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Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

With the game, or rather game maker, delayed for nearly half a year, Nintendo really better make sure that Mario Maker will hit all the right PR notes when it does. And who better to know how to do that than the very people behind one of the world's greatest hype machines, Facebook. For two days next week, Facebook employees will have the exclusive privilege of doing something that many game designers and developers past could only dream of: creating officially sanction, accepted, and even distributed Super Mario levels.

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Wii U demise might come sooner, 5 mobile games scheduled

Wii U demise might come sooner, 5 mobile games scheduled

Perhaps there is very little doubt in anyone's mind that the Wii U is on its way out, especially after Nintendo confirmed the existence of its NX successor. But the ball might actually be rolling sooner than most of us have presumed. Considering Nintendo's notoriety as a slow moving dinosaur, it is almost unfathomable that Nintendo would be putting the axe to its somewhat failed attempt at a current gen console. According to WIRED, however, the signs are quite strong. And perhaps more importantly, rapid change might exactly be what the doctor prescribed.

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Super Mario Maker launches 11 September, demo kiosks ready

Super Mario Maker launches 11 September, demo kiosks ready

It might not be the most well thought out date for a launch, but at least Nintendo is putting exact figures this time. Almost exactly a year since it was announced, Super Mario Maker will finally be landing exclusively on the Wii U on 11th September this year. But if you're itching to actually try it out before you buy, you might just be in luck. Partnering with Best Buy, Nintendo will have demo kiosks ready North America, giving fans a chance at making their dream Mario level.

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Star Fox Zero Gameplay trailer summons fond N64 memories

Star Fox Zero Gameplay trailer summons fond N64 memories

This week the folks at Nintendo have revealed Star Fox Zero, releasing a gameplay trailer to make with the excitement. This is similar to what we saw teased in very, very early form last year at E3 making use of the Gamepad's second screen option. Here you're able to use the main screen as a 3rd-person view and the gamepad as your first-person screen. We've yet to see any other game make use of a double-screen in this way. It's radical.

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Nintendo’s Amiibo cross over to Skylanders

Nintendo’s Amiibo cross over to Skylanders

This week Nintendo crossed a barrier - they've announced Amiibo for Skylanders. These Amiibo will be cross-platform functional - cross-game, that is to say, don't cross your fingers for Amiibo working outside of the Nintendo hardware universe just yet. These characters work with Amiibo abilities as they always would, but also working in the new game Skylanders SuperChargers. The first Amiibos introduced this way are Donkey Kong and Bowzer. These new characters will take on new abilities and forms - and they'll have their own special vehicles usable in the Skylanders universe, too.

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Watch Nintendo at E3 Live here

Watch Nintendo at E3 Live here

Today Nintendo's Digital Event at E3 2015 is taking place worldwide from a single YouTube live portal. Below you'll have a peek at that event. This event's theme is "Transformation." Super Mario Brothers is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Nintendo wants to make it clear that they're going to continue transforming the gaming universe with "Super Mario Creator" - as revealed earlier this year. It's your chance to transform the environment.

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Super Smash Bros. adds Ryu & Roy, plus YouTube replays

Super Smash Bros. adds Ryu & Roy, plus YouTube replays

E3 2015 may not have officially started, but Nintendo couldn't help gushing Super Smash Bros. news today including YouTube replays and fresh characters. In an announcement this morning, Nintendo confirmed that Ryu from the Street Fighter franchise, and Roy from Fire Emblem, would join Lucas from Mother 3 as new playable fighters for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. Meanwhile, there are also new amiibo figures on the horizon.

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Mighty No. 9 trailer: the spirit of Mega-Man is alive and well

Mighty No. 9 trailer: the spirit of Mega-Man is alive and well

While you might still be getting bowled over by the release of the Fallout 4 trailer this morning, you're going to need to recover quick - here comes Mighty No. 9. Just in time to roll hard in a COMPLETELY different fashion, Mighty No. 9 is being presented here by Deep Silver after a massively successful KickStarter initiated months and months ago. What you're going to see here is a game that's made by the originator of Mega-Man, and in fact is a "Spiritual Successor" of our hero himself.

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Mewtwo glitch hits Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Mewtwo glitch hits Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Earlier this week, emails with codes to download the playable Mewtwo character in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS versions of the title rolled out to qualified gamers (those who had registered both versions of the game during the promotional period). It’s a special perk for those gamers, while the rest of us are forced to wait for the character’s availability until April 28. It looks like we’re not missing out on too much, however, with a new glitch causing gamers grief and prompting a statement from Nintendo.

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LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

At last, all LEGO brands can play in harmony in a digital video game. Joel McHale is here to deliver a message to the masses on what it'll mean to take LEGO characters like Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, and jam them all into a single video game called LEGO Dimensions. This game works with a single starter game, a portal, and expansions that'll span well into the future. Place your LEGO character or creation on the platform and it'll be pushed into a LEGO universe you control!

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Mario Kart 8 gets a new DLC pack and a speed boost at 200cc!

Mario Kart 8 gets a new DLC pack and a speed boost at 200cc!

Mario Kart has gone through innumerable incarnations, and Nintendo Wii U's Mario Kart 8 is about to get even more fun. Nintendo is adding a slew of new features in its latest paid DLC Pack 2, including new race tracks, new bikes, and more. There's also a free software update for the game coming soon. Also incoming are nine additional amiibo figures like Sonic, Pac-Man, and Mega Man. Tapping the amiibo figure on the Wii U touchpad unlocks new Mii Racing Suits themed accordingly.

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Old-school N64 and DS games hit Nintendo Virtual Console for Wii U

Old-school N64 and DS games hit Nintendo Virtual Console for Wii U

Nostalgia overload! Nintendo is adding N64 and Nintendo DS games to its Virtual Console for the Wii U. Now you can play Super Mario 64 without having to dig a dusty N64 console out of the closet, you can play it right on your Wii U! The Wii U Virtual Console service lets you play a range of games from other consoles, especially consoles that have been long gone. It's particularly great for those of us who don't have the luxury of space or money to keep a library of consoles from the "glory days" of 90's and 2000's gaming.

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