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Nintendo Life Weekly Possibility of Pokémon amiibo Cards, Monster Hunter X (Cross)
All the reviews, releases, and top news from the past week
We're nothing if not hard working here at Nintendo Life, and in order to help you digest seven days word of news, releases, and reviews, we've bundled it all together into a video to make your life easier. This week we look at the possibility of Pokémon amiibo cards sucking all the cash...
News You Can Now Wear The Mushroom Kingdom On Your Wrist
We've got a lot of time for this Super Mario-inspired watch
London-based watchmaker Mr. Jones Watches has released a timepiece inspired by Super Mario - and it comes with the added bonus of showing whether it's daytime or nighttime. That might be useful if you, like us, are currently spending every waking hour of your day indoors playing Splatoon...
News Nintendo Hides a Surprise in Its Super Mario Bros. Anniversary Website
Going to the source
A little earlier today we pointed you to newly translated and beefed up regional Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary websites, which serve up an interactive video history of the Super Mario franchise and a whole load of pretty pixel art. Though it's relatively bare in content, more will surely arrive as announcements and...
News Official Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Website Provides Plenty of History, Footage and Lovely Pixel Art
Localised versions now live in Europe and North America
As you've no doubt been well aware for some time, this year brings the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros., which is a notable landmark for the mascot and Nintendo as a whole. Mario Maker on Wii U will be a big part of the celebrations, certainly, and we think it's a safe assumption that more...
Video The Game Theorists Plot Out Mario's Timeline and Family Bloodline
We've shared some videos from popular YouTubers The Game Theorists in the past, yet the latest theory is easily the most ambitious yet; pretty entertaining, too. Using some logic the channel's team produces a timeline for every main-series Mario title, and then goes even further by plotting out bloodlines for Mario, Luigi and even Donkey...
News New Mac App Transforms Your Boring Work Into A Level From Super Mario Bros.
Warp out of boredom
Those of you currently in gainful employment which involves sitting behind a desk for most of your waking day will surely concur that staring endlessly at spreadsheets and graphs gets boring real quick. Thankfully, a solution may yet be at hand to resolve your workplace funk - and it involves Nintendo's famous mascot Mario,...
News PDP Is Aiming to Sell the World's Shiniest Controller With Its Metal Mario 30th Anniversary Pad
But Metal Mario wasn't in the original Super Mario Bros...
In the pre-Super Smash Bros. for Wii U stage, before the Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter was revealed, third-party accessory company PDP turned the heads of Smash Bros. veterans by announcing a Fight Pad that'd mimic the iconic GameCube controller. Subsequent releases have brought plenty...
Feature What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - A Brief History, and Why Mario Got Involved
Match three with a difference
YouTube recently released a presser in anticipation of its 10th anniversary. Listed in acknowledgement of the milestone were several "top 10's", including the top 10 most viewed video game videos, as ranked by watch time: Minecraft Grand Theft Auto (series) League of Legends Call of Duty (series) FIFA (series) Garry's...
Review New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)
When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...
News This Is The Ultimate Way To Display Your Treasured amiibo
Aim for the flagpole
When you've got a massive collection of hard-to-find amiibo, you want to show them off as much as possible. Simply standing them on a shelf will do the job, but if you desire something with a little more flair, then may we politely suggest the Power A End Level Display? It's a replication of the famous flag jump from Super...
News Nintendo Announces Gold & Silver Super Mario Edition amiibo Figures For Australia And New Zealand
Next two waves also dated
Following the recent US news, Nintendo has today announced the gold and silver Super Mario edition amiibo figures will be arriving soon in Australia and New Zealand. The silver amiibo will be available exclusively from EB Games from the 30th of May and is able to be pre-ordered from the EB Games website right now. With...
News Silver Edition Mario amiibo Hits North American Stores on 29th May
Grab one for $12.99, if you are lucky
Following hot on the heels of the Super Mario Gold Edition amiibo is the slightly less precious Silver Edition. This isn't a massive revelation, as they were spotted only last month on a Chinese website, but regardless this will come as good news to those who missed out on the Gold Edition... or simply m
News New Super Mario Bros. Receives ESRB Rating For Wii U Virtual Console
That'll be three New Super Mario Bros. games playable on Wii U
About a month ago, Nintendo finally got around to expanding its Virtual Console service by fulfilling its promise to add Nintendo DS games to the catalogue. The titles announced for the launch have all since released, but Nintendo has since remained silent on what we can expect to arrive...
