaxy touched down on the Nvidia Shield in China recently as part of a deal which will see other Wii classics come to the set-top box in that region. As we all know, Galaxy made good use of the Wii's motion-sensing controller to deliver fun gesture-based gameplay - something that is impossible on Nvidia's...
News Super Mario Happy Meal Toys Are Coming Back To The UK This Summer
Ten new toys to collect
Thanks to our undercover reporter at McDonalds UK, we have learnt the exciting news that Super Mario is returning to Happy Meal for the fourth time! The moustachioed plumber remains a firm favourite with families and this year’s promotion has a range of ten new Mario toys available. The promotion will run for six weeks from...
News You Can Now Buy Super Mario Cereal Without The Amiibo Functionality
You can still eat it though, thankfully
The Super Mario Cereal caused quite a stir when it hit supermarket shelves not so long ago, and not just for its nutritional value (or lack thereof) - it was the fact that the box actually came with an amiibo tag that could be used in games. This aspect made the cereal incredibly collectable, but it seems...
News Nintendo Is Here To Remind You Mario Is Still A Plumber (In Case You Forgot)
To plumb, or not to plumb
Considering he spends most of his time leaping off skyscrapers, beating Bowser up for the umpteenth time and collecting his 999th Power Moon in Super Mario Odyssey, you wouldn't be the first person to forget Mario still has a day job. Yes, he's still a plumber. It's now official again, with Nintendo updating his bio on the...
Video See The Real-Life Mario Players Recording Super Mario Odyssey's 'Jump Up, Super Star'
Jump up, don't be scared
Whether it's a behind the scenes sneak peek or a director's commentary, there's nothing quite like learning how the sausages are made. Especially so when you're talking about a bona fide banger in the form of 'Jump Up, Super Star' the big band hit that plays as you finish up in Super Mario Odyssey's New Donk City. So here's...
Guide The Secrets to Making Millions in Luigi's Balloon World
It prints money!
Luigi's Balloon World is a very welcome addition to Super Mario Odyssey, and has helped bring us back to the game after our painful yet brief time away from it. It's also a very effective way to make an absolute killing in coins, as long as you know what you're doing. That's why we've shone a light on the secrets of the mini game...
Guide Mario's Very Own Encylopedia Will Leap Onto Book Shelves This October
But no Super Mario Odyssey...
Having scored a hat trick with its Zelda-themed reference books (Hyrule Historia, the Zelda Encyclopedia and Arts & Artifacts), Dark Horse Publishing is pinning its hopes on another Nintendo icon with a new guide on all things Mario-related. The Super Mario Encyclopedia will cover 30 years of the plumber's...
Video 9 Mario Games We Wish had Never Existed
Mario's been in countless fantastic games over the years, but to say our favourite portly plumber has a spotless record is an outright lie. Usually at the hands of another studio, Mario's been the figurehead of some truly awful video games over the years. That doesn't mean they can't be enjoyed for what they are, of course, but...
News Miyamoto Explains Why Illumination Was Chosen For The Upcoming Mario Movie
And talks about quality control
You may remember that Nintendo recently announced an upcoming animated movie starring Super Mario in partnership with Illumination - the film studio behind Despicable Me (and Minions), 2016's Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, and many more. This partnership has triggered an awful lot of debate; while some fans are...
Random U.S. Curling Team Member Matt Hamilton Sure Reminds Us Of Someone
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be making sports headlines for the next few days, but one story we didn't expect to see is the fact that a Super Mario lookalike is taking part. U.S. Curling Team member Matt Hamilton - alongside his sister Becca - holds the distinction of winning the first Olympic mixed...
Video A Speedrunner Has Completed Super Mario World In Under A Minute
Super Mario Woah!
Speedrunning can be a thing of pure beauty; by studying every last detail of a game, and performing incredibly precise actions that seem almost impossible to us mere mortals, players can make even the hardest of games look like a walk in the park as they clear them in a matter of minutes. One such player, SethBling, has taken on...
