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Game Blog / July 2016 - the 35th Anniversary of the Mario series!
« on: July 15, 2016, 06:12:39 AM »
Donkey Kong was released in July of 1981, making this the 35th anniversary of the Mario gaming series!  That's right -- Mario is now old enough to become president of the USA!

How will you be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Mario's first video game, Donkey Kong?

(Feel free to tune into WTMK -- we're running a 35th anniversary playlist!)

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Nintendo will be releasing the NES Classic Edition on November 11, 2016.  The $59.99 plug-and-play unit resembles a miniature NES, contains 30 classic NES games, and comes with a single NES-style controller.  Additional controllers will be sold for $9.99, and are interchangeable with Wii and Wii U Classic controllers.  The NES Classic Edition comes with an HDMI cable and a USB AC adapter.

The thirty included games are a mixture of first and third party titles:

Mario & Donkey Kong Titles:
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Dr. Mario
Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3

Other Nintendo Titles:
Balloon Fight
Excitebike
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby's Adventure
Metroid
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
StarTropics
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Third Party Titles:
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Final Fantasy
Galaga
Ghost'n Goblins
Gradius
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Pac-Man
Super C
Tecmo Bowl

Link: Nintendo.com NES Classic Edition

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A talented fellow has been busy beating a variety of games and challenges using his feet and a large, metal, arcade-style DDR dance pad.  Recently, he completed Super Mario 3D World's Champion's Road using these unusual gaming implements.  Watch and be amazed!

Link: YouTube - [DDR Highlight] - CHAMPION'S ROAD HAS BEEN STOMPED!!! (Warning: some non-work/child friendly language)
Link: Peekingboo's Twitch Channel

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The British magazine Sci-Fi Now recently published an interview with Rocky Morton, co-director of the Super Mario Bros. movie.  Rocky, who shared directing duties with Annabel Jankel, answered questions and provided insights into the difficulties behind the scenes.

  "Danny De Vito turned us down"
  "We were with CAA, the agency, and our agent set over the script for Super Mario Bros. and I read it and I hated it, but I sort of loved the concept for it. I said to Annabel, I said, ‘This script is terrible but I think this could be our Batman!’"
  "I had to stand by with the new script, obviously, and tell them that it was great when I knew it wasn’t."

These, and many more exciting bits of trivia, can be found over at Sci-Fi Now!

Link: Sci-Fi Now: Super Mario Bros.'s Rocky Morton: 'It was a harrowing experience' - Director Rocky Morton had the worst time making Super Mario Bros.

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Game Blog / WTMK Presents: The Least Played Mario Tunes of 2015
« on: January 09, 2016, 03:55:17 AM »
WTMK is now featuring the least played Mario tunes of 2015.  Tune in and see what everyone missed!

Link: WTMK - All Mario, All the Time.

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Game Blog / NES Press Releases and Documents
« on: November 03, 2015, 01:17:57 AM »
Collector Steven Lin is in the process of scanning and releasing a large number of documents from the launch of the NES in the USA.  Perhaps more light can be shed on the release date of Super Mario Bros.

Link: Steven Lin's Twitter (https://twitter.com/stevenplin)

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Game Blog / Spooky Tunes on WTMK
« on: October 25, 2015, 11:49:59 PM »
Eerie sounds have begun emanating from WTMK.  All this week, tune in for some dark tones from the Mushroom Kingdom's Dark World.

Yes, that includes Ashley's theme.

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio


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Game Blog / WTMK Lives! (Tune in now)
« on: August 07, 2015, 05:03:32 PM »
WTMK is back!  We had some technical issues over the past few months, but everything has been cleared up and we're now broadcasting a broad spectrum of music from all Mario games!  Tune in now and see what's new!

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio

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Game Blog / WTMK Volume Problems
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:54:15 PM »
Some folks have been reporting that WTMK is broadcasting tracks at overly loud levels of volume.  We've resolved the issue, but if you notice any audio problems, please let us know!

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio

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Game Blog / WTMK Presents... the most obscure Mario music of 2014!
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:19:40 PM »
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

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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)

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Game Blog / 8 Days of Mario Kart 8 on WTMK
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:03:22 AM »
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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Photos with Mario was silently released on the 3DS eShop this week, allowing you to snap pictures of Mario (and his friends) in the real world, using special AR-enhanced eShop cards.  According to the application's manual, the special AR eShop cards will be available at Target, although there is no indication as to when they will be available.  In the meantime, you might try using the scans over at the AR Cards Database, made from the AR cards released in Japan.  The AR Cards Database has the three cards referenced in the Photos with Mario manual (Mario, Peach, and a Goomba), as well as an additional three cards (Luigi, Bowser, and a Koopa Troopa).

Note: To download Photos with Mario, just search for it by name on the 3DS eShop.

Link: AR Cards Database

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Game Blog / Happy St. Patrick's Day!
« on: March 17, 2014, 05:51:01 PM »
Go play some Luigi's Mansion -- or Yoshi's New Island, in a pinch.

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Game Blog / Come On, Come On... Do the Donkey Kong...
« on: March 12, 2014, 01:28:46 AM »
My battle with Donkey Kong Country: Tropic Freeze continues.  While Scrooge McCranky is a fantastic addition, I must say that I miss his banter.

Anyone else feeling shorted on Cranky's... crankiness?

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