Super Mario Run Is Now Available On Android

Better late than…never? Advertisement Despite coming out on iOS in December, it’s taken until today for Android owners to get their hands on Mario’s side-scrolling mobile adventure. But hey, despite the long wait, it’s here now. The game’s pretty good, even if it does have some very weird ideas about how mobile users should pay for stuff. You . READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Why Is It So Hard To Make Video Games For Kids?

“Daddy? DADDY!” I look up from my laptop. This video game was supposed to give me a precious 15 minute respite from the endless drudgery of parenthood. What the hell’s gone wrong now? Advertisement “DADDY WHAT I DO? “WHAT I DOOOOOO?” Advertisement It must be really hard to make a good video game for kids. I know this because to date, I have only played one good console game made for kids. That game is Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Super Mario 3D World. I’ll never forget introducing it to my 3-year-old. In the beginning it was frustrating as hell. He couldn’t do anything, kept throwing himself off the edge, shrieking like a deranged hyena. I walked away then. It hurt to watch. I made myself a nice cup of tea. A couple of weeks later, sipping a different cup of tea, my son had mastered the game with literally zero input from me, his father who writes about video games for a living. I still have no idea how he did it. Actually that’s an exaggeration. I have a rough READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and More Mario Discounted in Best Buy’s Deal of the Day

It’s all things Mario in Best Buy’s latest Deal of the Day offers, as titles like Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and more are being discounted. …Read More The post Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and More Mario Discounted in Best Buy’s Deal of the Day by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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The Mario Bros. Music Has Official Lyrics

You’ve been hearing the ditty for decades, both in games and on the internet, but did you know that the original Mario Bros. theme—from the games, not the TV show’s intro—has official lyrics to go with it? Advertisement (Top image via Game-OST) Anyone who has heard the excellent Mario & Zelda Big Band Live recording from 2003 (or, if you haven’t, above) will be familiar with this vocal version, which actually dates back to 1985, when fans submitted lyrics to a Japanese radio station and they were endorsed by Nintendo as official, with a recorded version of the song released on vinyl: So that you can sing along, here’s a translated version of the lyrics, courtesy of an old Destructoid post: Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running Go save Princess Peach! Go! Today, full of energy, Mario runs Today, full of energy, jumping! Today, full of energy, searching for coins Today, keep going, Mario! Get a mushroom – it’s Super Mario! Get a flower – it’s Fire Mario! Goomba! Troopa! Buzzy Beetle! Beat them all! Mario is always full of energy and strong! Today, full of READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

The Best Landmarks of Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City

The Nintendo Switch is almost here! We already have ours, and soon you’ll be able to buy yours. Soon you’ll be able to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which seems pretty magnificent so far. But if your Nintendo kingdom preference leans more Mushroom than Hyrule, don’t worry. Super Mario Odyssey, the upcoming 3D Mario game hitting Switch this holiday, also looks weird and wonderful. By far the most delightful and confusing thing about Super Mario Odyssey so far is New Donk City, an area in the game modeled after New York City in which the cartoon-like Mario interacts with real people. This revelation raises so many questions. Who are these people? What is Mario if not a human being. How does Donkey Kong lore tie into this? How overpriced are New Donk apartments? Since’s office is in New York City, we thought it be fun to imagine what the rest of New Donk City might look like if it really is taking most of its inspiration from the Big Apple. Hopefully, we’ll be visiting these places soon on our Nintendo Switch. These are the best landmarks of Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City, courtesy of…


You Will Believe A Mario Can Fly 

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!


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Yep, This Is An 83-Minute Analysis Of A Three-Minute Super Mario Odyssey Trailer

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!

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Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road Gets Remade in Halo 5

Halo 5: Guardians may have gotten a mixed reception from gamers and journalists, but almost all can agree that its Forge Mode was brilliant. Available on both Xbox One and PC, Forge Mode allow users to create all manner of crazy levels — even ones inspired by other games. One latest Forge Mode creation is based on Rainbow Road from the Super Mario Kart series. This map has all of the hazards that Rainbow Road is known for. It can accommodate up to ten players, though it’s likely that most will end up plummeting to their doom thanks to the level’s precarious turns. As you can see from the video below, this is one psychedelic and trippy looking race course. [embedded content] This is an impressive recreation of Rainbow Road, but it is missing a few key things. There are no power-ups to collect and no weapons to use against enemies. The terror of being hit in the back by a random turtle shell doesn’t exist here. Still, the makers of this stage did the best they could with the assets available to them. The most important thing is whether or not the READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Midnight Mario, Winners!