Soapbox The Super Mario Movie Might Not Be All That Great
“The perfect mix of terrible”
Mario had a film before, and it wasn't exactly stellar, and so when the news was confirmed this morning that Nintendo is partnering up with the studio responsible for such products as Minions and The Secret Life Of Pets, it was hard for me to contain my scepticism and frustration. I can't personally see how a film...
Video West Ham United Fans Welcome New Player João Mario With Open 8-Bit Arms
The Portuguese playmaker gets a really unusual tribute
When a Premier League side signs a new player - especially one as capped and experienced as Portuguese midfielder João Mario - fans often find unusual ways to welcome the new footballing talent. And when that player happens to share a name with a certain mustachioed plumber, well you can...
Video This Make-A-Wish Mario-Themed Playground Will Brighten Up Your Day
You might shed a tear or two as well
Okay, you might need a tissue for this one. The Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada - a regional wing of the US-based charity that provides unique and memorable experiences for children with life-threatening conditions - was able to grant the wish of one brave, local boy who asked: "I wish to...
Soapbox Is Super Mario Odyssey the Best Mario Game Ever?
Number 7 will surprise you
If the general reaction is anything to go by, Super Mario Odyssey is one seriously lovely game, and we're not sure we know anyone we trust who would dispute that. But is it the best Mario game ever? It's a controversial issue as everyone's favourite red plumber already has some of the finest games ever created under his...
News Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D Land And Ultimate NES Remix Join The Nintendo Selects Range
After some speculation a few weeks ago, it has now been confirmed that Nintendo Of America will be bringing three stone cold 3D classics to the budget Nintendo Selects range. These games are none other than Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Ultimate NES Remix. They
News GoldenEye 007 With Mario Characters Is The Crossover We Never Knew We Wanted
Official development for Nintendo 64 may have ended over 15 years ago, but that hasn't stopped the impassioned modding community from keeping its library of memorable 64-bit hits alive with new updates and improvements. Rare's influential shooter, GoldenEye 007, remains a huge fan favourite, so of course one talented user has...
News Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Started Out As A Paper-Based Prototype
And the original pitch to Nintendo was completed in less than a month
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle continues to astound us with its depth and seemingly effortless splicing of Mario, some imbalanced French rabbits and turn-based strategy, but did you know the the very first prototype was paper-based and involved dice, rulers and action figures? In...
News Mario Tennis Aces Brings A GBA-Style Story Mode To Switch
Get ready to serve
We love a good tennis game here at Nintendo Life and Mario Tennis Aces for Switch looks set to be a winner. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position...
Video The Super Mario Anime Series You Probably Never Knew About
Peach-boy and Princess Peach
Back in 1988, Nintendo was approached by a large Japanese manufacturer called "Amada" with a proposal for creating three anime episodes of famous Japanese tales featuring Mario characters. One of these stories was based off of the tale "Momotaro", meaning "Peach Boy". On a floating island somewhere in space, two Hammer...
News The Race To Get Mario Naked Heats Up In New Super Mario Odyssey Speedrun Record
Super Mario Odyssey has become the toast of the speedrun community, but not every time-minded player has the game's final credits in mind. Some are all about a bit of skin - Mario's skin, that is. Turns out being the fastest player to unlock his rather fetching red shorts (which require you to reach the game's third world, the Sand...
Soapbox Let 2018 Be The Year The Third-Party Exclusive Takes Over On Nintendo Switch
Just without the soulless cash-ins we saw in the Wii era
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, editor Dom explores the gap in Nintendo's software library and how a the need to develop third-party exclusives will only make...
News New Story DLC Is Coming To Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle This June
Well, in Japan, at least
While Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle proved an unexpected fusion hit here in the West in 2017, the mashup of iconic plumber and Ubisoft mascots has yet to make its debut in Japan and the rest of Asia. With a release date tentatively set for 2018, one eagle eyed site has noticed the game may be getting some extra DLC in the...
News Fans Have Created a 'Newer' Super Mario Bros. DS
Over 10 years after the original
With all of the hype surrounding Super Mario Odyssey over the last few months, you'd be forgiven for getting so caught up in the wonder of our favourite plumber's 3D adventures that his 2D outings may have been pushed to the back of your mind. For some very dedicated fans, however, this couldn't be further from the...
