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March 17, 2015
Normally it won't be news that Nintendo is working on a new console, but with the internet all a-flurry about Nintendo's decision to make games for smart devices it had some people wondering.  Recently Nintendo's chief executive, Satoru Iwata said,

"Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices, but it is not because we have lost our passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems.  On the contrary, because now we have decided on how we will make use of smart devices, we have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than before.  As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename 'NX.' It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year."

What do you think the "brand-new concept" for the NX will be?
The alliance between Nintendo and DeNA will bring new Nintendo game apps to a new multi-device membership service worldwide.  This new service will be accessible from smart devices, PC and Nintendo systems, such as the Nintendo 3DS portable system and the Wii U home console, and is expected to launch in fall 2015.

All Nintendo IP will be available to the alliance for creation of new original games.  They will not be porting any games made for the Wii U or 3DS.  Instead, the hope is that consumers will explore more with Nintendo's dedicated video game platforms.
March 1, 2015
On January 20, Nintendo announced that Club Nintendo will close down at the end of June. They also announced the last day to earn coins is March 31, which means members have about 31 days remaining to register products and fill out surveys. If you haven't already registered all your games, we recommend doing so ASAP to make sure all the post-play surveys pop up before the deadline.

The last day to redeem coins, however, is June 30. The current rewards catalog will also run until Club Nintendo closes. Speaking of rewards, here are all the Mario, Luigi, DK, Yoshi, and Wario digital games available, and how many coins they'll cost you:

Wii U Virtual Console

Donkey Kong 3 - 200
Donkey Kong Jr. - 200
Dr. Mario (NES) - 200
Mario Bros. - 200
NES Open Tournament Golf - 200
Super Mario Bros. - 200
Super Mario Bros. 2 - 200
Super Mario Bros. 3 - 200
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - 200
Super Mario World - 200
Wario's Woods (NES) - 200
Wrecking Crew - 200
Yoshi (NES) - 200
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 - 200

Wii U

Dr. Luigi - 300
Game & Wario - 600
NES Remix - 300

Wii Virtual Console

Mario Golf (N64) - 250
Mario Kart 64 - 250
Mario Party 2 - 250
Mario Tennis (N64) - 250
Paper Mario - 250
Super Mario 64 - 250
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - 200
Super Mario Kart - 250
Super Smash Bros. (N64) - 250

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong (GB) - 150
Donkey Kong Jr. - 200
Mario Golf (GB) - 200
Mario's Picross - 150
Super Mario Land - 150
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - 150
Wario Land II - 200

Nintendo 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - 600
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move - 250
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! - 200
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 600
Paper Mario: Sticker Star - 700
Super Mario 3D Land - 600

And finally, don't forget to check Club Nintendo in April for the Elite Status 2015 gifts!

Link: Club Nintendo Program Notice
February 12, 2015
Though Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will be a digital-only release in the U.S. and Europe, the pack shots released today by Nintendo of Europe show that they plan to sell download codes at retail stores as well.

Releasing a game case just to hold a download code might seem silly at first, but having something physical in stores will help drive more sales. And with its bold red background and a Mini Mario that seems to be popping out of the cover, this package is sure to catch the eyes of shoppers.

In Japan, Nintendo will include the actual Wii U game disc or 3DS game card in the cases, which means that the neat artwork won't be obscured by the "Hey, you're only buying a download code!" notices.

And now, a question for our readers: Would you rather buy the game case for a code, or save the extra step and order it from the eShop?
February 5, 2015
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has spiced up his jokes with Mario references before, but last night's show included one with a twist.

In the first segment, while joking about how Senator Mitch McConnell looks like a turtle, a few seconds of Super Mario Bros. gameplay was shown, featuring a green Koopa Troopa on a pipe in World 1-1. If you're familiar with the game, you might have noticed something odd: There's not supposed to be a Koopa Troopa there.

