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Super Mario Maker 2 review: Beautiful insanity

Super Mario Maker 2 review: Beautiful insanity

If there was any reason at all to own a Wii U, Super Mario Maker was it. Super Mario Maker was so unique and so popular that I think if it would have been a launch title, the Wii U may have succeeded despite all that was working against it. Super Mario Maker 2 on Switch, then, was inevitable, and if you’re looking for more of a good thing, you’ll definitely find it here. Unfortunately, it isn’t all sunshine and daisies in the world of Super Mario Maker 2, as the consistent problems with Nintendo Switch Online hold this game back from achieving true greatness.

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Dr. Mario World lands on iOS and Android a day early

Dr. Mario World lands on iOS and Android a day early

If you've been looking forward to Nintendo's latest mobile offering, then here's some good news: Dr. Mario World is available on both iOS and Android a little bit early. The game was originally scheduled to launch on July 10th, but it's available now on both platforms. It's the latest game on an ever growing list of mobile titles that includes games from such franchises as Super Mario, Fire Emblem, and even Pokemon.

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Dr. Mario World multiplayer detailed in latest trailer

Dr. Mario World multiplayer detailed in latest trailer

Dr. Mario World is just about a week away, and as we close in on release day, Nintendo has revealed that the game will have an online multiplayer component. That, of course, means that you'll be able to go toe-to-toe with your friends in online matches, but like most mobile games, there will be benefits to filling your friends list as well.

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The Mario Maker subreddit is a thing of beauty right now

The Mario Maker subreddit is a thing of beauty right now

Like many Switch owners, I spent my weekend diving into Super Mario Maker 2, with the bulk of my play time spent making courses. When it came time to actually publish my courses and get people playing them, I ran into a problem: since I don't have any friends who bought Super Mario Maker 2 on launch day, I was left to the whims of Nintendo to get my stages in front of people. With so many people playing at launch, newly-created courses can easily go unnoticed and sit at zero plays, which is something no one wants to see.

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Mario Royale turns the beloved classic into a mad race for survival

Mario Royale turns the beloved classic into a mad race for survival

Battle royales are one of the hottest things in gaming these days and almost everyone and anyone wants to make one. That's true for the big studios down to the lone indie developer. Most imagine creating new properties for a battle royale. Game modder and YouTuber InfernoPlus, however, tempted fate and Nintendo's lawyers by corrupting one of the gaming industry's most iconic characters and most-loved game and turning it into a sort of battle royale.

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Dr. Mario World mobile launch date revealed, pre-registration begins

Dr. Mario World mobile launch date revealed, pre-registration begins

Once reluctant to dive into the mobile gaming market, Nintendo is now filling the market with small mini games for smartphones. Games with microtransactions, of course. The latest title to be added to Nintendo's roster is a bit of a classic and one that might appeal more to kids. Dr. Mario World is launching next month and it's now revealing gameplay mechanics, including the staples of mobile games: IAPs.

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Mario Kart Tour Android beta gets rolling with lotsa IAPs

Mario Kart Tour Android beta gets rolling with lotsa IAPs

Nintendo has a bit of a dilemma when it comes to its mobile games. After years of denying its profitability, it has finally accepted reality, especially when Fire Emblem Heroes net it half a billion in revenue. That was, however, thanks to microtransactions that it loathed to use initially, as evidenced Super Mario Run. It has also taken a rather strong and almost controversial stance on gaming addiction and expenses and yet it upcoming mobile title, Mario Kart Tour, seems to be loaded with the latter.

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Super Mario Maker 2 detailed: Story mode, co-op, new themes and tools

Super Mario Maker 2 detailed: Story mode, co-op, new themes and tools

As promised, Nintendo held a new Nintendo Direct announcement today dedicated to Super Mario Maker 2, revealing all the details fans have been waiting for. Unlike the original Super Mario Maker, the sequel will feature a story mode in which players will finish courses to get coins for rebuilding Princess Peach's ruined castle. Story mode will be joined by a huge list of other changes detailed by Nintendo over its 15-minute broadcast.

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Nintendo’s surprise Mario Maker 2 Direct makes E3 2019 exciting

Nintendo’s surprise Mario Maker 2 Direct makes E3 2019 exciting

Nintendo announced today that it will host a special Nintendo Direct dedicated to Super Mario Maker 2 ahead of E3. Super Mario Maker 2 is Nintendo's big summer game for the Switch, and though it's out on June 28th, Nintendo has been pretty quiet about what we should expect in terms of new (or improved) features and capabilities. It seems that whatever lingering questions fans have about Super Mario Maker 2 will be answered tomorrow when this Direct premieres.

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9 games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

9 games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Yesterday, The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced its four inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame for 2019. Those four games are Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Microsoft Solitaire, and Colossal Cave Adventure. Those games managed to beat out some serious competition in the round of 12 finalists, including Candy Crush Saga and Half-Life, which got us thinking about other games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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Labo VR modes for Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey now live

Labo VR modes for Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey now live

If you're one of the folks who picked up Nintendo Labo's new VR kit, then you can play both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey in VR beginning today. Nintendo has pushed updates to both games that enable Labo support, allowing you to pop your Switch into your headset and play both games with a fresh perspective.

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Super Mario Bros C64 port hit with DMCA after 7-year development

Super Mario Bros C64 port hit with DMCA after 7-year development

Console makers somewhat have double standards when it comes to emulators and the wider emulation scene. They condemn it outright on the grounds of piracy and copyright infringement. At the same time, however, they themselves resort to using that same technology to lets gamers play long-retired games on nearly forgotten hardware. So it comes as no surprise that Nintendo slapped a recently released Commodore 64 port of its Super Mario Bros with a takedown notice. That, however, doesn't make it less disheartening.

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