News Super Mario Odyssey Is Japan's Fastest-Selling 3D Mario Outing
More than a million copies sold in 8 weeks
Super Mario Odyssey is Japan's best-selling 3D Mario game, according to recent sales figures from Famitsu. The Switch epic has sold 1,055,806 copies in its homeland after just 8 weeks on sale, putting it above the likes of Super Mario 3D Land (1,042,511 in the same time period) and Super Mario Galaxy 2...
News Build-A-Bear Workshop Is Launching A Super Mario Range Of Soft Toys
You sadly can't stuff Toad, however
Build-A-Bear Workshop's quest to licence every popular media property under the sun is set to continue with the announcement of a Super Mario range of stuff-em-yourself toys. The store - which already sells a handsome line of Pokémon plushes - is releasing a series of themed teddies, as well as a range of...
News Playing Super Mario 64 Could Help Fight Off Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr Mario will see you now
Somehow, deep down, we knew all those years of playing the greatest 3D platformer ever made (no, we don't mean Super Mario Odyssey, but that little beauty certainly came close) would pay off because a new report suggests playing Super Mario 64 could help keep your brain fit and healthy (especially in your later years). No,...
Competition Bring the Joy of Super Mario Odyssey and Nintendo Switch to Someone Special This Christmas
Tis the season for giving
Once again an anonymous Nintendo Life reader wanted to help us spread some festive cheer at this very special time of year. Anyone fortunate enough to have played Super Mario Odyssey this year would no doubt testify to its capabilities as a joy-simulator. Therefore we all felt that the game (and a Nintendo Switch to play...
News Kellogg's Teases A Potential UK Release For Its Must-Have Super Mario Cereal
They'rrrrrrrrrrre... not out yet
Ever since cereal maker Kellogg's announced it was once again teaming up with Nintendo to release a Super Mario-themed breakfast line we've all been banging our empty bowls with anticipation. It's due to exclusively hit US stores on 11th December (you lucky people), but the Big K has dropped a delicious tease for a...
Soapbox A Super Mario Odyssey Sequel or DLC is All But Guaranteed
Come on, we're all thinking it
Super Mario Odyssey is a hit, no one can deny that. Universal critical acclaim, a huge amount of social media presence thanks to the photo feature, and yet it feels like Nintendo has only scratched the surface of what could be done with this game's mechanics. In my view, a sequel or DLC is pretty much a given, and I...
News They'll Sure See You Coming With These Super Mario Switch Quick Pouches
Mario or Luigi, you decide
While we don't make a habit of covering every single accessory released for Switch, we're perfectly happy to make an exception every now and then - and this is one of those times. The moment we saw these officially licensed Super Mario Quick Pouches for Switch we knew we had to own them. Produced by Keys Factory, each...
News Super Mario Cereal Will Start Milking the Franchise on 11th December in the US
"We are thrilled to pack so much fun into one box of cereal", apparently
It's been a crazy week in the world of themed cereals, as rumours of a Super Mario Cereal with an amiibo box turned out to be true - though it's only confirmed for the US. It brings to mind Nintendo's pomp in the late '80s and early '90s when it dominated popular culture and...
News Super Mario Cereal Has Shown Up in Target’s Online Inventory
Update: It's real!
Update: It's real! But only for the US at present. Boo. Original story: Yesterday saw the arrival of an odd rumour that Nintendo is producing a Super Mario themed cereal in partnership with Kellogg’s, with each box containing an NFC chip that has amiibo functionality. Though the evidence for it was a little shaky, it was an...
News It's Going To Be Hard To Resist These Super Mario 3 Pin Badges
Super Mario Bros. 3 was, for a time, regarded as the best video game ever to emerge from Nintendo's development studios, and it arguably remains one of the finest 2D platformers in existence. All of which naturally means that any piece of official merchandise related to this esteemed NES classic is going to catch our attention and...
Rumour Super Mario Cereal is On the Way With an 'amiibo' Box
Say Cheerio to Corn Flakes
In the late '80s and early '90s Nintendo had an iron grip on gaming culture, and merchandised the heck out of it - that was especially the case in North America. There were lunchboxes, official magazines, loads of console accessories and, of course, cereal. Those days have been gone for a long time, to varying degrees,...