News Updated Documents Point to Multiple amiibo Restocks for North America
Includes Shulk, Toad and Mario
Nintendo of America and amiibo have a complicated relationship - the toy range is a commercial success, but has also fallen victim to stock issues in the region that frustrate plenty of dedicated fans. Entire websites and Twitter accounts are devoted to tracking stock and pre-order launch times as the scrabble for...
Video Reminisce and Watch the History of Super Mario Intro Scenes
From 8-bit to HD
The Super Mario franchise isn't renowned for its complex storytelling; in fact the old joke goes that when reviewing one of the plumber's platformers you can cover off the plot in one line - "it doesn't really matter". Be that as it may, the opening scene of a new Mario game can, nevertheless, set the tone for the platforming...
News Listings and Rumours Point to a Silver Mario amiibo Release on 29th May
In North America once again
It's pretty clear that the limited silver edition Super Mario amiibo is very real, with a sample bought from a Chinese auction site having been demonstrated in Mario Party 10. Its original leak was alongside the golden Mario that caused amiibo collectors to sweat over their complete collections, and this silver variation...
News Get Ready To Build With Mario Maker On Wii U This September
Celebrating Mario's 30th anniversary
Mario fans were given a special mention during today's Nintendo Direct, as the portly plumber will be celebrating his 30th anniversary this year. To help mark the occasion, it was announced that Mario Maker will be coming to Wii U in September, so fans can create their own version of the Mushroom Kingdom as they...
News Super Mario 64 HD Creator Bows To Legal Action And Removes Game From The Web
"I didn't really expect for this project to get so popular"
Man, Super Mario 64 HD was looking sweet. A totally free fan-made project built in Unity, its aim was to give Nintendo fans an updated version of the N64 classic. Sadly, Nintendo wasn't too pleased and issued a take-down notice earlier this week. Shocked by the level of fame his game has...
News Nintendo Finally Confirms the Super Mario Series Mario amiibo for Individual Sale in North America
Breaking out of bundles
The Super Mario series of amiibo toys has, in some cases, been just as hard to find as the Super Smash Bros. run, though gamers in Europe have at least had options with the full range. While the Mario toy has been for sale individually and as part of a Mario Party 10 bundle in PAL territories, in North America this figure has...
News Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition Bundle Launching May 22nd
Demo hitting the eShop earlier in the month
Western players won't have too much longer to wait before they can get their hands on some red hot, orb-matching action, as the Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition bundle has been confirmed for a May 22nd release date in North America. This handy double-pack features...
Video Nintendo's Four Step Stage Design Is Why You Love Super Mario Games So Much
It's all about Kishōtenketsu, apparently
Ever wondered why Nintendo games - Mario ones in particular - are able to hook you in so effectively? Well wonder no more, as the excellent YouTube channel Game Maker's Toolkit is here to explain exactly why these sublime experiences are so compelling. In the case of Super Mario 3D World, Game Maker's...
News Mario Runs From Left To Right Because Our Brains Prefer It That Way
Trust Luigi to pick the wrong direction
Mario - like pretty much every other 2D platform star - runs from left to right. That's just the natural order of things, and has been since the platforming genre began decades ago. However, Mario's direction isn't just a stylistic choice; apparently, our brains prefer left to right movement. Lancaster...
News Speedrunner Conquers Super Mario 64 in World Record Time, With No Stars
You don't need any stars to be a star
The rules of Super Mario 64 are well known. Jump, flip, and swim through treacherous levels to collect the shimmering power star at the end; speedrunners take this premise to the extreme. They collect all 120 power stars in as fast a time as possible, using precise jumps and taking advantage of various glitches...
