No you’re not reading your calendar wrong. Earlier today Nintendo unveiled its new online “home” for their famous mascot cleverly dubbed www.Mario.Nintendo.Com. A webpage filled with lazily written summaries for every retail and downloadable 3DS and Wii title featuring the fat plumber (isn’t this already IGN’s thing?). They’ve even added a little scroll at the bottom of each page suggesting other games you might be interested in based on the one you’re currently browsing. What’s that, guys? If I really like Super Mario Bros. 2 then I might also dig Samurai Showdown IV? Um, ok. There are actually a couple of cool little bits to be found on the site including a fun take on “Memory,” featuring familiar faces from the mushroom kingdom and also a quiz to test your Mario knowledge which you should have no trouble burning through if you’re above 6 years old and have ever played a Nintendo game in your life.
Check out the card game by clicking this and have a go at some Mario trivia right here. I’m positive you have nothing better to do.
Nothing says 'hours of fun!' like numbers on a black-and-white grid. No, I'm serious.
If you’re a Club Nintendo member with at least 100 coins and a 3DS, you need to know that you only have one day left to grab a free copy Mario’s Picross. Seriously, if you even sort of like puzzle games, you need to give this game a shot. It’s kind of like Sudoku, only easier and more fun. When you’re done with a round of Sudoku all you have is a bunch of boxes with numbers scrawled in them and regret for being tricked into doing math for hours. When you’re done with a round of Picross, you have a picture of a doggie! Or a boat! You’ve also lost like four hours of sleep because you kept telling yourself “I’ll do just one more.” READ MORE
New dates have been confirmed for Symphony of the Goddesses, the Legend of Zelda concert series touring North America. Before you do like me and get all excited that it might be coming somewhere near you, take a look at the up-to-date concert listing, with the new dates in bold:
March 14 Vancouver
March 26 Seattle
March 28 San Francisco
April 7 Denver
April 20-21 Phoenix
May 12 Atlanta
May 31 Montreal June 6 Los Angeles
June 22 Austin July 7 Houston
July 12 San Diego
July 14 Orlando July 25 Philadelphia
July 26 Vienna (Virginia, not Austria… or sausage)
Sept. 15 Toronto Sept. 22 Minneapolis
So yep, with six new dates on the board, the closest one for me is still an eight hour drive away. It’s cool, I’m totally not bitter. If you can actually go to one of these things, click here for info on buying tickets… and so I can vicariously experience it through you.
So a little while back a guy named Jay Pavlina (alias Exploding Rabbit) created Super Mario Bros. Crossover, a fan-made replica of the classic sidescroller that lets players plow through the Mushroom Kingdom as Mario… or Mega Man or Samus Aran or Simon Belmont. Earlier this month he launched version 2.0 of Super Mario Bros. Crossover, and it is bigger and better in just about every conceivable way. See for yourself:
Click here to play it, or here to read up on the development of the game from the man himself. In-depth impressions after the jump! READ MORE
Nintendo has teamed with Jason Michael Paul Productions to create The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a concert series paying tribute to the classic music from the beloved game series. Symphony of the Goddesses has already taken Dallas by storm, with a sold out show last week. Find out if you live close enough to some of the arbitrarily chosen venues, and see if you can detect my bitterness that the closest one for me is an eight+ hour drive away, plus a recap on some of the other Zelda 25th Anniversary shenanigans after the jump! READ MORE
Zelda timeline's done. Now I can finally alphabetize my Dr. Who DVDs!
After years of speculation by fans worldwide, Nintendo has released an official timeline for the entire Legend of Zelda series. The mere existence of an official timeline is surprising, considering the fact that many of the games seem to contradict each other or re-tell the same events in different ways, but not only does an official timeline exist, it’s also batshit crazy.
The timeline is part of a Legend of Zelda encyclopedia recently released in Japan, produced by current series director Eiji Aonuma. Aonuma apparently digs speculating on the same stuff nerds around the world have been trying to piece together for years. You can see the full timeline after the jump, but as a fair warning, it’s about as straight-forward as Inception. READ MORE
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
This is a verrry nerdy and technical writeup on the evolution of Nintendo’s portable system’s audio abilities over the years but that’s not why I’m linking to it. The reason is that I’d never heard of this Game Boy Light thingie before in my LIFE. Apparently it was never released in the Americas which is too bad. It could have saved me the embarrassment of walking around the school yard like a retard with this giant piece of shit clasped to my system.
It’s not in 3D or anything but trust me, that doesn’t matter. This tricked out re-make of the arcade classic features over 100 stages of pure platforming bliss. And at a measly 4 bucks to download, this thing is a no-brainer. Do it. Do it now. READ MORE
This is it. Nintendo’s long awaited eShop for the 3DS goes live this evening! Kicking off the service, owners of the new portable can now download several vintage Game Boy games as well as a (free for the next month) 3-D enhanced version of Excitebike for the NES. If that weren’t enough, there’s also access to most (but not all) DSi Ware games, an internet browser and even a fancy (and also free) interactive Pokémon character and stat viewer.
Oh yeah, and tonight also happens to be the eve of that tiny little E3 press conference thingie. Y’know, that event where a new Nintendo home console and all of their major software for the next year will be announced. It starts tomorrow bright and early at 9am PDT, so go ahead and save this link to finally see an end put to all of this bitching/speculation about the new controller.
Or at least all of the cash that I’ve been tossing into your backyard for just about my entire life. After buying and downloading a ridiculous amount of games over the past year (and sometimes even playing them), my reward from Club Nintendo arrived in the mail today! The big surprise was the slick question block box that it was shipped in. That’s just fucking awesome. Also, I’m not gonna lie. I’m curious how much this bad boy ends up going for on Ebay.
According to some Japanese leak (and people who know how to translate that shit into English) Nintendo’s planning a little surprise to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. for the NES later this year. It looks like those lucky fuckers are getting a re-release of Super Mario All Stars for Wii. You know: That cart that came out for the SNES with visual and audio upgraded versions of all the original Mario platformers and the infamous Lost Levels (known as Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan). The package will also include some sweet-ass booklet and a soundtrack featuring music spanning the entire series (up to and including Galaxy).