The official Twitter accounts for Nintendo of America and Sonic the Hedgehog were at it earlier today. And it all started with a seemingly innocent tweet from the latter asking whether Mario or Dr. Eggman had the superior mustache. Nintendo of America took the opportunity to criticize Eggman’s ‘stache for being unkempt. Apparently, that was too personal of an attack and lead to Sonic taking a dig at Mario for setting aside way too much time to maintain his majestic ‘stache. Perhaps it’s time for the two to settle it in Smash.
If you think that Nintendo might be out of ideas on how to shape the next 2D Mario title after the scope of what is offered with Super Mario Maker then you would be wrong. Super Mario Maker producer Takashi Tezuka has told Japanese publication Nintendo Dream that the company has a number of interesting and creative things to add to the next 2D mainline Mario game and says to look forward to them.
I think many people wonder what will happen to the next entry in the original series after we created this new form of side scrolling Mario action. Don’t worry, we intend to come up with interesting things even after this, so please look forward to those, too.
Ever thought you wanted to play as Mario in the reasonably well-received Sonic Generations? Well, now you can thanks to a mod! You can watch Mario dash through the levels at the speed of light in the video embedded above and admittedly it does look like a lot of fun. As you would expect the mod only works with the PC version of Sonic Generations.
Speaking with GamesMasters in their latest issue, Nintendo developer Takashi Tezuka spoke regarding Mario as a character and his success through the generations:
Personally, I think that even before people come to like Mario as a character, it’s the gameplay of Super Mario that really resonates with them. We created Super Mario Bros paying close attention to intuitive feelings – things that anyone in the world can relate to – which users feel through the gameplay; running is fun, jumping high is something you want to do, falling is scary and spikes hurt you if you touch them, etc.
I think it all started with how the gameplay resonated with players. From there it’s been how we’ve continued to make Mario games for so long, and all the work we have put into making sure that Mario is never used in an inappropriate way, that has allowed him to slowly become such a well-loved character.
Later, Tezuka-san noted:
“Ultimately it comes down to the quality of the gameplay. No matter how many Mario games we release, if players don’t enjoy them, it can only be a bad thing for Mario. The quality of the visual design is also very important too; it’s vital that we work hard to make sure that we present everyone with the same image of Mario across all these different games.”
And while asked about Mario’s future, Tezuka-san had this to say:
That Mario has been loved so much up to this point is nothing short of miraculous, although obviously this is in part the result of the untold work of multitudes of people, not limited to just the developers at Nintendo. It’s impossible for me to imagine what Mario will go on to become in the future, so I am very excited to find out. However, I do hope that even after 30 more years, Mario continues to be Nintendo’s lead videogame character.
You can purchase last month’s issue of GamesMaster now for the full interview with Tezuka — including his comments regarding ultra-difficult levels in Super Mario Maker.
If you live in Germany and are fans of McDonald’s then you will be pleased to learn that the McDonald’s Happy Meal Mario toy promotion is back. Be prepared to feast yourselves on Happy Meals to acquire the figures that you are after. There’s a variety of figures to collect and they don’t look too bad. You can check them all out in the image, above.
Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka have participated in a rather fun interview with MTV. The point of the interview was to ask the talented creators who should play iconic Nintendo characters in fictitious live action movies. They both stressed that they currently have no plans for live action titles featuring the Mario Bros and Link from The Legend of Zelda. Anyway, here’s their interesting answers.
“It would be very fun and awesome if Link was played by a female actress, a boyish female actress.”
Miyamoto responds: “This is something I never imagined because Link is very different to how a Japanese person looks. At the Japanese Expo I attended there were so many people in cosplay who looked very good. They would be good [actors]!”
He reiterates his desire for an unknown actor, saying: “With Japanese TV drama and film they always use the same actors, so I actually think we should have someone completely new.”
Mario and Luigi:
“One thing we can say about the original film was that Luigi was very young and handsome in the original movie,” says Miyamoto. “But Mario and Luigi are supposed to be twins. So a new cast would definitely have to be twins.”
“Regarding Mario and Link films, Miyamoto stresses that Nintendo does not have anything in the works, but that the company is “definitely interested and open to it.” The interview contains a few other interesting tidbits as well – for instance, Miyamoto reveals that the iconic plumber brothers were originally made as twins with similar sprites to keep within the game’s memory limitations.”
Nintendo UK has informed customers that the Mario Modern Colours amiibo is now available to pre-order via the Official Nintendo UK Store. If you want him you will have to be quick on the mark as he will no doubt be snapped up by collectors and scalpers. Mario Modern Colour amiibo is available for £10.99 but you need to pay £1.99 for postage.
Mario’s style has evolved throughout his many adventures and challenges. This blocky, classic look harkens back to his design in the original Super Mario Bros.™ game that launched for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. His blue overalls and red shirt represent his modern color scheme, and are mixed with the retro aesthetic of the original game.