We’ve had Xbox, Playstation 3 and mobile devices all receive a chance to stand tall in the spotlight, and today we’re wrapping up those awards with good ol’ Nintendo. The venerable brand may not always be the most exciting developer when it comes to new games, but it’s got a solid record for bringing out solid titles based on their existing franchises. And that winner for 2012 is…
Yeah, I’m an unabashed Mario fan - so things like this make me all giddy inside. Even though the 2D Mario formula really hasn’t changed very much since the release of Super Mario Bros on the NES in 1985, the games are still a blast to play. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess.
Nintendo’s confirmed that there’s a new a Super Mario Bros game coming. A return to classic, sidescrolling 2D magic, the game is headed for Nintendo’s once doomed new handheld, the 3DS.
It’s received the imaginative, and perhaps confusing title of New Super Mario Bros 2 - which is not a new version of Super Mario Bros 2, but rather a sequel to the incredible New Super Mario Bros for the DS, which has sold nearly 30 million units to date.
When I think of sexy videogame characters from both sexes I’d be thinking of Lollipop Chainsaw’s Juliet, maybe any of the assassins from Assassin’s Creed or the entire female cast of Dead or Alive.
What I don’t think of - or should I say I didn’t think of - was Mario from Super Mario Bros. Well that is until Meagan Marie posted up some pictures of herself cosplaying as Mario.
Nintendo’s flagship 3DS has been beset with sales problems. though anticipation for the device was exceedingly high, it’s found itself flustered at retail, often not even able to stand up to the performance of Sony’s now ancient PSP. Though the device dropped in price - by a staggering 40% in some regions - giving it a bit of a momentum boost, what it really needs is games; some big hitters to convince people that its worth the purchase.
Super Mario 3D Land is just such a game.
Nick de Bruyne
Since the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, we have all been waiting for the promised update that will not only add an online store to the system, but an internet browser too.
Your favorite err, "adult video websites" in 3D? More after the jump.
Nick de Bruyne
Video game developer legend Shigeru Miyamoto recently held a press conferene in France and he has splashed out a load of new information regarding some of the best looking upcoming Nintendo 3DS games.
We are really excited because one of the big ones are confirmed for a 2011 release. More after the jump.
Nick de Bruyne
If you've needed that final excuse to get your hands on Nintendo's brand new 3D glasses-free handheld at some point in your future, then we may just have found what you were looking for.
Shigeru Miyamoto has announced in a press conference in Paris that Super Mario 3D is headed to the Nintendo 3DS and is a blend of some of his most famous recent Mario titles.
Nintendoâ€™s 3DS, curiously, is the first Nintendo console in forever not to launch with a Mario Bros. game. From the days of the NES, which saw a wide release alongside Super Mario Bros, right up until the Wii (which had Mario 64 as a launch day download) every major console from the Japanese hardware company has had a Mario or Luigi launch with it. The 3DS? Nothing.
Donâ€™t worry though,Â Nintendoâ€™s revolutionary new 3D handheld will get its Mario.
Do you know what I love most about Kinect? Itâ€™s not the amazing tech behind the peripheral (despite it being, you know, amazing) and itâ€™s not the games that have shipped so far (nothing has really grabbed my attention yet). It is, however, seeing what people have managed to get the thing to do.
Like this clip for example. It shows the work of one Yankeyan, who has utilised those Kinect PC drivers to get motion-sensor functionality into Super Mario Bros. This is running off a PC using Nintendo software emulation.Â Yankeyan says, â€œI could have placed a simulated keypad right in front of me that I can press with my hands, but I thought full body gestures were more in the spirit of Kinectâ€. It certainly does keep with the Kinect ethos of getting gamers to move around a lot; this looks like damn hard work.
A future suburb called Arcosur in northeast Spain is under construction at the moment. The nice thing about a new suburb is that you get to name its streets, and the future residents of Arcosur put up an online voting system to see what names they should go with.
There are 58 roads planned for the suburb. According to the president of the Arcosur Neighbourhood Association, 12 out of those 58 will be named after videogame characters. Nintendoâ€™s Super Mario Bros. was the first to be honoured and the street plaque was unveiled yesterday. Which other games are getting streets named after them?
I look back on Super Mario Bros with equal parts fondness and reverence. Itâ€™s a game that defined the platform genre, and catapulted Nintendoâ€™s first home console to the incredibly lofty successes it experienced, and stands as one of the most important games ever created.
The gameâ€™s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto doesnâ€™t look back on it with as much awe as the rest of the gaming world though, admitting that looking at it now, on a big screen TV is a "a little embarrassing".
Mario is 25 years old. Iâ€™m totally older than him, but I donâ€™t get a fancy 25th Anniversary commemorative release, he does. Thatâ€™s ok, he deserves it after all that trouble he goes to rescuing Peach over and over and over again. What a trooper.
The lovely looking Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition box set was initially a Japan-only release and goes on sale in the country on 21 October 2010. Now, a Swedish website has reported that the collectorâ€™s box set will be arriving in Europe as well. Their claim has since been backed up by a full press-release confirming the Anniversary Edition for a Europe-wide release on 03 December 2010.
Yesterday saw the local launch of Appleâ€™s latest technolust generating gadget, the iPhone 4, with both MTN and Vodacom throwing huge parties to commemorate the event. We were invited to MTNâ€™s shindig, and with so many people showing off the iPhone 4, I was reminded of a joke about those who possess such devices;
How do you know somebody has an iPhone?
Theyâ€™ll tell you.
On that note, thanks to MTN for very nicely giving me a brand new iPhone 4. While supplied without any obligations, you can expect a full review on the device â€“ and the new addition of the Xbox Live inspired GameCentre included with iOS 4.1.
Hereâ€™s the news we didnâ€™t post because weâ€™ve (unsuccessfully) been trying to get calls to drop with the infamous â€œdeathgrip.â€
On September 13, 1985 the first super Mario Bros game was released in Japan. While our favourite goomba-stomping plumber got his start a little earlier â€“ in 1981â€™s Donkey Kong, it was Super Mario Bros that sent the worldâ€™s most famous video game character down the princess-saving path heâ€™d continue for the next 25 years.
So Happy 25th Birthday, Mario!