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DLC confirmed for Super Mario Maker, starting with Famitsu mascot

Necky the Fox
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
As expected, Super Mario Maker will seemingly get new DLC post-launch. I mean, the format is ripe for it, both for free and paid content. The first round will include the DLC character of "Necky," (Nekki) Famitsu magazin...
Mario Maker photo
Mario Maker

The Super Mario Maker idea booklet is bizarre

Peruse the digital version
Sep 09
// Jordan Devore
In the lower left of this Nintendo-approved image, it looks like Mario is holding hands with himself. It's far from the only strange sight in the Super Mario Maker idea booklet. Ahead of the game's Friday release, you can loo...
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Squid now

Splatoon has one of the best Super Mario Maker cameos

Extra twist
Sep 09
// Steven Hansen
Super Mario Maker, which comes out on September 11 (9/11) has seen various 8-bit character skins (Sonic, Waluigi, Pit, etc), many of which are unlockable with amiibo dolls (but also unlockable through gameplay). The only dif...
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Did you pre-order Super Mario Maker from GAME?

Better check your bank account
Sep 08
// Vikki Blake
GAME, the UK's biggest games retailer, has apologised to customers who have been charged up to seven times for their pre-order of Super Mario Maker. For some, that's a whopping £328.93 disappearing from their bank accou...
Super Mario Galaxy photo
Super Mario Galaxy

Miyamoto is 'always looking to challenge Mario Galaxy and do another 3D action title'

The team can only do so many projects
Sep 07
// Jordan Devore
The last time Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about the possibility of another Super Mario Galaxy, the team was busy with Super Mario 3D World and physically couldn't "make both at the same time." But more Galaxy, he...
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Wii U game deal

Buy Mario Maker, save $20 on Splatoon, Smash, or Mario Kart

Best Buy deal
Sep 07
// Jordan Devore
Best Buy is holding a deal that's great for Wii U owners looking to flesh out their library. If you order Super Mario Maker (which releases this Friday), you can save $20 on either Splatoon, Super Smash Bros., or Mario Kart 8...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Mario Paint's fly-swatting mini-game lives on

In Super Mario Maker, of course
Sep 04
// Jordan Devore
One week from today, I'll get to relive Gnat Attack. The chaotic fly-swatting mini-game from Mario Paint lives on in Super Mario Maker, and I can't express how happy that makes me. It's not too surprising that this and other ...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

An easy guide to the things NOT included in Super Mario Maker

No frog suit, no buy
Sep 03
// Nic Rowen
Super Mario Maker has been making me think dangerous thoughts about buying a Wii U. It just looks so charming and sweet that I've been secretly generating rationales and excuses to myself to go out and blow a few hundred doll...
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Mario Maker PAX

I made a terrible Super Mario Maker level at PAX

I had 20 minutes!
Aug 29
// Myles Cox
Super Mario Maker is playable on the show floor at PAX, and it turns out Nintendo is giving players a rather generous amount of hands-on time with the game. If you're patient and don't have anything else to do (also if y...
Super Music Maker photo
Super Music Maker

The greatest song ever made has been recreated in Super Mario Maker

Trust me, this one won't let you down
Aug 28
// Jed Whitaker
A level called "All the costumes unlocked! :)" has been featured by Nintendo in Super Mario Maker, that tricks people into thinking the level will let them use some of the many unlockable costumes in the game. Instead plays the greatest song ever known to man.  I don't want to ruin the surprise, so just watch the video above and enjoy. 

REPORT: This is what a Bullet Bill's butthole looks like

Live on scene at PAX Prime in Seattle
Aug 28
// Steven Hansen
Venerable Super Mario villain Bullet Bill (really, villain? He just a bullet, he goes where he is shot, he has no say in the matter!) is most often seen in profile thanks to his 2D leanings. However, if this official character mock up provided by Nintendo at its PAX Prime booth answers that age-old question: what does a Bullet Bill's butthole look like?
Mario Maker photo
Mario Maker

Get a better look at the different styles available in Super Mario Maker

The 'World' style still rocks
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is still feeding us information for Super Mario Maker, and this time, it's a quick look at the different styles available. As most of you know by now, the game has the original Super Mario Bros. 8-bit theme ava...
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This surreal Super Mario Maker commercial is worth a quick watch

