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2:00 PM on 04.19.2015

Captain of my own destiny: Micro-goals and player liberty

A friend of mine got a good deal on a Wii U recently. That meant that I finally got a chance to play Captain Toad. It's really humbling to know that people at Nintendo have also played Monument Valley. I played through a bunc...

Anna Anthropy

7:30 PM on 04.17.2015

Sony wants to make Smash Bros. and other Nintendo IPs into movies

Leaked e-mails have revealed that Sony Pictures wants to make movies based on various videogame series including many Nintendo properties such as Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and odd...

Jed Whitaker

4:00 PM on 04.10.2015

Stretching Mario's face will never get old

Now that it's downloadable for Wii U, Super Mario 64 has entered my life again. It wasn't my favorite Nintendo 64 title -- heck, it wasn't even my favorite 3D platformer on the console -- but it was a formative game and, com...

Jordan Devore

5:16 PM on 04.01.2015

Create cruel levels in Mario Maker this September

Mario's 30th anniversary is approaching and, thank goodness, so is Mario Maker. Nintendo announced a September release date during its Direct presentation today. Ever since I saw the kind of cruel, downright mean-spirited lev...

Jordan Devore


6:30 PM on 03.31.2015

A fan's HD recreation of Mario 64 was great until Nintendo took it down

Unity developer Erik Roystan Ross took one of the most iconic and beloved levels in videogames and gave it a makeover. Ross recreated Bob-omb Battlefield, the first stage in 1996's Super Mario 64, in HD from scratch. Ev...

Brett Makedonski



Calm down: Nintendo still has a lot in store for Wii U photo
Calm down: Nintendo still has a lot in store for Wii U
by Jed Whitaker

After the recent announcement that Zelda for Wii U wouldn't be releasing in 2015, people all around the Internet have been losing their collective minds screaming that the Wii U is dead when really, it is anything but.

So join me as I refresh your memory and get you back on the Nintendo hype train for 2015.

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5:08 PM on 03.26.2015

Super Mario series Mario amiibo releasing stand-alone April 3

The second Mario amiibo (after the original Smash Bros. line) is no longer available only through its Mario Party 10 bundle. Nintendo of America confirmed that you can buy the doll on its own on April 3. Nintendo of Canada confirmed the date as well.

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 03.20.2015

The Great Golden Mario amiibo Hunt & amiibo painting pandemonium!

Last night I ventured out to see if I could aquire golden Mario amiibo from Walmart as well as the Mario Party 10 bundle with the normal Mario amiibo live on our Twitch channel. It was a thrill ride that most of yo...

Jed Whitaker

10:40 PM on 03.19.2015

You missed me on a treasure hunt to find the elusive golden Mario amiibo!

Update: You've missed the stream but fear not, you can watch the replays here! In what could be the best or worst decision I've made, I'll live streaming my hunt for a golden Mario amiibo tonight. Using my technical wiza...

Jed Whitaker

3:45 PM on 03.18.2015

Miyamoto originally pitched Mario for Splatoon

Splatoon's squishy squids that characterize the game came long after the graffiti-tagging gameplay concept. "We had found that the ink-battle play mechanic was fun, and the team was working very hard to brush up on that aspe...

Steven Hansen



Review: Mario Party 10 photo
Review: Mario Party 10
by Chris Carter

I haven't enjoyed the past few console editions of Mario Party. I felt like 8 was rushed to the Wii as an excuse to show off the technology, and it ended up being a generic waggle-fest that was a stark drop in quality compared to 7.

I never could have predicted that 9 would be even worse, introducing the new vehicular-based progression system (also known as "the car"), which tied every player to each other and forced them to ride along together on maps.

Mario Party 10 on the Wii U keeps that same format sadly, but improves upon a few other aspects of the experience. It's just not enough to return the franchise to its former glory.

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Behold, the confirmed amiibo for Mario Party 10 photo
Behold, the confirmed amiibo for Mario Party 10
by Chris Carter

Our Mario Party 10 review is coming next Monday, but for now, I can talk about select elements of it. After weeks of speculation on the supported amiibo for the newest franchise entry, I've narrowed it down by way of an in-game menu.

It looks like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, and Bowser are supported at this time. That means Toadette, Daisy, Waluigi, and Spike are not supported yet even though they are technically in the game, and we haven't heard anything back from Nintendo about the matter. Wario is going to be in Wave 4, so at the moment he's completely unplayable -- odds are a lot of you don't have a Rosalina either. As a reminder, you can use your old Smash figures, you just need to delete your Smash data. 

So what can you do with the things? For starters, one of the three core game modes (amiibo Party) requires at least one amiibo to even unlock, so there's that. For supported amiibo, you can scan them in once per day to unlock extra accessories for said mode, and for every other figure (such as Mega Man, Sonic, and so on), you can play a scratch-off ticket that earns you more Mario Points, the currency of the game.

Mario Party 10 is easily the most aggressive use of the amiibo feature yet.

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1:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Here are some comparison shots for the Smash Bros. and Mario Party amiibo lines

I currently have access to all of the Mario Party 10 amiibo, which are arriving later this month, separately from the existing Super Smash Bros. line. To be clear, the new figures themselves are actually identical i...

Chris Carter



Experience Points .07: Paper Mario photo
Experience Points .07: Paper Mario
by Ben Davis

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a part of the soundtrack, a gameplay mechanic, a line of dialogue, or anything else about the game that is particularly noteworthy and/or awesome.

This series will no doubt contain spoilers for the games being discussed, so keep that in mind if you plan on playing the game for the first time.

This entry is all about Paper Mario. Feel free to share some of your own favorite things about the game in the comments!

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1:45 PM on 03.06.2015

Mario meets Shadow of the Colossus again

Hooray! Illustrator Jason Lupas has come out with more Mario and Shadow of the Colossus mashups following the pieces we covered last month. I'd love to see a game follow this concept. There's a finished version of the prior Donkey Kong sketch, an underwater scene (shown above), and a cool four-legged reimagining of the Chain Chomp. Good stuff, Jason. Jason Lupas [Tumblr]

Jordan Devore



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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