Brain droppings from the TMK crew. Read, reply, repeat.

If you've got something cool, interesting, funny, or weird about Mario, let us know and we might post it here!

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March 3, 2016
Here's a quick recap of the Mario news from today's Nintendo Direct.

* Paper Mario: Color Splash was announced for Wii U, and is planned for release sometime this year.

* On March 9, Super Mario Maker will receive an update that adds new course elements: Skewers (first seen in Super Mario World), Keys, Key Doors, and Pink Coins (collect all five Pink Coins to make a Key appear). Also, a Super Expert mode will be added to the 100 Mario Challenge.

* Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is coming to North America for Wii U and 3DS. It will be free to download, but you'll need a compatible amiibo to play. Early access begins March 25 (amiibos from participating retailers will include download codes), which is just over one month before it hits the Nintendo eShop on April 28.

* The Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is set for release on June 24.

* Super NES Virtual Console on 3DS starts today, but only for the New Nintendo 3DS models. Super Mario World, Pilotwings, and F-Zero are now available on the eShop. The next wave hits on March 24, with Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, and EarthBound. April 14 will see the release of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Nintendo Direct 3.3.2016 video (NOA)
NOA news
January 9, 2016
WTMK is now featuring the least played Mario tunes of 2015.  Tune in and see what everyone missed!

Link: WTMK - All Mario, All the Time.
November 3, 2015
NES Press Releases and Documents 01:17:57 AM CT [David]
Collector Steven Lin is in the process of scanning and releasing a large number of documents from the launch of the NES in the USA.  Perhaps more light can be shed on the release date of Super Mario Bros.

Link: Steven Lin's Twitter (
October 26, 2015
Spooky Tunes on WTMK 12:49:59 AM CT [David]
Eerie sounds have begun emanating from WTMK.  All this week, tune in for some dark tones from the Mushroom Kingdom's Dark World.

Yes, that includes Ashley's theme.

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio

September 18, 2015
Welcome (back) to Warp Zone!

The 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. and the recent release of Super Mario Maker have spawned some interesting articles and videos. Here are some you might have missed:

Here's What Super Mario Bros.' Creators Think of Super Mario Maker (
Super Mario Bros. creators Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka talk about how Super Mario Maker started and how it might affect future Nintendo consoles.

With 'Mario Maker,' Nintendo relinquishes control (
Though this one is a bit shorter, it's still worth a read, and not just because it calls the game "Mario Marker" once.

Interview: Yosuke Oshino On The Origins And Evolution Of Super Mario Maker (
An interview with Yosuke Oshino, director of Super Mario Maker.

Mario Maker's Makers On The Added Super Prefix, Mario Paint, And LittleBigPlanet (
GameInformer recently reposted this interview from June, which is when "Mario Maker" was renamed to "Super Mario Maker."

Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Special Interview (
In this nearly 10-minute-long video from Nintendo, Miyamoto and Tezuka show some design documents from the original SMB. It also includes some footage from the late 1980's with Miyamoto and other Nintendo staff showing more old SMB stuff.

Super Mario's makers play Super Mario Maker (
Eurogamer's video of Miyamoto and Tezuka editing a course in Mario Maker.

Miyamoto on World 1-1: How Nintendo made Mario's most iconic level (
Another video from Eurogamer. Miyamoto and Tezuka share some interesting details about designing SMB's World 1-1 and creating the Goomba.
September 10, 2015
Miyamoto takes on Mario myths 03:06:11 PM CT [Deezer]
Was Super Mario Bros. 3 just a play? Does Mario break bricks with his fist? Would you let Dr. Mario operate on you? Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto answers these questions and more in Nintendo UK's video, Mario Myths with Mr Miyamoto, posted today on YouTube.

Though some of the questions are silly, and the answers are mostly yes-or-no, I always find it interesting when Miyamoto is asked these kinds of questions. It's too bad only eight questions were asked -- here's hoping for another "Mario Myths" interview sometime soon!
August 7, 2015
WTMK Lives! (Tune in now) 06:03:32 PM CT [David]
WTMK is back!  We had some technical issues over the past few months, but everything has been cleared up and we're now broadcasting a broad spectrum of music from all Mario games!  Tune in now and see what's new!

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio
July 25, 2015

"No movie is without sin," is the motto of CinemaSins. And the time has come for Super Mario Bros. to pay for its crimes. Or, at least... be scathingly criticized for them, step-by-step, in a video one-fifth as long as the movie itself.

Everything Wrong With Super Mario Bros. In 21 Minutes Or Less

Justice is served!

If you haven't got 20 minutes to spare, perhaps the also recently-released Honest Trailer for the film by Screen Junkies will hold you over.
May 22, 2015
WTMK Volume Problems 09:54:15 PM CT [David]
Some folks have been reporting that WTMK is broadcasting tracks at overly loud levels of volume.  We've resolved the issue, but if you notice any audio problems, please let us know!

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio
March 17, 2015
Normally it won't be news that Nintendo is working on a new console, but with the internet all a-flurry about Nintendo's decision to make games for smart devices it had some people wondering.  Recently Nintendo's chief executive, Satoru Iwata said,

"Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices, but it is not because we have lost our passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems.  On the contrary, because now we have decided on how we will make use of smart devices, we have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than before.  As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename 'NX.' It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year."

What do you think the "brand-new concept" for the NX will be?
The alliance between Nintendo and DeNA will bring new Nintendo game apps to a new multi-device membership service worldwide.  This new service will be accessible from smart devices, PC and Nintendo systems, such as the Nintendo 3DS portable system and the Wii U home console, and is expected to launch in fall 2015.

All Nintendo IP will be available to the alliance for creation of new original games.  They will not be porting any games made for the Wii U or 3DS.  Instead, the hope is that consumers will explore more with Nintendo's dedicated video game platforms.
March 1, 2015
On January 20, Nintendo announced that Club Nintendo will close down at the end of June. They also announced the last day to earn coins is March 31, which means members have about 31 days remaining to register products and fill out surveys. If you haven't already registered all your games, we recommend doing so ASAP to make sure all the post-play surveys pop up before the deadline.

The last day to redeem coins, however, is June 30. The current rewards catalog will also run until Club Nintendo closes. Speaking of rewards, here are all the Mario, Luigi, DK, Yoshi, and Wario digital games available, and how many coins they'll cost you:

Wii U Virtual Console

Donkey Kong 3 - 200
Donkey Kong Jr. - 200
Dr. Mario (NES) - 200
Mario Bros. - 200
NES Open Tournament Golf - 200
Super Mario Bros. - 200
Super Mario Bros. 2 - 200
Super Mario Bros. 3 - 200
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - 200
Super Mario World - 200
Wario's Woods (NES) - 200
Wrecking Crew - 200
Yoshi (NES) - 200
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 - 200

Wii U

Dr. Luigi - 300
Game & Wario - 600
NES Remix - 300

Wii Virtual Console

Mario Golf (N64) - 250
Mario Kart 64 - 250
Mario Party 2 - 250
Mario Tennis (N64) - 250
Paper Mario - 250
Super Mario 64 - 250
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - 200
Super Mario Kart - 250
Super Smash Bros. (N64) - 250

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong (GB) - 150
Donkey Kong Jr. - 200
Mario Golf (GB) - 200
Mario's Picross - 150
Super Mario Land - 150
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - 150
Wario Land II - 200

Nintendo 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - 600
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move - 250
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! - 200
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 600
Paper Mario: Sticker Star - 700
Super Mario 3D Land - 600

And finally, don't forget to check Club Nintendo in April for the Elite Status 2015 gifts!

Link: Club Nintendo Program Notice
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