Well, it looks as though a number of select Super Mario Collection Amiibo are available for pre-order on Amazon.com. As you are probably aware the first lot of listings sold out incredibly quickly, so if you want to get your hands on a number of these Amiibo then you need to be incredibly quick. Best of luck!
Good news for those of you who were fearing that Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for 3DS will be a Japanese only release, as the developer GungHo has reiterated that the game will be heading to the west at an undisclosed date. The company says that it’s down to Nintendo to announce the western release of the game. At least it’s confirmed that it’s coming at some point.
“Nintendo will announce details concerning the overseas release.”
Daisuke Yamamoto and Kazuki Morishita from GungHo Online Entertainment have stated that they approached Nintendo to see if they would be interested in creating Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for Nintendo 3DS. Morishita says they contacted the Kyoto based firm with a Happy New Year greeting to inform them that Puzzle & Dragons Z had shifted over one million units. They then informed Nintendo that they were more than open to creating spin-offs based on the franchise. Here’s what they had to say.
Morishita: We contacted Nintendo with New Year’s 2014 greetings as we reported that Puzzle & Dragons Z had sold one million copies. We said, “we’d like to do more Puzzle & Dragons spin-offs” to president Iwata and Mr. Miyamoto. From there on, we tried to create the Mario version in-house at GungHo as we thought, “wouldn’t it be better to show Nintendo?” Then discussions with Nintendo progressed again.
Yamamoto: We showed a prototype to Nintendo several months after contacting them for the first time.
Morishita: From there, we rebuilt the game anew by combining the action of Puzzle & Dragons and the world and stages of Super Mario Bros.
Toy manufacturer K’NEX has revealed their latest range based on the Super Mario series. These toys will be based upon the New Super Mario Bros U and Super Mario 3D Land games, rather than early titles. Here’s a look at some of the sets which go on sale in the fall.
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has been tied up with development for Mighty No. 9 of late, but he’s been on hand to interview in IGN’s article, which celebrates the life of our favourite red-capped plumber, Mario. Looking at different stages of Mario’s life, several developers and ex-Nintendo employees have shared their memories when it comes to creating their own games.
Nintendo of America’s former VP of marketing Perrin Kaplan said that, to him and many Nintendo employees, Mario was “half digital and half real human” and that his most amazing memory was when Super Mario 64 launched, where Mario could fly in the air. And Jim Merrick, former technical director of Nintendo of America, was also of the same opinion. Merrick thought of him as a colleague and “the guy who brought to life so many of Nintendo’s new products and technologies”.
But Keiji Inafune remembers Mario not as a colleague or a half human, but as the King of the development industry, seeing him as the game creator’s “development bible”. His comment in full can be seen below, but if you want to check out what other developers said, you can view the article, here.
“If any creator has not played Mario, then they’re probably not a good creator. That’s something I can say with 100 percent confidence. Mario is, for game creators, the development bible. There are so many hints about good design, about cute characters, about innovation in using an existing gameplay system. It’s something you have to constantly look at and examine and take hints from as a game creator. It’s the anchor that grounds almost all games.
“I have total respect for Miyamoto, to the point where… It’s very strange that there are national cultural treasures – they’re traditionally sportsmen. I think it’s very strange that somebody as famous as Miyamoto hasn’t been designated one of those people. He’s talked about in all different countries. Lots of people know him. He’s pushed forward Japanese culture and interest in Japan all over the world. He’s somebody that deserves everyone’s ultimate respect, and a lot of that is due to being able to create Mario. And Super Mario Bros. 3, of course, within that, was a fantastic game.”
Remember that movie from the early 90s starring Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper that vaguely followed the story of Super Mario? Well, it’s getting a 20th anniversary screening in LA at the end of this month.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie was a financial disaster but over the years it’s blossomed into a wonderful cult film enjoyed by fans across the globe. On May 24, a screening will be held at midnight in the NuArt Theatre, Los Angeles.
The time has come! As the 20th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. draws near, we are pleased to announce a special screening that will be held at the NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, May 24th at midnight!
Screenwriter Parker Bennett and production designer David L. Snyder will be sitting on a Q & A panel, answering questions from fans.
We will also have a few other anniversary surprises, so be sure to join us in the festivities!
– The Super Mario Bros. official Facebook page