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Dtoid Designs: The five best Un-Mario levels

Nov 30 // CJ Andriessen
[embed]323057:61316:0[/embed] Thank you to everybody who entered this month. We will have a new contest starting on December 1. If you'd rather play these fine levels than watch, here are the level IDs you need: #5 Out of Another World (v 1.1) Disqus User: Algator C8B5-0000-00E0-E743 #4 DonkeyKong Country Jungle Hijinx Disqus User: Anikid 443B-0000-00B9-9B52 #3 Mario RAMPAGE *Post Your Score!! Disqus User: Alfonso Navarro B36A-0000-00E1-CFB3 #2 Pitfall II - The Lost Caverns (Atari) Disqus User: GameMakr24 A4B4-0000-00EC-8BCA #1 Super Sniper Bros: Aim & Fire Disqus User: CTMike 16E0-0000-00E0-4AF8   If you would like to try out the level I created for the Un-Mario Challenge, check out Arino Hawkins & the 1001 Flames here: 43AF-0000-00DD-02F8
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Check out the winners of round two
This month for the second Dtoid Designs contest, I challenged you to use Super Mario Maker to create the Un-Mario level. How exactly does one create a level that doesn't play like it comes from a Super Mario game using only S...

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Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is getting a TV special on Disney XD this week

Haha what
Nov 30
// Chris Carter
Mario Kart 8 came in with a bang, and ended up lasting quite a while with its two amazing DLC packs. While I still play it on occasion, its fire has unfortunately died down a bit, partially due to the horrible battle mode tha...
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Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker adds the frog suit, NES Remix course

Great news
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has provided a new course for Super Mario Maker, based on the NES Remix series. After completion, it will net you the frog suit from Mario 3, which wasn't in the game previously -- it's important to note h...
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Modern Mario

Don't go to a Walmart tomorrow: get the Modern Mario amiibo online now

It's up
Nov 26
// Chris Carter
Recently, Walmart tried to tempt folks into walking into a store and picking up one of "at least" 21 Modern Mario amiibo, but don't do that -- instead, just pick one up casually online. Why are these such a big deal? Well, th...

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GameBarcodes distill games down frame by frame

Journey's is the best
Nov 19
// Darren Nakamura
A couple weeks ago an imgur page was floating around the Internet showing various films with each frame reduced to its average color and represented as a single vertical line in what turn out to be often vibrant barcodes. Thi...

Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Nov 18 // Chris Carter
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)Developer: Camelot SoftwarePublisher: NintendoMSRP: $49.99Release Date: November 20, 2015 There's no two ways about it -- Ultra Smash  is a bare-bones game. If you came to this court expecting anything other than basic tennis, you will walk away disappointed. And even then, it doesn't handle the basics as well as its predecessors. There is a degree of strategy at work in Ultra Smash, just like in the past games in the series. Serves can be timed for greater effect, specific hits can be returned as direct counters (such as returning a topspin with a slice), while twitch movement and the ability to predict your opponent's moves are still paramount to your success. In that regard, nothing really has changed. You do have a few extra control options as the GamePad can mirror the TV (and I do mean "mirror," as perspectives aren't shifted for same-screen play, sadly) or function as a scoreboard. The Wii U Pro Controller and the Wii mote can also be used, though the latter does not feature motion support. The core modes are Classic or Mega Battle, the latter of which just throws in a Mega Mushroom occasionally to allow your characters to grow larger for a limited time, with enhanced stats to boot. Yep, the big gimmick this time is a power-up, and only one of them, on top of the fact that only one player per side can get it at a time. There's no story mode and no real experience to gain outside of coins (which unlock a mere four characters and courts paved with new material, like carpet) -- what you see is what you get. [embed]320462:61082:0[/embed] Other modes are just as paltry. There's the Mega Ball Rally, which tasks players with slicing a ball back and forth until someone (either another person or the CPU) screws up. It's literally one round and then it's over. It's almost indistinguishable from the other modes. Then there's the amiibo-based Knockout Challenge, which is the closest you're going to get to a progression-based system. In short, you'll be pitted against a crescendoing circuit of matches one after another, earning some bonus rewards (which again, can just be bought with coins) along the way. It's basically Classic mode with the ability to play with an amiibo partner, without any of the amiibo depth from other games like Smash Bros. I had a chance to try out online play before launch, and things seemed rather smooth, even if there are no lobbies or extras of any kind. It's probably the only real shining light of this package, but even then, it feels odd that it's a surprise for a Nintendo game to feature it in 2015. Of course there's a caveat -- you cannot play directly with friends. And... that's all you're getting. If you can stomach playing classic mode for hours on end with someone local, you'll probably find something to love here. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash feels like it was rushed into the holiday season to mask the absence of Star Fox. You're better off just playing any other previous game in the series, which is particularly easy to do since the first game is on the Wii U Virtual Console for just 10 bucks. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Swing low
Once upon a time, Mario Tennis was a national pastime at pretty much every household I visited. Back in the year 2000 there weren't a whole lot of alternative sports games outside of a few gems (I miss EA Sports Big), an...