We started this contest with a much darker vision of life in New Donk City for Mario, but thanks to this week’s winner, we can end it on a much brighter one. Advertisement The winner for this week is Ihsus who somehow managed the unthinkable, taking a beautiful meme and making it even better, somehow, by the addition of Mario. It’s hard enough moving to a new place, especially when you’re barely more than two fee tall, apparently. That’s why it’s important to make friends quickly, and who better to show Mario the ropes of New Donk City than Mr. John Wick himself. The rest of you did a pretty great job too! barhat518 with an amazing runner-up. sciteach with an homage to one of my all-time favorite movies. Curryrider dreams up a movie I would totally never watch. toolsoldier lays on the filters. PunditGuy keeps Mario woke. Vinyourg has the call back. Tamales y Atole with a glimpse into our READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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That Time Some Players Thought Luigi Was In Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 was a watershed moment for our favorite video game plumber. Mario made the leap into the third dimension and brought a colorful array of characters with him but a major ally was missing: his brother Luigi. Was he just hiding the whole time? Advertisement Mario’s brother Luigi has always had his back ever since the pair conquered arcades in 1983. When Mario went missing, Luigi was on the case. But he was notably absent in Super Mario 64. It’s hard to know the precise origin of the rumors regarding Luigi. The most popular myth centers around what has become known at the “Eternal Star.” It is a statue resting inside of a fountain that can be found on one of the lower levels of the game’s castle hub world. “Eternal Star” or “L Is Real 2401?” The statue gained its name from the plaque it bears. Some players claimed that it read “eternal star.” The most interesting fan translation was a coded message: “L Is Real 2401.” It was a sign from the creators according to some. The statue was a key for unlocking READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Mario is Supposed to Be Weird

Of all the announcements from the recent Nintendo Switch presentation, the one that probably caused the most buzz was the debut of Super Mario Odyssey. The trailer showed Mario’s return to expansive 3D platforming for the first time in over a decade. But that’s not all it showed. Let’s talk about New Donk City. The most… polarizing aspect of Super Mario Odyssey comes right at the beginning of the trailer. We see a colorful but semi-realistic city, one that seems modeled off of New York. Sharp-eyed viewers may see several Donkey Kong references, but it’s unclear what the game actually is. Then Mario pops out of the sewer. Then Mario runs around New Donk City. Then Mario meets realistic-looking, racially diverse human beings while still being a cartoon. Then people lost their minds. [embedded content] Folks compared seeing Mario in the real-world to everything from the Mario/Grand Theft Auto mash-up from Robot Chicken to 3D Homer Simpson in the real world to the infamous Sonic 2006 (the one where the cartoon hedgehog kisses a human woman). Meanwhile, I’ve been laughing about the name “New Donk City” for days. The game looks great, but it also looks very, very weird, perhaps…

Nintendo Switch spectations – A brutally honest take on the Switch console up to now

The flood gates have opened with information about Nintendo´s upcoming Switch console. We’ve had the conference. People have had a chance to take a look at Nintendo’s device in the USA, and I’ve sat in my pants ingesting all kinds of information gagging in horror that this can’t be true. Nintendo’s brand-new console is once again another gimmick built with… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


If Super Mario Odyssey Had The Realism of Grand Theft Auto

Super Mario Odyssey’s trailer was only a couple minutes long, but it was enough to get everyone hung up on was Mario’s bizarre appearance in a fictionalized version of NYC. The immediate comparison was that Odyssey reminded people of GTA, so it was only a matter of time before mods mashed together the whimsy of Odyssey with GTA’s grit. Advertisement CrowbCat combined parkour and realism GTA IV mods and paired them Super Mario Odyssey’s music, and the result is hilarious. I’d play this on the Nintendo Switch. You know what, maybe it’s good that Mario isn’t as tall as the other humans. He’s got some Slenderman thing going here, yikes. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!