Nintendo UK has announced that the wonderful Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is finally available for purchase on Club Nintendo. You not only get the brilliant soundtrack but you also get the snazzy CD case too.This two-disc collection features 77 tracks performed by the Mario 3D World Big Band and retails for 3000 stars.
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Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has told EDGE that the team are busy creating a new Mario title, but wouldn’t reveal which platform the game will come to. EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura said that if the game does come to Wii U then they need to figure out ways to make better use of the Wii U GamePad.
“Yoshiaki Koizumi says that while work has begun on the new game, it could not confirm whether it’ll be 3DS or Wii U title. “That’s still a secret!” he says. “I can tell you, though, that we’ve already started approaching our next challenge.”
“There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we’ll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future.” If follow-up to Super Mario 3D World is to be a Wii U game, co-director and EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura says his team “might need to make even more use of the GamePad.”
Tecmo Koei has expressed its interest in working on Nintendo’s Mario series. Speaking with ONM, Tecmo vice president Hibashi Kinuma revealed that his company would also like to work on franchises owned by Disney, such as Star Wars. A subsidiary of the publisher, Team Ninja, developed the Wii title Metroid: Other M alongside Nintendo in 2010.
“Disney, Star Wars and Mario are just a few of the various franchises we’d like to work with,” said Kinuma.
Nintendo Japan has opened a new website explaining how the Wii U and its unique features work. Though better late than never, the website does deliver some great Mario art to describe the Wii U GamePad and its off-TV capabilities, the system’s internet browser and apps such as YouTube and Hulu, as well as two-player interaction with Nintendo Joysound.
Other social apps like Miiverse and Wii U chat – the equivalent to Skype – are explained on the website for newcomers as well. But if you just want to check out the Mario art, including cooking with Peach, you can visit the website, here.
Nintendo has yet top embrace mobile, but that hasn’t stopped other developers from using Nintendo IP’s in China. A game titled Super Mario is currently available on smartphones in China which is a clone of previous Mario titles. Another title called Super Mario Quiz asks mobile users to take a multiple choice test to identify characters called Baby Donkey Kong and Corporal Paraplonk. Nintendo says its legal team is investigating.
“Misappropriation of intellectual property is hard to prevent in China,” Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, said by email. Nintendo “should be exploiting their IP on their own instead of letting others do so.”
McDonald’s have confirmed that Mario will be appearing in children’s Happy Meals in the United Kingdom. This is clearly a bid by Nintendo UK to expand and advertise the Mario franchise in the United Kingdom. Mario’s latest adventure Super Mario 3D World has performed poorly in the United Kingdom and has been outsold by the mediocre Knack each week. Whether this move by Nintendo UK will spread to the US remains to be seen.
Update: Nintendo previously ran a similar campaign with McDonald’s in Europe last year. Thanks, Bisylizzie.
Mario’s Hat has been added to the rewards catalog of Club Nintendo Australia. The item, which can be redeemed by members of the loyalty program for 3,200 Stars, is made of polyester and cotton. It is also a true-to-life replica of the iconic red cap worn by the mustachioed hero, according to Nintendo. In the latest title in the Super Mario series, Super Mario 3D World, Mario loses his hat once he is attacked by an enemy, making the player more susceptible to a game over.
Popular online retailer Amazon is currently selling the special Mario & Luigi Wii Remote Plus controllers for $31.99. The colourful Wii Remote normally retail for $39.99, but are on sale for a limited time for $31.99. So if you’re looking for some extra Wii Remotes, you can’t go wrong with these.
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.