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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit serves up real-world AR kart racing

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit serves up real-world AR kart racing

Nintendo made of a bunch of announcements for the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise today, but the reveal of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is one that caught us completely off guard. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit attempts to take the always-popular arcade racer into the real world by giving you a physical toy kart that you'll race around your living room using a Nintendo Switch.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings three Mario classics to Switch: Release date and more

Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings three Mario classics to Switch: Release date and more

The Super Mario franchise turns 35 this year, and for the better part of 2020, we've been hearing rumors that Nintendo plans to re-release a number of classic 3D Mario games for the Switch in celebration of this anniversary. The entire time, Nintendo has kept its lips sealed, but today, it finally broke its silence by announcing Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a compilation that includes enhanced ports of three very famous Mario games.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King review: Puzzles, puns, papier-mache

Paper Mario: The Origami King review: Puzzles, puns, papier-mache

Paper Mario: The Origami King is a difficult game for me to wrap my head around at times. I think it's safe to say at this point that longtime Paper Mario fans want something more in line with the original N64 title or GameCube's Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. These days, though, Nintendo seems to view the Paper Mario franchise as a more experimental one that doesn't need to fit into any single genre, thereby causing a rift between it and fans when it comes to the direction Paper Mario should go.

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Massive Nintendo leak yielded prototypes of classic games

Massive Nintendo leak yielded prototypes of classic games

Nintendo doesn't seem to be having the best of times this year when it comes to security. Following the hack of hundreds of thousands of Nintendo accounts back in April, the company experienced another data breach in May, this time yielding a massive amount of source code for many of its old games and consoles. While the gaming industry is still coming to grips with the full repercussions of this leak, some more enterprising individuals have apparently put in the work necessary to use that source code and build what they claim are prototypes of some of Nintendo's earliest franchises, including Super Mario, Star Fox, and even Legend of Zelda.

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Mario Kart Tour mobile game finally gets a landscape mode

Mario Kart Tour mobile game finally gets a landscape mode

Video games, even the most immersive ones, can really only offer approximations. Nowhere is that more evident than in the input controls, where a mouse click or button press makes your character swing a sword or jump. Some actions, however, do seem to map more closely to their in-game equivalents, like clicking with your finger to tap a gun's trigger or tilting your controller to turn a car. The latter is finally coming to the mobile incarnation of the popular Mario Kart franchise, unfortunately perhaps a year too late to make much of a difference.

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Mario is getting his own Jenga and Monopoly games: Here’s why

Mario is getting his own Jenga and Monopoly games: Here’s why

The Super Mario franchise is turning 35 years old this year, and while there have been rumors that Nintendo will remaster a number of classic Mario games for the Switch, this anniversary serves up the opportunity for plenty of Super Mario-themed toys and products. LEGO already got the ball moving with its Super Mario and NES sets, which will all be out next month, and now Hasbro has revealed two new Super Mario board games.

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LEGO NES kit revealed for nostalgic adults with cash to burn

LEGO NES kit revealed for nostalgic adults with cash to burn

Throughout the first half of this year, LEGO and Nintendo have been trickle releasing information about their new LEGO Super Mario sets. It turns out that Super Mario isn't where LEGO and Nintendo's team up ends, as the two companies today announced the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System. As the name suggests, this new LEGO set will have you building an NES, its accompanying controller, and even a retro '80s TV all out of LEGO bricks.

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Sealed Super Mario Bros copy becomes most expensive game ever sold

Sealed Super Mario Bros copy becomes most expensive game ever sold

How much will you pay for a piece of history? For some, that momento is priceless, to the point that they'd pay six digits just to have exclusive ownership of what would otherwise be a footnote in the annals of history. That definitely seems to be the amusing yet completely unsurprising case of a sealed and pristine copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System, a copy that has become historical in two senses, breaking records as the most expensive sale of a single game.

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Super Nintendo World theme park opening delay is good news for gamers

Super Nintendo World theme park opening delay is good news for gamers

Assuming you're the sort of person that might one day bring your children to a Nintendo-themed amusement park, today's news is good news. Nintendo announced that they'd be delaying the opening of Super Nintendo World (the Japan-based theme park) until further notice. This delay was due to COVID-19 - not because there was an early outbreak or anything, but because they'd like to be cautious now rather than sorry later.

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Super Nintendo Land opening delayed indefinitely

Super Nintendo Land opening delayed indefinitely

A lot of businesses around the world have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic but some of the biggest casualties have been in the hospitality, tourism, and entertainment industries. Regulations against mass gatherings and large social events have pretty much forced theme parks to remain closed until recently. But while some are starting to slowly resume operations, Universal Studios Japan has decided to put on hold the opening of its newest attraction, one that would have gathered masses of kids and adults that will want to escape the worries of the real world into one straight out of a video game.

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LEGO just revealed every Super Mario set

LEGO just revealed every Super Mario set

Throughout the year, LEGO and Nintendo have been revealing the LEGO Super Mario series. The reveals began with the Starter Course, then we saw the announcement of two Expansion Sets and finally four Power-Up Packs. Today the two companies have pulled the veil back entirely, announcing the full LEGO Super Mario lineup. The whole line is extensive, to say the least.

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Super Mario 64 PC port is getting HD and upscaling mods

Super Mario 64 PC port is getting HD and upscaling mods

Like any other company, Nintendo is notorious for sending lawyers after fans that have a more liberal view on what they may or may not do with the company's treasured IPs (intellectual properties). That's especially true for fan-made mods, let alone a complete port of a popular game from a console long gone. Now that the cat is out of the bag, though, it's really no surprise that the Super Mario 64 PC port community continues to operate and grow, developing and releasing mods that seem to flaunt their defiance in Nintendo's face.

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