Here's a screencap from Comedy Central's stream:

And here's the section from World 1-1 that was shown, with correct enemy starting points, taken from our map of the level:

Assuming The Daily Show didn't make their own Super Mario Bros. ROM hack just for that one segment, the source of the footage is unclear. Did they grab the footage from somebody else's ROM hack? Or do they have really good video editors with lots of SMB experience? Tell us what you think in the forums, or, send us an email and we might include it in our next mailbag article.

For more "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Mario references, visit our TV sightings section.
January 14, 2015
Today's Nintendo Direct was packed with release dates, game announcements, and amiibo news. Let's take a look at what's new in Mario's world.

* Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition was announced for Japan a week ago, and today's Direct revealed a Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition combo pack for North America, Europe, and Australia. The two-game set is currently scheduled for a May release.

* A Super Mario series of amiibo was unveiled. The lineup includes six figures: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad. They will look different than the Super Smash Bros. amiibos, and, like some of the Smash Bros. figures, they can be used to open an Amiibo Party Mode in Mario Party 10. The Toad amiibo will unlock an 8-bit Toad sprite hunt in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in a future game update.

* Starting today, you can download Super Mario Galaxy 2 from the eShop and play it on your Wii U -- without going into Wii Mode. More Wii game downloads will be available in the future, including Donkey Kong Country Returns. Nintendo has Super Mario Galaxy 2 priced at half off ($9.99) for its first week on the eShop. Donkey Kong Country Returns will release in Japan on January 21, and in Europe on January 22.

* Mario Party 10 release dates were announced: March 20 in North America and Europe, March 12 in Japan, and March 21 in Australia. A limited edition bundle with a Mario amiibo packed in is also planned.

* The Mario vs. DK game shown at E3 2014 is now called Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Nintendo also announced a 3DS version today, and if you purchase the Wii U version you'll get a free download code for the 3DS version, and vice-versa. Both versions will launch in North America on March 5, in Japan on March 19, in Europe on March 20, and in Australia on March 21.

What are you most excited about? Let us know in the forums!

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January 11, 2015
WTMK is now broadcasting a special playlist of all the music least played on WTMK during 2014.

Confused?  Don't worry about it - just tune in and listen to some tunes you probably haven't heard in quite a bit!

Link WTMK: All Mario Radio
August 29, 2014
When testing out the new Mario Kart 8 DLC, a blue shell threatened to destroy White Shy Guy's attempt at Gold.  Luckily, he managed to win by a... mask?

Youtube: Wii U - Mario Kart 8 - Twisted Mansion - Blue Shell at Finish Line (White Shy Guy & Mercedes Roadster)
June 10, 2014
Mario news from E3 2014 11:14:21 PM CT [Deezer]
Earlier today, Nintendo announced Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Maker, Mario Party 10, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong, all for Wii U. Captain Toad's game is due out later this year, and the others will launch sometime in 2015.

New footage was shown from Yoshi's Woolly World, which used to be known by its working title "Yarn Yoshi."

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event also unveiled a line of NFC figurines called "amiibo." According to Nintendo's E3 site, amiibo connectivity is currently planned for Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10, and Yoshi's Woolly World. The first wave of figures will be released near the end of the year for the holiday shopping season.

Finally, release dates were announced for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: October 3, 2014 for North America, and September 13, 2014 for Japan.

Link: Nintendo @ E3
May 29, 2014
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An advertisement for Super Smash Bros. at E3 2014 on Nintendo's official YouTube channel today included footage of the upcoming Smash Bros. themed GameCube controller and Wii U adapter.  See the video here.

Nintendo of America also posted an image on their official Twitter: 

May 25, 2014
8 Days of Mario Kart 8 on WTMK 07:03:22 AM CT [David]
To celebrate the launch of Mario Kart 8, we're broadcasting a special selection of Mario Kart tunes!  Tune in now for 8 days of Mario Kart music!

Link: WTMK: All Mario, All the Time
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