Hololens Super Mario Bros. Looks Dangerously Fun

GIF Designer Abhishek Singh created a first-person augmented reality version of Super Mario Bros.’ first level, which is very cool. Then he dressed up as Mario to test out his creation in New York City’s Central Park. That’s the dangerous bit. On one hand, Singh’s AR game does a great job of demonstrating the potential of Microsoft’s Hololens tech. In the video, recorded directly from his headset while a second camera captured his movement, pixel hills sprout from the ground, enemies shuffle about and the sky fills with blocky clouds and boxes. Using movement and hand gestures he stomps on goombas, shoots fireballs and avoids obstacles, ultimate capturing the flag and entering the castle beyond. At the same time, he’s walking down a path where real people are obscured by bits of Mario’s world while dressed like a video game character, wearing a very expensive piece of tech on his head. When he enters the castle at the end of the run he’s surrounded on three sides by orange walls only he can see. Note the guy walking by in the top corner. He has no idea what is going on. It’s the sort of augmented reality project that begs…


Super Mario Odyssey — Using the Switch Joy-Con Undocked Might Be the Best Way to Play

The Joy-Con controllers have never been my go-to controller for the Nintendo Switch, but Super Mario Odyssey might have changed all that. …Read More The post Super Mario Odyssey — Using the Switch Joy-Con Undocked Might Be the Best Way to Play by Azario Lopez appeared first on DualShockers.


Japanese Airport Cosplays As Nintendo Advertisement

Travellers arriving at Kansai International Airport in Osaka will soon be greeted by Nintendo characters plastered all over the place. Starting June 23, Nintendo is setting up what it’s calling the “Nintendo Check In” at the airpot’s Terminal 1 with Switch, 3DS, and smart device titles. The airport is also slipping on some huge Nintendo banners and decking out elevators in Super Mario characters. All this makes jet lag less awful! Nintendo is a good look for Japanese airports. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Kotaku 'Shop Contest: A Little Mario In All Of Us

Super Mario Odyssey this week showed no one’s consciousness is safe from the little plumber. Thanks to Cappy, he can become a dinosaur or even a Goomba. The possibilities are endless( unlike my ‘shop talents). This latest ‘Shop Contest isn’t just about exploring the boundaries of Odyssey’s premise, it’s about searching for answers to the eternal question: what is a Mario? Advertisement So pull up a Cappy, slap on a mustache, and lets see how far we can push Mario’s new ability. Just throw both on anything or person you want. Here’s a hat you can use, or there are others (did I mention I’m not very good at Photoshop?) Advertisement The rules, as always, are as follows: How To Upload Images — Instructions 1. Create your ‘Shop and save it to your desktop. Images must be at least 800 pixels wide. If they aren’t, you will be shot. I mean it! 2. Go to the bottom of this post 3. This brings up a comment window. Click 4. This brings up Click “Choose file” if you’re uploading your ‘shop from READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda

For weeks I’ve been letting you know about the plethora of cool, smaller, indie games on the Nintendo Switch. But let’s be real. For many, the next true game of note to hit Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid that isn’t Zelda is the beautiful and incomprehensibly strange Super Mario Odyssey. At E3 we finally took a brief trip to New Donk City, and even tried out some other big games Nintendo has on the horizon. Super Mario Odyssey is a Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda, but it’s closer than you’d think. Nintendo likes to say this is a 3D platformer more in the vein of Super Mario 64 than the acclaimed but more linear Super Mario Galaxy. But even in our limited sandbox Odyssey’s openness feels closer to an open-world game like Grand Theft Auto or the latest Zelda than what the N64 was capable of delivering. Mario climbs skyscrapers and bounces off taxi cabs. He pulls up a map to fast travel. He uses different regional currency to buy mafioso outfits and lunar fuel like some kind of moon man. He takes on quests from Mayor Pauline to track down musicians. He enters pipes into 2D sidescrolling levels projected against the wall like…


I Played 30 Minutes Of Super Mario Odyssey And It Sure Is Impressive

Super Mario Odyssey is a wild, ambitious game. It’s got secrets, dinosaurs, and the type of flawless jumping you’d expect from a new main Mario made by the design wizards at Nintendo. It’s less Super Mario 3D World, more Super Mario 64. And it lets you throw around Mario’s hat, which I promise is more exciting than it sounds. In fact, hat-throwing the core mechanic of Super Mario Odyssey, which will be out on October 27 for the Switch. You can hurl your hat like a boomerang to break bricks or collect coins. You can swing your hat in a circle, damaging any Goombas or Koopa Troopas in your perimeter. You can throw it in different directions and even hold down your throw button to keep it hovering in the air for a few seconds so you can hop on it like a platform. It’s a fun, satisfying gimmick that takes some adjustment (thanks to motion controls!) but feels really good. You can also use your hat to take over people’s bodies. You can inhabit Bullet Bills and use them to ride across gaps. You can capture a Chain Chomp and send it flying to break a READ FULL STORY…


Super Mario Odyssey Shines with Brand New Trailer in Nintendo Spotlight; Coming October 27

Super Mario Odyssey brings Mario to New Donk City in a brand new trailer showcased during Nintendo’s Spotlight presentation at E3 2017. …Read More The post Super Mario Odyssey Shines with Brand New Trailer in Nintendo Spotlight; Coming October 27 by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.


