According to data that I read about on the internet today, Nintendo executives are no doubt currently in the process of “makin’ it rain” on their various wives and mistresses. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now officially the fastest selling game in the history of the series at roughly 535,000 copies sold since launch. Keep in mind that was nine days ago, people. Not to be outdone, our favorite little plumber stepped up as well, with over half a million copies (and plenty of 3DS systems) flying off the shelves in November making 3D Land the fastest selling portable Mario game ever. Hooray! READ MORE
We all know the sound of Mario’s trademark whoo-hoos and yahoos, but if you’re anything like me you never really expected to hear Nintendo’s iconic Italian speak full sentences, let alone deliver a five-and-a-half minute monologue. But that’s exactly what he does in Nintendo’s unusual 3DS tour! READ MORE
I came across this unbelievable fan made Legend of Zelda tribute while reading the most recent “Iwata Asks” today. It’s an extremely well thought out and cleverly designed stop motion project that references just about every major game in the series. The video above is unfortunately the highest quality on youtube I could find but you can click this link and scroll down a bit to see a much nicer version. It should play well with the awesome soundtrack John wrote about earlier today!
OCRemix.org, famous Internet home of a bunch of talented folks and the re-imaginings of video game music that they create -including a plethora of Zelda tunes- have just released another plethora of Zelda tunes all at once, which I guess makes it an album! 25YEARLEGEND: a Legend of Zelda indie game composer tribute is, as the title indicates, a project started to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series and consisting of tracks composed by the musicians behind “notable project[s] in the indie game community.” There are 18 tracks in total, including one each drawing from Skyward Sword and The Adventure of Link. As of this writing, I’m about a third of the way through, and it’s fantastic so far. Click below to go to the project page, with links for the torrent and a .zip file containing both FLAC and MP3 versions of the album.
Jesus, Nintendo is really running on all cylinders this holiday season. Let’s see: New Super Mario Bros. game? Check. New Legend of Zelda adventure? You bet. New Mario Kart entry? It’ll be here in less than 2 weeks. How about another Metroid? Well, we don’t have one ready right now (still trying to figure out how to make up for Other M) but how about the Game Boy sequel that hasn’t officially been made available in any form outside of the original 1991 game pak? READ MORE
Mario Kart 7 is just a few short weeks away from gliding onto North American shores, and the warm, sticky preview videos just keep on gushing forth. This time we take a look at the steamy Star Cup, the luscious Leaf Cup and the bodacious Battle Tracks. READ MORE
Nintendo has a tendency to drive a lot of people nuts for various reasons. Be it their prehistoric approach to online gaming, lack of third party software, track record of releasing seemingly cool peripherals and then failing to support them in any way, that sort of thing. But whenever a new Mario game comes around all complaints about their bad habits seem to melt away while we, as a people and a culture are reminded exactly why this company and this series has thrived for so many years. Super Mario 3D Land is the best entry in the franchise since…you guessed it: the last one. READ MORE
And I’ll give you two reasons why: Jessie. Cantrell. So what if this drool-worthy host does that annoying thing with her hands that just about every correspondent in history is guilty of. She’s incredibly charming and has a great sense of comedic timing. Also, she loves to slip some dirty innuendo into the show every now and then: “I think I’m jealous of my own hand right now” (!?). My kind of girl. I’m going to post these shows as they premiere every other Thursday from now on but they really do deserve to be viewed during a private moment and on the actual 3DS. The slider cranked up offers some pretty obvious benefits.
One of the best and most technically advanced NES games was recently revealed to be undergoing the 3D-ifying process in the same manner as Excitebike and a handful of othergames, and today this game is available! 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure arrived today in North America on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. It’s listed at $5.99 on the Nintendo website, but apparently shows up at $6.99 in the eShop proper. Despite this little snafu, it should still be as great a game as the original NES release, unless Nintendo has somehow really gummed up the works, which is doubtful. You people with a 3DS can go take a much closer look now. The rest of us will have to do with this simulation of looking at a 3DS with one eye closed, or playing the original on the NES, or Wii, or the GBA remake, all in plain ol’ dos dee.
The Mario Bros. made a special appearance at the LA Auto Show, complete with life-size, game accurate replicas of their crazy, cartoony karts. Mario rolled in with his signature red kart, and Luigi pulled up in a sick bumblebee kart, with Reggie presumably there kicking names and taking ass. I think I got that last part right. READ MORE
Last week I got a voice mail from my friend Vinnie telling me that the inside of Denver International Airport looks like Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. This boggled my mind. How could the interior of a major American airport look anything like the humid jungles and musty ruins of the classic N64 shooter? I figured he must have been joking with me or just exaggerating some interesting architecture. Then he sent me a pic, and sure enough, the inside of DIA freaking looks like a Turok level: READ MORE
So while Ray gets to dig in to that sweet sweet Land of 3D that Super Mario is currently calling home, PeTA has unfortunately decided to continue it’s unique brand of schlocky, tasteless self-promotion, cashing in on the hype and fun surrounding the release of Super Mario 3D Land. READ MORE
Yeah, it’s pretty blurry but that’s the best I could do. The trick is located just after the checkpoint in world 1-2, the first turtle next to the first long question block bar. Pretty awesome. Also, your lives max out at 1,110 which appears via a triple crown icon. Who knew Mario was into horse racing?