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Super Mario Maker 2 Launches June 28th

One of the most entertaining experiences on last generation’s Wii U was Super Mario Maker. A simple-to-use interface let players imagine, create, play, and share their own custom Mario levels, and countless masterpieces were generated. Unfortunately, Wii U was a commercial flop, greatly limiting Super Mario Maker‘s reach.

Nintendo is remedying that fact with Super Mario Maker 2 on the much more successful Nintendo Switch, and as of today, we know when to expect it. Nintendo has just announced via Twitter that Super Mario Maker 2 launches on June 28th. That’s just a few weeks after E3, so we’ll likely see plenty about the game at the big convention.

Nintendo typically doesn’t release many games during the Summer months, but 2019’s Summer line-up is stacked. In addition to Super Mario Maker, Switch owners can look forward to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on July 19th, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses on July 26th. That’s one heck of an exclusive trio!

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Modder Releases Super Mario Land in Color

Several years after Mario came to dominate the NES, Nintendo decided to give players the opportunity to take his adventures on the go. The result was 1989’s Super Mario Land, an immense success that would blossom into a popular franchise. All these years later, Super Mario Land still has dedicated fans, and some of them decided to give the game an update that adds an important element not available on Game Boy: color.

Modder toruzz has released a completed version of the game re-made with color and dubbed Super Mario Land DX. This mod was officially finished and uploaded on April 22nd, one day after Game Boy’s 30th anniversary. Not a bad way to celebrate! You can check out the launch trailer above, and if you like what you see, there’s a link to follow through to play the game for yourself.

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Super Mario Odyssey is Getting a “Theater Mode”

Last week, we got the surprising news that Super Mario Odyssey is getting a virtual reality mode. Customers who purchase the Nintendo Labo VR Kit will be able to enjoy three new missions in this new view, but that’s not all. Since that announcement, Nintendo has also revealed that a “Theater Mode” will hit the game on April 25th, the same day as the VR update.

Theater Mode will allow players to go back and re-watch all of the game’s cutscenes in virtual reality with the Nintendo Labo VR Kit, which just launched today. Watching the scenes play out in VR adds an extra layer of depth to the experience, but even if you don’t have Labo VR, you can still go back and watch the cutscenes the normal way.

Source: Nintendo (via Siliconera)

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Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey Are Getting VR Support

Last month, Nintendo unveiled their first step into the realm of virtual reality. Next week, they’ll be launching a Nintendo Labo VR Kit that includes a selection of games and mini-games, as well as multiple expansions that each come with their own accessories. We had also heard rumors that some first-party Nintendo titles would receive VR support, and that just turned out to be true as well. In fact, two of Nintendo’s biggest hits on Switch are getting free VR updates soon.

Nintendo announced today that Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild are both getting Labo VR support on April 25th. Odyssey is receiving a new “bite-sized bonus experience” that includes three new collectathon missions spread out across the Cap, Seaside, and Luncheon Kingdoms. Breath of the Wild, on the other hand, seemingly lets you play the whole game in VR Goggles Mode, though pre-rendered cutscenes aren’t compatible. This mode can be toggled on and off at any time.

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Super Mario Odyssey Mod Adds a Banjo-Kazooie Level

Super Mario Odyssey was one of the top games of 2017, and it was an especially big hit with retro gamers. The Switch exclusive is a brilliant tribute and follow-up to the classic 3D platforming adventures of the late 1990s and early 2000s, reminding its nostalgia-loving fans of games like Banjo-Kazooie.

In that spirit, modder ItzSka decided to take the classic Clanker’s Cavern level from Banjo-Kazooie and insert it into Odyssey. The level is fully playable, with six Jiggies to collect and plenty of fun challenges to tackle. You can check out some footage above, and if you follow through to the video description you can download it for yourself.

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Nintendo Releases Official Peach and Bowser Crossover Art

The online gaming community has been going absolutely nuts over a made-up character in recent weeks, thanks to artist ayyk92‘s drawing that explored what would happen if Bowser put on the Super Crown from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The “Bowsette” character that spawned from this comic has yet to receive any real comment from Nintendo, but as it turns out, they already had a crossover planned.

Nintendo Dream just released a licensed Super Mario Odyssey art book in Japan, revealing all kinds of concept art for the critically acclaimed Switch game. There’s plenty of good stuff to leaf through, but perhaps the most shocking discovery is that there’s a comic featuring a “Peach Bowser” crossover character. She’s not exactly Bowsette, but it’s pretty amazing nonetheless.

