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January 30, 2014
The Year of Luigi's million sellers 04:01:03 PM CT
Luigi's 30th anniversary year has ended, and the sales data is in. Three games released last year featuring Mr. Green 'Stache sold more than one million copies worldwide: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, New Super Luigi U, and Super Mario 3D World. Additionally, Mario Kart Wii, which launched in 2008, sold over a million units in 2013, bringing its lifetime total to over 35 million.
Yesterday, Nintendo released an updated list of some of its million-seller titles for Wii U, 3DS, and Wii. Here are the games featuring Mario, Luigi, or DK that were listed, along with the global units sold in millions through December 2013.
* Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS) - 1.43
* Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - 3.79
* Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS) - 2.00
* Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - 9.35
* Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 35.26
* New Super Luigi U (Wii U) - 1.51
* New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) - 7.63
* New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U) - 3.89
* Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) - 1.94
This year, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Yoshi's New Island, and Mario Kart 8 are the next games set to be released. Which one do you think will sell over a million first? Let us know what you think in our forums!
Link: Supplementary Information about Earnings Release (.PDF) (NCL)
December 1, 2013
Walmart.com Sale: Paper Mario Sticker Star for $9.96 04:00:17 PM CT
Were you interested in Paper Mario: Sticker Star but finding the price a bit hard to swallow? Wal-Mart is selling it for just $9.96 on Wal-Mart.com.
Link: Wal-Mart.com - Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Amazon Sale: Game & Wario for $27.99 until 5PM PT 03:51:35 PM CT
November 21, 2013
Hey everyone -- to celebrate the launch of Super Mario 3D World and the 25th anniversary year of Super Mario Bros. 2, WTMK is broadcasting as special selection of SM3DW and SMB2 inspired musical selections. Tune in all weekend long!
Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio, All the Time
Dear readers: Anyone know of any SM3DW deals? 02:28:48 AM CT
Hey there, Mario fans -- does anyone out there know of any deals/sales/promos for Super Mario 3D World? If so, share them with us! The pickings seem kind of slim this time. Are any retailers offering a discounted price, or special items for preorders or first day purchases?
This year is the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. 2, but very little mention has been made of that fact. This seems particularly odd given that EAD Tokyo has given us a new Mario platformer starring Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach.
True, "Super Mario USA" isn't 25 this year, which is probably why this particular anniversary fell off Nintendo's radar(scope); however, given the connections between Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World, one might expect some mention of the fact by NOA.
Has anyone out there noticed anyone referencing the anniversary of SMB2?
October 18, 2013
What's your favorite Mario music? 07:58:34 PM CT
What is your favorite tune from the Mario series? Let us know, and you might just hear your favorite tunes all next week on WTMK! Tell us your favorite tune, or perhaps the series you enjoy the most, and we'll try to give it a bit more airtime -- even if it's a DK or Wario piece!
October 11, 2013
"Museum of Mario" Mini-site by IGN 01:13:10 AM CT
October 1, 2013
Nintendo Direct Mario news round-up 04:59:38 PM CT
Today's Nintendo Direct webcast provided updates on upcoming Wii U games, including Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Below, we've compiled some of the announcements from the North American, European, and Japanese Nintendo Directs. Additional information is from a press release e-mail from Nintendo Australia.
Super Mario 3D World
* A new cherry power-up creates a clone of your character who automatically mimics your movements.
* Launch dates were announced for Japan (November 21), Europe (November 29), and Australia (November 30). A November 22 release date for North America was announced back in August.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
* Originally set for release in December, Tropical Freeze is now scheduled for February 2014 in North America, and early 2014 in Europe and Australia. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata explained that more development time is needed "in order to deliver the optimum gaming experience."
Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
* The game will have an online mode with worldwide rankings by country.
* In North America, there will also be a Wii Remote Plus bundle version available at launch.
* Mario & Sonic will release in North America on November 15, in Europe on November 8, in Australia on November 9, and in Japan on December 5.
Nintendo Direct 10.01.2013 (NOA)
Nintendo Direct 01.10.2013 (NOE)
Nintendo Direct 2013.10.1 (NCL)
August 27, 2013
While everyone looks down on Super Mario Bros.: The Movie, it was the highlight of 7 year old me's life and still holds a special place in my heart. I still remember that ending that left "fans" wondering, would there be a sequel?
It was no surprise that it never happened, but after a 2010 interview with Parker Bennett, the film's screenwriter, where he explained his intentions if there had been another film, writers Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss decided to continue the story of the Super Mario Bros. cinematic adventure and reached out to Bennett. Together, the three of them spent time picking apart the original film's world, which for better or worse was much different than that of the game. Now, those discussions have birthed a sequel for the movie in the form of an online comic, written by Applebaum and Hoss and drawn by Eryk Donovan and Jaymes Reed.
Applebaum explained what exactly inspired him to press on with a movie that, for all accounts, was a dud.
"Super Mario Bros. provided a look into a world too rich and too original to not explore again. We knew that the original had its fans and felt that if we brought the Mario Bros. back to Dinohattan there would be an audience for that story."
The gang's objective is to post one page per week to create the first story arc, with ten chapters consisting of ten pages each planned to lead to a climax that will end a "trilogy" for the characters. Not only that, Applebaum would like to have several side-stories that expand the universe and allow other writers and artists to take over.
A few pages for the comic have already been posted, which you can check out right here!
August 24, 2013
Finding Luigi - Legend of Parkour 06:04:16 PM CT
There was no one like him. In the early days, Parkour was just a pastime. But Luigi...The L Man...he made it into a discipline. He could jump higher. He could jump farther. He was everywhere. And then he was gone. He just slid off the map. And went underground.
Finding Luigi documents Luigi's legendary rise to fame in Parkour and his sudden disappearance from the sport. Highlighting the L-Man's signature moves and incredible mechanics, and featuring testimonials from some of Luigi's closest friends and Parkour colleagues, this is one story you won't want to miss!
Nintendo posted this unlisted video onto YouTube, one of their most unique and well done advertising shorts ever. The "documentary" maps New Super Luigi U into the real world where Luigi, the Toad twins, and Nabbit roam the streets and building tops. Watch it through the link below.
August 20, 2013
What if Mario had a robotic band to accompany his travels? Musician David Thompson hooked up an NES to a Raspberry Pi computer, Yamaha Disklavier player piano, and a set of drums driven by solenoids. The Raspberry Pi reads in the sounds generated by the NES, converts them into MIDI piano notes and percussion signals, and triggers the robotic instruments to play along with the game - sound effects and all. Watch the impressive result at the link below!
Link: roboband Youtube