New Super Mario-themed Hot Wheels cars have begun hitting store shelves. The special-edition designs were revealed earlier this year, and each one was inspired by six different Mario classics: Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. Some of the toy cars also have the Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary logo emblazoned on them.
Ever wondered how Nintendo manage to find the perfect balance of difficultly in the acclaimed Super Mario series? Well, Nintendo’s very own Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka have explained just how they manage such a tricky task and as you would expect it isn’t easy. The firm employs testing teams to play through the iconic games, but Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Tezuka often find themselves stepping in.
“For me one of the things was maybe the gap between the really advanced players and the first-time players. The difficulty balance is always something that I hear frustrations about from the public, whichever way we decide to go. We always have the testing team test our game, but whatever they say is really fun, the first-time players might consider to be very difficult. One of the things I do sometimes at the later phases of development is go in and hear the testing team’s requests and actually pull that away and lower the barrier or change what it is they want. Sometimes I even hear from the testing team, ‘You’re destroying the fun’, but on the other hand, the flipside is you hear the first-time players saying ‘If I can’t clear a level it’s not fun for me. If I can’t complete a game it’s not fun for me’. The more years that have passed, the gap between advanced and first-time players has become wider.” – Miyamoto
“Even though we put a lot of time and effort into trying to balance the difficulty, when we actually release there are a good group of people who can’t complete the whole game, and so we always have that internal struggle of the gap between the advanced and first-time players. That’s why one of the things we’re trying with Yoshi’s Woolly World is to have two different versions of events for the advanced and the beginner players. We changed the performance of it, but then even in the beginner mode we did put a lot of stuff in there so that advanced players can still have fun. We put a lot of time and effort into trying to balance that out.” – Tezuka
As we reported yesterday legendary Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto has today answered a number of amusing questions regarding the Super Mario franchise that were put to him via Nintendo UK. There’s nothing serious in there and Miyamoto’s answers to questions will make you chuckle. You can watch his comical responses to a number of vital questions in the tweet, above.
Nintendo has announced that it plans to release a Super Mario soundtrack to celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary. The CD will be released to Japanese consumers on September 13th for 3,240 yen and comes on two discs filled with plenty of classic tunes. Here’s the many games that the soundtrack covers.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Super Mario Land
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario USA
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- Super Mario 64
- Super Mario Sunshine
- New Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Galaxy
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Super Mario 3D Land
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Super Mario 3D World
- Super Mario Maker (bonus track)
McDonalds will soon be running a Super Mario themed Happy Meal promotion in the United Kingdom. You will be able to collect a variety of iconic Nintendo characters including Mario and Yoshi, amongst others. The promotion will kick off on August 12th and shipments have already started to be delivered to McDonald outlets in the United Kingdom.
Nintendo has teamed up with toy maker Mattel to create six Super Mario-themed Hot Wheels cars. Each design was inspired by six different Mario classics: Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. Some of the toy cars even have the Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary logo emblazoned on them. Look for them on store shelves this October.
You may have seen last week that we published a Vine showcasing a wonderfully creative Super Mario mural which was created for Mario’s 30th Anniversary. The mural was put up by a talented team of artists in London. If you were wondering how such a fabulous piece of art was created then watch the superb video, below.