Poll Have Your Say on the Best Main Series 3D Mario and Zelda Games
Red or green? We hate to do this to you...
It’s hard to deny that the Nintendo Switch has been a monumental success since its launch back in March of this year, and that’s not only due to the console’s innovative design and functionality, but also thanks to some of the tremendous software we’ve received on the system. Two notable entries,...
News Super Nintendo World at Universal Orlando Will Reportedly Be Bigger Than Expected
To include Donkey Kong and Mario Kart sections
Back in 2015 it was officially confirmed that Nintendo would have attractions at Universal resorts / theme parks, and from late 2016 it started to get more official attention. Though not due until 2020, Nintendo even attended a ceremony and released a trailer (above) for the Tokyo attraction. Super...
News Sonic Forces Struggles in Japan as Super Mario Odyssey and Switch Lead Charts
Warriors ports fail to chart on Switch
The Japanese Media Create chart results are out and as always make for some interesting reading. Last week saw a number of new releases, though familiar names continue to lead the way. Still skipping along at number one is Super Mario Odyssey, holding off Call of Duty: WW2. Despite there being a number of new...
News Nintendo is Close to a Major Deal for a New Mario Bros. Movie
An animated movie this time
Over recent years Nintendo's been making a major effort to expand its commercial efforts - there's been merchandise and various tie-ins, most notably plans for a Universal Studios Japan attraction. That deal with Universal seems to have led to further opportunities, with The Wall Street Journal (paywall
Random Looking Back On That Time When Mario Gatecrashed The UK Music Charts
"We were shown into their boardroom, and in walked Miyamoto himself"
We don't see many of them these days but once upon a time video games were prime inspiration for novelty songs. Titles like Pac-Man and Space Invaders both inspired popular singles, and in 1992 the situation was no different as tracks based on both Super Mario Land and Tetris...
Video Gawk At these Incredible Jumping Feats in Super Mario Odyssey
Now we've all had time to play around with Super Mario Odyssey's moveset, we thought it was about time we gathered some of the ludicrous things you lovely people have been doing with it. Using the hashtag #MarioMegaJump on Twitter we've been inundated by you all with exceptional feats of Mario marvellousness, and it's all been distilled into the...
Community We Need Your Very Best Speedrun-Style Jumps from Super Mario Odyssey
Get featured in an upcoming compilation
To say Super Mario Odyssey gives you freedom of movement is quite the understatement, as no doubt anyone who's played the game can attest. We love them so much that we're looking to you for the absolute best jumps possible, be they high, long, or just extremely complex and satisfying. We'll be featuring the...
News Super Mario Odyssey and Nintendo Switch Continue Strong Run in Japan
It's the middle of the week, which means it's time for the Media Create charts out of Japan. The previous week saw Super Mario Odyssey hit around half a million sales at launch, the figure varying depending on whether you prefer Media Create or Famitsu numbers. Starting with the software chart this week, Mario's adventure has been...
News Merchoid Has Your Christmas Covered With These Festive Nintendo Jumpers
You'll be the talk of the office party in one of these
Christmas may feel like it's a while away yet but we're already seeing festive items appearing in shops as the giant global commercial juggernaut slowly but surely splutters into gear. Before long you'll be panicking about buying last-minute gifts for distant relations and wondering where on...
Talking Point The Case for Super Mario Odyssey as the Greatest Mario Game
Super Mario Odyssey has been out in the wild for a week, and it's safe to say that its launch couldn't have gone much better. Critically acclaimed, to the sort of levels seen with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's also been a notable commercial success. Switch owners have rushed to buy it, breaking sales
Poll Which is the Best Super Mario Game?
Choose the best 2D, 3D and overall winners
With all of the buzz and excitement around the recent release of Super Mario Odyssey, a question doing the rounds is whether it's the 'best' Mario game. If you happen to be sharing a beverage with a group of gamers anytime soon drop that question and let the cards fall where they may. We have some thoughts...
Anniversary It's Been 10 Years Since Super Mario Galaxy Landed On The Wii
But do you prefer it to Super Mario Odyssey?
