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June 4, 2014
A Nintendo 2DS bundled with a digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will launch in Europe on July 4, Nintendo of Europe announced Tuesday. According to the press release, New Super Mario Bros. 2 will come pre-installed on the memory card, along with all 30 Coin Rush add-on courses for the game. The Nintendo 2DS system will be the standard "White + Red" color variation.
This is the first Nintendo 2DS Mario bundle to be released by Nintendo. Details about pricing and any plans for a North American release have not yet been announced.
Link: NOE press release
May 20, 2014
Photos with Mario Now Available on 3DS eShop (for free!) 10:21:42 PM CT
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
March 26, 2014
Super Mario Bros. 3 dated for North American Virtual Console 01:59:47 PM CT
Super Mario Bros. 3 will launch on both Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console on April 17, according to a press release from Nintendo of America.
The Wii U version has been available in Europe and Japan since December 2013. The 3DS version was released first in Japan on January 1, 2013, then in Europe on December 26, 2013.
Link: NOA press release
February 10, 2014
Donkey Kong Jr. climbs into Club Nintendo 11:30:43 PM CT
Club Nintendo is offering Donkey Kong Jr. for 3DS Virtual Console from today through March 9. Members can exchange 150 Coins for the download code.
Mario also appears in the other three games that were added to Club Nintendo today: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Wii Virtual Console; 200 Coins), PiCTOBiTS (Nintendo 3DS via DSiWare; 150 Coins), and Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii U Virtual Console; 200 Coins). These games will also be available until March 9.
Link: Club Nintendo rewards catalog
January 30, 2014
Mario Kart 8 coming in May 01:28:34 PM CT
Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will release worldwide this May, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced yesterday during a financial briefing in Japan. Nintendo first set Mario Kart 8's launch for spring 2014 when it was unveiled last June during E3.
Link: Corporate Management Policy Briefing / Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing (NCL)