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Super Mario Maker 2 "Cat Mario Dash" Ninji Speedrun now available

Who spooked the cat?!

Nintendo has added a new Ninji Speedrun to Super Mario Maker 2. This time around, players have to tackle "Cat Mario Dash," which has Mario running through Dash Blocs to get a burst of speed. You'll have until Feb. 12th, 2020 to give this one your best shot.

Mario Tennis Aces Feb. 2020 content update now available

Koopa colors!

The February Participation Bonus for the Mario Tennis Aces February Online Tournament is a colored Koopa Troopa (250 Participation Points for Blue and 750 for Red), and colored a Koopa Paratroopa (500 Participation Points for Blue and 1,000 for Green). The Co-op Challenge "Yoshi’s Ring Shot" has returned, with the Goal-Clear Bonus being a colored Shy Guys (10,000 Points for Blue, 25,000 for Red, and 40,000 for Yellow).

National Videogame Museum shows off a new statue featuring Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Pikachu

The Mount Rushmore of gaming icons

The National Videogame Museum has just put up a brand-new statue on display, and it's pretty epic. The statue features Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Pikachu all hanging out together. It's like a little bit of Smash Bros., but in real life! If you want to check out the statue in person, you can visit the National Videogame Museum, which is located in Friso, Texas.

Bergsala AB joins with Thunderful Group to publish Nintendo products in Nordic countries

Talk about a big move

Bergsala AB has been distributing Nintendo’s products throughout the Nordic countries since 1981, and is now joining forces with the game developer and publisher Thunderful AB as well as the distribution companies Amo Toys Nordic AB and Nordic Game Supply AB, to create the new Thunderful Group.

The formation of the Group creates a strong operator in game development and the distribution of games, gaming accessories and toys. The owners of Thunderful Group AB include Bergsala Holding AB, Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Klaus Lyngeled. In total, the Group employs more than 160 staff. The head office of the new group is situated in Gothenburg.

“The factors that distinguish the business operations of the group are that they enjoy leading positions and good conditions in their relevant markets. We have already been working together for many years, and the size and the shared vision of our group will help us to further strengthen both as a group and within the individual business areas,”, says Brjann Sigurgeirsson, VD of Thunderful Group AB.

Three prominent business areas

The new group consists of three business areas:

• Thunderful Development, with operations in the development and sale of games. The business area includes the game developers Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB. The company’s key brand is SteamWorld. The games have sold over four million copies, and have been downloaded more than seven million times.

• Thunderful Publishing, with operations involving the publishing of games. The business area includes Thunderful Publishing AB, which handles the release of titles developed internally and by other gaming studios, as well as the highly acclaimed
Rising Star Games Ltd, which has been acquired to focus on releasing prominent Japanese gaming titles in Europe and the United States.

• Thunderful Distribution, with operations in the distribution and sale of gaming consoles, games, gaming accessories and toys. The business area includes Bergsala AB, Amo Toys Nordic AB and Nordic Game Supply AB. Bergsala AB has been distributing Nintendo products in the Nordic countries since 1981. Nordic Game Supply AB and Amo Toys Nordic AB are Nordic distributors of games, gamingaccessories, merchandise and toys. Their brands include Rockstar, 2K Games, RAZER, Thrustmaster, PowerA, Hori, MGA Entertainment (with brands such as L.O.L., BabyBorn and Little Tikes), Geomag, Intex and many others.
“Our common goal is to provide creative entertainment products of the highest quality for people of all ages,”, says Bergsala’s founder Owe Bergsten, whose holding company Bergsala Holding AB is the largest owner of Thunderful Group AB “For me, it’s always been about technology, playing and games, and the new group represents the entire value chain.

“The business operations at Thunderful Group AB complement each other well, both from a commercial aspect and in terms of revenue models. We have a strong pipeline and a clearly defined plan for how we intend to further develop our three business areas,”, says Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO of Thunderful Group AB.

The new group structure facilitates better interactivity and a better utilisation of operational and financial synergies. By way of example, the merger means that functions such as administration, finance, IT and logistics are centralised and streamlined, while the subsidiaries are afforded the space to focus fully on their core businesses.

“The distinguishing factors for the Distribution business area are stable cash flows and market-leading margins. The distinguishing factors for the Development and Publishing business areas are high margins and good return potential, but also periodically large investment needs. By improving our interactive relationships we are able to strike a good balance between risk and return on investment”, says Anders Maiqvist, CFO of Thunderful Group AB.

Thanks to NintenDaan for the heads up!

Dr. Mario World - content update for Jan. 30th, 2020

[Events] A new Event is now live: Free Continue. While it’s running, you get one Free Continue each day (available until February 3rd)

[Events] A new Event is now live: Eliminate the Viruses! While it’s running, you can get various rewards by eliminating viruses (available until February 3rd, with rewards available until February 6th)

IGN Video - Theory: How Long Is Super Mario Bros. in Real Time?

We take video games seriously. As any serious video gamer, we wanted to know how long it took Mario to reach Princess Peach in the original Super Mario Bros. In digging into this, we stumbled upon many other questions about this beloved game and were confronted with a startling question: Is Mario a hero? Honestly, we don't know anymore.

Modder transports Super Mario 64's "Shifting Sand Land" into The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

You got Mario in my Zelda!

Super Mario 64 is an amzing game, as is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Why not combine both great experiences into one game? That's what Kaze Emanuar has done with his most recent mod.

The mod takes the Shifting Sand Land from Super Mario 64 and recreates it in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Now Link has a brand-new dungeon to make his way through!

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

My Nintendo Japan offering 'Gift Paper Bags' and 'Letter Sets'

Lovely gifts all around

My Nintendo Japan has added in yet another physical reward option for members. People can now snag themselves some Gift Paper Bags, alongside letter sets. The Gift Paper Pages are Super Mario, Splatoon, and Animal Crossing themed, while the letter sets are Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Animal Crossing themed.

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%)

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