Time flies when you're having fun, and we're certainly having a lot of fun with the recently released Super Mario Odyssey on Switch. Of course, it is unlikely that we would have had the delights of Odyssey without the groundwork laid out before in Super Mario Galaxy which - funnily enough -...
Video Adorable Super Mario Odyssey Easter Egg Plays Catchy Tunes Like a Music Box
It's no secret that we absolutely love Super Mario Odyssey, and one of the things we love most is just how many teeny-tiny details can be found throughout, whatever their form. One of these is what could be classified as an easter egg that occurs when you jump repeatedly on the Odyssey's globe. Doing so will play a music box version...
Video Get Snazzy with Our Top 10 Super Mario Odyssey Costumes
Playing dress-up with a portly plumber
Let it never be said that we don't have a sense of style over here at Nintendo Life Towers, no matter what our mums say. To properly cement this fact in history once and for all we've decided to present to you the absolute, irrefutable top ten costumes in Super Mario Odyssey. Whether sporting a snazzy suit or...
News Super Mario Run Passes 200 Million Downloads as Nintendo Seeks Mobile Success
Nintendo still targets 2-3 new Mobile titles each year
Nintendo's quest for mobile success has had its ups and downs to date. It's enjoyed a modest share of (pocket) monster profits from Pokémon GO, while it has released three main games / apps of its own. The two most recent have had varied success, but Nintendo has confirmed a notable...
Video 11 Reviews for Super Mario Odyssey that Are So Bad They're Good
Freshly shipped from Salt Pile Island
As with many major releases that boast almost universal critical acclaim, Super Mario Odyssey has been prone to attack online from gamers who by all accounts quite possibly haven't even played it. This isn't even the first example on the Switch either, earlier in the year we found another 11 such reviews for The...
Video Watch Jimmy Fallon Play Super Mario Odyssey On The Nintendo Switch
This man really loves Mario
It’s been well publicised how the current host of The Tonight Show is a big fan of Nintendo. Every year E3 rolls around, Jimmy Fallon often gets Reggie and his crew on so he can try out the latest Nintendo systems and games. We have also heard stories in the past about how he missed out on a chance to date the...
News We Could See Another 3D Mario Game On Switch, According To Yoshiaki Koizumi
"Who knows how things will turn out?"
Super Mario games are a highlight of any Nintendo console cycle, with titles like Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine providing players with hours of enjoyment over the past few decades. However, as the years have progressed and development commitments have lengthened, we're...
Video We Unbox The Super Mario Odyssey Switch Bundle With A Little Help From Cappy
You can win some amiibo signed by a special guest, too!
If there's one thing Mario's known for, it's jumping. If there's one thing Mario's dress sense is known for, it's red. That's no doubt the logic Nintendo had when creating the special Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch bundle, and Nintendo UK was even kind enough to send one over to us so we...
News Pimp Out Your Super Mario Odyssey Experience With This Light-Up Switch Dock Shield
Zelda version also available
Accessories maker PDP is releasing a light-up dock protector for the Switch which provides the perfect way to play TV mode on Mario's upcoming adventure. Available on November 10th, this officially licensed Super Mario Odyssey "dock shield" clips onto your existing dock and supplies a "custom LED light show". Two...
Random Mario Inadvertently Exposed Himself In An Officially Licensed '80s Comic
And to think we got all worked up about nipples
The world may have lost its mind about seeing Mario's nipples in Super Mario Odyssey, but it turns out that Nintendo's mascot has shown off a lot more in the past. Kotaku has unearthed a Japanese manga from the late '80s in which Mario shows off his Crown Jewels.
News Miyamoto on Bringing Back the “Old” Style of Mario, Exploring New Art Styles
"We’re at almost like a turning point"
With Super Mario Odyssey due to come out in just a matter of hours, fans are quite eager to see what Nintendo’s modern interpretation of the old 3D Mario formula will look like. The 2D Mario games, on the other hand, are a bit of a mystery. It seems like Nintendo is done with the divisive “New”...
Video Here's the Full 'Just Mario' Song in Just Dance 2018
Do the Mario!
