Board game maker USAopoly has revealed a Super Mario board game, called Super Mario Level Up!, which is officially licensed by Nintendo. The board game features an interesting 3D board layout, where players physically “level up” on the board itself.Players compete to reach the castle at the top of the board, by collecting coins and completing challenges. The board game features many famous Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser, Wario and others.It will be released later this Spring and will retail for only $20. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!
[GIF: Suntory] You have it easy. You’re just controlling Mario and company as they play sport after sport. They have it hard. Advertisement Remember those Mario Mercedes Benz ads? Now the character and his cohorts are starring in a series of Suntory energy drink commercials. The spot is for Dekavita C, a Japanese energy drink, and it shows Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad as they race around from various Mario Sports Superstars events at the whims of the player. 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!
“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!
In many ways, the Wii U was a flop. Passionate modders haven’t given up on the system, however. Instead, many have spent the the last two years breathing new life into the neglected console, hacking new characters, new levels, and new modes into their favorite games. As far as the modding community is concerned, rumors of the Wii U’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Super Smash Bros. Wii U Super Smash Bros is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Wii U modding scene. Colloquially referred to as Sm4sh, the iconic brawler boasts a huge variety of fan-made stages, character skins, and balance tweaks driven by community feedback. From a Shadow Moses stage based on Metal Gear Solid to the addition of Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Sm4sh modders are constantly reinvigorating the game with a steady supply of fresh content. The Sm4sh modding scene wasn’t always so vibrant, though. Early on, if a modder wanted to make a new level for Sm4sh, they could only do so by manipulating raw hex data, a process that was deeply complex and time-consuming. Unlike Skyrim or Starcraft II, where official editing tools are built-in, Sm4sh’s file formats were about as user-unfriendly as you can get….
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!
And Many Gamers Note the Problem as Well, Unsurprisingly Prior to the Nintendo Switch Presentation, Nikkei, one of Japan’s foremost business papers, published a piece suggesting Nintendo Switch would launch at less than $250. As of yesterday, we’ve learned that the console will be available March 3rd at $299. There are multiple reasons why people are surprised by this retail price. What we know so far: Switch is a portable console, with what technically qualifies as two controllers in the Joy-con remote(with neon color variations), and free subscriptions for the first months of online play. To some(perhaps many), the price for everything listed has proven a bit high. Among them, analyst Michael Pachter who stated, “it would be amazing at $200 and competitive at $250, but $300 seems a bit steep, especially considering that the other consoles are at that price.” While Pachter’s analyses have come under scrutiny in the past, there was precedence for his observation this time around. Although the Nintendo Switch is a new, ‘innovative’ console with multisensor control and portability, it is measured in the shadow of its competitors. “I think it will sell well to Nintendo fans, but it will be a second console for a lot of people,” Pachter told GamingBolt. Also worth noting, Nintendo…
As I grew up playing games like “Kirby”, “Super Mario Bros”, “Master Blaster“, “Donkey Kong Country” and” Rayman”. I simply can´t help myself to try out new platform games when ever I get the chance to do so. Well, just the other day I downloaded the alpha demo (PC) for Cloud M1 LLC´s upcoming 2.5D side-scrolling platformer “Ayo the Clown” (you… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!
Super Mario Odyssey Revealed for Nintendo Switch A huge announcement for Super Mario fans was just revealed at the Nintendo Switch event in Tokyo. Super Mario Odyssey will be released on the Nintendo Switch later this year! While the trailer showcases a different Mario game, walking through the streets and bouncing on cars looking quite similar to Sunset Overdrive. The most different thing you’ll notice in the trailer is that it all happens in a modern city, outside of the Mushroom Kingdom! While not many details have been released along with this announcement it appears to be somewhat of a successor to Super Mario Galaxy, as Mario explores the open spaces. Super Mario Odyssey will be released during the holiday season later this year exclusively on Nintendo Switch! Check out the trailer for the newest Mario game below. The post Super Mario Odyssey Revealed at Nintendo Switch Event appeared first on COGconnected.
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!
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!
Yet Another Remarkable Feat from a Nintendo Fan When Nintendo made the decision to turn fans into developers via Super Mario Maker, we began hitting milestones. The creative gaming populace would not disappoint, delivering some of the most wild, hair-raising, rage-quitted level designs imaginable. At times, making us wonder whether fun or torture was the intent. But now we have a treat from Nintendo fan and YouTuber KHAce. He has presented us with Super Mario Land playable in Super Mario Maker: Of course, he couldn’t deliver every aspect exactly as remembered. For example, all the end-level bosses have been by replaced by Bowser. And that’s not a submarine in World 2-3, that’s a cleverly-improvised Koopa Clown Car. Also, the original music was dubbed in this video. But in-game tweaks are minimal, and probably won’t alter your experience in the level design. That is to say, KHAce’s Super Mario land in Super Mario Maker is playable right now. So if you want to play, here are the game codes, courtesy of NeoGaf: 1-1: 8088-0000-02E1-8DAB 1-2: 3eB9-0000-02E1-8E7E 1-3: 0BE6-0000-02E1-8F1B 2-1: 5751-0000-02E1-8FCF 2-2: E5C3-0000-02E1-90B3 2-3: 3624-0000-02E1-9251 3-1: BC22-0000-02E1-93EE 3-2: 20C5-0000-02E1-9504 3-3: 25B0-0000-02E1-963A 4-1: B108-0000-02E1-9772 4-2: EE82-0000-02E1-986D 4-3 (Level): 0103-0000-02E1-9992 4-3 (Tatanga Fight): ECCD-0000-02E1-9A32 Super Mario Maker is available for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. User KHAce…
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!
Highly Anticipated Nintendo NX To Be Shown Off Tomorrow Morning Yes folks, you are reading that correctly. The Nintendo NX has been confirmed to be shown off tomorrow via Nintendo’s various social media outlets. The company teased a reveal of the highly anticipated Nintendo NX, where we will at the very least, get more information on the specs of the system itself, along with what the Nintendo NX actually looks like. Suffice it to say, we’re incredibly excited by the prospects of what is in store for tomorrow’s preview, and this week has been absolutely huge in terms of announcements, to say the least. Be among the first to discover #NX. Watch the Preview Trailer at 7am PT/10am ET! pic.twitter.com/R2QTzjyLUo — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 20, 2016 The speculation will all come to an end tomorrow morning, so be sure to keep an eye on Nintendo’s Youtube and Twitter accounts. It’s likely this will be streamed live, however it may just be a teaser trailer too. The internet may break at this rate, but we don’t even care. Bring on the Nintendo NX! You can peep the trailer at 7am PT/10am ET, but we just may not be getting any…
Paper Mario: Color Splash Review Paper Mario is back for an all new adventure exclusively for the Wii U (and probably one of the last adventures we’ll get to enjoy on the under-rated and under-loved Wii U!). Paper Mario: Color Splash is more akin to it’s predecessor, Paper Mario: Sticker Star than the first three Paper Mario games. While I personally prefer this choice, many fans were hoping for a return to more RPG style roots. The only real traditional RPG element remaining is the turn-based battles. If you’re willing to accept the fact that Color Splash is more of an adventure platformer, and less of an RPG, then you’ll be in for an absolute treat of a game. Paper Mario: Color Splash begins with Mario and Princess Peach receiving a colorless Toad, folded up like a letter, from Prism Island. Knowing something must be terribly wrong, Mario, Peach and Toad (another Toad, not the folded up one) set sail to Prism Island. Upon arriving in Port Prisma on Prism Island, the trio see that the island is covered in color-less splotches. It’s not long after that they encounter Huey, a talking paint can that provides Mario the ability to…