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Super Mario Maker

Oh hey, Professor E. Gadd is coming to Super Mario Maker


Is it the Year of Luigi again?
Feb 03
// Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker has been pretty fantastic in terms of its event course and 8-bit sprite offerings (read: free DLC), and this new one is no different. Professor E. Gadd of the Luigi's Mansion series joins the fray, comp...
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Mario Party Arcade

Now you can throw a fit in public with Mario Party Arcade


A joint venture with Capcom
Feb 03
// Chris Carter
You're leading by four Stars in Mario Party -- it's down to the final few turns -- and you've won most of the minigames so far so you're pretty sure the Minigame Star in the bag. Then your friend uncovers a hidden Star, ...
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Super Mario Maker

Whip up a sweet wallpaper with Mario Maker


Free official web app
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has a cool little web app that lets you create wallpapers for your phone or computer, Mario Maker style. It's only in Japanese, for now, but I'm confident you'll be able to find your way around. This tool isn't nearl...
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Just watching this Mario Maker level gave me PTSD


Props to the first man to defeat the pit
Jan 27
// Nic Rowen
I'm sure you've all seen hard Mario Maker levels by now, but The Pit of Panga: Cape Escape by the eponymous Panga has to take the cake. It is a bottomless chasm of certain death, fiendish puzzles, and devilish dexterity chall...

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Mario Maker maintenance

Super Mario Maker is offline until tomorrow


Online services will return at 5pm PT
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Nintendo says everything's back to normal. Happy level hunting.] While you can still play and build levels in Super Mario Maker offline, the game's online features are temporarily unavailable while Nintendo fixes a b...
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Mario and Religion

Did You Know Gaming takes on religion in the Mario series


Interesting stuff
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
Japanese media is no stranger to religious references, with many creators inserting them for no reason other than looking "cool." In this episode of Did You Know Gaming, we get to see a few of those concepts as they pert...
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Mario Maker sales

Super Mario Maker sells 1 million in US


Good software sales ahead of new console
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Perhaps reassuring on the heels of a (possible, it's still unclear!) new console release (the "NX"), two new Nintendo games have both sold over a million copies. Well, one is more new than the other. Splatoon has actually sol...
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Oh! Daisy

Sarasaland's Princess Daisy is the next costume for Super Mario Maker


With annoying sound effects to boot!
Jan 13
// Jed Whitaker
Arguably the best princess in Sarasaland (if Peach isn't visiting) is finally returning to the limelight with a new costume in Super Mario Maker. I'm sure Daisy fans will be rejoicing everywhere. There are many of them,...
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Super Mario

This Choco Egg Mario figure is sick of your shit


Oh, you don't like the Wii U? FUCK OFF
Jan 13
// Zack Furniss
Thirty years of murdering Goombas under his boots has taken a toll on Mario. Choco Eggs, little treats that contain toys, are currently harboring small figurines celebrating Super Mario's 30th anniversary. On Twitter, @SUPERM...
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Scuttlebugs!

This Mario 64 glitch walkthrough broke my brain


In the best possible way
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
What is the meaning of life? I'm not sure, but I'm beginning to believe it's lurking somewhere in this ridiculously in-depth Super Mario 64 glitch video commentated by pannenkoek2012. The video, a breakdown of the game's inne...
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Mario Maker costume

Hatoful Mario Maker: Level design pigeon Yamamura gets costume


Mario Maker gives a date for the pigeon
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Super Mario Maker just keeps adding adorable new 8-bit costumes. Recently we've seen Birdo and the Excitebike biker and a fab Super Mario Land nod. Things are less nostalgic this time around, as Nintendo announced a Yamamura ...
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Release date

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games gets release date


Aww hell yeah!
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
My boys Mario and Sonic are back together again for yet another Olympic games game -- this time in Rio de Janeiro. For the fifth entry in the Mario & Sonic Do Sports For Some Reason series, the roster of playable charact...
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Mario Maker insanity

Watch an absurd race through Mario Maker's hardest levels


Don't forget to blink
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
"Mario Maker has really provided an opportunity for very sadistic individuals, like this man playing right here, PangaeaPanga, to create horrifying levels for our amusement," speedrunner Carl Sagan said during the gaming mara...
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Mario Maker outfit

The latest Mario Maker costume is a nod to Super Mario Land


Sky Pop
Jan 07
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has tied another Super Mario Maker costume to a branded level, but at least this time it's based on an existing part of the Mario universe (Super Mario Land), not a real-world car. To earn the Sky Pop plane, you'll h...
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GOTY 2015

Mike Cosimano's personal picks for Game of the Year 2015


The People's Choice(es)
Jan 04
// Mike Cosimano
2015 was a divisive year -- tremendous in terms of media (TV like Master of None and The 100; movies like Spotlight and The Force Awakens; games like...well, keep reading) and a garbage year in terms of my life. Entertai...
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Dtoid Designs