Source: kihara (via Nintendo Soup)

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is Coming to Switch

Nintendo has decided to continue their trend of re-releasing popular games from yesteryear with new content on Nintendo Switch. The latest to get the “Deluxe” treatment in the same vein as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Super Mario Bros. U. The long-rumored re-release has finally been confirmed, and like past Deluxe games, it will include new content.

Nabbit and Toadette have both been added as new playable characters. Nabbit can’t take damage, making him a great play for newcomers, while Toadette has the ability to power up into “Peachette.” This new release of the game includes Super Luigi U for no extra cost, and it launches on January 11th, 2019.

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Modders Add the Luncheon Kingdom to Mario Kart Wii

The Mario Kart franchise maintains a diverse and fun lineup of tracks by continually adding new ones based the latest Mario (and general Nintendo) games. Critically acclaimed Switch hit Super Mario Odyssey has no shortage of wonderful worlds to choose from, but it came out after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so it hasn’t yet been represented. That’s where the fans come in.

In the absence of official playable Odyssey tracks, Mario Kart Wii modders decided to step up to the plate and create one of their own. By re-working Mushroom Gorge, modder Luke Chandler was able to recreate Odyssey‘s Luncheon Kingdom as a new course. Although still a work in progress, Luncheon Kingdom is fully playable in Dolphin, and you can download it by clicking on the YouTube video above.

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You Can Now Play Super Mario 64’s Opening Area in Glorious HD

Super Mario 64 was one of the first great 3D adventure games and has served as an inspiration to countless developers. The Nintendo 64 classic saw a remake on DS, but it’s never been given the HD treatment. Maybe that will change on Nintendo Switch, but until then, a talented fan has stepped in to fill that gap.

Modder CryZENx has created a demo of
Super Mario 64‘s opening moments, and it’s available to download now. The demo is currently restricted to the area outside of Peach’s Castle, but it’s an impressive recreation thus far. You can make use of all of Mario’s various moves, like triple jumping, wall jumping, diving, and more. You can even swim in the moat or climb onto the roof of the castle.

This demo was built using Epic’s Unreal Engine 4. You can check out plenty of footage above, or, if you’d like to try it for yourself, you can
download it by clicking here.

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Minecraft Influenced Super Mario Odyssey’s Development

Super Mario Odyssey was one of the top-rated and top-selling games of 2017, boosting Nintendo Switch sales to new heights during the holiday season. The game takes place in a series of self-contained stages (envisioned by Nintendo as “walled gardens”) where the player is free to roam and explore with full control of the camera, but it wasn’t always like that.

Mario’s Switch adventure is the subject of a recent episode of Did You Know Gaming. The video goes over tons of interesting trivia from the game, including the fact that Nintendo almost opted for a fixed camera. They wanted to attract a wide audience, and that includes young and inexperienced players. Nintendo feared that free control of the camera would make things too complicated for these types of players, but they changed their minds when they realized just how popular
Minecraft is with children, free camera and all.

The new episode also contains some fun musical facts. Did you know that the game’s hit theme song,
Jump Up, Super Star!, had to be completely re-written from Japanese to English, then heavily edited after that? Given that it managed to crack the iTunes top 25 list (a rare feat for video game music), it looks like those changes were for the best.

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Super Mario Run Has Generated Over $60 Million

Nintendo was once staunchly opposed to entering the mobile market, but they eventually had a change of heart, and in December of 2016, even Mario made his way to phones and tablets. Super Mario Run took the famous plumber on an auto-running adventure that has been downloaded over 200 million times. A year and a half later, the mobile game has earned an estimated $60 million in revenue.

While that number is certainly nothing to scoff at (you can bet Nintendo easily turned a profit), it’s not the kind of big bucks investors likely expected when the game was first announced. Unlike Miitomo or Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Super Mario Run isn’t a free game that earns money off microtransactions. There’s a free demo, but the game itself requires a one time only purchase of $10.

This suggests that around 6 million people paid for the game, although that number is likely a little higher due to the fact that the game has been put on sale for $5 on several occasions. Even at a generous 10 million, that would mean only around one out of every 20 people who played the demo bought the full game.

That said, Nintendo sees their mobile games as just one piece of a bigger puzzle. Over 200 million people played Super Mario Run. Even if the majority didn’t buy it, the game greatly increased brand awareness. That’s important to Nintendo as they’re planning to launch theme parks, movies, and more non-gaming ventures going forward.