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Now I've got your power!

Check out all of Mega Man 1, recreated in Mario Maker!

Promoted from out community blogs
Nov 17
// Tony Ponce
[As someone who joined Dtoid in what I call the silver age, I know of past alumni of Dtoid but nothing specific. Decommissioned fighting robot Tony Ponce swings by show us his extremely ambitious remake of Mega Man 1 through ...
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Mario & Luigi

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam finally has a release date

Europe, then North America
Nov 12
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey 3DS Mario fans, we finally have a firm release date for Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. During today's Nintendo Direct presentation, we learned that the game will be releasing in Europe on December 4, 2015 and North America...
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Finding new Super Mario Maker levels gets easy in December

Website to queue up levels
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
A new website for Super Mario Maker is going to be released in December to make it easier to find levels and queue them up to be played the next time you're at your console. The site will be available on both PC and Mobile. Players can search for various parameters to find the kinds of levels they want.  More details to be revealed closer to launch.
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Meet your maker

Uh, Mario? Is that you?

Mario Maker easter egg
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
Super Mario Maker got an important update last night. My focus was drawn to the new costumes and much-needed ability to lay down checkpoints in levels, but Nintendo also slipped in an easter egg. It's super easy to access, bu...
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Super Mario Maker

Mario Maker has new costumes and checkpoints

Totem Link!
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
It's a great time to get back into Super Mario Maker. As of tonight's update, we can now place mid-level checkpoints. Finally! They're going to have such a big impact on my willingness to clear people's levels. To add a check...
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Ultra Smash

The Mario Tennis roster has at least one pleasant surprise

Obligatory spoilers
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
The more I see of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, the more I want to wait for an eventual sale. I've played a little, and it does feels good, but my concerns about Camelot not breaking enough new ground persist. There are also too...
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Legend of Zelda wrist

You can play Super Mario 64 or Ocarina of Time on a watch

You shouldn't, but you could
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
While on one hand I don't understand purchasing a smart watch or most "wearable" tech, on the other, I have to admit amusement at one of these devices -- an older model, to boot -- being capable of running N64 games. YouTube...
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Mario in Sonic mod

Mario goes fast in this impressive Sonic Generations mod

Playable Luigi, Mario bosses, too
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
TRUST ME AND WE WILL ESCAPE FROM THE CITYYY. One time, City Escape lyrics prompted me to unbundle my disconnected GameCube, set it up, play City Escape, and then put it all away, but the most interesting part of that story i...
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Dtoid Designs

Dtoid Designs: The Super Mario Maker Un-Mario Challenge

Can you make a non-Mario level?
Nov 01
// CJ Andriessen
UPDATE: The entry period for November's Dtoid Designs contest has ended. Dtoid Designs is back for round two. What's that? You missed the results from October's challenge? But they were posted at 9:30 on a Saturday night that...
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Dtoid Designs

Dtoid Designs: The 5 best Halloween Super Mario Maker levels

See how creative this community can be!
Oct 31
// CJ Andriessen
Last month we asked you, the Destructoid community, to show us your level creation skills with the first Dtoid Designs contest. The challenge was to create a Super Mario Maker level based on the theme of Halloween a...
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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Bowser Jr. and his dead father join the ranks of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Skeleton and son
Oct 31
// Ben Davis
The most recent trailer for Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash introduces both Bowser Jr. and Dry Bowser to the court. Neither character is new to the Mario Tennis series, although Junior is now bringing the Koopa Clown Car along...
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Super Mario Maker

