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]
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.
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
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]
Super Mario Busters.
It's an animated mashup bringing the worlds of Super Mario Bros.
together in a clever, delightful way. [SLYT] [more inside]
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.
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.
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]
NintendoFilter: Remi Kart
: Mario Kart in the streets and grocery stores of France (via
). The Legend of Zelda as a 1980s teen movie
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].
There are generally two approaches to thinking about games: narratology and ludology. The first emphasizes story, the second play. The next time I played Super Mario, on the Wii (you can order all the vintage games), I found myself in a narratological mode. Mario reminded me of K. and his pursuit of the barmaid Frieda, in Kafka’s “The Castle,” and of the kind of lost-loved-one dreams that “The Castle” both mimics and instigates.
The New Yorker profiles the father of modern video games, Shigeru Miyamoto.
's suite of Java emulators allows smooth, in-browser playback of literally thousands
of old-school video games: 517 Atari titles
, 148 for DOS
, 636 Game Boy games
(and 410 for Game Boy Color
), 2,019 (!) NES titles
, 238 GameGear games
, 802 Sega Genesis titles
, and 284 for the Sega Master System
. Highlights include Space Invaders
, Super Mario Bros.
, The Legend of Zelda
, Zero Wing
, Duke Nukem
, Sonic the Hedgehog
, Earthworm Jim
, and Metal Gear Solid
. Use the search function
to find your favorites! You can also register an account to save games on emulators that support it. Make sure to check the purple bar below each game for control info and links to alternate emulators in case the default one is buggy or slow.
Hey Paisanos! It's the Super Mario Brother's Super Show
! Hosted by Captain Lou Albano ( previously
) as Mario and Danny Wells as Lugi, the show boasted an unusual list of guest stars
, Magic Johnson
, Erine Hudson
, Moon Zappa
, Regina Williams
(with Capt. Lou in drag) , and in a meta-twist, Cyndi Lauper
trying to find Captain Lou himself. [more inside]
Thank you Miles
, but your apotheosis is in another castle
. [more inside]
The 2009 Super Mario Marathon
will kick off this Friday as three gamers from Lafayette, Indiana jump their way through 25 years of Mario games to benefit the Child's Play Charity
. The marathon will be broadcast live online and you can track their level progress
at the site. Viewers of the event will have the opportunity to win some Mario-themed prizes. If old-school RPGs are more your thing, the Final Fantasy Marathon,
also live online, also with prizes, will be kicking off July 17 to benefit ACT Today
"It's a secret to everybody"
-- an unbelievably comprehensive blog post about the etymologies of the names of famous (and not-so-famous) video game characters.
Remember Super Mario Frustration
? Kaizo Mario World is another of those super-hard Mario level hacks, this one of Super Mario World. Someone played through its first level 134 times, with save states, recording all his deaths, then digitally composited them into one trip through the level. The result was Many-Worlds Mario
. (For those interested, here's a video
of a tool-assisted perfect run of much of the game. Here's the rest. Here's some more.
With the release of Super Mario Galaxy
on Wii, now is a perfect time to look back at the History of the Super Mario Brothers.
Mario and Zelda Big Band Live.
I know we've done this sort of thing any number of times before
, but this two-hour clip of orchestra music from Japan may be the best of the genre. It starts with a one-guitar blugrass version of the main Mario theme and goes from there.
Year of the Monkey.
In the wake of yesterday's Nintendo Wii release information
, take a look back at the birth of the company's flagship characters, Mario
and Donkey Kong
, who turned 25 last month. Play the classic online
or check out the Donkey Kong Board Game
while listening to "Kong in Concert."
- SMB3 hacked into an entirely new high-quality game
Super Mario Brothers sound effects.
Boing! Boing! CRUNCH! Ding! Ding! Ding! Whoop! Boing!
- The complete soundtrack to Super Mario World, covered by one man using dozens of instruments. Roughly in game order, faithful to the originals, with some bizarre artistic license thrown around. A private hobby made public. Dedicated to Koji Kondo.
Mario sex scoop.
are the finest games designers the world has ever produced. Their Mario character is an icon, possibly more photographed than Princess Diana. It was inevitable that his sordid playboy lifestyle would leak to the baying dogs of the tabloid press. via b3ta