Source: Sensor Tower

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Bowser Gets an Awesome Tribute Using 26,000 Dominoes

YouTuber TheDominoKing has a long history of engineering elaborate video game tributes that make use of tens of thousands of dominoes. In the past he’s paid homage to iconic characters and games like Majora’s Mask, Mega Man, Pikachu, and Shovel Knight. His latest masterpiece turns once again to a gaming villain. Over the span of six days and using 25,685 dominoes, he’s created a fantastic display of Bowser, the Koopa King.

You can watch every last domino fall by clicking above!

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Hackers Are Making Porn Pop Up in Super Mario Odyssey’s Online Mode

Nintendo has been cracking down on hackers in recent months, banning prominent members of the homebrew community and Splatoon 2 hackers from accessing any of Switch’s online features. Despite their best efforts, there are still plenty of people exploiting the Tegra X1’s security problems. The latest hacker issue to surface is probably the most egregious to date, and it’s bad news for Nintendo.

Super Mario Odyssey recently received a new online mode called Balloon World, and your Switch icon is visible to other players in this mode. Hackers have managed to circumvent Nintendo’s protections and upload their own custom image as their Switch icon, and a few troublemakers have chosen to use pornographic images. As a result, other Balloon World players will see this pornographic images while playing online.

Nintendo is passionate about protecting their image as a family friendly company, so they’re sure to be furious about the situation. I would expect another wave of online bans to be coming soon. In the meantime, you may want to be cautious about letting your kids play Balloon World.

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Here’s Everything We Know About Mario + Rabbid’s Donkey Kong DLC

Last August Nintendo and Ubisoft collaborated to launch Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Seeing Mario and friends teamed up with Ubisoft’s Rabbids and toting guns is a bit surreal, but the tactical, turn-based gameplay has exceeded all expectations and has proven to be a big success on Switch. Ubisoft will soon be launching an expansive DLC pack starring characters from Donkey Kong, and we’ve got tons of new details and footage.

This huge update adds an entire new
Donkey Kong world (or country?) with four sections: Lagoon, Reef, Jungle, and a secret fourth area. Donkey Kong and Rabbid Cranky will be joining as new playable characters with their own advantages, such as being able to rip an enemy out of the ground by their ears. In total, this new world is said to add about ten hours of gameplay.

Here’s a full breakdown of everything coming in the new DLC:

Donkey Kong swings into Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle this June in an all-new adventure. Nintendo’s best dressed Ape will contend with an unexpected visit from an angry Rabbid Kong and his sinister cohorts, but fortunately, he’ll have the help of Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Cranky – a hybrid of a Rabbid and the eldest “get off my lawn” member of the Kong crew. The introduction of DK and Rabbid Cranky isn’t the only reason to get excited about the challenges that await in this unlikely crossover. We’ve got six other reasons why you’ll want to jump back in for some strategic banana-throwing action.

A Whole New World

The environments in Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure aren’t the same as those found in the original game. After all, the original takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom, whereas this takes place in a Rabbid-fied version of Donkey Kong… country, in which you’ll find four different-themed zones – Lagoon, Reef, Jungle, and a yet-to-be-identified area that the team is keeping under wraps for now. The team estimates there’s about 10 hours or so of content spread across these new areas, so there will be plenty of Rabbids to fight, puzzles to solve, and secrets to investigate.

A Tale of Two Kongs (and a Peach)

We already mentioned the addition of Donkey Kong and Rabbid Cranky to the mix, and while it’s incredible to see the two in the Mario + Rabbids universe, it’s their skills and abilities that truly make them shine.

Let’s start with the most famous ape, Donkey Kong. He comes equipped with the Bwananarang as a primary attack, capable of hitting multiple enemies in a single toss, as well as his trademark DK ground pound, which can do serious damage to enemies in close range. Naturally, his two abilities are tied to his primary and secondary attacks. Similar to Mario’s Hero Sight or Luigi’s Steely Stare, Hairy Eye makes DK target and attack any enemy that moves within range of his Bwananarang. Meanwhile, Magnet Groove gets DK to bust out his bongos to lure enemies in closer for a ground pound, or out from of cover so he can get a clear shot.

Rabbid Cranky might not look like much, wearing your grandpa’s favorite sweater and brandishing his cane cantankerously, but his attacks and skills are a force to be reckoned with. In fact, that’s no ordinary cane he’s holding; it’s the Boombow, and it packs a serious punch as a close-range, wide-spread weapon. What it lacks in distance is made up for by Rabbid Cranky’s Barrel Bolt, which can lob a single shot into a general area at distance, and even over cover, to damage multiple enemies thanks to its Area of Damage bonus. Still, you won’t have to get Rabbid Cranky close to enemies to give his attacks the most impact. His Long Story skill puts enemies within range to sleep, allowing him to get the jump on them. Likewise, if an enemy tries to get the drop on him and they’re in range, Rabbid Cranky’s Stink Eye skill will give them a blast of the Boombow on the way to their destination. Lastly, Rabbid Cranky comes with a completely unique ability – any time he performs a team jump in range of an enemy, he can rain down Boombow blasts from above.

