Online gaming publication CVG is reporting that the brand new 3D Mario game for the Wii U should be coming in October, if their sources are correct. The publication says that a number of blockbuster Wii U games will be released from summer until the end of the year, one of which is a new 3D Mario title. Both the new Mario Kart and the 3D Mario title for Wii U will apparently be playable at this year’s E3 event in June.
Discussions with retail chains at executive level paint Nintendo’s 2013 release strategy as extensive, with the headline draw being a new 3D Mario game released on Wii U by October.
Nintendo of Japan has announced that the original Mario Bros will be coming to the Japanese Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console next week. The classic title will be released on May 8th for 500 yen. The arcade game was published and developed by Nintendo in 1983 and appeared on a number of formats including Atari and Commodore.
Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe revealed via a press release that the 3D Mario title and Mario Kart Wii U are among a number of games that will launch “during the next several months.” We already knew Nintendo were preparing to show off both Mario 3D and Mario Kart Wii U at this years E3 event in June, but we weren’t entirely sure when they would be coming.
During the next several months, Nintendo expects to launch new titles in the Mario Kart (Wii U), Super Mario Bros. (Wii U), Wii Fit (Wii U), Pikmin (Wii U), The Legend of Zelda (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Mario & Luigi (Nintendo 3DS) and Pokémon (Nintendo 3DS) franchises.
The Luigi-themed Nintendo 3DS LL, which was revealed during the latest Nintendo Direct, launches in Japan alongside Mario & Luigi: Dream Team on July 18th. On the special edition Nintendo 3DS LL are multiple green silhouettes of Luigi, and his shorter brother, Mario, somehow made his way onto the back of the system. There’s no word on whether the new design will be released outside Japan, but let’s hope it does.
Nintendo of America has announced via Twitter that Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will be released in North America on August 11th. You will use Bros. Moves to solve challenges.
Prolific video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has told ABC that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 were his two favourite games to work on. Miyamoto says he loved the challenge of creating and building these critically acclaimed games in 3D on the Nintendo 64.
What’s the most fun you’ve ever had working on any game?
“I have a lot of fun making all the games, even surprisingly the ones that have a lot of challenges to solve or they take a lot of time to finally bring together into final form… Even those ones I have a lot of fun, and the ones where we have a lot of freedom to make the games, those are fun to make.”
“But, I guess, thinking back, probably Super Mario 64 and the original Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That era was the first time we were taking games and bringing in this new 3D technology, building the rules and the framework through which games would be depicted in 3D, I think, probably made those the most fun games to work on.”
“In working with some of the younger staff members, and when they have a question on a project and say, “I don’t know who to go to to find the answer to this question,” I’m always the type that says, “Well, if you don’t know who has the answer, then simply make the answer yourself.” I have a lot more fun when we’re making up the rules as we go along.”
Newly-designed Nintendo eShop cards were spotted on Amazon UK. Want to spend £15 in Nintendo’s online marketplace? Puchase the Toad card. Pick Luigi to get a £25 card. And, of course, the most expensive card – £50 – features Mario on it. The new cards, which aren’t available for purchase just yet, can be used on Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi. Which design appeals to you most?
Nintendo mascots Mario and Luigi possibly have a brother we’ve never heard about. In an interview with Geoff Keighley on GT.TV, Nintendo designer and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto teased that when Mario is in need of a third brother, the gaming giant may create one for him. Would you like a third Mario brother to be introduced, or would you rather a sister for the mustachioed brothers?
“I don’t know what types of games I’m going to make in the future… Perhaps there will come a day when Mario needs a third brother, and so at that point maybe we’ll create him.”
A father has hacked the original Donkey Kong for his three-year-old daughter. Donkey Kong is an NES game in which players control Mario and help him rescue Pauline from the clutches of the stubborn gorilla Donkey Kong. The father, Mike Mika, hacked the NES game to swap the roles between Mario and Pauline, making Mario the plumber in distress. Will Pauline be able to rescue the helpless Mario? Watch the video above to find out.
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. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline. Thanks to Kevin Wilson for giving me the lead on the tools and advice.
Sony is holding a meeting this Wednesday, February 20th, to discuss the future of PlayStation. The company is expected to reveal a new console, also known as the successor to the PlayStation 3, which was released in 2006. To promote the upcoming meeting, Sony is supposedly attacking its rival Nintendo via placing ads around the web. In one particular ad, spotted by a NeoGAF member, which can be viewed above, Sony seems to be mocking Nintendo’s number one mascot, Mario.