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Super Mario Maker

An easy guide to the things NOT included in Super Mario Maker


No frog suit, no buy
Sep 03
// Nic Rowen
Super Mario Maker has been making me think dangerous thoughts about buying a Wii U. It just looks so charming and sweet that I've been secretly generating rationales and excuses to myself to go out and blow a few hundred doll...
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The Legend of Zelda

This Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes' overview is...interesting


Haha so strange
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
This new Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes video starts off with a rather strange (and somewhat hilarious) interlude, but then it actually gets informative. It'll give you a quick rundown of how multiplayer works over t...
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Saber Rider

Another indie developer is interested in creating its own amiibo


The Saber Rider dev
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
As we all know by now, Yacht Club Games is getting a Shovel Knight amiibo for use in the Wii U and 3DS editions of the game. But in an unexpected turn, it is responsible for every bit of its release, including manufacturing. ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Gunman Clive HD Collection


Also, Mario Golf 64
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
The Gunman Clive HD Collection is easily the highlight today for the Wii U eShop, and you can get a full look at what to expect here. Also on Wii U is Vs. Excitebike, and Mario Golf 64. That Excitebike rel...

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Club Nintendo

Remember Club Nintendo with this special coin


Earnable in Europe
Sep 03
// Jordan Devore
When I think of commemorative coins, I think of overpriced patriotic junk peddled during TV commercial breaks. Supplies are extremely limited. Call now! This is way better. It's a silver-plated Club Nintendo Goodbye Coin that...
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Slowpoke song

The Slowpoke Song has been translated


Sing-along
Sep 02
// Jordan Devore
My 3DS gets so little use that whenever I do dig out the system, I forget that I downloaded that ridiculous Slowpoke theme. It goes "yaa!" whenever you scroll through your games and apps. "Yaa. Yaa. Yayayaya." It's great. Also great? The newly-dubbed Slowpoke Song.

Review: Super Mario Maker

Sep 02 // Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker (Wii U)Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 4Publisher: NintendoRelease: September 11, 2015MSRP: $59.99 The core theme behind Super Mario Maker is simplicity. Opening up with a rather lovely tutorial section, you'll be introduced to the creation process, which is as simple as touching an object with your stylus, and placing it in the on-screen grid. The entire experience can be played on the GamePad without the use of a TV, and never seeks to overwhelm the player. As the famous fictional Chef Gusteau once said, "anyone can cook!" and now anyone can create a Mario level. While Super Mario Maker doesn't give you everything your heart desires, you'll find plenty of toys to screw around with, from enemies like Kuribo's Shoe (which are actually Yoshi in select themes), to Giant Goombas that split into more Goombas, that can assist you in crafting objectives like P-Switch-centric puzzles, and even shoot 'em up levels with clouds or Koopa Clown Cars. You can create pipes or doors to send players into different areas of a level, tracks to craft moving platforms -- every basic Mario concept you can think of is here. The bread and butter of Maker is themes. You'll start with the original 8-bit Mario theme as well as the New Super Mario Bros. U series, then eventually work your way up to Mario 3, and the always delightful World. Themes (which have their own unique physics and in a few cases, movesets) can be shifted at the press of a button, including the ability to jump into underground, ghost, water, airship, or castle settings in every sub-franchise. It's awesome to create a level and see it switch to an entirely new gimmick within seconds. An "undo" option, eraser (which can be toggled with quick trigger presses), and a nuke-like reset button make everything easier. Costumes, however, are probably my favorite extra in Mario Maker, which provide players with a way to morph into other characters like Sonic, Pac-Man, or Mega Man. They're unlocked by way of amiibo, or another method I'll get to shortly, and have some unique animations and sound effects in tow, like Pac-Man's shift to an 8-bit sprite when he runs. Sadly, all of these costumes are limited to the 8-bit style only. The more you play it, the more you'll realize that limitations are a recurring issue with Super Mario Maker, despite its immense charm. [embed]306729:60161:0[/embed] Not all of these objects will be available immediately, either. Instead, you'll have to wait nine days to obtain everything, including major themes like Mario 3 and World. I can confirm that players will be able to fast-forward the Wii U clock a day ahead at a time to "unlock" the next set of items. But the process is still painfully tedious, as you have to play five minutes to "allow" the unlock, then switch to the main menu, then back to the game to receive the items, then play for another five minutes, and so on. Since this method is available, the entire requirement is rendered pointless. Having said all that, it wasn't really a dealbreaker in any way for me, and didn't have any direct correlation to my assessment here. However, there are a number of shortcomings inherent to Mario Maker's toolset even after unlocking everything. For starters, there are no assets related to Mario 2 outside of a select few re-skins. Not only is the entire theme missing from the game, but unique objects and enemies such as the iconic Phanto are nowhere to be found. Additionally, there is no way to eliminate the countdown timer (the max is 500 seconds), which takes the wind out of exploration-based creation's sails considerably. There's also a severe limitation in terms of how you can build out levels. Right now you can't choose to create a vertical-themed stage -- you have to go with the same horizontal blueprint the game gives you without fail. Maker also limits the amount of enemies you can have in any given level (for instance, only three Bowsers or roughly 100 smaller enemies) even in the 8-bit theme, which is a silly design. Mario Maker does have a few modes beyond the creation realm, thankfully, including a "10 Mario Challenge" mode that tasks you with completing eight levels in 10 lives. This essentially functions as the campaign, and brings players through a variety of different themes composed by Nintendo. The reward is two-fold -- you'll experience a fun pseudo-story mode, and obtain each blueprint for use later in the game's creation mode. They're relatively easy, but some of them provide mechanics very rarely seen in a core Mario game, and are worth spending several hours on alone. The online hub (titled "Course World") is probably where players are going to spend most of their time in the coming months. Having played other creation games with online functionality for years, I have to say that this is one of the better modules. There's support for everything, from bookmarking levels (with hearts), to viewing your "played" history, to queuing up your own creations, and sorting potential levels with qualifiers like popularity and newly shared. It's crazy to see what people have come up with already in the past few weeks, like re-creations of old school Mega Man levels complete with the 8-bit costume, to the classic "music videos" we've seen for years on end in games like LittleBigPlanet. My one gripe with viewing levels online is that they are automatically "spoiled" right before you start them. Basically, by looking at a stage, it will show the entire layout by default -- there's no way to "hide" this currently, and a lot of courses I played lost their luster as a result of this snafu. As a bonus of sorts, the hub has its own version of the 10 Mario Challenge -- a 100 lives version, which basically grabs levels online and mixes them into a custom world. This is probably my favorite element of the game, as it does a good job of curating content and giving it to you in a rapid-fire format. It also rewards players with costumes upon completion, so you don't need to use amiibo to unlock them. Super Mario Maker is a charming little creation tool, and I'm sure fans will come up with some amazing levels for years to come. However, it feels a bit more constrained than it needs to be, and is in dire need of updates or DLC to keep it going long term. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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The costumes are the best part
Ever since I was five years old, I've been drawing my own Mario levels on graph paper. It's a pretty common story, because when I look at a series to give me a platforming baseline, it's usually Mario. Nintendo didn't ju...