Rounding out the trio, Rabbid Peach carries over her blaster and sentry from Mario + Rabbids, but like the Kongs, she’ll have access to an entirely new arsenal of goodies (complete with hilarious new descriptions) in the Battle HQ. Additionally, her shield and healing skills can complement DK and Rabbid Cranky’s attacks and abilities, turning them into a furry wrecking ball of doom.

Donkey Kong Grab and Throw…

One thing we left out of Donkey Kong’s list of skills is his ability to pick stuff up and throw it at an enemy to cause damage. Donkey Kong can throw just about anything on the map, starting with cover positions; uproot a half- or full-cover and not only do you deny your enemies shelter, you lob the shelter on to their heads to damage them. Pack an extra punch by grabbing spring or fire covers and then throw them at enemies to trigger their super effect (bounce or burn) and deal extra damage. What about enemies? You bet! DK can pick them up and throw them at each other, or even hurl them off the map to do extra out of bounds damage. He can pick up allies too; increase Rabbid Peach’s range of motion by hoisting her up and heaving her across the map, or throw her sentry when it’s out and about (Tip: Slab-wielding Bashers won’t track towards DK if he throws a sentry at one of them and it explodes). Even Rabbid Cranky gets in on the action, and with his ability to shoot in mid-air, throwing that old geezer around can be quite an effective combo.

… And Those Rabbid Ears

You know those pesky Rabbid ears? The ones that come popping out of the ground and make your blood pressure skyrocket because you know you’ll have to deal with a whole new set of enemies if you don’t hurry up and complete the objective? Yeah, those. Donkey Kong can rip them out of the ground and throw the Rabbid attached to said ears at a foe. It doesn’t remove them from the battle entirely, but it sure does feel good to take proactive measures against those ears.

A Puzzling Situation

Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure isn’t all about using your bananas to bash the Rabbids. Like the original game, some parts of the world require you to use your brain to unlock secrets, but there are also some puzzle segments that block the main path. In one such instance, we encountered a collection of Tiki statues with facial expressions that had to be rearranged using environmental clues in order to proceed.

Watch Your Step

Some of the battlegrounds in Donkey Kong Adventure have new features that can either help or hinder your progress toward restoring order. The helpers are the new ramps branded with a big “DK.” Donkey Kong can use to them to leap from one ramp to the next, allowing him to cover great distances in a single turn (you can pretty much travel across the perimeter of an entire combat area, in some cases). And since he can carry a teammate during his turn, provided they’re in range, he can take a buddy with him. This opens up new tactical possibilities for focusing damage on certain enemy types (like Bashers, for instance) before they become a problem during a battle, especially if you take Rabbid Cranky along for the ride.

Other environmental objects aren’t so friendly. In one of the earlier levels, our heroic trio encounters fountains that rotate and spew water in four directions at the end of each full turn, doling out damage and knocking characters out of position. While they can also damage enemies, these fountains will force you to think two or three steps ahead to ensure you’re not in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We still don’t have an exact release date or price point for the
Donkey Kong Adventure DLC, but it should be on its way soon. When it launches, Ubisoft will also be releasing a physical version of the game’s Gold Edition at retail. This will include the game itself along with all of its DLC, including Donkey Kong Adventure. In the meantime, you can check out a new trailer and tons of gameplay footage by clicking below.

Source: Ubisoft

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show is Now Available on Netflix

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about Nintendo expanding beyond video games to create video content like TV shows and movies. If you lived through the late 80s and early 90s, you know this isn’t the first time Nintendo has dabbled in this arena. Nintendo used to have a handful of animated properties, including the 1989 Super Mario Bros. Super Show.

Whether your nostalgia is urging you to revisit this zany classic or you’ve never been introduced to it in the first place, we’ve got some great news! The Super Mario Bros. Super Show has just been uploaded to Netflix in its entirety. Starting today, you can stream all 52 episodes of the classic show, including Butch Mario & The Luigi Kid, Two Plumbers and a Baby, Mario and Juliet, and The Adventures of Sherlock Mario.

This isn’t the first time Nintendo has brought the Super Show to Netflix. It originally hit the streaming service in 2012, but was later removed. Hopefully it’s here to stay this time.

