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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

12:00 AM on 11.14.2013

The Super Mario 3D World OST cover is the BEST THING EVER

Okay so I'm putting the cover art for the Super Mario 3D World OST below because there's a spoiler with the fifth playable character that was revealed yesterday during the Nintendo Direct. It's not really a spoiler, but appar...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





12:15 PM on 11.13.2013

Super Mario 3D World has a fifth secret character

Before you get excited -- no, it's not the Cat Goomba! Super Mario 3D World has a new "top 10" video out in the wild that details some of the new features in the upcoming Wii U game. Most of them aren't really that big of a d...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 11.13.2013

Mario & Sonic 2014 Olympics bundled with Wii Remote Plus

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is hitting the slopes later this week, arriving for Wii U in North America on November 15. Outside of the novelty of seeing Nintendo and Sega's mascots compete alongsid...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 11.08.2013

Super Mario 3D World footage is all up on YouTube

This game. This marvelous game. It's no secret that a bunch of us are looking forward to Super Mario 3D World more than anything else in 2013. Years of New Super Mario Bros. titles have numbed my mind -- I'd forgotten what N...

Jordan Devore



Review: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games photo
Review: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games
by Kyle MacGregor

The prospect of Mario and Sonic appearing side by side in the same videogame was once a near-unthinkable fantasy. But it happened. Thanks to the demise of Sega's console business, the bitter rivals eventually put aside their differences and joined forces to create a novel assemblage of Olympic sports minigames for the Nintendo Wii.

That was six years ago. In the interim the unlikely pairing has since spawned a biannual franchise with three entries across as many systems. And like clockwork, just in time for February's international competition, the iconic mascots have reared their heads for fourth.

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