Some observant readers will have seen, in our recent 'Out Today' post, that we were both amused and baffled by the 'Just Mario' song that's found in Just Dance 2018. Ubisoft's trailer for the routine certainly caught our eye, in any case. If you want to know just how Mario dances when trying to impress Princess Peach, Nint
Gallery Japan's Collective Body Is Ready For Super Mario Odyssey
If only more people could get Switches to play it on...
Super Mario Odyssey launches this week - as if you didn't know - and Nintendo has gone big on promoting the game in Japan. Everywhere you look there are adverts, merchandise, magazines, cardboard stands and even Mario statues, all of which show that Nintendo isn't sparing any expense...
Random Drinks Company Hints At Undiscovered Super Mario Easter Egg
Faygo or no-go?
Faygo may not be as famous as Coca Cola or Pepsi, but back in the '90s the company licensed Super Mario to appear on some of its beverages. Fast forward to today, and the firm's Instagram account has just triggered a wave of speculation about a possible undiscovered Super Mario Easter egg. The post is question shows some of the...
Random There's a Mario and Peach Marriage License Available In Japan
Making it official
With only a few weeks left to go until the release of Super Mario Odyssey, many promotional items are starting to pop up in preparation for release day. One of the more unusual that has come up is from a Japanese bridal magazine called Zexy. In an issue released on 23rd August - and still available now - a few Nintendo related...
Deals Zelda, Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem amiibo Are Available For Pre-Order On Play-Asia
Another chance to beat the scalpers!
Let's face it, the desirable new amiibo are notoriously difficult to acquire. If you aren't online at exactly right time to slap in a pre-order at exactly the right time with a retailer in your own country, then you are left to buying from scalpers - which sucks big time, as we're sure you'll agree. If you have...
Random Super Mario World Artist Confirms Mario Really Was A Jerk To Yoshi
Someone call PETA!
Fans of Super Mario World will attest that it's one of the finest 2D platformers of all time, but it hides a troubling secret. Since the game was released in 1990, fans have debated whether or not Mario is actually punching Yoshi on the head when he shoots his tongue out. The close proximity of Mario's fist to Yoshi's head -...
Review Arcade Archives Mario Bros. (Switch eShop)
While we Switch owners continue to cross our arms and stamp our feet as we wait impatiently for the merest sniff of news regarding a Virtual Console service, it’s worth noting that Nintendo has given the nod for something that could be of greater importance to those with a keen interest in the company’s past. Hamster...
Video Gawk at All 25 of the Super Mario Odyssey Outfits Revealed So Far
More than a stitch to wear
Super Mario Odyssey gives you the option of dressing up Mario in a number of outfits, as no doubt you know. Some are brand new, and some call back to previous titles in which Mario has appeared, but all of them look extremely snazzy. We've compiled all 25 of the currently revealed outfits in the handy-dandy video above,...
Video Hands On in Super Mario Odyssey's Shiny New Kingdoms
Super Meat Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is one hotly anticipated game, there's no denying it, and now we can finally share with you some seriously saucy gameplay. We've got a triplicate of videos for you to enjoy, ranging from grabbing Power Moons to hunting down bosses and gliding effortlessly through the air with the help of a charming new NPC...
News Nintendo Takes Down Super Mario 64 Online Videos And Creator's Patreon
But mod remains available for download
A short time ago we reported on Super Mario 64 Online, an ingenious mod which allows up to 24 players to inhabit the world of Super Mario 64. Its creator, Kaze Emanuar, was bullish about his chances of avoiding Nintendo's legal gaze, but it would seem that the Japanese giant has finally had enough. It has...
Review It's All Business As We Play Monopoly Gamer
Monopoly meets Mario Party
A few months ago Hasbro and Nintendo announced a brand-new board game: Monopoly Gamer. After a first glance of the packaging we instantly thought it’d be yet another skinned Monopoly board. However, after watching a video of how the game works it's easy to be sold on the idea. Monopoly Gamer isn’t just a Super...
