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Super Mario Bros. 3 now available on Wii U & 3DS

Super Mario Bros. 3 now available on Wii U & 3DS

NES classic Super Mario Bros. 3 is finally available on the Nintendo eShop. Considered to be one of the best platformers ever created, it’s available on both Wii U and 3DS for $4.99.

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2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

"Are games art?" Many of this year's best are easy examples to point to, with their emotional narratives and nuanced performances. But our Game of the Year, Super Mario 3D World, doesn't aspire to justify the medium to Hollywood types. Instead, it focuses on the singular goal of just being fun, gosh darn it.

Created in Nintendo's vacuum, 3D World eschews modern gaming trends: there's no open world, there are no RPG elements, there's no online multiplayer, nor are there microtransactions or DLC. Yet in spite of Nintendo's resistance towards adopting modern conventions, 3D World is far from primitive. What elevates 3D World to the top of our list is how fresh it is. Every level introduces a new way to surprise and delight players--either by innovating with new gameplay mechanics, or tapping into Mario's storied legacy in an unexpected way.

Read more: Bad for Nintendo's wallet, good for you »

"Oh, and M&L:Dream Team, and Lego City Undercover, and Pokemon. Hell of a list!"
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Super Mario 3D World review: the cat's pajamas

Super Mario 3D World review: the cat's pajamas

Nintendo has always marched to its own beat, but going head-to-head against not one but two console launches seems to have lit a fire under the company. This year's new Zelda is one of the best in years, and Super Mario 3D World is equally impressive.

Nintendo's Tokyo team, having made the Galaxy games and Super Mario 3D Land, has rightfully gained a reputation for being the "A-team" of Mario development. Super Mario 3D World continues to prove this notion right. From the moment it kicks off, each and every stage is bursting with smartly crafted platforming, surprises, homages, and hidden secrets around every corner.

Read more: Surprises and homages around every corner »

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Super Mario 3D World doesn't rule out more Galaxy, says Miyamoto

Super Mario 3D World doesn't rule out more Galaxy, says Miyamoto

Super Mario games have started to branch off into separate lineages, with Super Mario 3D World and Galaxy coming from one team at Nintendo and the various 'New Super Mario' games from another. But while the Galaxy team has been hard at work on 3D World, that doesn't necessarily mean Galaxy is dead and buried. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto recently signaled that another Galaxy is still a distinct possibility.

Read more: "The same team can't make both at the same time" »

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New Super Mario 3D World trailer shows off new ways to play

New Super Mario 3D World trailer shows off new ways to play

There's only so much we can say about Super Mario 3D World due to review embargoes and such. But Nintendo isn't obligated to keep their mouths shut. In fact, they can flat-out spoil many of the surprises in store for players. A new trailer shows off 10 things you probably didn't know about the game, but will make you say "wow." But be warned: perhaps you'll want to discover these things in the game yourself?

Watch: Spoilers! »

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Super Mario 3D World includes bonus Luigi-themed retro game

Super Mario 3D World includes bonus Luigi-themed retro game

The Year of Luigi is coming to an end. But Nintendo has yet one more bonus to celebrate Luigi's leaner, greener brother. The upcoming Super Mario 3D World includes a readily-accessible bonus that pays homage to one of the earliest entries in the franchise.

Spoilers follow.

Watch: Luigi returns »

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Play Super Mario 3D World at Pottery Barn right now

Play Super Mario 3D World at Pottery Barn right now

Want to see first-hand why we're so enchanted by Super Mario 3D World? Then you best head to a Pottery Barn. Seriously.

Starting today, Nintendo will have "Wii U Game Lounges" set up at participating PBteen stores. That's short for Pottery Barn Teen, if you're not up with how kids talk these days. There are over a dozen locations participating, with most stores offering the experience until the 24th--a few days after the game's launch.

Read more: Find out where to go »

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How HD graphics helped inspire gameplay in Super Mario 3D World

How HD graphics helped inspire gameplay in Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World marks the franchise's first 3D foray into HD. Nintendo's colorful animated worlds really come to life with the added power offered by Wii U. However, Nintendo rarely focuses on graphics for the sake of graphics. Game director Kenta Motokura pointed out that the jump to HD allowed the team at Nintendo Tokyo to come up with new gameplay ideas.

