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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

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I should check out that book sometime.

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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.

[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!

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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.

Links:
@NintendoAmerica
NOE's Arcade Archives Donkey Kong game page

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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.

Links:
Nintendo E3 2018
SmashBros.com
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure Coming June 26 (Ubisoft.com)

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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)

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Site Discussion / Re: Discord
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:03:43 PM »
New invite link: https://discord.gg/nP5JwKQ

I also updated the link in the first post.

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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.

Links:
NOA on Twitter
Corporate Management Policy Briefing (PDF)

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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

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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.

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

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Latest News / Super Mario Run now available for Android
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:38:17 PM »
Super Mario Run for Android is now available on the Google Play store, one day earlier than originally planned. Last week, Nintendo announced that the Android version would release on March 23.

Links:
Super Mario Run on Google Play
Nintendo of America on Twitter

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Latest News / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World demo available now
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:53:55 PM »
A Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World demo is now available on the Nintendo eShop in North America. The demo, which requires 950 open blocks to download, lets you play two full levels: World 1-1 and World 1-7.

Today also marks the release of Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World in Japan. In North America and Europe, the full game will launch on February 3rd.

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Latest News / Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe revealed
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:05:26 PM »
Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe were officially announced yesterday during the Nintendo Switch Presentation in Tokyo, Japan.

Super Mario Odyssey is an all-new 3D plaformer starring Mario. This time, Mario will be able to throw his cap, which he can then use as a platform to jump across gaps or bounce to higher areas. As seen in the trailer, Mario will visit a variety of locations, including a bustling city where he can interact with cars and human beings. Odyssey's release date is currently scheduled for the 2017 holiday season.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will bring back all the racers and tracks from Mario Kart 8, including the ones from both DLC packs. Joining the race are Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, as well as Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, and King Boo. Other new content includes added items (Feather and Boo) and a revamped battle mode with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will launch on April 28.

Both games were briefly shown, but not named, in the First Look at Nintendo Switch trailer released back in October.

YouTube video links:
Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017
Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer

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Friend Codes / Re: 3DS friend codes
« on: December 21, 2016, 07:58:49 PM »
Sure thing.

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Friend Codes / Super Mario Run friend codes
« on: December 21, 2016, 07:58:14 PM »
Post your Super Mario Run friend code here!

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