Nintendo Releases Surprise Nintendo Direct Mini

Nintendo surprised the world this morning by launching a Nintendo Direct Mini this morning that came with plenty of fantastic surprises. For DLC, Super Mario Odyssey is getting Luigi’s Balloon World and a few new costumes. Pokken Tournament DX is receiving two new Battle Packs.

For new games, though, Nintendo brought out a few surprises. My personal favorite is the shocking re-release of The World Ends With You: Final Remix. They also announced Mario Tennis Aces, PayDay 2, Dark Souls: Remastered, and more. Check out the Direct Mini above for a full look.

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Super Mario Cereal is Also an Amiibo

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In stores in North America as early as December 11th, Kellogg’s Super Mario Cereal is a mixed berry cereal with Mario-themed marshmallows. It’s also been a cereal that’s been rumored for a little over a week. Which is weird. But it’s not the cereal that’s been a rumor, it’s been the box, which also works with the Nintendo Switch as an Amiibo.

Using the Amiibo function of the cereal box will net you a good chunk of gold coins, and hearts in Super Mario Odyssey.

Super Mario Bros. Animated Movie in The Works

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The Hollywood Reporter has word that Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-owned animation studio behind the likes of Despicable Me, and Minions has secured a deal to develop an animated film based on the iconic plumber himself, Super Mario. Illumination has had incredible success the last couple of years, with their series of animated movies setting box office records worldwide.

However, the film could be a ways off, as the studio is currently focusing all of its efforts on the upcoming Minions 2, giving them plenty of time to flesh out a great story.

Nintendo Announces 2017 Holiday Mall Tour

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This year’s Nintendo Holiday Experience will set up shop in 17 U.S. malls, giving players the opportunity to play Nintendo 3DS & Switch games from November 11th to December 17th. It will also give My Nintendo members the opportunity to share their QR Code and receive a Platinum Point card that could give them 100, 300, or 500 Platinum Points to spend on digital rewards at the My Nintendo store.

You can hit the jump for a full list of both playable games, and locations that the Holiday Tour will be camping out for the next month.

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Nintendo Releases Mario Musical Trailer

Don’t get too excited. Nintendo isn’t releasing a musical Mario tour of sorts, but Super Mario Odyssey releases in just over two weeks, and the game’s musical impact has been vital to its success. With that in mind, Nintendo has released a new musical trailer, featuring the game’s theme song, “Jump Up, Super Star!”

Super Mario Odyssey releases on October 27, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.

New Super Mario Odyssey Trailer

Nintendo has released a new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, that’s filled to the brim with new enemies, transformations, and locales across the massive game. Together with his new trusted hat-ally, Cappy, Mario has to rescue Princess Peach once again across a universe of realities.

The game looks incredible, with an immense amount of anticipation for the holidays. Super Mario Odyssey releases on October 27th, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.

Picross S Headed to Switch

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If you’re not familiar with the Picross series of games, they’re a fantastic and fun little puzzle game, based on puzzles called Nonograms. Nintendo has been an advocate for the set of puzzles for years, dating all the way back to the SNES. Picross games have been released for the DS, and a ton for the 3DS, as well, with the Pokemon and Zelda all receiving their own spin-offs.

Now, the series is headed to Nintendo Switch. Releasing next for $7.99 on the Nintendo eShop, Picross S hits the shop on September 28th, and includes 300 puzzles, and a two-player mode, making it perfect for the Switch.

Super Mario Odyssey Bundle Announced

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One of the biggest piece of news to come out of today’s fairly lackluster Nintendo Direct was the announcement of a Super Mario Odyssey bundle for the Nintendo Switch. The bundle comes with the Nintendo Switch console, special edition red Joy-Cons, and a beautiful custom carrying case branded for Super Mario Odyssey.

The bundles for the Switch have all been fantastic, and this is no different. Those red Joy-Cons are gorgeous! Pre-Orders should open soon for the bundle.

Mario Party: Top 100 Announced

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During today’s Nintendo Direct, the studio announced a new Mario Party of sorts for the Nintendo 3DS- Mario Party: The Top 100! The new game features the top 100 Mario Party mini-games of all time, from every entry into the series.

The game will be available on the Nintendo eShop November 10th, for the Nintendo 3DS. Are there any particular mini-games you’re hoping will show up in the game?

Nintendo Direct Set for Wednesday Featuring Switch

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Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct, set for this Wednesday, September 13th. The direct will begin at 3PM PST. “Tune in for nearly 45 minutes of information mainly focused on what’s headed to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS over the next few months, including new details about Super Mario Odyssey.”

You can tune in on Nintendo’s YouTube, or over at the Official Website.

Atomic Purple Joy-Cons Being Kickstarted

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If you’ve constantly thought to yourself since its release that the Nintendo Switch just wasn’t quite retro enough for you, then this Kickstarter is absolutely for you. Partnering with ShenZhen MaiKaisi Trade Co ltd., this brave soul has worked to prototype a small run of Joy-Con shells that replicate the classic Game Boy Color visage, Atomic Purple.

The classic styling is a clear purple ABS plastic shell for the Switch Joy-Cons, as well as the Switch itself. Currently, there is also a Super Famicom button set that may also be included, though that is still currently in the works.

Nintendo Ends 3DS Production

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Nintendo has officially ceased production on the New Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The official Japanese site for the smaller-sized New Nintendo 3DS clearly states in Japanese that “production has ended,” as the little box reads 生産終了 (seisan shuuryou). This applies to both the white, and black, as well as all Special Edition models of the New 3DS.

However, fear not! The New Nintendo 3DS XL remains in full production, as it appears Nintendo has positioned the larger handheld to replace its smaller counterpart completely.

Mario Stamps Coming to Japan

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While this isn’t the first time Japan has gotten Super Mario themed stamp sets, this is most certainly the most fantastic one. Look at these, they’re fantastic. Famitsu is reporting that one full set of the stamps will run you 820 yen, or $7.30.

Hit the jump to check out a full look at the sheet itself, with a few extra, and wonderful, designs.

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SNES Classic Edition Launches in September

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Nintendo has confirmed that the Super Nintendo: Classic Edition is not only a real thing, but is launching later this year, on September 29th, for $79.99! In the box, you get an AC Adapter, HDMI Cable, and two wired SNES Classic Controllers. The system features 21 titles, including the previously unreleased StarFox 2, which is an absolute shock to the system.

The miniature console also includes: Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Zelda LTTP, SF2 Turbo, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out, Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby’s Dream Course, StarFox 1, Yoshi’s Island (First official re-release EVER by Nintendo), Super Mario RPG, Contra 3, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, and Super Ghouls n Ghosts.

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Super Mario Odyssey Theme

Nintendo has released the endlessly-catchy theme song that present in the new gameplay trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, and it’s something else. A big brass band plays, with some fantastic meta vocals by Pauline, the damsel-in-distress from the original Donkey Kong game, who just so happens to also be the mayor of New Donk City, the home of Odyssey.