News Nintendo's 1993 Style Guide Proves That Everything Revolves Around Princess Peach
Mario will also "accept anyone at face value", apparently
Style guides exist so that companies can ensure their treasured characters are used consistently through various forms of media - be it video games, TV shows, comic books or cheap lunch boxes produced in far-eastern sweatshops - and Nintendo is no stranger to this process. This...
News Speedrunner Unexpectedly Collects New Super Mario 64 World Record in Duel
Super Mario 64 has long been a popular game for speedrunning, and the title has had many world records attached to its name. Another has just been added, and it was rather unexpected. On 26th February two speedrunners known as Nero and Puncayshun raced to see who could collect the game's 120 power stars first. Despite saving and quitting...
Preview Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
Tips go in the jar, mate
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...
News Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made
Three years in the making, and breaking
The ROM hack scene can be an endlessly entertaining place. Offering up creative, fan-made content, one can never really know what to expect from the community. More often than not, fans will create more challenging levels after completing a game in a quest for additional prestige and for a true test of skills...
News Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario
Picking up on previous speculation in Japan
Update: Nintendo España has, unsurprisingly, now informed Nintenderos that this press release was in error; we've also received a similar message after enquiring on this with Nintendo UK. As suggested below there have been instances like this out of Nintendo's Spanish divisions in the recent past, so...
News New Details Emerge on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
More match-three goodness for 3DS users
About a month ago, we reported on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition coming to Nintendo 3DS. A most curious mashup, it aims to take characters and locations from the Super Mario series and place them in a Puzzle & Dragons game. Puzzle & Dragons is itself a mash-up, blending match-three...
Weirdness These Nifty 8-bit Super Mario Collectables May Make Canned Coffee Taste Better
Prepare to get wired
Japanese beverage company DyDo has teamed up with Nintendo to make canned coffee even more appealing. Starting on 17th February the drinks manufacturer will be putting a range of 8-bit Super Mario themed collectables on top of their cups. It appears that lucky Japanese customers will be able to collect 8-bit style Mario, Luigi,...
Weirdness Drunken Mario and Luigi Unleash Mini Crime Wave on Historic Cambridge City Centre
Stephen Hawking unavailable for comment
The historic English city of Cambridge is famous for many things - the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings, punting down the river Cam and world famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. This sterling reputation as a tourist hotspot for visitors to the UK was tarnished recently when rogue...
Rumour Nintendo Plotting amiibo Super Mario Collection Meltdown With Gold and Silver Editions
Nintendo's enjoyed some success with amiibo so far, amassing millions of sales and seeing demand remain sky-high on the Super Smash Bros. range, to the point that it's struggling to provide enough stock of specific rare figures. In March we'll see the Super Mario range join the ranks, of course, but it seems that there may be even more...
News GameStop Source Suggests That Super Mario amiibo Range Will be Available in "Abundance"
We'll see Nintendo, we'll see
When it comes to product launches, amiibo is full of contradictions. Millions of units - about 5.7 million - have been sold: that's great. Fans have been frustrated by low stock, especially of particular highly sought after toys: that's bad. They've been a success as fans can't buy enough, yet Nintendo's struggled to...
News GungHo President Was Nervous About Showing Miyamoto Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
"My hand shook while moving orbs"
This year will see the launch of two of Japan's most popular gaming franchises in the shape of Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. Based on the hit smartphone title - which has already had its own 3DS outing - this new version features the cast of the Super Mario series indulging in match-three puzzle...
Weirdness There's an Awesome Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 Easter Egg in Dying Light
Dying Light, an open-world title in which you take on a lot of zombies, is a recent arrival on platforms such as the PS4 and Xbox One. The critical reception to Techland's game has been relatively mixed, but it's still one of 2015's first major releases; now, an awesome Easter Egg has been spotted to show that a current-day release...
News Unused Textures in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Suggest Dr. Mario Themed Stage
The doctor is out
Through data mining and various other overtly complex methods, an avid fan of the Super Smash Bros. series has uncovered some unused texture files in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that point towards plans for Dr. Mario to have his own stage at some point during development. The three viruses pictured look as though they could...