Also, an amiibo trailer
Aug 25
// Chris Carter
If you ever wanted to watch a Dave Franco stand-in briefly play Super Mario Maker, while his world is depicted in a creepy surreal manner in front of him, this trailer is your huckleberry. Even though it is a commercial, it ...
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Mario Maker shmup

Now there's a shoot-'em-up in Mario Maker

Super Shmup Bros.
Aug 21
// Jordan Devore
Super Mario Maker isn't out until September 11 and I'm already feeling inadequate. At this rate, any level I dream up will pale in comparison to what we're seeing on YouTube. I'll give it my best anyway. The folks at GameXplain have crafted a shoot-'em-up level called Super Shmup Bros. and it's another neat example of how powerful the creation tools are in the right hands. Wings for everyone!
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Mario Maker level

This Mario Maker level plays like a Metroid game

Metroid U
Aug 20
// Jordan Devore
Between Metal Gear Solid V and Super Mario Maker, my schedule for September is Chinese-buffet full. Both games are going be huge time sinks. They're also tons of fun to watch pre-release. Take this level created by&...
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amiibo skins

Sonic, Splatoon, Pit amiibo costumes surface in Super Mario Maker

amiibo skins
Aug 19
// Steven Hansen
[Update: more pictures are available in the gallery below, like Waluigi.] It's no surprise that the sprawling Super Mario Maker supports Nintendo's amiibo toys -- we saw Wii Fit Trainer show up in-game a few months ago. All t...

Super Mario Maker is more fun than I initially thought it would be

Aug 18 // Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker starts in the best way possible -- a miniature creation tutorial featuring the first Super Mario Bros. After jumping across an impossible-to-make gap, you'll have the option to "finish the course," and bring Mario to the safety of the goal flag. Objects are located at the top, and it's very easy to use the stylus to create platforms, Question Mark Blocks, enemies, and hazards. Putting wings on enemies, piranha plants inside pipes, and items inside of blocks is also as easy as dragging it on top of said item. You can also tap or drag to clone the last-used item, which is useful for dropping tons of blocks. There's a lot of personality present, especially with the auto-tuned voice that notes item placement, cutely shouting out things like "block! block block! block block block block!" to the tune of the classic Mario theme. Maker even has its own tutorial character named "Mary O." who functions as a Power Line Expert of sorts, complete with a headset. I love little touches like this. The way amiibo support works is by adding characters to a roster with a GamePad tap, which will allow players to change into new cast members when touching a Mystery Mushroom. Each character has a special emote with the up d-pad button (for example, Pac-Man will raise a piece of fruit) -- most of the ones I've seen so far also have their own sound effects, and if you're hit, you'll transform back into Mario. Here's a full list of compatible amiibo.  Changing your "theme" (such as above or underground in the first Mario game, or even a new series entirely) is as easy as pressing a button, and only takes a few seconds. It's awesome seeing a stage change from the retro style to the "New" visuals instantly. It's also important to note that more tools only open up "over a series of days, as you continue to create in the game," and only 12 are available right away -- Nintendo notes that this is so you aren't overwhelmed but I don't really buy into it (hence my lingering issue). Expect thoughts on how this scenario plays out in the coming weeks. In terms of modes, you'll start off in the editing portion, but you can also access a challenge mode of sorts that limits your lives, and "Course World," which is a full online hub that allows you to play, star, download, and comment on levels. I love how Nintendo has this mode laid out, as you can clearly see the entire level by way of an icon in the hub menu, giving you an idea of whether or not the stage is up your alley before you even play it. You can also sort by rating and filter "up and coming" levels if you wish, and each map only takes roughly five seconds to load. There's tons of levels available right now for reviewers, so I'll be able to provide some thoughts on how the hub works at a later date. I don't want to spoil too many secrets, so expect our review in early September ahead of the September 11 launch of Super Mario Maker.
Super Mario Maker photo
First hands-on with the retail edition
Although I haven't been super excited for Super Mario Maker based on the initial pitch, we've slowly been drip-fed more and more information over the past month or so, and some of it looks intriguing. Now, I've had the chance to play the game myself, and left pretty satisfied outside of one lingering issue.

