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General Chat / Re: New/Returning Members Post Here!
« on: September 27, 2022, 10:31:20 PM »
Hi, you should be able to start a new thread now.

Site Discussion / Re: Question about usernames.
« on: May 01, 2022, 09:07:26 PM »
Ok, done

Game Blog / Re: 40th Anniversary of the Mario Series!
« on: September 18, 2021, 01:44:10 PM »
Interesting, I think this is the first time I've seen anyone claim June 2, 1981 is the Donkey Kong arcade US release date. I was trying to find their source, and it might be from this Time article published in 2015 (and who knows what their source was).

Usually the date is listed as July or August.
  • The Universal City Studios v. Nintendo Co. judgment from 1983 says "In July 1981, the Donkey Kong game was introduced into the United States market."
  • When talked to Don James, the NOA employee who installed the first DK machine in Spot Tavern, they wrote "Twenty-five years ago this August, the first-ever copy of the game that would become Nintendo's breakout hit product was installed in a Seattle tavern." And from page 3: "In August, just days after James joined the staff, Donkey Kong arrived."

Latest News / Dr. Mario World end of service announced
« on: July 27, 2021, 10:24:12 PM »
Dr. Mario World will shut down service on October 31st, Nintendo announced on the official Dr. Mario World Twitter account Tuesday evening. According to the game's official website, the service will run until November 1, 2021 at 6 a.m. (UTC).

The announcement comes shortly after Dr. Mario World's second anniversary celebration on July 10.

Game Blog / Animal Crossing x Super Mario crossovers happening NOW
« on: March 02, 2021, 10:19:06 PM »
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Mobile) are both currently holding Super Mario crossover events.

In New Horizons, 33 items from the Mario series are now in Nook's catalog. The good news is, you can order them from Nook Shopping right away. The bad news is, you have to order them from Nook Shopping, which limits you to five orders per day. If you want one of each item, it will cost 75,650 Bells total. Download the Version 1.8.0 update and get "Mushroom mural" in your mailbox for free (it costs 3,000 Bells in the shop).

Pocket Camp's Super Mario 35th Anniversary event runs from March 2 to March 24 at 12:59 a.m. (CT). Log in and you'll get the brand-new "Mario's hat cushion" for free! Also, Mario-related items from previous Super Mario crossover events are reissued for crafting, and a "Mario Jump!" pose is available in Fave Photos.

Nintendo announced New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Luigi's Mansion 3 (working title) for the Nintendo Switch during Thursday's Nintendo Direct.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will bring the Wii U platformer New Super Mario Bros. U and its DLC, New Super Luigi U, together on one game cartridge. New additions include Toadette and Nabbit as playable characters. Nintendo also announced that the game will launch on January 11, 2019.

Luigi's Mansion 3 will pit Luigi against a variety of enemy ghosts once again. One of the few things revealed in the 38-second trailer is the planned release date of 2019.

Link: Nintendo Direct 9.13.2018

I should check out that book sometime.

Game Blog / Watch Don James discuss Mario, Pauline name origins at E3
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:06:31 PM »
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.


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!

Arcade Archives Donkey Kong is now available to purchase from the Nintendo Switch eShop in North America. Nintendo of America tweeted the news earlier today, along with the reminder that this is the first time that the original arcade version has been re-released outside of arcades.

According to Nintendo of Europe's website, Arcade Archives Donkey Kong will hit the European eShop tomorrow.

NOE's Arcade Archives Donkey Kong game page

Latest News / Mario news round-up from E3 2018
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:07:57 PM »
This year's E3 is a little light on Mario news so far. Here's the latest from Nintendo and Ubisoft:

Super Mario Party
Nintendo will bring a new Mario Party packed with 80 minigames to the Nintendo Switch on October 5. According to Nintendo's site, the new Toad's Rec Room mode will allow players to "[pair] up two Nintendo Switch systems for Tabletop mode."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The new name for the latest Smash Bros. game was revealed today during the Nintendo Direct. Director Masahiro Sakurai announced that all fighters from previous Smash Bros. games will be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ridley will also be joining the fight for the first time when the game releases on December 7.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Donkey Kong Adventure, the DLC announced back in January, finally has a release date set for June 26.

Nintendo E3 2018
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure Coming June 26 (

Game Blog / 5 new games starring Mario and friends announced
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:34:27 PM »
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)

Site Discussion / Re: Discord
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:03:43 PM »
New invite link:

I also updated the link in the first post.

Latest News / Mario Kart Tour mobile app announced
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:48:55 PM »
Mario Kart Tour is currently in development for smart devices, Nintendo announced Wednesday during their corporate management policy briefing. Nintendo plans to release the app during the next fiscal year, which runs from April 2018 to March 2019.

NOA on Twitter
Corporate Management Policy Briefing (PDF)

Game Blog / Mario news round-up from today's Nintendo Direct Mini
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:38:35 PM »
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

Game Blog / New Mario and Yoshi games unveiled at E3 2017
« on: June 13, 2017, 08:11:27 PM »
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.

Ubisoft E3 2017 Conference (
Nintendo News from E3 2017 (

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