Could Mario Kart 8
be the Bullet Bill that propels
Nintendo's Wii U from its slump? Outstanding reviews
, a free game
with purchase, plus the Luigi stare of death meme
, helped make MK8 the best-selling game in June
and boosted Wii U sales
tremendously. An arcade version
- featuring Fusion Carts - is forthcoming. Hop over to MetaTalk
and share your Nintendo Network ID. [more inside]
was a live, orchestrated performance by the New Japan Philharmonic of many of the songs from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike most other video game soundtracks, which are essentially recordings of game music, all of the pieces for Smashing...Live! are completely re-arranged and fully orchestrated." [SLYPlaylist] [more inside]
Did you ever reach a point in Super Mario Brothers that you wanted to see them all pay? Here you go: Mario goes Berserk
A Dolphin's Tale: The Story of GameCube
The company discovered that many gamers became personally attached to their consoles. They would take their consoles over to a friend’s house to play, or they would move their console from one room to another. Nintendo decided to include a handle on the GameCube to give it portability and a more personal, friendly look.
Alphabet Blocks for a Geek Baby
"Amateur engineer/designer" Jonathan M. Guberman made his newborn son a set of custom engraved wooden alphabet blocks, with "things that his mother and I were looking forward to sharing with him" on 4 of the 6 sides. (See them all here)
"The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance" which makes them even more awesome. (Of course, your choices for certain letters may vary)
blog showcases the toys and games Nintendo created in the period from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s, including:
Nintendo Popeye Trump cards
, Nintendo Love Tester
, Nintendo Ultra Hand
, Nintendo Disney Baseball Board
, Nintendo Companion
, Nintendo Mamaberica baby stroller
, Nintendo Monster Copy
, Nintendo Bee Hive Game
and Nintendo Mister Magician Coin & Stick
. Full list
Super Mario on Ice
, with Jason Bateman and Alyssa Milano
I write about Super Mario Bros. 2 a lot, I realize, especially considering that the game is now twenty-five years old. I suppose that results from the combination of it being especially surreal, even by Super Mario standards, and me having encountered it at the perfect age to be asking “Hey, why is that?” I actually still ask “Why is that?” fairly often. One of the things that had always bugged me about the game is its level structure. Super Mario Bros. makes sense: four sets of levels each composing a world, and eight world altogether. It’s all tidy and even. Super Mario Bros. 2 isn’t so easy: It has seven worlds, but an irregular number of stages.
“Hey, why is that?” [more inside]
"Meow." He forms his hands into claws and performs a slow cat-scraping motion. To his left and to his right sit the esteemed producer and the director of Super Mario 3D World. "Meow," they both say, before also demonstrating the clawing feline action. Shigeru Miyamoto on Super Mario 3D World
, arriving next month on Wii U.
Copies are beginning to show up in reviewer's hands: Super Mario 3D World is shaping up beautifully. It's a visual stunner, with gorgeous effects and lighting that take Mario graphics to an entirely new level, certainly showing greater flair than the 2D New Super Mario Bros. U. There are some attractive textures at work, with the art style flourishing with powerful hardware, alongside a rock steady and terrifically fluid frame rate.
Eurogamer offers a look at 5 levels [part one | two | three] • Previews from Nintendo:
E3 2013 Developer Direct | October trailer | Gameplay trailer • Nintendo Minute: Multiplayer | New Power-Ups
MOOOOOOOM, I'M BOOOOOOORED
Really? Didn't I just give you and your sister that thing that adds like 180 tracks to Mario Kart Wii
? YEAH BUT SHE'S NOT AROUND AND MARIO KART REALLY BENEFITS FROM ANOTHER PLAYER
Well, maybe I could play with you? COME ON MOM YOU'RE, LIKE, OLD OR SOMETHING
So? What's your point? I WANT SOMETHING THAT'S JUST AS MUCH FUN BY MYSELF, BUT ALSO FOR WII, AND IDEALLY IT SHOULD ALSO HAVE OVER A HUNDRED LEVELS BECAUSE THAT PART IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT [more inside]
Introducing Super Monster Bros by Adventure Time Pocket Free Games
! Where the characters are Pokemon (kinda), the gameplay is Mario (kinda), and the content will cost you up to $99.99 to unlock!
...Although as he self-styles
himself "King Koopa," it is apparent that he claims (or is seeking) parity of esteem with Princess Peach; that is to say that he does not regard himself as a "terrorist," but as a "freedom fighter" or entitled ruler in his own right.
The actors would shove each day's new pages aside unread. Hoskins and Leguizamo swilled scotch together between takes, leading to an on-set accident in which Leguizamo drunkenly crashed a truck and Hoskins broke his hand... When Stayton told Hopper the directors declined to speak to him for the story, the actor responded, "That's the only intelligent thing I've heard that they've really actually done."
Hollywood Archaeology: The Super Mario Bros. Movie [more inside]
French group Golden Mustache contemplates the sex lives of various video game characters
(video, English subtitles, surprisingly SFW, wait for Tetris)
Take the twitch out of platforming with Bump
, a delightful new little turn-based randomly-generated roguelikelike by clever game dev and creative fellow Aaron Steed
. Jump at or on or over things! Collect diamonds with head-bumping! Avoid and/or destroy spikes and bad guys! Try not to die! Die anyway! It's a good time. [more inside]
"My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario... So what else am I supposed to do? Now I'm up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline
Super Mario Busters.
