[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!
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…
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!
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s $50 or so worth of remote controlled flying Mario, also available in Yoshi. Advertisement It’s always nice to see a familiar face while scouring the outskirts of the New York Toy Fair. I found Mario here at the Carrera booth, hanging in out in front of the Mario Kart RC cars and slot car racing sets the company is known for. Last year the company released a Mario drone copter that they couldn’t keep in stock. This summer they’ve got a pair of remote controlled copters, and they’re really neat. Both Mario and Yoshi models will sell for around $50. Mario’s cape, in plastic for his Toy Fair debut, will be cloth in the final product. Imagine it fluttering in the wind as you watch the clip below. An lo, the skies shall be filled with plumbers and egg-pooping dinosaurs. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It’s-a Me. New York, New York. By Frankie Torres. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In January, Nintendo released a three-minute trailer for the upcoming platformer Super Mario Odyssey. This past weekend, GameXplain released an 83-minute video that analyzes that trailer. And it’s way better than it has any right to be. Advertisement You wouldn’t think a film-length analysis of a video game trailer would be gripping and fun to watch, but hey, GameXplain has somehow pulled it off. You can watch the full video here: It includes, among other things: a detailed breakdown of New Donk City’s layout and Donkey Kong references; the discovery that each area has a different-shaped purple collectible; and many theories about hats, checkpoints, and the moon. At first they cover New Donk City, then move to the desert area (38:27), followed by the mechanical forest (59:34), and finally the colorful volcano level (1:10:34). GameXplain theorizes that these might be the only four levels in Super Mario Odyssey, which seems like a bit of a stretch, but the logic is clear. And yes, if you put aside the fact that this is literally an 83-minute analysis of a three-minute video game trailer, it is incredibly enjoyable. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It was great to finally get a real look at the Nintendo Switch and some of the things it’s capable of. But even if the future of Nintendo’s latest console remains uncertain, what I’m really worried about is Mario. I just have a feeling New Donk City is going to eat him alive. Advertisement Not only is our favorite little overalled meatball apparently half the size of the city’s other citizens, but, well, the city can be a rough place. Especially one with a name like New Donk City. Sure, everything looked nice and whimsical in the trailer, but take a wrong turn down a dark alley, and who knows what kind of trenchcoat wearing goons you might run into. So this week, as the ‘Shop Contest makes its triumphant return for 2017, scarf down some of your grandma’s Sunday pasta and get shopping Mario into any and every situation that might befall him as he hops around New Donk City’s lesser known locales. I don’t have any PNG files to get you started this week, cause life can be cruel like that. You think Mario had a single coin READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Shigeru Miyamoto Says Super Mario Odyssey Ain’t for the Casuals The internet is still absolutely buzzing after the big Nintendo Switch full reveal on Jan 12th. Not only did we learn a little bit more about the console itself but we saw new games in Splatoon 2, 1 – 2 Switch and more. Probably the biggest game reveal of them all was Super Mario Odyssey which sees Mario returning to the open world days of Super Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, and the Super Mario Galaxy series. Undoubtedly, this is exactly what fans of the franchise had been hoping for. One day after the big reveal Nintendo did a special Nintendo Treehouse to talk all bout the Nintendo Switch and they also had the one and only Shigeru Miyamoto along for the ride. When speaking about where they wanted to go with Super Mario Odyssey, Miyamoto noted that going for the open world style of play was very much a conscious decision on Nintendo’s part. After breaking down the more casual games versus the more core games they decided core was the way to go. While all Mario games are aimed at almost anyone being able to pick them up and play Miyamoto said there is…
The next major, 3D entry in the Super Mario series is headed to the Nintendo Switch, with the announcement tonight of Super Mario Odyssey. Advertisement It…looks like a 3D Mario game, only the catch here is that Mario leaves the Mushroom Kingdom behind to spend some time in the real world. Nintendo also says it will feature “sandbox-style” levels. It’ll be out in the holiday season. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In Nintendo’s recently released mobile game Super Mario Run, the famous plumber leaps his way through a couple dozen levels on his way to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. Been there, done that. Yet perhaps there is a second, darker reading of this game? Maybe there’s an interpretation that shakes the accepted Mario lore to its very core?? Advertisement I’m going to warn you up front that this is a ridiculous theory. It is likely wrong in a hundred ways. That will not stop me from sharing it with you now. The theory originated on a recent episode of the Idle Thumbs podcast, which is hosted by Chris Remo, Jake Rodkin and Nick Breckon. I like all three of those guys and used to go on their show back when I lived in San Francisco—Remo also joined me on our own Splitscreen podcast last year. While I’ve always enjoyed their show and its various Mario-related flights of fancy, I did not expect to hear a theory so outlandish it’d feel more at home in one of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear games. Advertisement The short READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Canadian actor and comedian Tony Rosato, who provided the voice for Luigi in the animated series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, has died at the age of 62 of a suspected heart attack, the Toronto Sun reports. Advertisement Rosato, a veteran of Canada’s Saturday Night Live along with Night Heat and Relic Hunter, was diagnosed late in his life with Capgras Delusion, a condition that led him to believe that his wife and daughter had been replaced by imposters. In addition to his TV and animated work, Rosato also had small roles in some Resident Evil games (3 & Nemesis) and the Sam & Max animated series. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Japan’s new Super Mario Happy Meal toys look awesome. They went on sale last Friday. Please come to the West. Advertisement UPDATE: Oh hey, looks like they go on sale in the UK this week! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This is a Mario game, but it’s not a Mario video game. It’s a ball puzzle/game/thing I got for my kid for Christmas, and we haven’t been able to stop playing it since. Advertisement We spotted it on Amazon trawling for Mario merch (kid is nuts for Nintendo stuff), and figured that because the box was 100% in Japanese, and that we’d never seen anything like it on a store shelf before, that we’d be getting him something cool that would be a genuine surprise for him. Mission accomplished. He lost his shit upon opening it. IT’S MARIO BUT NOT ON MY LITTLE NINTENDO, he yelped in his weird little three year-old voice, before helping me put it together (the Japanese instructions were surprisingly helpful) then spending the next few hours mashing his little fingers all over it. Advertisement It works like Mouse Trap vs Pachinko. There’s a theme going on here: the little red balls are Mario, and you have to get them through the level by smashing little plastic buttons that propel the ball along the course. Sometimes READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Nintendo Switch A new 3D Mario game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, announced today. The Switch will be released in early 2017. Advertisement Not a side-scroller, but a 3D game along the lines of Super Mario Galaxy. The graphics look great: Nintendo Switch READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!