December 17, 2008
Mario Power Tennis Wii Remake Release Info 10:47:35 PM CT
Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe will serve up the Wii remake of Mario Power Tennis in March, according to their release schedules for early 2009. The series of GameCube games updated with Wii controls, known as "Wii de Asobu" (Play on Wii) in Japan, is named "New Play Control!" for North America and Europe.
NOE press release
NOA press release
December 16, 2008
DSi Ware Titles Announced in Japan 11:56:45 AM CT
The first DSi Ware titles, downloadable software for Nintendo's currently Japan-only handheld, have been announced. Included is Chotto Dr. Mario, yet another rendition of the Nintendo action puzzler. The game features classic single player and Vs. COM modes. Also upcoming is Utsusu Made in Wario, a new Wario Ware game, which in true Wario Ware fashion, features gameplay that revolves around the latest Nintendo technology. In this case, at least one of the DSi's built in cameras is used to control the microgames. Both games launch with the service on December 24th and will cost 500 points.
Link: Game Watch
Club Nintendo Launches in North America 02:04:20 AM CT
Announced on October 2nd, Club Nintendo has finally come to North America. Much like the Japanese Club Nintendo, American gamers can register Nintendo products to earn "Coins," which can be redeemed for exclusive goodies. As expected, the program launches with some Mario-themed merchandise:
- Hanafuda Cards (800 Coins)
- Mario Party Playing Cards (600 Coins)
- Mario Nintendo DS Game Rack (600 Coins)
- Nintendo DS Game Card and Stylus Set (600 Coins)
Club Nintendo also offers Game & Watch Collection for 800 Coins. Previously only available through Club Nintendo in Japan, this Nintendo DS game includes the Multi Screen Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong.
Link: Club Nintendo
October 6, 2008
Mario Golf (N64) Released on North American Virtual Console 05:56:58 PM CT
Mario Golf has finally made it to the Wii -- but only on the Virtual Console. Camelot's N64 classic is now available in North America for 1,000 Wii Points.
October 3, 2008
Announced during Nintendo's Fall Conference yesterday, the "Wii De Asobu Selection" (Play on Wii Selection) will bring select GameCube titles to the Wii, updated with motion controls. The lineup includes Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Mario Power Tennis, and Pikmin 2.
Visit the link below for a Jungle Beat video and more on Wii De Asobu.
Link: Keynote Address translation
October 2, 2008
Mario & Luigi 3 Coming in 2009 01:49:21 AM CT
Nintendo's 2008 conference has just ended in Japan, where they revealed an upgraded Nintendo DS model called the DSi. Among the new games revealed is the third installment of the Mario & Luigi series, tentatively titled "Mario & Luigi RPG 3." Short gameplay clips can be seen in NCL's DS lineup video.
Here are a few stills from the Mario & Luigi RPG 3 footage:
- Rolling Toad
- The brothers' shell attack
- Bowser in a battle
September 22, 2008
Wario Land: Shake It! Released in North America 01:28:01 PM CT
Wario Land: Shake It! muscles its way into stores across North America today. It will release next in Australia (9/25) and Europe (9/26).
September 1, 2008
Super Mario RPG Added to North American Virtual Console 08:02:42 AM CT
After having been rated by ESRB and removed, being in the top five Nintendo Power readers' most wanted for five months running, and releasing in all other territories, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars finally hits the Virtual Console in North America for 800 Wii Points. Super Mario RPG marks the 250th game for the Virtual Console.
Source: Nintendo of America press release
August 25, 2008
Mario Super Sluggers Released in North America 12:41:28 PM CT
August 21, 2008
This coming Sunday, August 24th, Charles Marinet will be at the Nintendo World Store in New York for a special Mario Super Sluggers promotion. Buy a copy of Mario's newest Wii game and you'll be able to get an unknown gift from Nintendo, signed by the voice of Mario himself. If anyone is in the NYC area and gets pictures of the gift and Martinet's appearance, feel free to send pictures in.
I hope you're doing great!
I just want to let you know that I'm going to be at the Nintendo World Store on Sunday August 24th from noon till 4pm.
When fans buy Mario Sluggers at the Nintendo World Store that day, I'll be there to autograph a gift from Nintendo.
Please get the word out to your friends and Mario fans you know are in New York. It'd be great to have a nice turnout!
Source: Charles Martinet
Super Mario RPG added to PAL Virtual Console 07:30:54 PM CT
Wii owners in Europe and Australia/New Zealand will finally be able to do something that once required importation: play Super Mario RPG. The long-awaited game comes to Virtual Console on Friday (8/22) with a premium price of 900 Wii Points. The Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 was also re-added to the available Virtual Console game list at 600 Wii Points. There is no word on an American release date, the only region still waiting for Super Mario RPG.
July 10, 2008
Birdo and Captain Rainbow 11:59:49 PM CT
Birdo has a prominent role in the Captain Rainbow trailer released recently. In this new Wii game from the makers of Chibi-Robo and GiFTPiA, the eponymous hero visits Mimin Island, home to obscure Nintendo characters. Since not much information is known at this time, it's possible that more Mario characters will be included.
Captain Rainbow currently has no Japanese release date set and has not yet been announced for North America.
