It’s official, on February 12th, gamers will be able to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch – Mario Red & Blue Edition console. Featuring a red-and-blue color scheme that pays tribute to Mario’s iconic outfit, this limited edition hardware will be priced at $299.99 and includes red Joy-Con controllers with blue straps, a blue Joy-Con grip, a red Nintendo Switch dock, along with a red Nintendo Switch system. Read more for additional pictures, a bonus video of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, and additional information.
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Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is set to open on February 4, 2021, and today, the theme park released the area’s official map, along with some food / merchandise pictures. As you’ve seen in Shigeru Miyamoto’s tour, guests enter the world through a warp pipe from an entrance plaza accessed from a walkway that branches right next to the WaterWorld sign. This entrance plaza boasts themed lamp posts and Super Nintendo World signs next to the pipe, which leads into Princess Peach’s Castle. Read more for the pictures and additional information.
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It’s official, Super Nintendo World is opening slightly earlier than expected on February 4th, 2021 at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. At that time, there will be two main attractions open, a Mario Kart roller coaster of sorts and Yoshi’s Adventure. The former is located in Bowser’s Castle and uses some kind of augmented reality setup with projection mapping technology. That’s right, riders will have to wear special headsets shaped like Mario’s red cap. Read more for three videos, additional pictures and information.
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Finding a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES is a feat in itself, and one graded Wata 9.2 A+ even less likely. This variant, with “Bros.” formatted to the left on the front of the box (on top of Mario’s glove), just might be the rarest of them all. That is why when one of them popped up on Heritage Auctions, collectors quickly bid up the price to over $100,000, and in the end, this pristine copy sold for a whopping $156,000. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Spain-based BCN3D Technologies wanted to recreate the SNES version of Rainbow Road for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the franchise. So, a team of two engineers and ten employees used their own 3D printing machines to build a 4,000 piece track that spans 16.4-feet long (5-meters). For anyone who has their own 3D printer, the company filmed a short video detailing the process, and it’s a lot more interesting than using random objects to build a course. Read more for the clip and additional information.
The Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld has been released, and for any gamer looking to pick up a limited edition collectible or just a cool little gaming device, this is it. This looks like the original Game & Watch systems released in the 1980s, but features a modern +Control Pad and comes loaded with Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) as well as a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Amazon is randomly shipping customer orders in limited edition Super Mario Bros. boxes to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary. No, you won’t have to pay extra for these, as they simply take the place of the normal cardboard boxes used to ship items. Unfortunately, purchasing Super Mario Bros. gear does not guarantee that you’ll get one of these. Read more for a video explaining this promotion and additional information.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit takes the franchise to the next level using mixed reality technology. What this means is that it uses physical radio-controlled cars that respond to players inputs in-game. Several Mario Kart items are included, and the game supports up to 4 players, complete with AI racing against should you just have some free time to burn. There’s also a Grand Prix mode, where you race against Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings. Read more to see a fan who recreated Rainbow Road in real-life.
The much talked about Super Mario 64 PC port that was built from the ground up from leaked source code is improving graphically, and in a big way. A modder who goes by Dario online is working on adding ray tracing to this version of the game, and so far, it looks far better than even the Super Mario 3D All Stars for the Nintendo Switch. Since it’s a work in progress, you won’t see a masterpiece just yet, but the game still runs quite nicely on an NVIDIA GTX 1080 (720p, 30 fps) without ray tracing. Read more for a video and additional information.
Mario Kart Live: Home circuit brings the classic game to life using the Nintendo Switch family of systems by using AR technology to bridge the gap between the virtual world and the real world of your home. The bundle includes one kart – either Mario or Luigi in the driving seat – four gates, two arrow signboards that can be used to enhance courses and a USB charging cable. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.