News This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super Mario Bros. 4 To Nintendo 25 Years Ago
Even Nintendo's rejection letters are awesome
Back in 1990, Nintendo fan Jason Venter had an idea. He loved Super Mario Bros. 3 and the excellence of that game inspired him to create a planning document for a sequel. That document was packed with the kind of ideas that could only come from the active imagination of an 11-year-old gaming addict -...
Video YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offense At One Element Of Mario's Game Boy Past
"Come on Nintendo. You're better than this"
Mario is one of the most recognisable characters in entertainment media, and has starred in a staggering number of games over the past few decades. The portly Italian plumber has also enjoyed a number of cameo roles throughout the years, and it's this element of the character's history that the latest...
Weirdness According To McDonald's, Mario And Bowser Are Now Firm Friends
We all know that Mario and Bowser don't exactly get on. The latter is always attempting to steal the former's girlfriend, and over the past three decades the pair have clashed multiple times, with Mario usually emerging victorious. It would appear that fast food chain McDonald's feels that it's time to bury the hatchet and make up, as it...
Weirdness Researchers Working on Mario Artificial Intelligence - Who Needs Players?
May start to wonder why Princess Peach doesn't improve palace security
It's not uncommon for video games and academic research to mix - gaming is increasingly mainstream, and is a ripe source for study in a variety of areas. One such area is artificial intelligence, and German cognitive modelling researchers at the University of Tübingen have been...
Gallery Feast Your Eyes on the Super Mario and Super Smash Bros. Wave 4 amiibo
Bank balances, beware
In the first Nintendo Direct broadcasts of 2015 the amiibo brand played its part, with new figures announced to keep the action going in both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and a fresh range to make an impact in Mario Party 10. Many of the toys will support a wide range of games in different ways, but it's in these two...
News Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition Coming To The West With Puzzle & Dragons Z
Double the fun arriving in May
When Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition was announced last week in Japan, many questioned when western players would get the chance to play Puzzle & Dragons Z, the 3DS forerunner which hit Japan a while ago and promptly sold
News Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition Was The Result Of A Speculative Pitch From GungHo Online
3DS puzzle title will feature other famous Nintendo characters
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition was announced recently, and looks to combine the popular mobile (and later 3DS) puzzle franchise with Nintendo's most famous character. Speaking with 4Gamer, developer GungHo Online's Daisuke Yamamoto and Kazuki Morishita have revealed that the...
Weirdness Jimmy Fallon Missed Out On Dating Nicole Kidman Because Of Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo: ruining potentially famous relationships since 1889
Today, Jimmy Fallon is a successful comedian, actor and producer, and the current host of The Tonight Show -- but he wasn't always so smooth an operator. During his recent interview with Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, it was revealed that the two met many years ago and that Fallon...
Feature 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Eleven
On the eleventh day
In this completely silly run of bite-sized features, we're going to write a new version of '12 Days of Christmas' with a Nintendo twist that will, hopefully, be good enough to sing. Eleven Warp Pipes Warping: After our day ten entry was about as popular as a Falcon Punch to the face, we're going with a rather safe choice this...
News Fan Takes amiibo on Lighthearted Journey to their Homeland
A Christmas endeavour
Nintendo's got its audience over a barrel with its range of amiibo toys, and it seems that their charms have taken over certain fans' hearts, however most people don't take this appreciation to the lengths that one fan has. A Facebook page has recently appear that documents the adventures of Pikachu, Fox, and Mario in their...
News Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games
The man behind your musical childhood speaks
For those of you who don't know, Koji Kondo is the man behind some of the most iconic tracks in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series soundtracks. The catchy and beautiful music he produced in these games during the late '80s and all throughout the '90s has remained with many throughout their...
Video Did You Know Gaming Explores Cancelled Mario Games and Concepts
Shame about the volleyball / wrestling hybrid from Next Level Games...
Nintendo goes through a lot of concepts and projects that don't, in the end, become a full game. While that's normal, it can be fascinating to learn about some of the games or ideas that never made it to our systems, with a recent example being that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker...
