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9:30 AM on 06.26.2014

These Rosalina plushies are so cute they should be illegal

If I'm being honest, the main reason I picked up Super Mario Galaxy when it came out was to see Rosalina. Her character design has always resonated with me. I mean, the game is fantastic, but I think I now prefer Rosalina to ...

Brittany Vincent

10:30 AM on 06.18.2014

Take a closer look at this badass Bandai Mario toy

Fairly soon, Bandai Tamashii Nations' S.H. Figuarts line will drop its Super Mario figurine, and it looks pretty damn badass. With the base set for roughly $20 you'll get an articulated figure, as well as a question mar...

Chris Carter

6:45 PM on 06.13.2014

Hit up a McDonald's drive-thru near you soon for Mario Kart 8 toys

If you're an adult like me, you've probably head to McDonald's when there are Nintendo promotions. You know, because that's what adults do. Get ready to zoom to one of the restaurants with you, as McDonald's next set of Happy...

Brittany Vincent

8:34 AM on 06.12.2014

Super Mario 3D World K'NEX to debut this fall

Mario has had a lot of licensed toys over the years, but starting this fall, K'NEX is pumping out more products. Instead of just being a generic "Mario" theme, one of the sets is taking on Super Mario 3D World, and will ...

Chris Carter



Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the core idea and runs with it photo
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the core idea and runs with it
by Darren Nakamura

Super Mario 3D World was fantastic, and one of the reasons was its incredible variety throughout. Captain Toad made his first playable appearance there, with his levels acting as a sort of palate cleanser between Mario's running and jumping cat suit antics.

The basic premise of the levels is that Captain Toad wants to help Mario collect stars, but since he is slower and cannot jump, he needs to rely more on puzzle-solving ability and keen perception (along with smart level design) to get things done. Fans loved it and clamored for more Captain Toad, so Nintendo explored the idea even further with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. As it turns out, the basic premise really has legs -- legs that still cannot jump.

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Mario Maker will make a level designer out of you photo
Mario Maker will make a level designer out of you
by Dale North

Mario Maker is a drag-and-drop level creator, letting you use classic (and newer) Mario game tiles and props to create your own stages. I gave it a spin here at E3 to try to create the next great Mario stage. I found that while making your own stages is quite easy, making a truly fun one takes a bit more work.

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1:25 PM on 06.10.2014

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is Wii U-bound

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is making its way to Wii U, with social features and level editing mechanics that allow creators to share what they've made via Miiverse with other players. They can then in turn be rewarded with stars ...

Brittany Vincent

11:38 AM on 06.10.2014

Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker

Yes, Mario Maker is real and it's exactly what we thought it'd be: a game that lets you create and play your own custom Mario levels. It's coming to Wii U next year. You'll put down various elements like pipes and Goombas, a...

Jordan Devore

11:25 AM on 06.10.2014

Captain Toad getting a full-on game, coming holiday 2014

Nintendo announced a new game during their E3 digital event, that stars the one and only Captain Toad. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a fully-fledged game inspired by the levels found in Super Mario 3D World. It will be out on Wii U this holiday.

Brett Zeidler

7:30 PM on 06.05.2014

Rumor: Mario Maker to be revealed at E3 2014

An alleged picture from Nintendo's E3 2014 showfloor was leaked, showing a station displaying something called Mario Maker. The image comes by way of Nintendo Enthusiast, and we won't know for sure what this is, or what platf...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 06.04.2014

Speedrun through Super Mario World without finishing the first level

After watching a great deal of the week long Awesome Games Done Quickly charity livestream, I've gained a new appreciation for the ingenuity and thought process of speed runners. Still, it's crazy how many new tricks are bei...

Abel Girmay

7:15 PM on 06.03.2014

This should have been the official Mario Kart 8 trailer

Just recently we showed you the death glare of Luigi -- the piercing eyes of someone you do not want to mess with if you value your life (and possibly your soul). But thanks to YouTube user KagatoTheFinalBoss, we n...

Chris Carter

1:15 PM on 06.03.2014

Europe is getting a white/red 2DS with New Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo has announced yet another 2DS bundle. This one is white and red, and includes New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-installed on a 4GB memory card plus all of the Coin Rush DLC -- that's 30 more levels, some of which are going...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 06.02.2014

Mario Kart 8 sells more 1.2 million units worldwide this past weekend

Fastest-selling Wii U game ever? That's Mario Kart 8, which sold more than 1.2 million units worldwide over its first weekend, starting May 29 and 30. This counts Japan, Europe, and the Americas.  That's a pretty go...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 05.31.2014

Get stuck in the metal with this 17-minute tribute to video games

What's more metal than a 17-minute instrumental medley featuring some of your favorite video game tracks? Anything Nathan Explosion touches, but that's beside the point. This impressive project was three years in the making,...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Mario Kart 8 photo
Review: Mario Kart 8
by Chris Carter

After the first three console entries, Mario Kart and I have had a semi-bumpy ride. After hundreds, possibly thousands of hours spent playing Super Mario Kart, 64, and Double Dash, I didn't have the same fervor as I once did from the DS iteration on.

I barely played Mario Kart Wii due to a lack of interest, and I was let down in many ways by the underwhelming Mario Kart 7. But thanks to the magic of Mario Kart 8, I'm all in again just like the olden days. It helps that it's one of the most gorgeous and breathtaking games on the market right now.

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