Read more: 'Different ideas that we really haven't done before' »

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Super Mario 3D World video shows off brand new power-ups

Super Mario 3D World video shows off brand new power-ups

Updated with English language trailer.

Sure, this six minute video of Super Mario 3D World is in Japanese English. But Mario games are so instantly enjoyable, you won't have any trouble understanding what's going on. This video shows off the many new gameplay features of the Wii U game, from the unique SMB2-inspired character abilities to new power-ups like the double cherry and light box. You'll also see the new Miiverse-enabled ghosts.

Watching this video should explain exactly why we were so enthused about the game after our most recent hands-on. The variety on display in this video shows that Nintendo Tokyo certainly knows how to keep Mario fresh--with or without cat ears.

Watch: Mario throws boomerangs, abuses Goombas »

"My most anticipated game this year. My Xbone One will stay in box for few days."
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Super Mario 3D World preview: cherry fun

Super Mario 3D World preview: cherry fun

The annualization of Nintendo's marquee Mario series had us concerned: has Mario lost its charm? At first glance, Super Mario 3D World for Wii U may suggest the franchise has become stale. It looks and plays much like Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS--while losing the unique made-for-3D gameplay of the handheld original.

Yet, a recent hands-on session with the game shows that there's still a lot of untapped genius at Nintendo. Specifically, 3D World proves that one should never doubt Nintendo Tokyo, the team responsible for the best-in-class Galaxy games.

Read more: Playing with shadows »

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Nintendo dates 2013 holiday games for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo dates 2013 holiday games for Wii U and 3DS

With a Wii U price drop and the newly-announced 2DS handheld, Nintendo has the potential to market its games to a much wider audience. So, here's exactly what the publisher plans on bringing out until the end of the year.

The company's headline franchises Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will both launch on November 22--just in time for Black Friday. Going for a hat trick, that date will also see the release of Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS.

Read more: The full calendar »

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Nintendo defends rapid release of new Mario games

Nintendo defends rapid release of new Mario games

Mario games used to be big events. Six years separated Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Four years separated Gamecube's lone Mario game with New Super Mario Bros for 3DS. And now, with the upcoming release of Super Mario 3D World, we're on track to have three Mario games in two years. Has Nintendo diluted the brand?

"We think we're putting out the right number of Mario games based on what fans are asking for, based on what our own developers' creative visions are," Nintendo of America senior director of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta said. "The key to that is as long as there's innovation is occurring within the gameplay, as long as there's new features, then marrying the characters and the IPs that people love is the right call from our standpoint."

Read more: 'You could call all the games that we're making here new IP' »

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For casual players, Nabbit steals the show in New Super Luigi U

For casual players, Nabbit steals the show in New Super Luigi U

The Year of Luigi took center stage again last week with the release of New Super Luigi U, a campaign-sized chunk of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U. With the absence of older brother Mario, Luigi suddenly had a spot open for his four-person team. Enter Nabbit, the plundering purple rabbit that boasted an immunity to enemies. His inclusion promised to prove friendlier to casual players, so I decided to put that idea to the test.

Read more: Easier boss battles »

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New Super Luigi U Japanese trailer highlights differences

New Super Luigi U Japanese trailer highlights differences

New Super Luigi U, the large-scale downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros U that has now been announced as a standalone product to boot, runs the risk of all Luigi-related properties: being overshadowed by its brother. Nintendo of Japan has apparently recognized this, and produced a trailer that shows off a few of the differences between Luigi's adventure and last year's Mario title.

Read more: Reduced clock, different movement »

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New Super Luigi U coming as $20 DLC in June, or as $30 retail disc

New Super Luigi U coming as $20 DLC in June, or as $30 retail disc

How big is New Luigi U, the brotherly themed DLC pack for New Super Mario Bros U? So big that it's not just a downloadable expansion anymore.

New Super Luigi U will launch as DLC on June 20 for $19.99. On August 25, it will hit stores for $29.99. Nintendo said this was to facilitate players who may not own the original game but want to play as Luigi.

Read more: Nabbit the bunny added for multiplayer »

"I'm interested (loved NSMB-U), but I'm still going to wait for reviews."
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