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April 25, 2013
Ever wanted to watch Luigi beat every level 9 opponent in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but found that you didn't have the technical know-how? Well, in the spirit of the Year of Luigi, watch as Luigi does just that without moving.
He's Luigi, number one, after all.
Youtube: OmegaTyrant4792 - Luigi wins against every level nine CPU by doing absolutely nothing
More Mario and Luigi games join the million-seller club 12:45:40 AM CT
Nintendo released worldwide software sales numbers yesterday, highlighting the top-selling games from the Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS. Unsurprisingly, nearly half of the games listed contain at least one Mario brother. Boosted by Wii console bundles, Mario Kart Wii takes first place with 34.26 million units sold and holds a comfortable lead over New Super Mario Bros. for DS (30.38 million sold). From March 20 through March 31, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold a respectable 1.22 million units and jumped ahead of Mario Tennis Open, which has sold 1.11 million copies since May of 2012. New Super Mario Bros. U and Paper Mario: Sticker Star both launched in November and have sold about 2 million copies each.
Here's a list of the Mario and Luigi games and their total worldwide sales (in millions), including games bundled with hardware, as of March 31, 2013:
* Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 34.26
* New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - 30.38
* New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 27.88
* Mario Kart DS (DS) - 23.34
* Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) - 11.72
* Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) - 11.49
* Super Mario 64 DS (DS) - 10.83
* Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) - 8.29
* Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - 8.08
* New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) - 6.42
* New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U) - 2.15
* Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) - 1.97
* Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - 1.22
* Mario Tennis Open (3DS) - 1.11
Link: Top Selling Software Sales Units (NCL)
April 11, 2013
WTMK Stream Back Up 08:08:44 PM CT
The WTMK radio stream is back up, after a few mild errors drove it offline. Go listen to more Mario music now!
Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio
April 10, 2013
Rolling Stone Photoshops Mario into Luigi -- SCANDAL! 12:48:41 AM CT
It appears that Rolling Stone has "Photoshopped" an image of Mario into that of Luigi. Scandal! As Frank Cifaldi notes in his Gamasutra blog, someone at Rolling Stone took an NOA press release screen shot of Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. for the GBA, changed the color scheme on Mario, and put it up in their "Year of Luigi" photo gallery. Feel free to take a look at the images and compare them to the original screen shot, viewable on the TMK Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. page!
For shame, Rolling Stone. For shame.
(You might remember Mr. Cifaldi as the writer who the mystery of the release date of Super Mario Bros. Thanks again for your true journalistic work, Mr. Cifaldi!)
Source: Gamasutra: That's Not What Luigi Looks Like
Link: Rolling Stone
April 1, 2013
NOA is giving away 15 copies of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, all signed by Shigeru Miyamoto. Just send a "Tweet" to NOA about your favorite Luigi memory, using the tag #LuigisMansion, but make sure to do so between 10am PST on 04/02/2013 until 5pm on 04/03/2013. More information available below!
NOA Twitter Messages: 1, 2, 3, 4
WTMK Returns to Normal Broadcasting 01:45:02 AM CT
While the Year of Luigi continues, WTMK has returned to its normal broadcast rotation. Tune in now to listen to Mario music 24/7!
Link: WTMK - All Mario, All the Time
March 22, 2013
Dark Moon rising 09:14:35 AM CT
The "Year of Luigi" is set to start Sunday in the U.S. with the release of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Just in case you need to increase your frothing demand for this long-awaited sequel, check out these must-read articles that have popped up recently.
Creating a Video Game With Nintendo Sounds Stressful, Amazing and Unreal (kotaku.com)
This one's a "Kotaku Longread" about Next Level Game's experience developing Dark Moon.
Q&A: The Development Journey of Luigi's Mansion, From Kyoto to Canada (wired.com)
How a Vancouver studio wound up at the centre of Nintendo's 'Year of Luigi' (financialpost.com)
Iwata Asks: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (nintendo.com)
Also, be sure to visit the official game sites for more good stuff.
March 21, 2013
Last night, on national television, Sam Hart's "Mario Kart Love Song" was performed by Selena Gomez and Jimmy Fallon -- complete with minor costuming props!
Take a gander over on YouTube.
Link: Jimmy Fallon & Selena Gomez Cover "Mario Kart Love Song"
February 27, 2013
Super Mario Busters - Animated Mario/Ghostbusters Fan Short 11:00:12 PM CT
Are you awaiting the launch of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon as eagerly as we are? If so, perhaps you'd enjoy this short Mario Bros. ghost "busting" adventure. The creator, James Farr, sent us a link and mentioned that a sequel would be coming soon.
Something seems eerily familiar about crossing Mario & Luigi with Ghostbusters, though... almost as though some odd fellow did something similar twelve years ago...
Link: Super Mario Busters (Youtube)
New Notes: Albums from GameChops 10:47:53 PM CT
WTMK is spinning a few more Mario remixes, courtesy of GameChops! Tune in and listen to several new Mario tracks, or visit GameChops.com and get a copy for yourself!
Visit the TMK Album page to read up on these GameChops albums:
Goombette by Doni (Purchase): A selection of Mario's RPG tunes, with electro, techno, and "dubstep" influences. Somewhat reminiscent of David Wise -- if he were composing on a souped-up NES.
NESteryears by bLiNd (Purchase): Several NES classics, twisted and sifted into a fresh bit of electronic madness. Mushroom Bounce is the classic Super Mario Bros. theme, while Dirty Coins focuses on the underground tune.
Game Music Record Label (Purchase): A compilation album of GameChops music, featuring tracks from a variety of releases. "Hi There" and "Interstellar Dream Disco" hail from Benjamin Briggs' Bootleg Circuit, a Diddy Kong Racing remix album. "Forest Maze" is an alternate version of a track from Doni's Goombette, while "X-Naut Base" is taken directly from the aforementioned album.
Special thanks to GameChops for providing TMK with copies of these albums.
January 24, 2013
A pack of mad scientists at Waterloo Labs have managed to do the seemingly impossible: they've created real life Mario Kart. Marvel at the way their cars spin out and crash when hit with foam Koopa shells. Gasp as lightning bolts send all the other karts into a crawl. Stare in awed amazement as mushrooms send karts zipping down the track.
If you watch one YouTube video today, make it this one.
YouTube Link: Real Life Mario Kart - Waterloo Labs
December 18, 2012
Mario Christmas Music Time on WTMK 03:04:28 AM CT