Super Nintendo World gets its first Thwomp

Errghh OOOGH

Universal Studios Japan is full-steam ahead on Super Nintendo World, which is set to open Summer 2020. We've seen bits and pieces of the landscape coming together in the last few weeks, and today we see that a Thwomp has been added to the scenery. Things are really starting to come together!

Super Mario Run - content update for Jan. 25th, 2020

- items you can get from Remix 10′s Super Bonus Game will all be related to Bowser
- appearance rates are Bowser’s Fortress (25%), 8-bit Bowser Statue (25%), Bowser Statue (25%), Gold Bowser Statue (15%) and Bowser Wedding Statue (10%)

Jon Romero and Derek Yu share thoughts on what make Mario games so special

Mario is the man!

There's no denying that Mario games are special. There's a reason why the character has been around so long, and continues to be wildly popular! Even other devs know how fantastic the character is, and they're more than willing to share their thoughts on why.

The latest issue of Retro Gamer includes comments from Jon Romero, Derek Yu, and Ste Pickford on Mario's success. See what they had to say below.

- "the amazing control and the huge amount of variety in the eight worlds" led to id Software pitching a PC conversion of Super Mario Bros 3 to Nintendo
- Ste Pickford is impressed by Mario's 'jumping on enemies to kill them' mechanic, saying "it annoys me when it's used in other games as it feels like a unique feature of Mario, and one that you shouldn't rip off."
- Derek Yu's Spelunky was inspired by the Super Mario series
- Derek says the, "one thing I studied closely while working on Spelunky were the little touches in Mario games - the 'poofs' that appear when Mario runs, the sparkles that appear when he grabs a coin, etc. For me, a big reason why Mario is so enjoyable are those flourishes that we're not always conscious of but we definitely feel as we play."

See the moment the voice of Mario met the voice of Bowser for the first time

Mario meets Bowser

Bowser meets Mario in real life

Well here's a really neat story that I happened upon. Did you know that up until 2018, Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, had never met Kenny James, the voice of Bowser, in real life? The two had provided their respective talents to numerous games before, but had never met in person! That all changed at Too Many Games in June 2018, when the two voice actors met in real life for the very first time. Awesome to see the moment captured in a picture!

Tencent releases Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe commercials in China

Spreading the good word in China

Tencent is continuing their promotional push for the Switch in China with a pair of new commercials. You can check out spots for both Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in this post.

Nintendo shares a 'spot the difference' Winter image

Just like Highlights

The above images might look the same at first glance, but there's actually a number of differences between the two. Nintendo has put out special Winter art featuring Mario and the gang, and the two images are meant to be used as a 'spot the difference' game. How many differences can you see between the two?

Dr. Mario World - content update for Jan. 23rd, 2020

[Stage Mode] A new Area has been added to World 11 in Stage Mode. It features 20 new levels (Stages 421 to 440). Clearing those allows you to get the following as reward: Staff Ticket x1 (Area Clear), Dr. Fire Peach + Numbered Brilliant Medal + Coin x1000 (Space Stage Clear Rewards) (no end date)

[Events] A new Event is now live: Collect Clear Stars! While it’s running, you can receive various rewards by collecting clear stars (available until January 30th)

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games arcade version launches today in Japan

Arcade action with Mario and Sonic

SEGA has released the arcade version of Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. This version includes large buttons for easy play, and a footboard for some elements. There are 12 events included, and 4 players can play at the same time.

Sean Astin explains Mario's origins in a new video feature

Is that you, Bob?

I'm not sure how this came about, but celebrity Sean Astin is now narrating a web series all about gaming history. In a recent episode, Astin goes over the history of Mario and how the character came to be. I wonder if Astin is a Nintendo fan in real life!

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Community Competition "One Year Anniversary" Recap


Take a look back on the event that crowned our Grand Champion of the Community Competition during the finals on the Ubi Stage at Gamescom 2019!


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