Dtoid Designs: Mario at the Movies Challenge Winners


Get some popcorn & check these out!
Dec 31
// CJ Andriessen
Before the big ball drops tonight and we close out December and 2015, I must reveal the winners of this month's Dtoid Designs contest. For December, I issued a challenge to see what kinds of wonderful levels you could make ba...
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Super Mario ReMaker

Enjoy this fanmade Mario Maker clone on PC while it lasts


Probably not long for this world
Dec 31
// Nic Rowen
Anyone want to take bets on how quickly the cease and desist orders will come in for this one? Super Mario ReMaker is a fanmade effort to bring the delight of Super Mario Maker to PC fans. While still very much a work in proc...
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Mario & Sonic

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games amiibo functionality detailed


Costumes, basically
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
I still can't believe that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games exists. If you would have told my younger self that both characters would be teaming up for not one, but multiple games, including Super Smash B...
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Excitebike

Excitebike and Birdo join the cast of Super Mario Maker this week


Footage available
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker continues to impress with post-launch DLC, and as of December 31, you'll be able to download two new costumes. Excitebike and Birdo are in, with new event courses to boot. While the latter operates exactly ...
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Super Mario Maker

Sure, I'll take more Mario Maker costumes


Special request: Ninji
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
So long as Nintendo continues adding costumes to Super Mario Maker, I'll keep unlocking them (except for the Fighter Fly; I simply do not have the skill or patience to beat Gnat Attack on hard mode). EarthBound's own Master B...
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Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy hits the Wii U eShop tomorrow


Bee Mario!
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
Super Mario Galaxy 2 was made available for download on Wii U at the beginning of the year, and now Nintendo is closing out 2015 with the first game. Super Mario Galaxy joins the Wii U eShop on December 24 in North America. I...
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Mario Maker site

Super Mario Maker course finding website is up


But why isn't this just in the game?
Dec 22
// Nic Rowen
I love me some Super Mario Maker. I think it's one of the coolest things Nintendo has done in years. But its lack of in-game course browsing and searching tools is utterly baffling. The rudimentary tools for finding the level...
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Super Mario RPG

Pick Me Up! Super Mario RPG being revived for Wii U


European Wii U, though
Dec 21
// Brett Makedonski
A Geno costume in Super Smash Bros. isn't the extent of Nintendo's short-term plans for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The revered and beloved Square-developed SNES game is getting a full port on the Wii U's Vir...

