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Dr. Mario World - content update for April 9th, 2020

[Store] The Dry Bowser Pack is now available again in the Store. It includes Dr. Dry Bowser and Diamond x260 (available until April 13th)

[Events] A new Event is now live: Eliminate the Viruses! While it’s running, you can get various rewards by eliminating viruses (available until April 16th, with rewards available until April 19th)

RUMOR: Super Mario X Levi's collaboration may be available in North/South America tomorrow

Just a few days back, Levi's took to Twitter to announce a delay for the Super Mario X Levi's collab apparel due to the coronavirus. The team said they will share information on a new launch date once they have it, although we might have gotten early word on the line dropping very soon.

Inside sources claim that the lineup is going to be available on Levi's official website sometime on April 9th, 2020. Hopefully Levi's confirms this information at some point today, as a surprise launch tomorrow could make it quite hard to get on their site and snag some of the items. Expect the lineup to go live sometime before noon EST.

Nintendo going with an 8-bit theme for their 2020 Hallmark ornament lineup

Donkey Kong, Mario, and Green Mario

Nintendo has been releasing ornaments through Hallmark for a number of years now, with new items made available each year. We now have a look at what the Big N will be doing for 2020, and it's a return to their roots.

Fans can look forward to Mario, Luigi, and Donkey Kong 8-bit ornaments for their Christmas trees. No word on pricing or release dates yet, but we'll bring you those details when they become available.

Nintendo shares Super Mario Odyssey backgrounds for use with virtual meetings

Let's do Luncheon Kingdom

Millions of people are working from home right now by using virtual meeting software to connect with their fellow employees. Some of those services allow you to spice up your face cam with virtual wallpapers for backgrounds, and numerous game companies have been sharing high-res images for people to use. Nintendo has gotten in on the action with a series of stills from Super Mario Odyssey,w which you can check out above. Certainly beats staring at a blank wall!

Speedrunner tackles Super Mario Sunshine with a Guitar Hero controller

You rock, Mario!

It seems like playing games with controllers from completely different games is all the rage now. We just saw someone playing Dark Souls 3 with the Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con, and now we have someone running through Super Mario Sunshine with a Guitar Hero controller. See how it all plays out in the video above!

Mario Kart Tour "Yoshi Tour" now live, launch trailer shared

It's Yoshi's time to shine

Mario Kart Tour has been updated with the Yoshi Tour, which runs from today until April 21st, 2020. This tour features newly added courses and challenges.

LEGO Super Mario "Monty Mole & Super Mushroom" expansion set revealed, comes free with preorders of the Super Mario Starter Course

Free LEGO content!

Turns out there's even more LEGO Super Mario content than originally revealed last night. If you are planning to grab a preorder of the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, then you'll be getting a bonus set along with your purchase.

The Monty Mole and Super Mushroom expansion set can be seen above, which includes interactions with Stone-Eye and Monty Mole. The Super Mario Starter Course is required for this set to work. You can check out more pics of the set here.

A closer look at LEGO Super Mario with Lead Designer, Jonathan Bennink

A deep dive

LEGO Group’s lead designer, Jonathan Bennink, explains how LEGO Mario jumps and saves the day in a new real-life game. Bowser and Koopa Troopa also join the adventure, in two new expansion sets: Piranha Plant Power Slide, and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle.

LEGO Super Mario preorders open, Aug. 1st, 2020 launch confirmed, Starter Course/Expansion Sets detailed, free app coming

BIG details on Mario's LEGO tie-in

The LEGO Group today announced pre-order availability of the LEGO® Super Mario™ Adventures with Mario Starter Course. Fans can now secure their own set of this upcoming and highly anticipated new product line, the result of a unique partnership with Nintendo. The new LEGO Super Mario product line features an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, it promises to change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO experiences.

Disclosed for the first time today by LEGO Design Lead Jonathan Bennink, fans will be able to begin exploring the fun-packed LEGO Super Mario universe with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. This entry point set to the world of LEGO Super Mario is needed to unlock expansion sets and features seven action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure that are only included in this set.

The LEGO Mario figure itself has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color and action bricks. Also included is a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series.

“Super Mario has continued to appear, always in a form adapted to the current hardware of the time.” said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “I am thankful that in this project with the LEGO Group, Mario is jumping out of the digital world of game consoles and smart devices, and we are able to bring him into the world with a new, physical type of Mario play. It's very exciting to think of LEGO Mario becoming a real friend to children and to picture them playing in their very own Mario world that they imagined themselves.”

Kids aged 6+ can build levels and play their own way, with action-packed challenges having lots of creative fun in a highly interactive experience. LEGO Mario is used to collect virtual coins as he runs and jumps from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via LEGO bricks, cloud platform, and clashes with the Goomba figure and Bowser Jr. figure.

The Starter Course can be combined with LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets, which each unlock unique challenges and characters to play with and against friends. The first Expansion Sets, also revealed today, include the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. And because the products all include modular builds, fans are fully in charge of creating exactly the LEGO level course they want to see Mario come to life in.

Fans will also love the free LEGO® Super Mario™ app by the LEGO Group, a supporting feature to further enhance the physical play experience. It keeps track of scores to encourage continuous rebuilding, as well as it provides digital building instructions with zoom and rotate viewing tools to make building easier, suggests other creative ways to build and play, and is a safe forum to share ideas with friends.

“We were thrilled to see the global reaction to news of LEGO Super Mario,” said Jonathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario, the LEGO Group. “Fans have been keen to learn more, so I am pleased that today we were able to reveal more details about this exciting new collaboration that has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience and an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario. We can’t wait to see fans get creative and challenge each other with this highly engaging and social play experience.”

The full LEGO Super Mario assortment will launch Aug. 1st 2020, but fans can now pre-order the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course on
www.lego.com/supermario-startercourse and from select leading retailers around the world.

The recommended retail price for the Starter Course is 59.99 EUR/USD, while the recommended retail price for the two expansion sets will be 29.99 USD/EUR for the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and 99.99 USD/EUR for the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set.

Hacker discovers and fixes Super Mario 64 smoke glitch nearly 24 years after the game released

Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!

Did you know that Super Mario 64 had a glitch that caused Mario's smoke animation to display incorrectly? We've all seen the animation of Mario running around with smoke pouring out after touching fire, but none of us knew we were seeing a glitch in action. Turns out the smoke that comes billowing out wasn't being displayed properly.

Hacker BlazeHedgehog has been snooping around Super Mario 64's code and noticed that something was a bit off with the smoke animation. With a one-line fix, he managed to get the results that Nintendo originally intended for the game. You can see the before and after comparison in the tweet above.

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