News PowerA Is Making A Rather Lovely Super Mario Odyssey Joy-Con Grip
Red or dead
Accessory maker PowerA is producing an official Super Mario Odyssey Joy-Con grip to coincide with the launch of the Switch game. The grip will cost $19.99 and comes emblazoned with official artwork showing Mario and Cappy. Described by the manufacturer as boasting a "lightweight, ergonomic design for comfortable gameplay anywhere", the...
Video Super Mario Odyssey Seems to Have at Least 600 Power Moons to Collect
More than 64, Sunshine, Galaxy, & Galaxy 2 combined
We always knew Super Mario Odyssey was going to be a big game, what with its numerous kingdoms and all that good stuff, but until the most recent Nintendo Direct we didn't know just how big. At one point during the presentation it could be seen that one of the many worlds you'll get to...
Weirdness People Just Can't Stop Talking About Mario's Nipples
Mascot's bare chest overshadows Mario Odyssey
Nintendo showed off some incredible footage from Super Mario Odyssey during yesterday's Direct broadcast, but the quality of the game isn't what has people talking today. Instead, the internet simply cannot get enough of Mario's nips. During the footage, a shirtless Mario was shown dashing through a...
News Scan amiibo In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga And Stamp Some Sheets
Grab a Goomba
We're rather looking forward to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, due on 3DS on 6th October, as it's another chance to play a much-loved game. This remake of the Game Boy Advance classic is shaping up to be yet another great game for Nintendo's veteran handheld. While the game was first revealed at E3, we got...
News Mario Bros. to Kick Off 'Arcade Archives' Range on Nintendo Switch
Balloon Fight! Ice Climber! Punch Out! More!
Nintendo used its Direct broadcast to confirm the beginning of retro downloads on the Switch, but they're not quite the Virtual Console you were expecting. Branded as the 'Arcade Archives' range, we'll see arcade versions of classic games - produced by HAMSTER - and where appropriate will support...
Soapbox Playing Super Mario Sunshine Today Painfully Illustrates Nintendo's 3D Evolution
As it turns 15, Mike Diver takes a fresh look at the GameCube platformer
Precision platforming – it’s something that pretty much comes as standard in Mario titles, these days. I’ve had my hands on Super Mario Odyssey, and it’s a delight – aesthetically as peachy as we’ve come to expect from Nintendo since the advent of HD visuals, but...
News PowerA Is Releasing Mario And Zelda Themed Switch Controllers
UPDATE: Argos already stocking both in the UK
Video game peripheral manufacturer PowerA has announced that the company is bringing two officially licensed Nintendo themed controllers to the Switch. The PowerA Wired Controller Plus will be available in two variants - taking inspiration from the world of Hyrule and the Mushroom Kingdom. Each will...
Hands On Super Mario Odyssey Looks Set To Continue Switch’s Year of Hits
We get to grips with the game at Fan Expo Canada 2017
In January 2017, at the Nintendo Switch reveal event, Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi touted that the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey would follow in the footsteps of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. For long-time fans, this announcement of Mario’s return to an open-world sandbox adventure was a...
Random Apparently Mario Moved On From Being a Plumber "A Long Time Ago"
Now he guns down Rabbids instead
A bit like the time when Nintendo told us that Yoshi is not a dinosaur, only to be disproved by its own resources, the company is happy to play fast and loose with 'lore' around its more light-hearted characters. Why not, too, as there are bigger things to worry about. Still, in a fun / random occurrence, an updated...
Video Opening a Box of Mysteries from Ubisoft
Mystery & Rabbids
It's common knowledge that Ubisoft are the ones behind the ever-intriguing Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on the Switch, so goodness only knows what could be inside a suspiciously blank box from their UK headquarters. Obviously we know, as we had to open it to record the video, but we wanted to keep it as much as a surprise...
News Nintendo of America Confirms Another 2DS Bargain Bundle
The one that hit Europe back in 2014
Sometimes specific bundles and special editions take a while to hit various regions, but Nintendo of America wins the prize for one of the least expected 'catch ups' we've seen in a while. It's confirmed a 2DS bundle for the region, a version of which arrived in the same basic form in Europe way back in July...
