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Impossibly difficult Super Mario cheat glitch pulled off

Impossibly difficult Super Mario cheat glitch pulled off

The classics are making a comeback, and in more ways than one. Super Mario, one of the most beloved gaming franchises in the world, is back in the press, not because of a hot new game or a retro old game, but because of how people are stretching the game beyond what the developers intended. Like giving it a brain to play itself. Now a high-profile YouTuber is earning views because of how he managed to hit a very intricate glitch that let him finish Super Mario World in just 6 minute, without facing the final boss.

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Mario AI learns how to run through levels on its own

Mario AI learns how to run through levels on its own

We've all played at least one version of the traditional, 2D style Mario games from Nintendo, running towards the right, jumping on baddies and collecting gold coins. Well, a group of scientists are taking the game a step further and trying to develop an artificial intelligence that will have our favorite Italian plumber navigating levels all on its own. Dubbed the Mario AI Project, its aim is to have the character make its own decisions and be aware of itself and the environment.

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Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Almost every game developer, at one point in their early lives, tried recreating the classic Mario game in one form or another. Last June, Nintendo made a surprise move by revealing Mario Maker, a Wii U exclusive that actually let you do exactly that, no programming required. At the Game Awards over the weekend, Nintendo stepped it up a notch and wowed would be game designers and gamers alike with a new trailer that shows the full power of Mario Maker's interface, letting you change Mario's world even as you play.

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Super Smash Bros Wii U debut: watch real gameplay now

Super Smash Bros Wii U debut: watch real gameplay now

Today Nintendo released Super Smash Bros for Wii U, the fifth installment in the series and close companion to Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS. While the video game streaming service Twitch is not native to the Wii U, several means of transmission allow the game to be streamed by 3rd parties. As such, supposing the reviews you've read so far weren't enough to convince you to check this game out, today we're tapping in to some of the most active streams available to the public. Watch as the Smash action unfolds right this instant.

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Wii U’s five games that’ll make you happy you roll with Nintendo

Wii U’s five games that’ll make you happy you roll with Nintendo

Nintendo appears very much to be aiming all efforts for a resurgence at the holiday season, and with big hits - proven hits - like Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart, they may well be in for some heavy business. The Wii U hasn't been selling at nearly so high a rate as either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One over the past year - this console was released all the way back in the fourth quarter of 2012, after all - so why would someone want to buy a new Wii U right this minute? Games!

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Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Back in May, Mercedes introduced a commercial in Japan featuring its GLA cruising down an 8-bit Mario world, only to swoop into real-life where a buff Mario steps out of the car and into a live-action rendition of the world. This Mario accidentally hits a goomba with his foot and comes to a startled stop. The commercial was bizarre, but it wasn't the end. On Monday, Mercedes released two more commercials for the Japanese market, both featuring the same Mario character joined by Luigi and Peach.

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The Goomba nobody knew existed can’t be killed

The Goomba nobody knew existed can’t be killed

It's called the Mystery Goomba, and for almost two decades no one knew it existed. In Super Mario 64, gamer pannenkoek2012 noticed that something was off: a Goomba was represented on the counter but not displayed in the level. Such set off a mission to find this Goomba, and in doing so he discovered that it can't be killed.

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Biggest surprise of E3 2014? Nintendo may not be dead after all

Biggest surprise of E3 2014? Nintendo may not be dead after all

It would appear that Nintendo has returned to glory. Speaking up with a wide variety of unexpected announcements this year at E3 2014, Nintendo brought packed heat. If the company’s goal was to prove Family-friendly Nay-sayers wrong with titles and updates focused on all-ages in the face of their opponents, they’ve done so with flying colors. Nintendo presented nothing less than a full win.

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