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A New Super Mario 64 Mod Could Open the Gates for a Battle Royale Mode

If you’re familiar with Super Mario 64 modders, Kaze is likely one of the first names that comes to your mind. He has made countless popular mods, including one that features the capturing mechanics of Super Mario Odyssey and another that meshes the gameplay of Mario 64 with the world of Ocarina of Time. Now, Kaze has created something nobody expected: an open world map suitable for a Battle Royale mode.

This gigantic arena mixes all of the levels from Super Mario 64 to create one giant obstacle course. The main goal is to collect all of the stars. The map is currently available for download and can be enjoyed with friends locally.

The project was originally intended for Net64, a program which Kaze co-created that supports multiple online game modes for Super Mario 64. However, according to Kaze, the Net64 team is “busy ironing out bugs.” On top of this, Kaze is no longer a part of the development team. So the current version of the map may never be updated for a full release.

If you want to see the Battle Royale map in action check out the video above! If you would like to play it for yourself, give it a download!

What do you guys think of this mod? What other game modes would you like to see implemented in Super Mario 64? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Super Mario Odyssey Costumes Found in Latest Patch

Super Mario Odyssey just updated to version 1.2.0. With updates come patches, and with patches come dataminers. And thanks to these dataminers, we now learned some information about new costumes Mario will be able to obtain in his journey around the world.

Eleven hats and ten suits were leaked thanks to the datamine. Among these are costumes based on each of the Broodals, an 8-Bit Mario hat, and a zombie getup complete with an axe to the head. You can see a number of these in the gallery below! Another set called the “Link Hat” and the “Link Outfit” was present in a previous datamine, but that one was mysteriously removed in this update, making the current status of the set unknown.

While the way to unlock these costumes is still unknown, previous post-launch costumes were available for purchase at any Crazy Cap location. This likely means that the next crop of costumes will be available to all players the second Nintendo officially releases them.

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Odyssey’s Steam Gardens Music Gets a Jazzed-Up Concert Arrangement

Super Mario Odyssey was one of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2017. There are plenty of reasons for 3D Mario‘s Switch debut to receive such accolades, and one is an excellent and memorable soundtrack. The music of Odyssey is sure to inspire young musicians, and we’re already starting to see this happen.

Reddit user Neptvnian is a high school sophomore who took the initiative to arrange the music of
Odyssey‘s Steam Gardens for a jazz band performance. Neptvnian, who plays the keyboard, got his arrangement approved by the director, and they recently performed it at a concert.

As you can see from the above video, they did a pretty fantastic job for a high school band, and it was well received. Neptvnian is hoping to do more video game arrangements in the future. Others in the band have suggested music from
Zelda as his next challenge, and he’s considering it.

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Super Mario Odyssey Has Sold Over 10 Million Copies

Nintendo just released all of its financial information from the past year, and it’s full of incredible milestones. In addition to Breath of the Wild quickly becoming the highest-selling Zelda ever (excluding remakes), Nintendo has revealed that Super Mario Odyssey has sold an incredible 10.41 million units in just a few months, despite being exclusive to a young console with a relatively low install base.

This incredible sales figure means well over half of Switch owners already own Odyssey. It’s not yet the highest-selling 3D Mario of all time, but it could quickly claim that title. It currently trails Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, which have sold just under 12 and 13 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also nearing the 10 million mark. Despite being a re-release of last generation’s Mario Kart with some extra content, the Switch version of the game has sold 9.22 million copies in addition to the 8.42 million copies sold on Wii U. Splatoon 2‘s performance hasn’t been quite as monumental as Zelda or Mario, but at 6 million copies sold, it’s not doing too shabby.

In total, Nintendo reports that 12 games have eclipsed the one million sales mark on Nintendo Switch. This figure includes both first-party software (of which Nintendo lists nine games) and games released by third-party partners. Nintendo Switch has sold a combined 68.97 million units of software across all of its games.

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New Super Mario Bros. Speedrun World Record Smashed

Summer Games Done Quick 2018 is just around the corner, but you don’t have to wait that long to see some amazing speedrunning action. Speedrunner and streamer MyLittleWalrus recently set out to break the world record run on New Super Mario Bros., the hit DS game. With a run of 30 minutes and 37 seconds, he succeeded!

This wasn’t an ordinary run either. MyLittleWalrus decided to tackle the “No Power-Ups” category, which means he had to beat the entire game without collecting any kind of aid. The second best runner in this category has a time of 31 minutes and 24 seconds, which is nearly a minute longer than what MyLittleWalrus was able to accomplish. You can check out this amazing run in its entirety by clicking the video above!

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