Game Center CX level coming to Super Mario Maker in all regions

Yes, outside of Japan
Oct 28
// Chris Carter
When November 4 hits, you'll probably want to boot up your copy of Super Mario Maker. In addition to checkpoints, a new power-up creation tool, and a Course World overhaul, it looks like we're getting a new premium level. It'...
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Mario Special

Obscure Hudson-made Mario Special recreated in Mario Maker

All it takes is one dedicated fan
Oct 27
// Chris Carter
The Super Mario Maker homages continue to roll in. Previously we saw someone recreate every e-Reader level, now someone has gone and crafted every stage from Super Mario Bros. Special, released in 1986. Special ...
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Super Mario Maker

Praise Cthulhu: Super Mario Maker is getting checkpoints

Free update arrives November 4
Oct 27
// CJ Andriessen
As I played though this month's entries for the Dtoid Designs Super Mario Maker contest, I came across several levels that provided a great argument for this game introducing a checkpoint system. Seems Nintendo thought so too...
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Gotta go fast

Is this new Super Mario Bros. world record a perfect run?

Looks damned close if not
Oct 22
// Jed Whitaker
A new Super Mario Bros. speedrun world record has been set (as seen above) and it looks damned near perfect. It's mostly a vanilla run, meaning the player doesn't use many glitches aside from one allowing access to the secon...
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New 3DS

I have a new favorite 3DS cover plate

Cute pixel art
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
If I owned a New 3DS, I'd be all over this Super Mario Maker cover plate. Lotta Splatoon and Animal Crossing love packed in, which makes me wonder what the process was for selecting characters. They made room for Tingle and t...
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I prefer it without the new mechanics
We've been wondering if Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash would be light on new content since E3. I played some more of it yesterday, and there are some things not previously talked about. There is online play, for one, including the...

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Mario Tennis

Old favorites return in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Waluigi, Daisy, and Boo confirmed
Oct 20
// Jordan Devore
Lately, Nintendo hasn't said much about Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash other than to note its fast-approaching November 20, 2015 release date for Wii U. Today isn't much different. This latest video confirms a few unsurprising ros...
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Super Mario Maker

Nintendo says Mario Maker boosted Wii U sales

People love first-party games!
Oct 20
// Mike Cosimano
According to Nintendo, September's release of Super Mario Maker boosted sales of the Wii U by over 110 percent as compared to August. Of course, the secretive nature of game sales means we don't know exactly how well the...
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Not too cool for school

Lessons from Super Mario Maker

Promoted from our community blogs
Oct 15
// Fuzunga
[At first I thought I was going to love Super Mario Maker. But after a while, I realized that the bad curation of levels really hampers my enjoyment of the game. It's all about finding good levels from good curators. So do yo...
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Mario Maker

Please let this Mario Maker outfit leave Japan

Oh my GOD!
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo sure is having fun with Japanese costumes in Super Mario Maker. First there was Famitsu's Nekki, then GameCenter CX's Arino, and now there's this magnificent little ditty. The outfit is based on Yukio Sawada's manga ...
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Paper Jam Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam bumped up in Europe

North America too, please?
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has moved up the release date of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in Europe to fall closer in line with the Japanese launch. The 3DS role-playing game is now set to debut on December 4, 2015. In its announcement, Nintend...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Professional game developers try their hands at Super Mario Maker

Check out how the pros do it
Oct 12
// CJ Andriessen
Bertil Horberg, the creator of the fantastic Gunman Clive series, was once asked if he would create a level in Super Mario Maker worthy of his premier franchise. He declined, saying he already knows how painfully difficult le...
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Mario Maker

There's a devious Mario Maker war going on between two well-known games journalists

And it's all for charity
Oct 12
// Brett Makedonski
We've seen Mario Maker bring out the insidious in people. Plenty of folks are creating levels that are downright devilish. However, few of them have grabbed the spotlight quite like what's happening between two well-kno...

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