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Select Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards not working

A thread over on Reddit points to some issues with the Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards not working. They simply won't scan in as they should. It doesn't seem that all cards are having this issues, but multiple batches are having problems. Out of all the cards, it seems the horse cards are having the most issues. Thanks to Uncle Bob for the heads up.

Stomp the competition in Mario Sports Superstars

Five full-on sports—Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Horse Racing—bring the challenge and depth you demand to Nintendo 3DS™ systems. Take on friends and rivals in local or online multiplayer*, hone skills in training, or tackle single-player tournaments. Whether you pick Mario, Waluigi, or one of sixteen others, you’re on the road to superstardom!

Before long, you’ll have mastered the ins and outs of each sport: learn when to use an infield shift in Baseball, change your team’s formation in Soccer, and more. Even Horse Racing is surprisingly deep! Build a stable of horses and train them well to win the day in the first-ever horse races in series history. But remember: these aren’t normal sports—they’re Mario Sports. Expect unexpected thrills and power up to stomp the competition.

Recruit powered-up versions of Mushroom Kingdom characters to your team with Mario Sports Superstars series amiibo™ cards. Star Characters have greater ability than normal characters. Tap a compatible amiibo card to unlock the Star Character version of the depicted character. Superstar characters have even greater ability than Star Characters. Use a compatible amiibo card to clear the Road to Superstar mode to unlock the Superstar version of the depicted character.

You can also select Collection from the Main Menu, then tap a compatible amiibo card to get cool, in-game collectible cards featuring characters, gear, and more. There are 90 collectible cards in the series.

The Mario Sports Superstars game launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Mar. 24, and can be purchased in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, and at Nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $39.99. One random Mario Sports Superstars series amiibo card is included in specially marked retail packages of the game.

For more information on the game, visit the official website at http://mariosportssuperstars.nintendo.com

Photos of the Mario Sports Superstars Launch Tournament at Nintendo NY

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans gather at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the launch of the Mario Sports Superstars game and compete in an on-site tournament. Fans played five different sports from the game and had the chance to meet Mario. Mario Sports Superstars is an action-packed Nintendo 3DS game that finds players competing in five full-featured sports: Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis and Horse Racing.

Photo 2

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Luke P., Harrison P., Natalie P., and Tristan B. compete in baseball to be named MVP of the Mario Sports Superstars game at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, March 24. Mario Sports Superstars is an action-packed Nintendo 3DS game that finds players competing in five full-featured sports: Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis and Horse Racing.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Simon L., from Jersey City, NJ plays Horse Racing in the Mario Sports Superstars game, which launched for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on March 24. New to the series, Horse Racing lets players compete for the crown in three races. Mario Sports Superstars is an action-packed game that finds players competing in five full-featured sports: Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis and Horse Racing.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Gia P. from Bronx, NY and Alyssa P. from Bronx, NY meet with Mario at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, March 24. Fans gathered to celebrate the launch of Mario Sports Superstars, an action-packed Nintendo 3DS game that finds players competing in five full-featured sports: Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis and Horse Racing.

Fan-Art: Working LEGO piranha plant

I was lucky if I could make something resembling a stick figure with LEGOs. I know when I'm beat, and LEGO aficionados have a level of skill I could never even hope to attain. I'll just sit back and enjoy the creations they make, like this one!

Nintendo prefers Super Mario Run's payment strategy to Fire Emblem Heroes

Coming from Nintendo's Tatsumi Kimishima, as well as an unnamed senior company official...

- revenue from Super Mario Run "did not meet our expectations"
- Nintendo has no intention of switching focus to freemium games
- "Fire Emblem Heroes' is an outlier. We honestly prefer the 'Super Mario Run' model."

I have to say, I also prefer Super Mario Run's payment style. I'd rather pay an upfront amount and never have to pay again, rather than have gameplay mechanics tied to microtransactions. I like when a game gives me all it has to offer for a set price. I don't think either way is wrong, but Super Mario Run's style is my personal preference.

Nintendo LINE account - content update for March 23rd, 2017

- pictures of Blue, Green, Yellow and Purple Yoshi
- Kinopio-kun drawing of Red Yoshi
- picture of Kinopio-kun's Mother’s Day dish

BrandWatch report - Looking at the potential success for Super Mario Run on Android

Will Android users boost the game’s performance?

It certainly looks like it. We’ve seen large spikes in mentions as the game becomes available on Android, and they are overwhelmingly positive.

However, it’s worth noting that first impressions of the game aren’t popular with everyone.

On the day before the 15th December iOS release, the conversation had a much higher % of positively categorized mentions, as opposed to on the actual day it came out, when, whilst the overall reception was generally positive, there were a lot more negative mentions than before.

The same appears to be happening now, with a higher % of automatically categorized positive mentions yesterday (the day before release) compared to today, so far.

Full report here