Score attack! Mario, Metal Gear, Witcher, and more games better than Star Wars

Dec 21 // Steven Hansen
Now, at year's end, Destructoid's Brett Makedonski rekindled this bonfire in my head with an innocuous tweet, "How does Rotten Tomatoes work? If something's a 6/10 or better, does that review count as 100% fresh for the aggregation?" I replied, "yeah." And then, [embed]328101:61584:0[/embed] What Brett gets at seems like a no-brainer concern for anyone who works in video games. What happens when the average games gets across-the-board 7s and then comes up as a perfect? Well, thankfully movie reviewing is a bit less insular than video game reviewing and there's a bit more disagreement. There are more people giving negative reviews -- even to almost universally praised things. And that's okay! Let's look at 2015's common Game of the Year award candidates and, via Metacritic, see what their RottenTomatoes "freshness" might look like (the percent of reviews that are positive, versus the average score). The closest thing to a negative review among the 874 total are two instances of 5/10. The lowest Metacritic score here is an 81 (Splatoon) while the highest is 93 (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Undertale) for an average of 88. For a more direct comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Metacritic score (they do movies, too) is 81. RottenTomatoes, which also displays an average rating, albeit less prominently, has the film at 83. I don't think anyone who worked on the project is going to miss his Xmas bonus. This isn't to rail on Metacritic, a common target for its reductionism, for game developer bonuses contingent on its averages, for failing to include individual writer names on its listings. Nor is it to kick the tires on the "do review scores matter" question, crossing up hypothetical opponents and swishing a "read the words" as if it were a mic drop. What these trends point to is a blind spot in game reviewing and the lack of diverse opinion. There are reasons for this, but first, note that the above comparison is, admittedly, not one-to-one. There are publications rating games not on Metacritic, there are game and movie publications that don't score reviews, movie aggregate sites have a wider pool to cull from because of the prominence of movie reviews as newspaper/magazine staples. But the Metacritic sample size is still a large representation of major outlets writing about games. Okay, so, why? Oh, man, so many reasons, most of which overlap in various ways. First let's try this out: You can be smart about games, but absolutely terrible at actually playing Bloodborne, for instance. And that's not me projecting -- I'm the best Souls player on staff. It does get to a good point, though, which is how game reviews are assigned. Familiarity with the French New Wave canon may inform your thoughts on the new CGI Samey Explosions, but lot of styles and techniques work across eras, genres, etc. This knowledge is more cumulative. Games? Content, style, presentation, physical means of interaction vary so wildly. Someone joked they need a community college course on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Twitch shooters and Devil May Cry-style action games require additional physical skill and execution. Sure, knowing about RPGs and progression systems helps a critic working on a sports or action game when those genres started adopting those systems regularly, but god damn, some people just can't do a Dark Souls. And so there are often experts. There's "the Dark Souls woman," or the "the JRPG guy," or the "the MOBA person." And that's not all bad. Sometimes the expert or genre fan has broader context or deeper insights. However, the setup is fated towards homogeneity. Especially when coupled with -- I'd be remiss not to mention this -- the tendency of major video game writing publications towards hiring middle-class-and-up white dudes. Similar types of people with similar experiences all reviewing the same stuff. And there are reasons for this, too: members from that group are most likely, especially in this economy, to be able to work unpaid internships or for the bum rates that writing gets these days, period, while having financial security or backup otherwise. Sometimes it's just a Rolodex problem, as Jenn Frank noted.  It is much more sane to write a review of a 100-minute movie for $50 than a 100-hour game for $50. With its shorter history, gaming media exists more so in the current era of devalued writing that has felled everyone from, well, all the game sites that have closed down recently, to the best film (The Dissolve) and sports/pop culture outlets (Grantland). I think this translates -- to the sincere dismay of everyone involved -- to a lot more "good enough" writing than we'd all like, especially when most of the people who are writing about games are underpaid, hustling freelance, or both. This is a general publishing woe perhaps exacerbated by games writing's shorter canon and fewer agreements on how even to talk about games (aside from the established, book report-y "is it fun?" style). Demanding more rigor from overtaxed, underfunded writers and editors working in a devalued, fraught industry within a generally struggling economy, well, damn, it's tough. A doable step, though, is actively hiring from a wider pool of applicants than your typical just-graduated-22-year-old-Nick. I think here at Destructoid we do a good job simply encouraging our reviewers to be as straightforward and honest as possible without kowtowing behind cookie cutter review formulations and tasteless writing that goes down without a fuss, but serves no one (I'm cautiously optimistic that fans of the genre will enjoy this return to the series roots). Average starts at 5, and all that. Some of the biggest holiday releases (Fallout 4, Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider) came in under 8. But it's almost more disheartening for the state of gaming as a whole that folks across the net will point to an incredibly good score like a 7/10 as rabble rousing, as trolling for hits, and that collectively -- as in the Chart Chart Binks above -- it's rare to even end up on the "negative" side of the spectrum. Someone has to dislike something.
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Yes, they all reviewed better
There are exactly 100 professional reviews culled on the Bloodborne Metacritic page. Of that 100, 99 are "positive" and 1 is "mixed," a lowly 7/10, which I'd suggest is still positive. Oh, so nobody dislikes this game? When I...

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Mario Maker leak

New Super Mario Maker costume leaked


Those cheeky dataminers
Dec 20
// Nic Rowen
Looks like those dang dataminers are up to their old tricks again. According to this video by the YouTube channel GameXplain, they've plied their wicked ways on Super Mario Maker and dug up an as of yet unannounced costume fr...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker is getting a ton of new costumes this week


Badge Arcade Bunny
Dec 18
// Chris Carter
As I've said recently, Nintendo is doing a commendable job of supporting Super Mario Maker. Sure it still has a ways to go until it becomes the definitive level-making tool it was touted as, but a lot of these updates are ge...
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Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker is getting three new elements in a free update


This is how we do it
Dec 17
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is constantly adding new things to Super Mario Maker, and now three new course tools are coming to the game as a free update. You can get the bumper by shaking a grinder (the spike wheel), doors can be turned into wa...
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Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter makes its way into Super Mario Maker


I'm ok with this
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Bring on the event stages and costume rewards, I say!After plowing through all of the new events this week, I'm ready for more. Thankfully, Nintendo and Capcom are willing to oblige, with a Monster Hunter themed 8-bit fe...
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Nintendo

Mercedes-Benz explains Nintendo partnership, doesn't mention bags of money


'Many gamers are skeptical about brands'
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Once a year now or so, the irregular Mercedes-Benz and Nintendo partnership rears up, only to be quickly forgotten in a few weeks. Last year it was free Mario Kart 8 DLC, and recently, an 8-bit car costume for Super Mari...
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Nintendo

Nintendo partners up with Mercedes-Benz again for Super Mario Maker


Haha
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
Haha, okay. Following up its partnership with Mercedes-Benz for Mario Kart 8 cars and commercials, Nintendo has announced that there will be a new Mercedes GLA "costume" for Super Mario Maker. But completing a special ev...

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