Nintendo has kicked off the third week of Nintendo eShop discounts. Select Mario titles are now available at the online marketplace for 30 percent off, including Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario World for Wii U, as well as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Nintendo 3DS. The downloadable Mario games will return to their original prices on December 5th.
Nintendo and Southwest Airlines surprised a full flight today, giving every single Customer on board a free Wii U console. More than 100 passengers on flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field received Nintendo’s HD video game system after they were greeted upon arrival by Mario himself. Mario surprised the Customers with a special announcement during the flight, and Nintendo and Southwest Airlines representatives were on board to share in the fun.
The surprise kicked off a larger partnership between Nintendo and Southwest that will bring big smiles to thousands of travelers through the fun and interactive entertainment of Nintendo video game systems and games during this busy holiday season. As the official video game partner of Southwest Airlines, Nintendo is setting up Wii U Gaming Lounges in some of Southwest’s most heavily trafficked airports between now and Dec. 22. Passengers can pass the time before boarding by playing Super Mario 3D World and other newly released games, if their travels take them through the following airports: Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis. Up to four players can join the fun at each game kiosk for free.
“No one is better than Nintendo and Southwest Airlines at bringing friends, families and fun together,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “As Southwest’s video game partner, our aim is to bring smiles to travelers and Southwest Employees through the fun of Nintendo video games.”
Consumers nationwide can also join the fun. Between now and Dec. 25, visitors to http://www.southwest.com/nintendo can enter for a chance to win one of 30 prize packages containing a pair of Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets and one Wii U system. A new winner will be selected every day. Visit the website for full rules and details.
The arrival of Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour, has seen Nintendo’s shares up 4.15 percent. The shares reached a a three-month high yesterday, ending the day gaining 4.15 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Wii U has really struggled, but Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime is confident that the console will perform to the company’s expectations in the coming months.
The official Nintendo UK online store has started taking pre-orders for a Mega Mario Bundle. The bundle includes the Wii U 32GB Premium pack, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, a Mario hat and a Mario Wii Remote Plus. The bundle will be available to purchase on November 29th and will set you back £299.99.
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Legendary games designer Shigeru Miyamoto has told GameKult that it’s extremely unlikely that he will be producing the next Super Mario title. Miyamoto says he would rather focus his attention on much smaller projects and hand the reins down to the other developers at Nintendo. However, he explained that his future projects won’t be modest downloadable titles.
“Create a game of the caliber of Super Mario 3D World takes a lot of energy and there is little chance that I could take the time to work on the next Mario. However, I want to get involved again and more deeply in the development of smaller projects, but that doesn’t mean it will be a modest download-only title or something like that. It is not impossible for me to work on a new game as the main producer in the future, but even when I’m not directly in charge of a project, I always look at what the teams does in terms of gameplay, and I trust them. Don’t worry about Mario!”
In a recent interview Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the company hasn’t ruled out returning to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy series sometime in the future. Miyamoto said that with the forthcoming Super Mario 3D World the Kyoto based company weren’t directly trying to define the future of Mario titles. However, he did say that in the future his team may create another game in the vein of the beloved Super Mario Galaxy.
“We did not set out trying to define the future of Mario action games with this title,” Miyamoto said about Super Mario 3D World. “Rather, we’re just trying to find some fun new elements that we can incorporate. So for example, I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility of us creating more games in the vein of Super Mario Galaxy, for example. What we’re trying to accomplish here, is just to create a really good entry point for new players into the Super Mario 3D games.”
Nintendo is launching a new Wii U Deluxe Set that puts the focus on value, and highlights the two biggest names in video games: Mario and his brother, Luigi. Available in stores on Nov. 1, the Wii U Deluxe model will come with two games – New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U – all on one disc. The new configuration will sell at the low suggested retail price of $299.99, and replaces the existing Wii U Deluxe Set, which included Nintendo Land. For fans who want to experience the uproarious fun of Nintendo Land, the game can still be purchased separately in stores and as a download in the Nintendo eShop at a new low suggested retail price of $29.99, also beginning Nov. 1.
The beautiful, limited-edition Wii U Deluxe bundle that comes with a download code for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a gorgeous GamePad controller adorned with art inspired by The Legend of Zelda series and a download code for a digital copy of Hyrule Historia is also still available at a suggested retail price of $299.99 while supplies last.
“Mario and Luigi are two of the biggest heroes in video games,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games. It’s another example of the tremendous value and variety that Nintendo is offering consumers this holiday season.”
New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U are two of the best games on Wii U. The games offer players two separate platforming adventures – one starring Mario and one starring Luigi – each filled with dozens of creative levels. Both Mario and Luigi control differently, giving each game a distinct feel and challenge. Both games showcase the refreshing originality and game play that can only be found on Nintendo systems.
Popular US retailer Target has revealed its Target Toy Book Ad for holiday 2013. The advertisement shows that they will be stocking the New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U Wii U Deluxe Bundle for $299.99. The extravagant bundle has already been confirmed for Europe and will be released on November 8th. Will you pick one of these up?
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has explained that he wouldn’t dare develop a Super Mario title as he isn’t too good at Mario games. Kotaku asked Aonuma which Nintendo franchise he would love to be able to tackle next, to which Aonuma replied that it wouldn’t be the Super Mario series as he’s not particularly good at platformers. Aonuma concluded the interview by saying that it’s ultimately the Zelda franchise that he is into.
Kotaku: What Nintendo franchise would you want to tackle next?
Aonuma: It wouldn’t be Mario because I’m not any good at that type of jumping game.
Kotaku: There are different reflexes involved there. What about Pikmin? There’s some similarities there. There’s a lot of exploration and a focus on figuring out the gameworld.
Aonuma: When I look at Pikmin, I feel like it’s something that kind of comes out of a lot of the ideas for Zelda. I think that is what happened with in Mr. Miyamoto’s head. If I made a Pikmin game it might turn into a Zelda game. Zelda is the main thing I’m really interested in
Several websites have begun to point out that a small section of the official Super Mario 3D World artwork (pictured above) contains a rendering of Rosalina’s ship, the Comet Observatory, from Super Mario Galaxy. This has lead to speculation that either Rosalina, or one or two Super Mario Galaxy-themed stages, or both, will be featured in Nintendo’s latest 3D Mario adventure title on Wii U.
A large outcry from fans of the Galaxy series has been heard throughout the internet ever since 3D World was announced, with many dedicated Mario players complaining that Super Mario 3D World appears to be a casual, multiplayer 3D Land clone, as opposed to a challenging, epic, story-centered game like the Galaxy titles. Fans will be able to find out for themselves what the game is like when Super Mario 3D World releases for Wii U on November 22nd.
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