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.
It’s official, Super Nintendo World will be opening in Spring 2021 at Universal Studios Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games. So far, we know that there is going to be a cafe (Schwab’s Pharmacy) area with highly themed food and drinks as well as a merchandise store (The Darkroom) with exclusive items you can only find at USJ. All of the exterior facades have been decorated with things you’ve probably seen in the video game series. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Super Mario Bros. Starter Course is interactive itself, but what happens when a programmer decides to hack the figure and turn it into a game controller? Well, you would hold Mario to jump, move and smash coin blocks. That’s right, a programmer who goes by “r1ckp” on Twitter did just that and what you’re about to see is the game running on an emulator in a Linux virtual machine on a MacBook Pro. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Nintendo’s original Game & Watch brand consisted of a series of handheld electronic games released from 1980 to 1991. They were created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, and each Game & Watch featured a single game to be played on a LCD screen as well as a clock. However, all models produced after 1981 also had an alarm. They were based on a 4-bit CPU from the Sharp SM5xx family, that include a small ROM and RAM area and an LCD screen driver circuit. The series sold a combined of 43.4 million units worldwide before being discontinued. Read more for a video of the modern version that Nintendo will release in limited numbers this holiday season.
Mario Kart fans rejoice! Nintendo has partnered with Velan Studios to bring you a new Mario Kart experience unlike any other. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for the Nintendo Switch is essentially a mixed reality (MR) game that combines a camera-enabled physical kart and course gate markers that transform any living space into an in-game circuit. Players can design / construct courses in the real world, and then race them in a mixed reality experience that blends the digital game world with the real life. Read more for a video and additional information.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo announced several new titles in their video presentation today. Super Mario 3D All Stars kicked things off, and is a collection of optimized versions of 3D Mario games – Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy – with higher resolutions than their original versions for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Read more for the trailer and additional information.
The LEGO Super Mario (71360) Starter Course hits stores tomorrow, and it’s essentially a real world Super Mario Maker. Simply put, this set comes with an interactive Mario figure that can collect coins in game levels built with LEGO bricks. The figure itself comes equipped with LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color and action bricks. Plus, a speaker is included that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
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At 2,646-pieces, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) will take most fans several days, if not weeks, to build, but the first review has already rolled in. Just to recap, the CRT television has a handle-operated scrolling screen and if the action brick is scanned by placing LEGO Mario up top, the famous plumber will react to the on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups. This set comes complete with a controller and an opening slot for the cartridge. Read more for the review, a speed build, additional pictures and information.
Nintendo allegedly suffered a data breach back in May and source code as well as prototypes of many of their first party games surfaced online. The most notable included Super Mario 64 source code, and apparently, there was supposed to be a two player mode where Luigi would have been playable. Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed this in an interview back during 1996. Read more for a video and additional information.
Paper Mario: The Origami King is available in stores and through the Nintend E-Shop as of today. Similar to previous titles in the series, you control a paper version of Mario in a 3D world that combines other paper and three-dimensional constructs, including origami sculptures. Players collect coins, items, encounter non-playable characters (NPCs), solve various puzzles based on the paper world concept, and enter into combat to defeat enemies as you come across them. Read more for an early review and additional information.