Nintendo’s long-awaited Mario Kart Tourarrives on iOS and Android devices tomorrow, September 25, and to kick things off, players will also be able to experience the game’s first “Tour,” a biweekly event that takes place in different locations and give players a chance to unlock special characters. Unlike previous games in the series, this one features courses inspired by real-world locations, with the first based on New York City. Read more for a video and additional information.
Super Mario Maker 2 lets you play a near limitless number of side-scrolling levels anytime, anywhere, but if you’re not up for an extreme challenge, these courses by Alex Tan, better known as PangaeaPanga, should be avoided. Before creating these seemingly impossible levels in Super Mario Maker, he was the world record holder for speedrunning Super Mario World in 2015, completing the game in a mere 1 minute and 38 seconds using arbitrary code execution. Now, he’s come up with Super Skyzo, Zero G’s Given, Panger Things and lots more. Read more to see him play through these stages like a true pro.
Yes, it’s true, Mario Royale is a browser-based version of the original Super Mario Bros that lets 100 players race to the end of a stage. You can’t exactly fight players, but they can be damaged via Koopa shells or by simply breaking the block they’re standing on to send them into the abyss. Power-ups are shared, so only a single player can snag that mushroom when needed. The game randomly chooses world 1, 2, or 3 at the start of a round, and to win you’ll need to be one of the first three players to reach Bowser’s castle at the end of the world. Read more for a video and the link to play it online.
Super Mario Maker 2 will officially be released on June 28, but many have already gotten some hands-on time with the game, and show why it’s perfect for the Nintendo Switch. For starters, you can choose from a selection of previous Super Mario games to base the course’s visual style and gameplay on, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Super Mario 3D World theme. All of the gameplay mechanics and enemy behaviors can vary between the styles, with some elements being limited to specific styles. Other new features include local and online cooperative modes, including co-op making, where up to 2 players can create stages together at the same time; as well as allowing up to 4 players to complete online courses, together or against each other. Read more for an in-depth hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
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Mario Kart Tour is Nintendo’s newest mobile game, and the closed beta has just launched in the U.S. and Japan on Android devices. Co-developed by DeNA, the gameplay mechanics are designed for touchscreen controls, as players steer their kart by swiping left or right to direct an on-screen arrow, and to use items, simple tap right below the driver. You’ll be able to play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Rosalina, Bowser, and the Koopa kids, while others, such as Baby Peach, Dry Bowser, and Metal Mario, are unlockable. Read more for another gameplay video and additional screenshots.
Super Mario Maker 2, set for release on June 28, brings four-player multiplayer versus play, two-player cooperative level building, online multiplayer, and a story mode to the Nintendo Switch. That’s right, in co-op mode, you’ll be able to build and design levels with another player on the same console, while online multiplayer lets a group build massive levels that are seemingly impossible to complete. There’s also several new themes including desert, winter, and forest. Read more to see all of the gameplay revealed during Nintendo Direct yesterday and for additional information.
The Monopoly: Super Mario Bros. Collector’s Edition comes with six custom 8-bit styled tokens include: Mario, Luigi, Princess peach, Toad, Super Mushroom, and a 1-up mushroom, all for $25.10 shipped, today only, originally $44.95. In this version, custom goal poles replace the traditional houses, while Super Mario Bros.-themed castles are used instead of the classic hotels. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
This Nintendo Switch bundle includes a $35 eShop credit just in case you already own the Mario games on sale for MAR10 day, and it’s being offered for just $299 shipped, today only. You’ll get the Nintendo Switch console itself, a Switch dock in black, contrasting left / right Joy-Con controllers (Neon Blue + Neon Red), and all the extras you need to get started – Joy-Con strap accessories, one Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and a Nintendo Switch AC adapter. Product page. Read more for another video and additional information.
National Mario Day is here, and if you’ve ever wondered why it’s celebrated, wonder no more. This geeky occasion is celebrated on March 10 because Mar 10 resembles the name MARIO, and it’s been officially recognized by Nintendo since 2016. While they do not hold any massive worldwide events, they do have plenty of Mario game sales going on. Level UP has created a version of Pong with Super Mario Bros. physics, or what it could have been like if Nintendo released their own version back in the day. Read more to see how it plays.
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The new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, and those who were fortunate enough to spend some time in the CLA-Class found that they could play Mario Kart. How? The automaker installed the open-source SuperTuxKart version of the game onto the MBUX system to show off playable in-car games customers will be able to experience in the very near future. Read more for another video and additional information.