Did you know that the Goomba wasn’t always set to appear in the original Super Mario Bros.? Originally the Koopa Troopa was supposed to be the first enemy players were set to encounter in the landmark title, but testers felt that they were too complicated. So, a simpler enemy was created: the Goomba. What do you think about the Goomba’s contribution to the Mario series? Was Koopa Troopa too complicated of an enemy to face off against? Let us know your thoughts.
Thanks Ian for the tip.
Nintendo has succeeded in filing a copyright complaint against an HTML 5 web game – which features the original red-capped plumber Mario – and has resulted in its closure. Created by college student Josh Goldberg, Full Screen Mario included all of the original Super Mario Bros. levels, some randomly generated new levels, as well as a neat level editor. But a visit to the site now reads that the game was found in violation of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) on behalf of Nintendo and was shut down on November 1.
In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post dated back to October, Goldberg stated he “didn’t think it would be a big project”, so was never worried about the consequences of copyright infringement. Even though it was never intended to retain widespread popularity, the website – in its most popular month – was visited by 2.7 million unique web users. Following Nintendo’s actions, Goldberg said: ”I’m glad so many people got to enjoy the game, and look forward to working on new and exciting (and legal) projects.”
Nintendo’s actions are certainly warranted in this case, as not only did Full Screen Mario infringe on the company’s IP, but – if allowed continued existence – could also squander any potential future sales with the original Super Mario Bros. games re-released on the Virtual Console. Do you think Nintendo’s move is justified? Let us know in the comment section below.
Game Informer has managed to get an exclusive new trailer for the glorious New Super Mario Bros U which is exclusive to Nintendo’s forthcoming console, Wii U. The trailer shows off new environments, the mini mushroom, and some of Yoshi’s new abilities in action. New Super Mario Bros U launches alongside Wii U on November 18th.
Based on the forgettable Super Mario Bros. film, Mario is the last name of Mario and his younger brother, Luigi. Despite that, according to legendary Nintendo designer and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario and Luigi don’t even have a last name.
More New Super Mario Bros U information has emerged from the latest issue of Game Informer which confirms that the game will feature a world map that’s extremely similar to the one found in the Super Nintendo classic Super Mario World. New Super Mario Bros U will feature a seamless world map.
The map can be panned around and explored at any time and features multiple branching paths that let you choose which way to go. The mid-world fortresses are guarded by Boom-Boom, and the end-level castle is guarded by Koopalings. Game Informer spotted 7 worlds: Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters (tropical), Frosted Glacier, Layer Cake Desert (complete with melting deserts), areas similar to Forest of Illusion and Sky World and a world surround by a tornado.
New Super Mario Bros 2 has now sold over one million copies in Japan alone. This staggering figure doesn’t even take into account digital copies – which would have seen the game surpass this figure a few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see how the game fared in North America when we get August’s NPD figures.
Super Mario Bros. themed piggy banks, which are made by Media Factory, are available for purchase in Japanese retailers. There are six different designs, each with four sound effects. When a coin is inserted into one of the piggy banks, a classic sound effect from the Super Mario Bros. series will play, including a coin sound, pipe sound, mushroom sound and a game over sound.
Nintendo of Japan has announced that Japanese gamers will be able to download Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console next week. Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels was originally only released in Japan in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System, and is referred to as Super Mario Bros 2 in Japan.
Over the past few days, IGN has been listing the top 50 video game makers of all time and, the one and only, Nintendo EAD came out on top. Nintendo EAD (Entertainment Analysis and Development) is responsible for some of the most influential video game franchises in history including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Metroid, Pikmin and The Legend of Zelda. Do you agree with IGN? If not, which video game maker is your top pick?
“The term ‘legendary’ almost isn’t enough to describe Nintendo’s Entertainment and Analysis Division (EAD), an internal group of development teams based in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan that have revolutionized gaming time and time again for more than three decades.”
“With various groups led over the years by such visionaries as Shigeru Miyamoto, Gunpei Yokoi, Hideki Konno, Katsuya Eguchi, Eiji Aonuma, Genyo Takeda and Takashi Tezuka, Nintendo has not only created iconic series like Super Mario Bros., the Legend of Zelda and Metroid, but boldly redefined gaming with efforts like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Brain Age and Wii Sports.”
“Its contributions have accomplished no less than saving the entire industry after it crashed in the early ‘80s, and continue to redefine how the world experiences games, even when it seems crazy to avoid commonplace trends.Nintendo has forever changed the way we interact with games, and every few years, it seems to do that all over again. That’s thanks to EAD. The only question confronting this crew isn’t if they’ll revolutionize the industry again – it’s when.”
While G4 doesn’t always seem excited about Nintendo, they acknowledged many of the publisher’s games by adding them on their list of the “Top 100 Video Games of all Time.” Although the most recent Nintendo title on G4′s list is the 2006 hit Wii Sports at number 84, they mentioned quite a few Nintendo classics. The original Super Mario Bros. is G4′s top game of all time, which is followed by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past at number two.
G4′s Top 15 (out of 100) Video Games of all Time:
- Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Shadow of the Colossus
- World of Warcraft
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Doom II
- Uncharted 2
- Donkey Kong