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    Infographic traces Super Mario’s creation and evolution

    Super Mario Bros. is arguably one of the best and most influential video games ever made, and thirty years later, Mario remains the most recognizable character in video-gaming. Three decades after he played a supporting role in Shigeru Miyamoto’s Donkey Kong, Mario’s popularity continues to grow and this week marks the release of his brand […] More

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    Brick by Brick, The House Mario Built: Revisiting ‘Super Mario 64’

    The Nintendo 64 was in heavy demand upon its release in 1996. Time Magazine called it “that rare and glorious middle-class Cabbage Patch-doll frenzy.” Nintendo’s third home video game console (nicknamed N64) was launched with two games outside of Japan: Pilotwings 64, and Super Mario 64, arguably one of the greatest video games to date, and […] More

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    Brick by Brick, The House Mario Built: The NES Days

    The Nintendo Entertainment system was released in 1985 and retailed for $199 in the U.S.. The standard package included an 8-bit graphics console and two classic game controllers. Other bundles featured the NES Zapper along with the supported NES game Duck Hunt. If you were one of the luckier kids, your parents shelled out a […] More

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    Ranking Nintendo’s Consoles

    The word “Nintendo” can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven,” but it took more than just luck for Nintendo to become a world-wide sensation and more importantly, remain relevant in the video game market for over three decades. While other companies have since shut down, Nintendo continues to develop […] More

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    NXpress #13: Brick by brick, a celebration of Super Mario Bros.

    Thirty years later after the release of Super Mario Bros., Mario remains the face of videogaming and one of the most recognizable characters in any medium. He’s appeared in two hundred games, collectively selling over two hundred million units and thanks to the heroic Italian plumber, Nintendo helped end the videogame crash of 1983. Super […] More

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    ‘Super Mario Galaxy 2’ is why one 3D Mario game per console may be enough

    With each new flagship iteration of Mario’s 3D adventures, you can sense Nintendo’s master designers dreading those four little words escaping the player’s lips. From Mario 64 to the latest (and best) example, Super Mario 3D World, the mustachioed plumber’s console titles have adhered to a strict regime of fresh, introducing unique concepts in one level , developing and building on mechanics and ideas only to scrap them at the flagpole, sometimes never to be seen again, no matter how successful. It’s a well-documented philosophy, and one that has bled into to other franchises, not only helping keep a 100-stage game from going stale, but also a 30-year old series. Unfortunately this excellent way of thinking did not apply to the only same-system Mario sequel since the NES: Super Mario Galaxy 2. More

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    Looking back at the 1990 Nintendo World Championships

    25 years later, and the Nintendo World Championships are coming back with the qualifying rounds to be held at Best Buy locations across the U.S. on May 30. Regional winners will move on to the championship, which will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. live in Los Angeles on June 14. Following this news, […] More

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