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September 20, 2019
With the release of the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, you can once more jump on Goombas while wearing green clothing!  Wart (ahem, "Mamu"), Shy Guys, Pokey, Goombas, Piranha Plants, and more guest star in this top-down remake!  (Let's just hope we can still slay Kirby...)  The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is out right now, on the Switch.
September 4, 2019
If you have an active Switch Online account, you'll be able to play a slew of SNES titles starting September 5th.  Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and Super Mario Kart will be playable online, with voice chat, freely available to anyone with an active Switch Online account.  In addition, you'll be able to purchase SNES-style wireless controllers as well, for $29.99 each.

Mario titles aren't the only SNES games being added to the Switch tomorrow; the full roster of SNES games includes The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Stunt Race FX, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Star Fox, F-Zero, Pilotwings, Kirby's Dream Course, and third party titles such as Brawl Brothers, Breath of Fire, Demon's Crest, Joe and Mac 2, Super E.D.F., Super Ghouls'n Ghosts, Super Puyo Puyo 2, Super Soccer, and Super Tennis.
July 10, 2019
If you're a Nintendo Online subscriber, you'll gain access to two more NES titles later this month: Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew come to the Nintendo Switch on July 17th, along with the ability to rewind your NES games.

Donkey Kong 3 is best remembered as the Donkey Kong sequel that didn't include Mario, or traditional Donkey Kong gameplay.  It's more of a shooter than anything else -- you control Stanley, shooting clouds of pesticide at the killer bugs Donkey Kong is sending down your way.  Spray DK's simian behind until he falls from... the roof of your greenhouse.  Truly, the Donkey Kong game everyone was waiting for back in the early 80s!

Wrecking Crew is notable for being one of the earliest "Mario" spinoff games, with the arcade version debuting before the release of Super Mario Bros.!  As Mario and/or Luigi, smash down the walls of the building and avoid the creepy monsters running all over the place.  Like all of the greatest Mario games ... you can't jump.  You can create your own levels, however!  Watch out for Foreman Spike ("Blackie" in Japan), and look out for the Golden Hammer -- star of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Source: Nintendo YouTube Channel: Nintendo Entertainment System - July Game Updates - Nintendo Switch Online
April 25, 2019
A closed beta for the smartphone-based Mario Kart Tour was announced on the official website. The beta test will run from May 22 through June 4 and is limited to Android phones in Japan and the US.

Applications are available now and close on May 7. To sign up, users must apply on the game's website using an Android phone with a Nintendo Account that is linked to a Gmail account that is also linked to Google Play.

The test is limited and if the number of applications exceeds the maximum number of participants, users will be selected at random.

Link: Mario Kart Tour website
February 13, 2019
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is being remade for the Nintendo Switch -- complete with Goombas!  More information to come in the future.

Source: Nintendo Direct 2-13-2019
Yoshi's Crafted World comes to the Switch on March 29th, and a free demo is being released on the Switch eShop today.

Source: Nintendo Direct 2-13-2019
Two player co-op mode is coming to the Switch version Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, available today.  In addition, paid DLC levels are coming to the game as well. 18 challenges spread over five new courses.  The new DLC content will be available on March 14, 2019, although one new course will be available starting today.

Source: Nintendo Direct 2-13-2019
Super Mario Maker 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch this June.  More details to come...

Source: Nintendo Direct 2-13-2019
If you are a subscriber to Nintendo Switch Online, Super Mario Bros. 2 is now available in the Nintendo Entertainment System application.  There's some other stuff available as well (Kirby's Adventure, special modes for Metroid and Blaster Master), but that's nothing compared to the power of Luigi's flutter jumps!
February 5, 2019
Today, several 3DS titles have been added to the $19.99 Nintendo Selects series.  Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D are now available in stores or on the eShop for $19.99 each.
January 31, 2019
This summer, Dr. Mario World will be released for mobile devices running under Android or iOS.  The game will be released globally as a free-to-play title, with some sort of purchasing system for additional content.  Dr. Mario World is being released in partnership with Line and NHE.

Link: Nintendo Co., Ltd. Press Release
January 29, 2019
Earlier today, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received an update.  At the same time, the DLC Piranha Plant character was added to the game.  Go chomp, spit, spin, and poison your way across the Nintendo universe!
September 16, 2018
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
June 14, 2018
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
June 12, 2018
Mario news round-up from E3 2018 09:07:57 PM CT [Deezer]
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 (
January 31, 2018
Mario Kart Tour mobile app announced 10:48:55 PM CT [Deezer]
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)
March 22, 2017
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.

Super Mario Run on Google Play
Nintendo of America on Twitter
January 19, 2017
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.
January 13, 2017
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