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Amazon

Amazon offering downloads for Nintendo games now


Officially links Nintendo ID
Sep 01
// Chris Carter
Just in time for Super Mario Maker's release on the horizon, Amazon is offering up downloads for select Nintendo games. In essence, you'll buy the content, then link your Nintendo ID to the service, and the code will auto-pop...
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Ace Attorney 6

Ace Attorney 6 just got announced in Famitsu


Faster gameplay system
Sep 01
// Laura Kate Dale
[Update: Capcom has also confirmed the game is "in development for the west."] The newest issue of Famitsu has revealed the existence of Ace Attorney 6, the newest main line entry in the Ace Attorney series. According to...
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Shovel Knight

Nintendo isn't producing the Shovel Knight amiibo (updated with video interview)


Distribution also up to Yacht Club
Aug 31
// Mike Cosimano
At PAX Prime 2015, Yacht Club games "Captain" Sean Velasco told Destructoid that Nintendo isn't actually making the Shovel Knight amiibo. The figure's production and distribution was left in the hands of Yacht Club, which is ...
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New 3DS

New 3DS headed to North America in September


Bundled with Animal Crossing stuff
Aug 31
// Jordan Devore
It's been an unnecessarily long wait, but Nintendo is bringing the New 3DS to North America. The handheld with swappable cover plates launches September 25, 2015 in a bundle. For $219.99, the package includes a white New 3DS, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, two cover plates, and a lone amiibo card. You'll have to continue waiting if you don't want those mandatory pack-ins.
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Punch-Out!!

Would you play Donald Trump's Punch-Out!!?


Put him away!
Aug 30
// Jonathan Holmes
[Art by Catlateral Damage creator Chris Chung.] The Punch-Out!! series is known for being politically incorrect in a cartoonish and lovable way. Some would argue that presidential hopeful Donald Trump shares that same brand o...
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Mario Maker PAX

I made a terrible Super Mario Maker level at PAX


I had 20 minutes!
Aug 29
// Myles Cox
Super Mario Maker is playable on the show floor at PAX, and it turns out Nintendo is giving players a rather generous amount of hands-on time with the game. If you're patient and don't have anything else to do (also if y...
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Special edition

Xenoblade Chronicles X gets a special edition with a USB stick


Sick USB stick
Aug 29
// Steven Hansen
Xenoblade Chronicles X is getting a collector's edition along with its December 4 release in North America (it launched in Japan earlier this year).  The $90 version includes the game, a 100 page art book, a tiny illustr...
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Super Music Maker

The greatest song ever made has been recreated in Super Mario Maker


Trust me, this one won't let you down
Aug 28
// Jed Whitaker
A level called "All the costumes unlocked! :)" has been featured by Nintendo in Super Mario Maker, that tricks people into thinking the level will let them use some of the many unlockable costumes in the game. Instead plays the greatest song ever known to man.  I don't want to ruin the surprise, so just watch the video above and enjoy. 
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BREAKING

REPORT: This is what a Bullet Bill's butthole looks like


Live on scene at PAX Prime in Seattle
Aug 28
// Steven Hansen
Venerable Super Mario villain Bullet Bill (really, villain? He just a bullet, he goes where he is shot, he has no say in the matter!) is most often seen in profile thanks to his 2D leanings. However, if this official character mock up provided by Nintendo at its PAX Prime booth answers that age-old question: what does a Bullet Bill's butthole look like?
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amiibo

What other indie amiibo would you like to see now that Shovel Knight is confirmed?