Rumour Dubious Walmart Listing Suggests Supposed Paper Mario Title for Wii U
Sounds like guff to us
Walmart recently listed the generically title 'Paper Mario (RPG) (Wii U)' on its website before quickly removing it, but not quickly enough, as one clever buck managed to snag a screenshot of the accidental upload. There's no box art or any details about the game, aside from an astronomical price tag that we can only hope is...
News Science Tries To Ruin Our Fun As Zelda's Hookshot And Mario Galaxy's Planets Come Under Scrutiny
Don't watch the Zelda video if you're squeamish
We all know that video games are pure fantasy, and that they should rarely be considered accurate representations of reality. Even so, it's fascinating to consider how popular franchises would fare if they were governed by the proper laws of the universe. If you've ever wondered what games would be...
Video Super Mario Bros. Invades TV's Dancing With The Stars
Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas get caught in the Mushroom Kingdom
Update: If you particularly like the music medley in the video below, you can download it for free from Nintendo's website. Original Article: Irrespective of your stance on TV dance talent shows, you'll have to begrudgingly admit that what we're about to show you is pretty damn...
Video Nintendo Shows Off More 3DS HOME Themes as Smash Bros. and Pokémon Options Arrive in North America
Gotta buy 'em all?
Though Nintendo of America doesn't like to advertise new 3DS HOME themes in its download update — unlike its European contemporary — there's good news for owners of the portable in the region. The four Super Smash Bros. and two new Pokémon themes are all available to pick up at $1.99 each, bringing the Western regions largely...
News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Hits 10 Million Sales Mark In The US
"That’s a lot of penguin suits!"
The legacy of the Wii continues, with Nintendo of America today announcing New Super Bros. Wii has sold ten million copies across the US since it was released in 2009. The announcement was delivered via the official Nintendo of America Twitter account, and celebrated the historic milestone with the following tweet...
Gallery Nintendo of America Releases Photo Evidence That Mario & Luigi Suck at American Football
Watch out Luigi!
Nintendo tries to convince us that a slightly overweight plumber is actually an athlete, releasing a variety of games in which Mario and friends play Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Soccer or even compete in the Olympics. That's all harmless fictional fun, of course, but if you unleash the Bros. into the real world to play sports, the truth...
News Good Smile's Mario Nendoroid Figurine Now Available for Pre-Order
Joining his brother
The good folks over at the Good Smile Company have opened pre-orders for their latest Nintendo themed Nendoroid Figure – Super Mario. The figure company has previously released the likes of Luigi, Toon Link, Pokémon Trainer Red and Isabel in Nendoroid form, and Mario is the latest to join the pack of Nintendo characters. The...
Video The Top 10 Mario Platformers, As Selected By You
You voted, and the winner is...
Way back in August, we asked you wonderful readers what your favourite Super Mario platform game was. You voted, and from those votes we came up with a Top 10 list, which we have immortalised in this video. If you ever played a Super Mario game, then you must be curious about what game is number one, right? Could it...
Video Check Out Mario And Luigi's Costume Cameos In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Customise your Felyne with two iconic overalls
We already knew Animal Crossing, Zelda, Mario,
News Moscow Mural Replaces Crimea With Super Mario
Nintendo's icon spreads a positive message
Buildings are often used as giant canvasses to spread a message, and while this is mostly general advertising, it's not too uncommon to see a political statement splashed boldly onto a highly visible location. One 19th century residence in Moscow however proudly carries a depiction of Mario himself!...
News Yet More Mario 3DS HOME Themes Arrive in Japan, Smash Bros. Options on the Way
There's even one for the Cat Mario show
The range of 3DS HOME Themes is expanding rapidly, but it's in Japan where the most variety is available on a weekly basis. There's now yet another batch in Nintendo's homeland celebrating Mario games and the Mushroom Kingdom cast, while some Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS themes are on the way in early...
Video The Secret Star Fox And Mario Bros. Easter Eggs Of Bayonetta 2
Do A Barrel Roll and don a moustache
The Nintendo costumes added to the Wii U edition of Bayonetta and its sequel are simply awesome. Each one changes the game in very clever and unique ways. But this isn't all that these costumes do. If you can handle spoilers, then you can find out by watching the videos below — right now! [ [
Poll Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros. 3 More Influential?
Well, which one?
