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Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars photo
Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
by Darren Nakamura

A little more than four years ago, Nintendo released Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on the original DS. It continued the series' focus on the miniature Mario robots, to the chagrin of fans of the platforming in the original. In our review, Jonathan Holmes said "It didn't make me feel much, or think much, or have much of a memorable effect on me at all."

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars plays the same as Mini-Land Mayhem!, but with a few new features. It remains a puzzle game that acts as filler; it can be picked up and played just as easily as it can be put down and forgotten.

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Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory photo
Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory
by Jonathan Holmes

Game director Tomm Hulett has been working in the industry since he was a kid, starting with a job testing NES games. Since then he's worked on everything from PersonaContraSilent Hill, and Adventure Time, but no matter what he does or where he goes, Mario will be in his heart.

Tomm asked me over a month ago if Destructoid would be interested in hosting one of his pet projects, a split-timeline that poses a theory on how every Mario game is connected that he'd been working on with artist Howard Milligan. I was excited about the idea, but was crestfallen a few weeks later when I saw that someone had apparently beaten Tomm to the punch. I shouldn't have worried. When I told Tomm that someone else has tried their hat at a Mario timeline, he said something like "Oh that? That's nothing. Wait until you see the size of the thing I've got for you."

He wasn't kidding. The image he was working on ended up being too large for Dtoid to host (you can grab it for yourself here), though we were able to shrink it down to a still-massive size for our gallery's servers. I'm not the Mario expert that I should be, but I'm pretty sure each and every game Mario has ever appeared in has found a place on the map, including Hotel Mario and Mario's Time Machine. He even got the the Super Mario Bros. movie in there somehow. The only thing I see missing is Mario Paint, but I suppose that could be construed as part of the "Mario Sports Series." I did have a guy try to convince me that Football was an art once, so I guess it's only fair to call Painting a sport. 

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7:30 AM on 03.02.2015

eBay endorses $200 scalped gold Mario amiibo pre-order

[Update: Seconds after posting, someone bought it. What are the cool kids saying these days? "Shaking my head"?] After starting my morning off with a cup of iced tea, I noticed a nonchalant tweet by eBay in regards to the gol...

Chris Carter

8:09 AM on 02.26.2015

Gold Mario amiibo confirmed as Walmart exclusive, launches next month

Oh hey it's that Gold Mario amiibo! Nintendo has confirmed to Destructoid that it will indeed be a Walmart exclusive, and will be sold on March 20 at $12.99. It will be available at 3,000 stores, so it's likely going to be ea...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 02.20.2015

Why the Super Mario movie is an underappreciated masterpiece

[Ed. note: El Great Burcho published this on February 2007. It's one of our Golden favorites.] No, I'm not being ironic, or corny, or funny. Neither am I drunk, stoned, nor under the influence of outside forces requiring me t...

Anthony Burch

1:15 AM on 02.20.2015

Puzzle & Dragons: Mario Bros. Edition is damn sexy

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, the exciting new collaboration between Nintendo and GungHo Online, is coming west this May and I really couldn't be more excited. As a longtime "Pazudora" addict, it's somethi...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 02.17.2015

This gold Mario amiibo looks to be a Wallyworld exclusive

What do you do if you're a die-hard amiibo fiend and you hate Walmart? Well, what if you hate Walmart so much you boycott it? Time to throw away those morals and standards because it looks like your favorite box store might be getting an exclusive amiibo -- a golden Mario. Thanks to this picture snapped by a fan, the signage says it all: Only at Walmart. Your move, hippies.

Robert Summa

5:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Nintendo predicted the amiibo shortage 11 years ago

A lot of folks were surprised at last fall's amiibo launch, and how scarce some of the figures were. They shouldn't have been; Nintendo gave them a heads-up almost 11 years ago. The intro for the Game Boy Advance's Mario vs. Donkey Kong shows even the famed ape unable to get his hands on these elusive collectibles. Damn you, Mario Toy Company! This has been your intention all along!

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 02.16.2015

What the hell?! Captain Toad has a spin attack!

Have you ever pushed through an annoying sequence without realizing that you were in fact "playing it wrong" and failing to grasp a concept or mechanic? I am guilty of this, but I'm struggling to think of an example newer tha...

Jordan Devore

10:17 AM on 02.13.2015

It looks like new amiibo models of Rosalina, Wario, and Donkey Kong are likely confirmed

Rejoice, amiibo fans who may have missed out on Rosalina! It looks like Nintendo's Japanese Mario Party 10 landing site may have just confirmed another run of the figure. Going on a tip from a reader, it appears as if th...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 02.12.2015

I might actually drink canned coffee if it had Mario characters on top of it

I've only had canned coffee a few times in my life, notably during big industry trade shows when I needed a quick boost of energy. The experience...wasn't great. But I'd probably enjoy it more if Mario characters were ad...

Chris Carter





4:30 PM on 02.11.2015

New PBS Digital show Space Time! asks what planet Super Mario World takes place on

I always enjoy PBS Digital's Game/Show as a source for smart commentary on the culture surrounding games. The whole videogame thing must be good for views, because the first episode of newest show Space Time! is all abo...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 02.10.2015

This Shadow of the Colossus and Mario mashup is very cool

Artist Jason Lupas has posted a few updates on his Tumblr recently that are decidedly videogame related, and they're pretty awesome. They're both homages to Shadow of the Colossus, one of which features a Mario themed ma...

Chris Carter

2:45 PM on 02.04.2015

Want the (non-metal) Super Mario amiibo? GameStop bundle pre-orders up

There's a lot of hullabaloo around the secret, newly discovered but unannounced gold and silver Mario in the Super Mario amiibo line, but remember the regular Super Mario is temporarily exclusive to the Mario Party 10&nb...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 02.04.2015

Nintendo manufactured mysterious silver and gold Super Mario amiibo

If amiibo have been hard to come by before, it looks like we're in for a whole new kind of scarcity. CPSIA certificates from Nintendo revealed a previously unknown amiibo in the Super Mario line of toys, silver and ...

Steven Hansen

3:20 PM on 01.27.2015

Mario will haunt your dreams

Here's a photo for your nightmare file. It's '80s versions of Wil Wheaton and Jason Bateman kickin' it with possibly the worst version of Mario that Nintendo marketing could ever dream of. According to the "article," Wheaton ...

Robert Summa