Link: Captain Rainbow trailer
June 25, 2008
Wario Land: Shake It! on September 29th in the USA 08:24:17 AM CT
NOA sent out a press release concerning some of their 2008 titles, and they helpfully included a release date for the new Wii Wario Land platformer. Wario Land: Shake It! will be released in the USA on September 29th of this year.
Wario Land: Shake It!, a classic side-scroller for the Wii console launching Sept. 29, stars Wario, the smelly, bad-mannered alter ego of Mario. With the Wii Remote controller turned sideways like an old-school controller, veterans and newcomers alike can run, jump and smash their way through hectic side-scrolling stages. Players shake the Wii Remote to help Wario take down his enemies, empty bags of treasure or cause earthquakes. Best of all, there are numerous stages each offering multiple missions to keep players coming back again and again to unlock everything, collect more coins or just improve their best times.
Source: Nintendo of America press release
June 13, 2008
Super Mario RPG Rated for Australian Virtual Console 11:17:31 AM CT
The Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) site posted a "G" rating for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars today, just one week after it revealed a new title for Wario Land Shake. Thanks to the Virtual Console, it appears that Australia will get Super Mario RPG for the first time, but no official release date has been announced. Because Australian and European VC titles usually release on the same day, does this mean Super Mario RPG's first ever European release is coming as well?
Link: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars rating
June 6, 2008
Wario Land: The Shake Dimension Rated for Australia 03:22:22 PM CT
May 30, 2008
Nintendo's Japanese Virtual Console schedule updated today with the first release date for Super Mario RPG, which will be available in June for 900 Wii Points. Also coming in June is Yoshi's Cookie (NES). This unique puzzle game starring Yoshi and Mario was released last month in North America, Europe, and Australia.
May 28, 2008
Wario Land Shake for Wii 08:51:38 PM CT
May 26, 2008
Dr. Mario Online Rx Released in North America 08:35:11 AM CT
May 20, 2008
Dr. Mario Launches with WiiWare in Europe and Australia 03:23:23 PM CT
May 7, 2008
Dr. Mario Online Rx Details for North America 07:14:07 PM CT
With the launch of the Nintendo Channel in North America today, Nintendo unveiled some new details concerning WiiWare's Dr. Mario title. The official name is now Dr. Mario Online Rx, and is priced at 1000 Wii Points, or $10.00. A video in the Nintendo Channel showed a release date of 5/12/2008 for the game.
Link: The Nintendo Channel
May 1, 2008
Nintendo Announces Mario Kart Wii Tournaments 12:26:29 PM CT
April 27, 2008
Mario Kart Wii Released in North America 01:29:00 AM CT
April 10, 2008
Mario Super Sluggers Announced for North America 04:39:32 PM CT
Nintendo of America announced Mario Super Sluggers today at its media summit. First revealed in Japan in October 2007, Mario's first baseball game for Wii is a follow-up to Mario Superstar Baseball for GameCube.
Link: NOA Press Release
Mario Superstar Baseball Japan Release Date Announced 12:09:11 PM CT
April 7, 2008
Yoshi's Cookie Released on Virtual Console (NA) 10:22:35 AM CT
Yoshi's sweet tooth puzzle game, Yoshi's Cookie, has been released on North American Virtual Console. Hop into the kitchen with Yoshi and download this game now for only 500 Wii Points.
March 12, 2008
Mario Kart Wii dated for U.S. 11:54:09 PM CT
March 11, 2008
Japan WiiWare launch details 11:55:17 PM CT
Nintendo has finally unveiled the launch date and lineup for WiiWare, a download service for original Wii games. On March 25, Dr. Mario & Virus Buster (1000 Wii Points) will be one of the nine games available for purchase when WiiWare goes live in Japan.
WiiWare is currently scheduled to launch May 12 in North America.
March 9, 2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl released in North America 12:05:01 AM CT
March 5, 2008
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games sells 5 million worldwide 02:53:26 PM CT
SEGA announced today that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for Wii and DS have combined for five million copies sold globally. On November 6 in North America, Mario & Sonic met for the first time in the Wii version, which was among the ten best selling games in December. According to the press release, the game saw even more success in Europe: "Mario & Sonic became the best-ever performing Wii game over the seven-day period that ended on December 11, 2007. In January, Mario & Sonic was the best-selling video game in England across all formats."
January 31, 2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl released in Japan 07:49:15 PM CT
January 23, 2008
Mushroomy Kingdom (and Music) in Brawl 01:23:39 AM CT
The latest update at the Smash Bros. Dojo contains two new tidbits that everyone here is sure to enjoy. World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. will be appearing as a battle stage... a side scrolling battle stage, somewhat akin to Rainbow Ride in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but moving towards the right and much more amazing... especially with the piano remix of the Super Mario Bros. theme, by Kondo himself. It also seems that the level changes to World 1-2 at times.
It's a great time to love Mario.
View the stage on the Dojo here.
Hear the music on the Dojo here.
Source: Smash Bros. Dojo
January 22, 2008
January 7, 2008
SSBB: Yoshi's Island, Rainbow Ride returning in Brawl 12:08:53 PM CT