We often like to share Nintendo Minute videos here on Nintendo Life, the series in which hosts Kit and Krysta play games and do various things to entertain big N fans. Their video this week tries something a little different, as the two hosts debate the following: Which game is more influential – Super Mario World or Super Mario...
Weirdness New Range of Irish Stamps Feature Mario, Sonic, and More
Enough to make you go green with envy?
In a decision that's sure to excite stamp collectors and gamers alike, the Irish Postal Service has recently issued a retro-themed collection of postage stamps that feature some of the most recognizable characters from gaming history. The 'Game Icons' series pays tribute to the industry's colourful past with...
Weirdness Super Mario 64 Has a New Level of Immersion in Oculus Rift
Motion controls for punching, anyone?
We've seen plenty of Oculus Rift mods over the past year that attempt to breath new life into retro Nintendo games. Some have been a tad peculiar, while examples such as Metroid Prime suited the virtual reality technology particularly well. Running a Super Mario 64 mod through the VR headset isn't new, but...
Video Another Neat 1-UP Trick Has Been Found in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
The NES-era Mario platformers are still much-loved to this day, and are still tested and experimented upon by eager gamers looking for glitches and tricks. Given the limitations of the 8-bit hardware these are bountiful and are still being found; they can be rather entertaining for those of us without the skills to find them...
Book Review Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2
For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult and...
Video See the B Dasher Tear it Up in This Mario Kart 8 DLC Trailer
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Mario Kart 8, which shows the recently announced B Dasher in motion. The kart will be available in the Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC pack this November. The classic racer made its first appearance in 2005 in Mario Kart DS, and soon enough you'll be able to use it yourself in glorious HD.
News Hyrule Warriors Producer Would Love to Work With Mario and Company
Cites Smash Bros. concept as a starting point
Hyrule Warriors is available now in Europe and is just days away in North America, bringing a blend of Dynasty Warriors gameplay with the Legend of Zelda franchise. It's a mix that serves as entertaining fare on the Wii U as we enter the busiest gaming season of the year. As indicated to us by Zelda...
News 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...
Video These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think
And it's not even Easter
Continuing the series of discovering hidden Easter eggs in games, Did You Know Gaming has released the final part of its dissection of main series Mario games. It's always a joy to see hidden little details and secrets in video games, it shows just how much developers care about the creations that they make. Unsurprisingly,...
News Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title Comes to Light
As strange as it sounds
The clever boffins over at Unseen 64 have managed to dig up some information on a cancelled Mario volleyball game that incorporated some of the elements of wrestling into the gameplay. Known as Super Mario Spikers, the game was set to be released on the Wii and was being developed by Next Level Games, who was responsible for...
Review Super Mario Ball (Wii U eShop / GBA)
Balls to the wall
It's no secret that Nintendo's iconic red-wearing plumber has had a number of vocations. From referee to painter to kart racer to hotelier, Mario's been through a lot and shows no sign of actually doing some plumbing. Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at a game where he becomes a pinball. Super Mario Ball's plot revolves...
News 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...
Video If You Love Mario Easter Eggs, This Series is for You
Covering Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario World, so far
One of the delights of retro Nintendo games is in discovering their secrets, little snippets of interesting features that can only be spotted with close attention. Hunting 'easter eggs' is a major part of retro gaming. A current series on the Did You Know Gaming channel is looking to reveal...
Feature The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming
The three-handled situation
The Nintendo 64 controller is one that has fallen out of favour with some gamers – its outdated control stick and limited number of buttons leaves it and its parent system in a state of being old but without necessarily being seen by the general public as 'retro'. You could easily say the same for Sony's original...
News Super Mario Bros. Movie UK Blu-Ray Release to Offer Brand New Documentary
"This Ain’t No Video Game"
Yesterday we posted that everyone’s favourite plumber's live action big screen adventure Super Mario Bros gets its long-awaited UK Blu-ray release in November. With an all-star cast, including the legendary Bob Hoskins alongside John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, not only does this madcap caper get the high-def...