It's an animated mashup bringing the worlds of Super Mario Bros.
together in a clever, delightful way. [SLYT] [more inside]
Remember playing Super Mario World on your Sega Genesis
? Probably not, considering it's a rather rare bootleg
. Well, thanks to the efforts
of some determined gamers, you can now play it at home
, although only on the Gens Plus GX emulator
on the Wii (or through the Gens core via RetroArch
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
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Super Mario Beads 1 2 3
(mlyt) [more inside]
It's touched the hearts of all sorts of people
, but after twenty-four years, the final issue of Nintendo Power is here
. One thing's for sure: if the cover doesn't make you feel all kinds of fuzzical
nostalgia, then the doctors have called to say that you're dead inside and it's clear that your life is a god damn mess.
Stephen Totilo of Kotaku tries to determine the correct chronology
for all the games in the Super Mario
Super Mario Bros. Special
occupies a strange place in Mario history. It's one of the few Mario games produced for a system other than Nintendo's own, licensed by Hudson Soft for the Japanese
PC-8801 computer system. The system was fairly weak compared to an NES, so it didn't scroll; when Mario gets to the edge of the screen, it flips to the next. The game wasn't always designed with that in mind however, leading to a lot of blind jumps. You can play a hacked version of the original Super Mario Bros. designed to recreate this game using the patch found here
. And here's a video playthrough of the whole game: World 1
, World 2
, World 3
, World 4
, World 5
, World 6
, World 7
, World 8
, Last level & ending
. And here's a trap room in World 4
Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0
is out! An expansion on the original game, which let you play as various NES characters transplanted into Super Mario Bros., but using the rules and abilities of those characters from their original games, version 2 offers more special abilities, more characters, and your choice of audiovisual "skins" based on four Mario games from the NES, SNES, and Gameboy, along with one based on Demon Returns
. There's even instructions for playing with a gamepad!
For more information, see the Super Mario Bros. Crossover Wiki
or watch the exciting Super Mario Bros. Crossover trailer!
Chris Covell translated a Japanese social studies book
about the making of Super Mario Bros. 3.
PETA's latest public target is Super Mario 3D Land
, specifically Mario's use of the tanooki suit
, which PETA claim signify the wearing of a tanuki
skin. To raise awareness, PETA had a little flash game made: Mario Kills Tanooki
(warning: cartoon blood and gore), in which you play a skinless Tanuki trying to get your skin back from Mario
(YT, 1:19 - slightly stuttery gameplay video). But as this Kotaku article points out
, PETA's outrage is "an epic culture misunderstanding," overlooking the long, cultural history of the shape-shifting trickster
. Nintendo's quick response: "Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games
," that are "lighthearted and whimsical transformations." PETA clarifies: the graphic little game was just a joke
Super Smash Land
is a free PC demake
of Nintendo's popular Super Smash Brothers
crossover fighter. It imagines the game as a cart for the original monochrome Game Boy. More of a PC fan? The latest version of Team Fortress 2 demake Gang Garrison
was released a few months ago. If you prefer just to look, there are some gorgeous demake mock-ups
made by Junkboy. Previouisly.
Mari0 is a Super Mario Bros and Portal mashup
currently under development
. Previously, the same developer made Not Tetris
; a faithful reimagining of the original game, but with the addition of realistic physics and geometry.
Okay, you're good, kid. You've got skills. But do you know how to wheelie, drift, and draft?
Do you know how to make the most of your environment?
Do you know how to get the sickest air and make the most of your tricks?
Huh? Do you know how to make sure you get the best gear?
Huh? DO ya? Don't even tell me you know how to dodge blue shells! [more inside]
These days, any old fool can beat Super Mario Bros with a record-breaking number of points, or in the shortest amount of time. This guy managed beat the game with the lowest number of points possible.
He ran the clock down to zero on each level, always landed at the bottom of the flagpole, collected no coins, killed just one goomba, and somehow managed not to die once during the entire process.
is kind of mind-blowing the first time you see it. It is not a PC or flash game, but a romhack that can run on a real NES. But which game is it a hack of? [more inside]
What if Mario was really just drug-addled and lovesick? [SLYT]
Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi's short film remakes Super Mario as indie flick, produced for South by Southwest. WARNING:
May contain content hipsters find appealing.
Violinist plays the music and sound effects of NES games. Donkey Kong
. Dragon Quest III
. Super Mario Bros 3
. [more inside]
NintendoFilter: Remi Kart
: Mario Kart in the streets and grocery stores of France (via
). The Legend of Zelda as a 1980s teen movie
Super Mario Brothers X
The greatest fan game tribute to Super Mario of all time! Gameplay video here
hat tip to tigsource!
drums over some familiar classics ... Mozart's overture to The Marriage of Figaro
). The William Tell overture
). Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville
— you'll recognize it at 1:20 (original
). Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca"
a.k.a. "Turkish March," from Piano Sonata No. 11, K. 331 (original
). [more inside]
Two brothers pull off the heist of the century when they steal money from a criminal kingpin. The kingpin retaliates by abducting one brother's girlfriend. Now the brothers and their two close allies must team up and rescue her, deal out some pain, and get away with their lives. You may think this sounds vaguely familiar, but you've never seen Nintendo's classic Super Mario Bros.
depicted like this. Presenting The Brothers Mario
[SLYT; contains strong language and scenes of violence; rated M-for-Mature].