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]
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
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
...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.
"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
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
Super Mario Beads 1 2 3
(mlyt) [more inside]
Stephen Totilo of Kotaku tries to determine the correct chronology
for all the games in the Super Mario
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!
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.
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.
are a band from Brazil who play only music from classic videogames. They are really
, really good
. (via waxy: "the best live Mario cover I've ever seen")
A couple of professors, in collaboration with two upcoming IEEE conferences, have organized a Mario A.I. Competition (via)
, inviting programmers to create controllers for a modified version of Infinite Mario Brothers (previously)
. One contender has stepped up and posted a demo of his controller in action
. [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.
outside of his usual context is often weird and disturbing
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.
“In most games, you trust that the designer is guiding you, through the usual signposts and landmarks, in the direction that you ought to go. In the Real Super Mario Bros. 2, you have no such faith. Here, [game designer] Miyamoto is not God but the devil.” Slate assesses
the true sequel to Super Mario Bros.
Console Portraits: A 40-Year Pictorial History of Gaming.
Inventor Ralph Baer
designed the first videogame console
for the home. In May 1967 he played the first-ever two-player game. "I lost!" Baer notes. At times offensive
, console videogames have survived hard times
to remain at the forefront of videogame history
, and at times a reflection of ourselves
Friday Youtube Fun:
How to beat Mario 64 in under 22 minutes (and only 16 stars). [previously]
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.