News The Super Mario Bros. Movie Is Coming To Blu-ray In The UK This November
It's probably not what Bob would have wanted
The 1993 movie adaptation of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series may have received scathing reviews and failed to set the box office alight, but it's still fondly remembered by a great many people, and has recently seen a resurgence in popularity due to the tragic passing of its star, Bob Hoskins. UK...
News Interchangeable Dashboard Themes Are Coming To Your Nintendo 3DS
Theme me up, Scotty
Nintendo has revealed that dashboard themes are coming to its 3DS range of consoles. This information was showcased during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct, with The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds and Super Mario Bros. themes shown off very briefly. These will be distributed via the eShop. The ability to change themes...
News Wii U Shooter Splatoon Almost Starred Mario As The Main Character
"There were heated debates over who the main player character should be"
Splatoon was one of the big surprises of Nintendo's E3 showing this year, and looks set to offer an exciting new take on the tried-and-tested squad-based shooter template. It's also refreshing in that it's an entirely new IP — although according to Shigeru Miyamoto, it very...
News The Mario Opera Graces YouTube for the First Time
Watch the first act right now
Jonathan Mann is the mind behind taking Shigeru Miyamoto's iconic red plumber and putting his story into the form of an opera. Mann's script and score were originally performed over four days back in 2005, and the production was not performed again until 2013, when a final farewell performance was held and recorded...
Poll Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?
2D or 3D, old or new, you decide...
Not too long ago we asked you to vote for the best Legend of Zelda game; plenty of you participated. You made the impossible decision, as it's never an easy pick with so many world class games on the list; in the end the iconic and memorable The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time seized the crown. We r
Weirdness Check Out this LEGO Bob-Omb Battlefield Reconstruction
In more than 64 bits
Everybody likes to celebrate their passion in different ways, and one intrepid gamer has recreated the entirety of Bob-Omb Battlefield from Super Mario 64 entirely from LEGO bricks. The detail is phenomenal, the enormous Chain-Chomp taking centre place, and King Bob-Omb in his rightful place perched atop the hill. Goombas,...
Video Vancouver Elementary School Breathes New Life into Super Mario RPG Soundtrack
If we don't beware, who will?
Many of you who grew up with an SNES controller clutched between your fingers will have fond memories of the bizarre experimentation that was Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Little did people at the time know that it would be the first in a huge number of RPGs following the antics of the world's most...
Weirdness Mario, Luigi, and Sonic Are Advertising A Chinese Mobile Phone Network
Honest truth, guv
There's something just a little bit wrong in China Mobile's advertising, pictured above. Apparently Mario, Luigi and Sonic have all been conscripted into the firm's latest promotion. Nintendo hasn't exactly made a habit of freely giving out its characters for other companies to use, being so protective as to initiate YouTube...
Video Mario Battles Through Real Life Tokyo to Get to Super Smash Bros. Event
A smashing fan made trailer
We've seen some awesome fan made Nintendo videos in the past, and this certainly ranks as one of the best. YouTuber Dean Wright has faithfully created a trailer of everyone's favourite portly plumber dashing through the streets of real life Tokyo in order to get to a Super Smash Bros. event on time. Not only is Mario's...
News Dig Your Claws Into The Cat Mario Show On Your 3DS Or Wii U
Child-friendly video now available for free via your Nintendo console
Nintendo of Europe has launched The Cat Mario Show, a new episodic video feature on the 3DS and Wii U eShops aimed at educating and entertaining younger players. The show originally aired in Japan under the title Nyan Nyan Neko Mario Time, and has been dubbed into English...
News Takashi Tezuka: Mario Maker Won't Move Quite Like the Original Mario Bros.
And a 3DS version isn't out of the question
We know that Mario Maker will allow players to craft levels that look akin to the original Super Mario Bros. (among other titles), but will those levels have the same feel of momentum that the NES had? In speaking with Jeremy Parish over at
Video Learn How to Pull Off the Newly Discovered Cloud Glitch in Super Mario World
Lakitu won't be happy about this
As if we needed more evidence of the complexities that run beneath many of our favorite games, a code digger by the name of Masterjun3 has unearthed a glitch in Super Mario World that provides the player a Lakitu cloud in the game's item box. The stunt is executable in the Yoshi's Island 2 stage with just a Yoshi, a...
