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March 10, 2019
Multiple folks across the internet are complaining that the advertised sale on Switch Mario games isn't happening.  Nintendo put out a press release stating that Target, Best Buy, and Walmart.com would be offering digital downloads of several Switch titles for just $39.99, but Target and Walmart.com don't show the discount, and Best Buy is reportedly canceling website orders after they have been placed.

The press release did contain the phrase "while supplies last," but it would seem odd for digital download "copies" to run out on the first day of a week-long promotion.

If you wanted to take advantage of this sale, it might be a good idea to keep your eye on the websites for these three stores all week long.

Link: TMK Blog - "Mario Day Sale"
March 8, 2019
At some point a few years ago, someone noticed that the common abbreviation for March 10th looks a lot like Mario -- "Mar10."  As a result, Nintendo of America has been doing small promotions for "Mario Day" each year.  This year, multiple retailers are offering $39.99 digital downloads of popular Nintendo Switch Mario titles.  From March 10th until Marth 16th, the following games will be discounted on Amazon, BestBuy, Target, and Walmart.com:

Super Mario Party
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Tennis Aces
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

In addition, it looks like Gamestop and Amazon will be offering a special Switch bundle -- $329.99 for the system plus one of the listed games.

Link: Nintendo.com Sales and Deals - "Mar10 Day"
February 22, 2019
On April 16th, 2019, the unthinkable will finally happen -- Bowser will take control of the Mushroom Kingdom.

More specifically, Doug Bowser will become the new president of Nintendo of America, replacing the retiring Reggie Fils-Aime.  Reggie's last day will be April 15th, before his body runs off into the sunset.

Link: BusinessWire: Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime to Retire: Doug Bowser Named New President
February 15, 2019
$100,150 for Super Mario Bros.? 01:34:10 AM CT [David]
A "sticker sealed" copy of Super Mario Bros. was recently purchased by a group of collectors.  These copies are said to have been sold during the early NES test launches in New York and Los Angeles, and are sealed with a sticker instead of shrink wrap.  The title was certified as authentic and graded by Wata Games, a company specializing in grading retro video games.

What's a bit odd about this is that it seems like a bit of circular publicity.  You see, this sale was announced by a press release from Heritage Auctions, an auction house that auctions off retro video games.  One of the buyers of the game is the co-founder of Heritage Auctions.  Heritage Auctions makes a point of selling games that have been certified by Wata Games.

It's almost like this is a publicity stunt to get collectors excited about buying certified collector's items from Heritage Auctions.

(Wata Games does have some neat articles about obscure game releases though -- like this page about black box NES variants!)

Links: Heritage Auctions Press Release
February 11, 2019
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey was released in Japan in late December, and it may be off to a fairly slow start.  Famitsu sales data tracked by the site Game Data Library indicates that the game has only sold about 20,000 copies in its first month of release.  Sales could always pick up, of course, but it's not quite lighting up the charts at the moment.

Nintendolife wrote about this, noting that the game is currently one of the worst selling Mario titles ever released -- we'll have to see how sales do over the next few months!

Links:
Game Data Library
Nintendolife's Article
If you've been thinking about getting a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe but haven't wanted to spend $59.99, you might be in luck.  It's currently available for $39.99 from "Daily Steals" on Facebook Marketplace.  You may have to wait a bit, as the special offer requires five buyers (you "join" a group of other buyers; once five people join, they ship the items).  Additionally, the copies could be from one of several different regions ("USA, UK, MSE, UAE, LTN"), but the Switch is region free so that shouldn't be a problem when it comes to playing the games.

Link: Facebook Marketplace - Daily Steals
February 7, 2019
Walmart and Target are currently selling Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Party, and Super Mario Odyssey for about $45 each.  If you're interested, you should probably grab them now.

Link:
Walmart - $45.49 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Target - $45.49 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Target - $45.49 Super Mario Party
Walmart  - $45 Super Mario Odyssey
Target - $48.99 Super Mario Odyssey
February 3, 2019
Did you know that Retro Studios once wanted to make a Mario Football game?  If that had ever happened, we might be using it today to make Super Bowl predictions!

Link: A Retropective: The Story of Retro Studios (IGN/N-Sider)
January 31, 2019
Two Mario 3DS themes have been added back to the My Nintendo rewards site: Mighty Mushrooms and Spotlight Yoshi.  The themes aren't new, but they're only 100 platinum points each!  If you have coins to burn, each theme can be claimed up to five times.

Link: My Nintendo Nintendo 3DS/Wii U software/digital content
If you're playing the Switch version of New Super Mario Bros U., you might have noticed that the jump button doubles as the mid-air spin-twist move.  If that's messing up your game, it's possible to turn it off!  On the title screen, hold in the left joystick for a few seconds.  If you hear Nabbit shout, then the jump button will only work for jumping!  You can still spin-twist in mid-air, but your jump button is free!
Mario Movie Scheduled for 2022 07:55:14 PM CT [David]
During Nintendo's third quarter financial results briefing, it was announced that the upcoming animated Mario movie is currently scheduled for release in 2022.  In related news, the Nintendo World expansion to Universal Japan should be opening in 2020.

Link: Nintendo Corporate Management Policy Briefing /
Nine Months Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ending March 2019 [PDF]
January 30, 2019
As part of a recent refresh of TMK's social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr support has been rolled in.  You can't escape from the Mario Madness now!

Link: TMK's Tumblr
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