Super Mario Odyssey Lets You Play As A Dinosaur

The next big Mario game is coming to Switch on October 27, and it’ll let you play as a Cheep Cheep, a taxi cab, and even a dinosaur. Using Mario’s special abilities in Super Mario Odyssey, you can inhabit those people and objects, as we saw in a new trailer during the Nintendo Spotlight today. Here’s the trailer: We’ll have more on Super Mario Odyssey later this morning. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Nintendo's Theme Park Teased In Cute New Trailer

The big Nintendo section of Universal Studios Japan is still years away from being finished, but the park is already hyping up the attraction. Here’s a trailer giving hints at what we can expect when it opens in 2020. Explains why that stage was being built yesterday. If you look at the big reveal of the park at the end, you’ll see the overall design of the place matches the art released in December, suggesting that hey, it may actually look like this (or at least follow the general floorplan) when it’s done. First Glimpse At What A Super Mario Theme Park Could Look Like In 2020, before the Tokyo Olympics, Universal Studios Japan will open its Mario-themed amusement… Read more READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Universal Studios Japan Gets A Super Mario Bros. Stage

Previously, Universal Studios released concept art for its upcoming Super Nintendo World. This week at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, a large Mario themed stage appeared in the parking, giving a more concrete look at what to expect.  These photos were snapped by Twitter user and USJ super fan LCASTUDIOS_USJ. It’s believed that the stage was created for some sort of event related to Universal’s Super Nintendo World.  Here is a night shot from Twitter user Akino: Completion of the actual area is still years away. These photos seem to show how construction is going at USJ. And some more photos from earlier this spring. As you can see, it’s still early. USJ’s Super Nintendo World area probably won’t be opened until 2020.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Check out this lost Mario animated short about traffic safety

An early Mario animated short has been found that was previously lost. It’s an animated traffic safety video to teach kids how to be safe around traffic, starring everyone’s favorite plumber. It’s always been interesting to see how Mario’s design in games has evolved over the course of 30+ years, but his animation style has certainly evolved, too. The film was created in 1989 by Toei animation and the YouTube description says that this is one of many lost animated films that were created in the late 80s and early 90s to promote public safety. If you like this and want to see more, be sure to check out the YouTube page for this video, which links several of the other “lost” and old shorts. Nintendo eShop Card – $20 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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The Top 30 Selling Games In Japan Are Dominated By Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

[Image: Rockstar | Square Enix | Nintendo] Last week, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was way out in front in the Japanese sales chart, surprising absolutely no one. Some of the entries, however, might catch you off guard. Advertisement Via Famitsu, here are the top 30 selling games from April 24 to April 30.  30. Final Fantasy XV (PS4): 2,220 copies Advertisement Total: 975,104 copies 29. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4): 2,366 copies Total: 247,919 copies 28. A Clockwork Ley-Line (Vita): 2,480 copies Total: 2,480 copies Advertisement 27. Mario Kart 7 (3DS): 2,542 copies Total: 2,702,671 copies 26. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4): 2,553 copies Advertisement Total: 186,925 copies 25. Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker (Switch): 2,562 copies Total: 8,028 copies Advertisement Advertisement 24. Super Mario Maker 3DS (3DS): 2,590 copies Total: 1,126,026 copies 23. Pro Evolution Soccer: Konami The Best (PS4): 2,597 copies Advertisement Total: 9,192 copies 22. Super Bomberman R (Switch): 2,847 copies Total: 80,0471 copies READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Source: The Rumored Mario x Rabbids RPG Is Real, Coming To Switch

Not real art from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. This is in fact a Photoshop by Kotaku’s Riley MacLeod. Rabbids image via Wikia. Mario image via Wikipedia. One of this fall’s big Nintendo Switch games will be Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a game that has been rumored for quite some time and does indeed exist, as confirmed by art assets provided to Kotaku. The game will mix Nintendo’s iconic plumber (and friends) with characters from Ubisoft’s popular Rabbids series. Advertisement Although the person who sent the assets asked us not to share them, they corroborate the existence of a bizarre crossover RPG that’s currently scheduled to come to Switch in either August or September. Ubisoft is developing Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on the publisher’s proprietary Snowdrop engine, according to the assets we’ve seen. The game’s selling points appear to be a) turn-based combat, b) two-player local co-op, and c) a goofy sense of humor. (The art we’ve seen features Mario and crew wielding laser beams.) The game will apparently have eight playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and, bizarrely, four Rabbids dressed up as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Peach. Advertisement The existence of this Mario and Rabbids crossover was first reported…

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Music Makes Mario Kart 8's Best Level Even Better

The first time I played Mount Wario, I thought, “Holy shit, that was a really good Mario Kart track.” Advertisement In the weeks since then, my estimation of the track has only increased. It’s a doozy of a run, a rare single-lap race that doesn’t repeat, but instead is a straight shot through a lengthy and varied ski-themed obstacle course. This post originally ran on 8/25/2014. I’ve made some minor edits and bumped it up now that Nintendo has re-released Mario Kart 8 for the Switch. Advertisement The level is fun for a lot of different reasons—great variety, a good mix of bumps, jumps, and downhill straightaways, and it’s the closest thing Mario Kart has to an SSX snowboarding level. But underneath all that cool stuff is the music, and it’s the music that makes Mount Wario come together. Mount Wario is easily the most popular map of the 32 included in the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8. When we polled our readers about their favorite tracks, it won by an enormous margin, carrying 27% of the overall vote. I love the track as well, and really wanted READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!