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Super Mario

Super Mario's Question Block has come a long way

I remember my first encounter
Aug 17
// Chris Carter
One of my favorite gaming experiences is playing something completely blind. That's just what I did for my first ever Super Mario playthrough on NES. While I played with my parents at my side, they didn't really know a ...
Best. Mario. Model. Ever. photo
Best. Mario. Model. Ever.

Rumored Mario Kart XXL prototype discovered and shown to the world

GBA tech demo
Aug 16
// Jed Whitaker
The above video supposedly shows a prototype demo of the unreleased Mario Kart XXL that was created by Denaris Entertainment, a company run by the developer of the Turrican series, Manfred Trenz. My search for more...
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Dr. Mario looks like the next exclusive amiibo

There sure are a lot of posts like this
Aug 14
// Brett Makedonski
For everyone who hates the practice of retailer-exclusive amiibo in the US, this news might come as a tough pill to swallow: Dr. Mario looks as if he'll be exclusive to Target. That shouldn't come as a shock to your system, t...
Ennuigi photo

Luigi walks, smokes, and ruminates in Ennuigi

Playable browser bummer
Aug 12
// Steven Hansen
This is one of my favorite jokes. I just did this joke about that John Wick VR shooter (Johnnui), though that mostly stemmed from pronouncing John Wick with a bad French accident and just happened to be appropriate. Ennuigi (...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker's level components will be drip-fed

Tools, sounds, and effects unlock
Aug 12
// Darren Nakamura
Every time I think I know what to expect out of Super Mario Maker, a new video shows up with a little more information. The video below was just released and I'm having trouble keeping the hype in check. Here's what's new to ...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Rayman creator designed a level in Super Mario Maker

Despite not liking Mario
Aug 07
// Steven Hansen
Remember when Rayman creator Michel Ancel admitted he doesn't like Mario games? They weren't his cup of tea, he said, which is silly, because of course they are not a cup of tea, belonging to him or otherwise. Anyways, be the...
Mario 64 Glitch photo
Mario 64 Glitch

Some guy will pay $1,000 if you can recreate this Mario glitch

Better get jumping guys
Aug 06
// Laura Kate Dale
In the world of Super Mario 64 speed running, the idea of a new glitch appearing is a bit of a holy grail. The game has been played so many times over so many years that the idea of a way to shave even a second off from the t...
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Nintendo announces September dates for upcoming amiibo wave

September 11 and 25
Aug 05
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has sent over a helpful bit of info regarding the upcoming amiibo wave. Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Ganondorf,  30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color, Olimar, Zero Suit Samus will launch on September 11, right al...
Mario's li'l dick photo
Mario's li'l dick

Mario's silhouette shows off his li'l dick

Also he shares animations with Kid Kool
Aug 04
// Darren Nakamura
Mario has been with us for a long time. He's an icon. He has been scrutinized, discussed, and deified among gamers. That doesn't matter at all right now. What matters right now is Mario's silhouette looks like it has a li'l d...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker wants to ensure you remember classic Mario levels

And then flips them on their heads
Jul 27
// Brett Makedonski
The Mario franchise holds some of gaming's most universally well-known moments. No matter anyone's familiarity with games, chances are they've seen the first level of Super Mario Bros. They might even know where that extra l...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Will you be buying Super Mario Maker?

I wonder how this will turn out
Jul 23
// Chris Carter
I'm very interested in seeing how Super Mario Maker will turn out when it debuts on Wii U later this year. While there have been a lot of people vocally supporting the project, I see a lot of indifference towards it. In ...
FLUDD 64!? photo
FLUDD 64!?

Super Mario Sunshine meets Super Mario 64 DS thanks to modder

With working F.L.U.D.D. to boot!
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
A modder that goes by Fiachra has been combining the GameCube's Super Mario Sunshine with the DS' Super Mario 64 DS into one potentially glorious mashup. Super Mario Sunshine 64 has been in development since 2...
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Mario Maker bundles

Nintendo announces three Super Mario Maker editions, two come with an amiibo

One is a hardware bundle
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker is arriving in just a few months, and Nintendo seems to be kicking up the promotion angle quite a bit. They've just announced that in Europe, it will get three bundles -- one is a 32GB black Wii U with a phy...

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