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8:00 AM on 11.28.2013

Looks like there's a Mario and Luigi 3DS XL bundle coming

A Target ad has let slip an upcoming Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL bundle coming out just in time for Christmas. The bundle will go for $199.99, includes a black and silver colored system with special branding of the h...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Mario 3D World, Lightning Returns sell poorly in Japan  photo
Mario 3D World, Lightning Returns sell poorly in Japan
by Kyle MacGregor

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Super Mario 3D World launched to lackluster sales in Japan last week. Though the pair placed first and second atop the nation's software charts, the latest entries in Square Enix and Nintendo's flagship franchises saw significantly weaker debuts than their predecessors. 

Lightning Returns opened with 277,082 sales, the lowest of any Final Fantasy XIII game. As noted by Gematsu, the original Final Fantasy XIII sold 1.5 million units in its first week on the market, while Final Fantasy XIII-2 hit the 524,000 mark. It's probably a good thing Square Enix is leaving Lightning and friends behind. That progression isn't pretty. 

Super Mario 3D World suffered a similar fate, moving just 99,588 copies. That figure makes for the lowest first week sales of any 3D Mario title. Even the Super Mario 64 remake on Nintendo DS sold better with 120,062. Yikes. 

The acclaimed platformer also failed to spur Wii U hardware sales, which stood neck and neck with the PlayStation Vita at around 21,000. That's a mere 5,000 unit increase over the previous week, indicating Super Mario 3D World isn't quite the system-seller Nintendo so desperately needs. 

That said, Nintendo games tend to have long tails, frequently continuing to chart weeks and even months after launch. Super Mario 3D World could very well go on to see success as a slow burner.

 「LIGHTNING RETURNS」27万7000本,「スーパーマリオ 3Dワールド」約10万本などがランクインした「ゲームソフト週間販売ランキング+」 [4Gamer]

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Real cats don't like Super Mario 3D World at all photo
Real cats don't like Super Mario 3D World at all
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Man, that cat just does not want to play Super Mario 3D World at all. Cats are so overrated.

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9:00 AM on 11.24.2013

See those adorable Japanese McDonald Mario toys in action

Remember those awesome Japanese Mario Happy Meal toys we showed last week? Well now there are a bunch a video's confirming just how cool they are.  Okay... well maybe they aren't that cool, but they would look pretty classy on any gaming shelf. And who could resist Mario in a penguin suit scooting across a table?

Wesley Ruscher

4:00 AM on 11.24.2013

Super Mario 3D World hip-hop remix by Dj Cutman

We've said time and again how great the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is. The team used the game's main theme quite extensively in promotional videos for the game, and it became obvious that they were taking the series in ...

Jayson Napolitano

9:00 AM on 11.23.2013

Japanese TV ads: Super Mario 3D World is so kawaii

Super Mario 3D World is out now in North America and it's amazing. The wonderful Wii U platformer also launched this week over in Japan, where it received a trio of rather adorable television advertisements. Between the...

Kyle MacGregor





3:30 PM on 11.22.2013

UK only Wii U bundle is the ultimate Mario collection

Okay all you people in the United Kingdom, if you've been holding off on a Wii U NOW is the time to finally get it. This Mario Mega Bundle from the Nintendo UK Online Store is the ultimate deal for all the Mario lovers out th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



How to unlock Super Mario 3D World's secret character photo
How to unlock Super Mario 3D World's secret character
by Chris Carter

Super Mario 3D World has a secret playable fifth character, and it's not unlocked through normal means. Watch the above video to find out who it is, and how to go about obtaining the secret.

Be warned -- the video spoils the new character after the 1:00 mark with some gameplay. For everything else, I have a few tips below that should help you out come launch day.

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2:00 AM on 11.21.2013

The Fresh Prince moves to the Mushroom Kingdom

You haven't seen a mash-up quite like this. To celebrate the release of Super Mario 3D World, and to remind people how awesome '90s television was -- some fans have created a bizarre and ingenious remix of the game's main th...

Alessandro Fillari



Review: Super Mario 3D World photo
Review: Super Mario 3D World
by Chris Carter

Mario and I go way back. Although I had dabbled in a few Atari games when I was younger, Super Mario Bros. for the NES was my first real game that I sat down and played from start to finish. Since then, I've collected and played every main series Mario game, adding a steady stable of all time favorites to my list. Why am I telling you all this, you may ask?

Because I want you to know that I have a basis for comparison for the newly released Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U -- so when I say it's one of the greatest Mario games ever made, I mean it.

It's one of the greatest Mario games ever made.

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UK deal: Register a 3DS and game for free Mario 3D Land photo
UK deal: Register a 3DS and game for free Mario 3D Land
by Jordan Devore

Nintendo has a nice deal this holiday season for gamers in the United Kingdom. Register a 3DS or 3DS XL and a participating game between November 27 - January 13, and you'll receive a free copy of Super Mario 3D Land via eShop download.

Given the sheer quality of the applicable games, that shouldn't be too difficult to manage:

  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2
  • LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
  • Sonic Lost World
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Pokémon X
  • Pokémon Y
  • Bravely Default
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Super Mario 3D Land is a must-own for the system and, in my humble opinion, one of the first titles new 3DS owners should try out. That said, almost everything on this list is worth grabbing as well.

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3:00 PM on 11.17.2013

Why is Japan's McDonald's Happy Meal so much cooler?

Take a look at these amazingly adorable Super Mario toys that will be included in Japan's McDonald's Happy Meal equivalent, the Happy Set, beginning on November 22. Two sets, which sadly in the year of Luigi are absent of Mar...

Wesley Ruscher

5:00 PM on 11.16.2013

Goombas almost never made it into Super Mario Bros.

For many, the Goomba was the very first enemy they ever encountered in a video game. The squishy mushroom-eque adversary of Mario has been famously trying to thwart the Italian plumber for over 25 years to little success -- ...

Wesley Ruscher

12:30 PM on 11.15.2013

There's a Super Mario Galaxy stage in Smash Bros.

All of this talk about Super Mario Galaxy, and now Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed a stage based on that beloved game. Life is good. Providing just a bit more to get our imaginations going, Sakurai no...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 11.14.2013

Super Mario 3D World's Double Mario power was an accident

The end of the recent Iwata Asks about Super Mario 3D World made it clear that more Super Mario Galaxy is a definite possibility, which was probably the biggest news of the piece -- but there are other behind-the-scenes tidbi...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 11.14.2013

Mario Galaxy is not dead, says Shigeru Miyamoto

I'm not sure how many of you thought that Super Mario 3D World signaled the end of the Galaxy sub-franchise, but Miyamoto has seen fit to put a stop to any rumors that may be milling about out there. In the latest Iwata asks,...

Chris Carter