The world record for beating the iconic Super Mario Bros on the NES has been smashed by speed runner, Blubbler. The previous record for the game was 4:58:09, but Blubbler finished in 4:57.69. The record-breaking speed run was achieved by a bullet bill glitch at level 8-2, which allowed Blubbler to skip the walk to the castle.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3. The NES classic, which originally launched over 20 years ago, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both Wii U and NIntendo. 3DS. The game features more than 70 courses and stars Mario and Luigi as they venture into seven worlds to defeat Bowser and the Koopalings. Super Mario Bros. 3 can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop for $4.99.
Nintendo World Championships, an extremely rare NES game, is up for auction on eBay. The game is expected to fetch thousands of dollars, as there were only 116 ever made. The game has already attracted 46 bids and the highest bid at the time of writing is for $15,500.00. Sadly for the collector the sticker on front of the cartridge has been ripped off and the words Mario have been scrawled on the front. Still, despite it’s condition it’s still a highly sought after item. The Nintendo World Championships cartridge still has one day left for bids, so it will be interesting to see how high it goes.
The renowned box art illustrator, who was most famous for his designs in the NES era, Greg Martin has sadly passed away. Last week, a post on the Nintendo Age forums confirmed his death, and shared a wonderful homage to his huge catalogue of work.
A former Hanna-Barbera animator, Martin first launched his career when designing for the likes of series such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons. But it was his work on video game box art that will be the most memorable to gamers and fans today.
The late illustrator created artwork for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Adventure Island series, DuckTales 2, and both The Flintstones and The Jetsons adventures on the Nintendo Game Boy. Martin regularly produced 24-30 inch airbrushed paintings, taking a week, or less, to complete. You can see all his artwork in full, here. Which box artwork do you have fond memories of?
Nintendo Japan has announced that it is due to release an album full to the brim with classic eight bit songs to celebrate a whopping thirty years of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The album will contain twenty-six of the best songs from classic games like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Metroid. The album will come on two discs and will be released in Japan on December 4th. There’s currently no word as to whether this intriguing album will come to the west. If I hear anything I will let you all know.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling
- Donkey Kong 3
- Devil World
- Clu Clu Land
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Wrecking Crew
- Mach Rider
- Famicom Wars
- Super Mario Brothers 3
- Dr. Mario
- Famicom Disk System (boot-up music)
- The Legend of Zelda
- The Mysterious Murasame Castle
- Kid Icarus
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima Vol. I
- Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima Vol. II
According to the above video, “the combined RAM of all 61.9 million NES units sold would equal about 118 GB….or 59 Wii U’s.” That’s just one of the facts displayed in this unique stop-motion animation video by Jake Roper, also known as Vsauce3. The video features five mind-boggling Nintendo-themed facts spelled out on clippings of paper while an NES console is dismantled. The boxy-but-brilliant NES has been the object of many an artist’s creativity of late, as this Mega Man backlit unit also brightened MNN’s day recently. What will they think of next?
The celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Family Computer continues on Wii U. NES platformer Kirby’s Adventure is now available for purchase on the Wii U Virtual Console. Before May 17th, go to the Nintendo eShop to download the title for only 30 cents. The following 30-cents Nintendo classic, Super Metroid, arrives next month, on May 15th, in the Nintendo eShop.