Random Sealed Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Fetches Over $30,000 On eBay
Who needs two kidneys anyway
When you think of rare and collectable NES games, chances are Super Mario Bros. is the last thing that springs to mind. It's one of the most common NES releases in existence, and logic would dictate that on the secondary market, it's not worth a great deal - even in exceptional condition. However, a sealed copy of the...
News New Range Of Super Mario iPhone Cases Arrive In Japan
Classic and modern designs
A range of new iPhone cases featuring everyone's favourite Italian plumber have come to Japan. The seven new cases feature classic and modern incarnations of Super Mario, and are designed to fit the 6 / 6S / 7 standard and Plus models of Apple's popular handset. The two retro-style cases are priced at...
Video Check Out this Tiny Yet Intriguing Donkey Kong Easter Egg in Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is no doubt going to be absolutely rife with easter eggs, that's part and parcel for a mainline Mario game, but one particularly observant Reddit user by the name of seanmacproductions has discovered one in the game's supposed theme Jump Up, Super Star!, sung by series veteran Pauline. A short series of...
Deals Be Quick And Grab The New Metroid And Super Mario Odyssey amiibo
Don't let the scalpers get them all
During E3 this year we got to see a lot more of Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS was revealed too. While these games both look absolutely amazing to play, there are also a range of amiibo which will look great on your shelf and offer functionality within the games, too.
News Miyamoto Was Worried How Players Would React To Mario Odyssey's New Donk City
Legendary designer not keen on revisiting past Mario games, though
Super Mario Odyssey must surely rank as one of the most anticipated video games of 2017, and like Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy before it, looks set to offer some compelling new gameplay ideas - including New Donk City, a realistic, city-like environment...
News Monopoly Gamer Brings a Mario Spin to the Classic Board Game
Boss fights, coins, and Power Packs
Earlier today we reported on an apparent World Premiere of a new Hasbro / Nintendo game being hosted by TheJWittz later today. Well, it won't be the Premiere any more, as a press release has rolled out and Kotaku has posted details on the game for us all - it's Monopoly Gamer, with a Mario theme. Though it is...
Video Man Plays Super Mario Bros. In Augmented Reality, Puzzles Bystanders
People are doing some pretty amazing things with Microsoft's Hololens headset, but Abhishek Singh deserves additional praise for his efforts. Not only has he recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. in augmented reality, he even dressed up as the famous plumber and tested the stage out in New York's crowded Central...
News The LeSportsac X Nintendo Collection Introduces Some Neat Bags and Accessories
Sure, why not
In recent times Nintendo has been stepping up its efforts with merchandise and tie-ins, including Vans shoes and UNIQLO t-shirts. The latest collaboration is with LeSportsac, a company that makes fashionable bags and cases (or so we're told). LeSportsac and Nintendo have confirmed a new collection that's hitting Japan in July and...
Video These Super Mario Odyssey Costumes Hark Back to Mario's Past
Nintendo's never shy to reference retro goodness in its titles, be it stark and obvious or somewhat subtler. Where these costumes form Super Mario Odyssey fall between those categories depends on how well-versed you are in your Mario history. From a guitar-toting, poncho-wearing Mario of Qix fame, to a Chain Chomp with a dashing...
News Super Mario Odyssey Features 2D Wall-Merging Gameplay, Like A Zelda We Could Mention
A Mario between worlds?
It's been revealed that Super Mario Odyssey will be released on 27th October in Nintendo's E3 presentation today and we got to see a lot more of the game, including the Cappy the hat's ability to possess other characters. One newly revealed gameplay mechanic which caught our eye was the ability for Mario to merge into a...
News Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Unveiled by Ubisoft at E3 2017
Exploration, turn-based strategy at the core of the experience
It's been the worst-kept secret in quite some time, but Ubisoft finally formally lifted the lid on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle during its E3 press conference. The previous extensive leaks were, as expected, on the money - Ubisoft has no doubt been hunting moles for a number of weeks...
News Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Listing Pops Up on Walmart Ahead of E3 Press Conference
Well of course...
If Ubisoft has any self awareness. a prospective reveal of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be accompanied by self-deprecating remarks around the company's inability to keep secrets. With the Ubisoft Press Conference around the corner a listing has popped up on Walmart for a 'Day 1 Edition'. You can see a screengrab below, with...
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