A Binding of Isaac amiibo would be rad
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
Now that the Shovel Knight amiibo is officially official, the floodgates have presumably been opened for other indie collaborations. While we aren't 100% sure that he'll appear in Super Smash Bros. as a guest character, ...
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amiibo

8-bit Mario, Dr. Mario, Olimar, Ganon, and Zero Suit Samus amiibo up on Target


Grab 'em
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
[Update: looks like most of them are gone. Try accessing them on a mobile browser or through the Target app.] Still collecting amiibo? You'll find the Classic 30th Anniversary Mario, Dr. Mario, Olimar, Ganondorf, and Zero Sui...
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Shovel Knight Amiibo

Yacht Club and Nintendo confirm the Shovel Knight Amiibo


Hey I'm Knight, I'm not so Knight
Aug 28
// Joe Parlock
Laura (and the rest of the internet since it was leaked yesterday) was right! Nintendo has confirmed that there is an Amiibo coming for Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight. The amiibo will unlock an exclusive co-op mode fo...
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Pokken Tournament

Pokken Tournament may not be coming to western arcades after all


Dave & Busters spoke too soon?
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
I haven't been to a Dave & Busters in years, but the rumor that Pokken Tournament may be heading west by way of arcade location tests would have been enough to get me out there. Sadly, it looks like that may not be happen...
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Amiibo

UK retailer GAME just announced a Shovel Knight amiibo


Could he be coming to Smash?
Aug 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Holy heck, it looks like Shovel Knight is getting an amiibo. Announced via a tweet made by GAME Brighton, a local branch of the UK's biggest dedicated gaming retailer, the tweet was promptly deleted but appears to be very off...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Sin & Punishment (Wii U)


Also, Runbow
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting a lot of awesome stuff this week, including Runbow, Sin & Punishment, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor. You'll also find Brave Tank Hero, FullBlast, and Pixel Slime U. Disney Infinity 3.0 wil...
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Nintendo

Is global voice chat finally coming to Nintendo consoles?


Patent hints at new external device
Aug 27
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo may finally be introducing voice chat to its hardware. Though it's unclear if this relates to current or upcoming systems, Nintendo has filed a patent for an external device designed to enable in-game voice chat. 
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Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program is landing on Wii U


Landing, crashing, burning up in orbit
Aug 27
// Joe Parlock
Kerbal Space Program, a game about planning out a really complex space mission only to make an innocent astronaut drift endlessly in the dark, cold void of space, is coming to the Wii U. The trailer uploaded by Nintendo is a...
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amiibo

Walmart's selling the Marth amiibo at a 115 percent mark-up


$27.99, and MSRP is $12.99
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
This is rather unusual. We're accustomed to scalpers selling rare amiibo for far more than their retail price, but now Walmart's getting in on the act. Yes, it seems the world's largest private employer is price gouging for N...
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Nintendo

Which of these upcoming Nintendo games are you most excited for?


For me, it's Star Fox Zero
Aug 26
// Chris Carter
There's a bunch of cool-looking games in this updated "road map" that Nintendo sent us a few days ago, but all in all, I'm mostly stoked for Star Fox Zero, which is now set for a November 20 release. The Star Fox series ...
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Splatoon

Splatoon's soundtrack is two discs, features 61 tracks


'Splatune'
Aug 25
// Chris Carter
Man, the official Splatoon soundtrack sounds amazing! First off it's called "Splatune," which would be reason enough to buy it, but it's 61 whopping tracks. That includes 37 full songs, 14 sound effect tracks, and 10 "ji...
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amiibo

This surreal Super Mario Maker commercial is worth a quick watch


Also, an amiibo trailer
Aug 25
// Chris Carter
If you ever wanted to watch a Dave Franco stand-in briefly play Super Mario Maker, while his world is depicted in a creepy surreal manner in front of him, this trailer is your huckleberry. Even though it is a commercial, it ...
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amiibo

Who wants a closer look at the Animal Crossing amiibo?


(a)Me(bo)
Aug 24
// Brett Makedonski
We've seen a fair amount about Animal Crossing and amiibo, but a lot of it has to do with the first use of amiibo cards. Well, when both Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival release, they'll also get so...
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New Patent

Nintendo files patent for first sales-less console (Fauxclusive)


No, this is not a joke about the Wii U
Aug 24
// CJ Andriessen
The discovery of two new patents filed by gaming giant Nintendo earlier this year may give us a peek into the future of the company. The first, as reported on Saturday, is for a disc-less home console. The second patent, whic...

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