Video DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeremy Ellis and The Roots Perform an Awesome Super Mario Bros. Remix
Which DJ wins?
With the recent Independence Day celebrations in the US, there were plenty of events and concerts taking place around the country. One of these was the 2014 Philly Jam, and for those watching there was a bit of a retro Mario treat to enjoy. In the clip below DJ Jazzy Jeff — who most may know as Will Smith's buddy and musical...
News This Rather Neat "Mario White Edition" 3DS XL Will Run North American Games
A sort-of Western release
In the past we've shared some lovely 3DS hardware designs that are often rare and limited to release in Japan or other out-of-reach territories — some of the best examples are the iQue 3DS XL models released in China, too. It seems that the red and white Mario model from that iQue range will be an option for North...
News Mario Marathon 7 Streaming Live Right Now on Twitch
It's that time of year again
The 7th annual Mario Marathon started broadcasting live just a matter of hours ago, so go check it out. The fan-run event is a charity drive supporting Child's Play with a pretty fun set of rules: the group has a set of financial goals to be unlocked, each of which is linked to an in-game objective the players must...
News 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...
Video Toy Pizza Take a Look at Tamashii Nations' New Super Mario Action Figure
"The very best Mario action figure ever"
The toy & collectible fanatics at Toy Pizza take a look at the newest Super Mario action figure in today's episode, created from a partnership between Japanese collectible brand Tamashii Nations and Bandai. Evidently they like it, heralding it as "the very best Mario action figure ever" a mere seven...
News 2DS Hardware Bundle With New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coming on 4th July
It's all about the coins, remember
In its recent financial results, Nintendo confirmed that over two million 2DS systems had been sold since its launch in October 2013, a solid return considering its arguably limited demographic. The company remains keen to promote the system, particularly to young gamers, and has now announced a new bundle set for...
News Ubisoft Data Places Mario as the Second Highest Selling Franchise Since 2005
Games with guns won
While Ubisoft's recent financial reports and briefing aren't exactly packed with delightful news for Nintendo gamers, there is some positivity to be found. It's all from a table designed to show off the success of the company's biggest brands, which demonstrates some impressive sales for Nintendo. A table covering 2005 to 2013...
News 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 Gaze in Wonder at Junkboy's 16-Bit "Demake" Art
Don't you want Super Smash Bros. on SNES?
Retro-inspired "demakes" of popular modern games are all the rage these days, but don't you want to put some on your walls? Swedish graphic designer Junkboy has created a wide array of gorgeous 16-bit demake art, much of which is available for purchase online. You can check out his Tumblr page for the full...
Weirdness Super Mario Bros. 3 Can Be Beaten in Under Three Minutes
Speedruns remain a popular part of gaming culture, ranging from current day titles to treasured retro classics. Super Mario Bros. 3 naturally gets the treatment plenty of times, but two intrepid speed runners have now found a glitch that allows it to be beaten in under three minutes. Lord Tom and Tompa are the duo that have worked on...
News Super Mario Bros. Movie Actor Bob Hoskins Passes Away Aged 71
Famed British actor succumbs to pneumonia
British actor Bob Hoskins has died from pneumonia aged 71. Following a successful career which spanned six decades, he retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Hoskins was arguably one of the most recognisable faces in modern cinema, having worked with directors such as...
News Nintendo To Market Mario Kart 8 Through The End Of The Year
Year of the Mario Kart
Nintendo UK has announced that the company's marketing campaign for Mario Kart 8 will run throughout the remainder of this year. A social media programme is already underway, which is designed to evoke old-school Mario Kart nostalgia; this will lead up to TV and online marketing campaigns that will launch when the game is...
News Mario Golf: World Tour UK Pre-Order Bonus Lets You Don A Mario Cap
Moustache grown seperately
2014 seems to be flying by. Just where is the time going? Winter is already a distant memory for some and — even though Animal Crossing tells us we’re currently in spring — summer is right around the corner. Thankfully, along with it, comes a line-up of new games such as Kirby Triple Deluxe, Mario Kart 8 and the 3DS...
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