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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
Today is the last day to spend points in the Wii Shop channel.  While adding points was disabled last year, any points in your Wii account must be used before the end to day.  After January 30th, purchases will be disabled on the Wii Shop (although downloading previous purchases will be possible, at least in the immediate future.)

While there are many Virtual Console Mario titles, don't forget about Dr. Mario Online RX (sans online) and WarioWare DIY Showcase!
Several new characters have been added to Mario Tennis Aces, and Boom Boom (of Super Mario Bros. 3 fame) should be appearing soon.  You can unlock him by playing in an online tournament in February.  He should be unlocked for everyone by March.

Now I just need to go get Luma...
This is a test post to see if new updates to Twitter and Facebook are working. 
WTMK -- Still Streaming! 12:51:55 AM CT [David]
WTMK was down for a bit earlier this week, but everything should now be back to normal.  Let us know if there is anything you'd like to hear on the radio!
July 13, 2018
Day three of "Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 2018" started off with a look at Arcade Archives Donkey Kong and a special guest appearance by Don James, the Nintendo of America executive vice president of operations. Don James, who was the NOA warehouse manager when Donkey Kong was released in 1981, joined Treehouse staffers Morgan and Sam to talk a little bit about the early history of Donkey Kong and how Mario and Pauline got their names.

Nintendo live-streamed it all last month on YouTube here (the Donkey Kong segment starts at 27:00). The following is our transcription of the Donkey Kong Q&A section:

[Timestamp: 28:48]

Morgan Ritchie: So, 36 years ago, Nintendo of America was literally a warehouse?

Don James: Yeah. There were only five employees in a warehouse. We were importing games from Japan fully loaded and complete, and then after that, we couldn't build them fast enough and get them shipped into the United States, because Donkey Kong was so popular. So, we started manufacturing them in the Southcenter facility.

MR: That's so cool. It's like a warehouse full of Donkey Kong machines, basically.

[29:13]

MR: Do you remember when Donkey Kong came out? What that was like? Was it popular?

DJ: Well it was pretty crazy, because the first time we saw it, we immediately thought, "Donkey Kong," what the heck kind of a name is that? Then Japan [Nintendo Co., Ltd.] actually asked us one time if we wanted to rename the main character, Jumpman. Mr. [Minoru] Arakawa, who was the president [of NOA], and myself looked at the character, and we had a landlord that happened to be named Mario as well, and we'd never met the guy, so we thought it'd be funny to name this main character "Mario" after our landlord in Southcenter. And that's actually how Mario got his name.

MR: (Laughs) That's amazing. Did he ever know?

DJ: Yeah, he knows. It's been written in a couple of books.

A little later... [36:00]

MR: Speaking of Pauline, Don, you mentioned Mario, the genesis of that name. I know that some of the other characters in this game were maybe named after people you knew in your real life, back in the day. Can you talk a little about that?

DJ: Yeah, little known fact is that my girlfriend at the time, she was the reason -- through her father's connection to the Far East Video company, was the reason I got offered the consulting job. And so, after we named Mario, Mr. Arakawa thought it'd be really funny to name the heroine -- the female character in the game Pauline, which was actually taken from my girlfriend's name. She eventually became my wife, so effectively, Pauline's named after my ex-wife.

MR: (Laughs) That is so cool.


If you found this article interesting, be sure to check out our History of Mario's Name special!
March 10, 2018
Those crazy folks at www.retrorama.net are currently engaged in a multi-day Mario and Zelda gaming marathon.  Go visit to donate money, win fabulous prizes, donate money, watch gaming escapades, donate money, and see whether the Mario or Zelda games come out on top.

Hurry -- they either die or quit on March 11th.

Link: RetroRama 7 - Mario vs. Zelda
March 8, 2018
Nintendo revealed five new games starring Mario and friends during today's Nintendo Direct. Here's a quick recap:

Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. (working title)
The Inklings join the fray in the fifth Super Smash Bros. game, currently scheduled to launch sometime this year.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch/3DS)
A re-release of Captain Toad's Wii U game is coming to both the Switch and 3DS, featuring new levels based on locations from Super Mario Odyssey. Both versions are set for release on July 13.

Luigi's Mansion (3DS)
Later this year, Luigi and his trusty Poltergust 3000 will return to the 3DS with this remake of Luigi's spooky adventure on the Nintendo GameCube. New additions include a boss rush mode.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (3DS)
A remake of Bowser's Inside Story, originally released on Nintendo DS, will launch on the 3DS next year. "Bowser Jr.'s Journey" is a new mode where you can experience what happens "behind the scenes" of the original adventure.

WarioWare Gold (3DS)
A new entry in the WarioWare series is coming to the 3DS on August 3. Wario and his friends will return with a whopping 300 microgames, which include a mix of old and new content.

Link: Nintendo Direct 3.8.18 (NOA)
January 29, 2018
Tired of the same old Mario music?  Starting now, WTMK is broadcasting nothing but the least played tunes of 2017.  If it was played more than once last year, you won't hear it!  Tune in and see what obscurity you missed!

Link: WTMK: All Mario Radio
January 11, 2018
Today's Nintendo Direct Mini webcast revealed new games and game updates for Mario and friends. Here's a quick recap:

* The Wii U platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be re-released on the red-hot Nintendo Switch on May 4. This version adds Funky Kong as a playable character.

* Mario and friends are ready to serve up another tennis game, this time on the Switch. Mario Tennis Aces will launch sometime this spring.

* In an upcoming free update to Super Mario Odyssey, Luigi will host a new mode called "Balloon World." You can hide balloons in the various kingdoms and see how fast you can find the balloons hidden by other players around the world. New outfits and snapshot filters will also be included in the update, which will be available in February.

* A new DLC pack coming this spring to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will include Donkey Kong and a new world. The price has yet to be annouced.

Link: Nintendo Direct Mini 1.11.2018
June 22, 2017
WTMK Rises from the Grave 12:25:50 AM CT [David]
SO IT'S FINALLY BACK, TO PERFORM FOR YOU
USE THE URL AND YOU'LL HEAR WHAT'S NEW
PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER IF YOU WANNA APPLAUD
TMK'S RESIDENT TECHIE SQUAD.

In other words, WTMK is fully back and functional.  The music management system received an update a few months back that seemed to lead to endless snarls and crashes, possibly due to a PHP version incompatibility in the backend.  Thankfully, TMK's resident tech genius got everything working this week.  Thanks to MegaByte, WTMK is back!  All three broadcasts (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and Opus) are streaming, the cross-fade issues have been fixed, and new audio has been added!

Tune in now to WTMK -- All Mario Radio, (almost) All the Time: http://themushroomkingdom.net/wtmk.shtml.
June 13, 2017
Three new games starring Mario and friends were officially announced during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California.

Yesterday, Ubisoft and Nintendo showed off Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a turn-based strategy adventure that will bring the zany Rabbids to the Mushroom Kingdom to team up with Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi. Kingdom Battle will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on August 29.

A Yoshi platforming game for Nintendo Switch, tentatively called "Yoshi for Nintendo Switch," is currently planned for release next year. The developer of Yoshi's latest adventure is Good-Feel, the team behind two other recent Yoshi games: Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U) and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS).

A remake of the first "Mario & Luigi" game is coming to Nintendo 3DS this October. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions will feature "Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser," an all-new mode that reveals what happens behind the scenes while the Bros. are saving the Beanbean Kingdom.

Links:
Ubisoft E3 2017 Conference (ubisoft.com)
Nintendo News from E3 2017 (e3.nintendo.com)