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Super Mario Maker Review

Super Mario Maker review: Building blocks

By on September 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Super Mario Maker review: Building blocks

I’ve never aspired to design games.

I love to play games, write about games and talk about games, but I also know that I lack the skills necessary to build one myself. I’m in awe of the studios that do manage to ship a complete, working product, even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they originally intended, because I know the insane amount of time and resources that are dedicated to game production.

For all of these reasons (and probably a few more), I’ve never been able to fully invest myself into a game that relies on me to provide user-generated content.

Super Mario Maker is the first.

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Mario Skate Video Corridor Digital

Video: Mario Skate is the Mario Kart spinoff we deserve, but will never see

By on August 26, 2015 at 12:35 AM.

Video: Mario Skate is the Mario Kart spinoff we deserve, but will never see

Mario has been known to dabble in multiple pastimes, including soccer, golf and tennis (which he’ll be returning to in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash on Wii U this holiday season), but one thing we haven’t seen Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom companions do is skate. At least, we hadn’t until this week.

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Nintendo NX

Nintendo NX: Here’s what we can expect to see from Nintendo’s next-gen console

By on August 18, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

Nintendo NX: Here’s what we can expect to see from Nintendo’s next-gen console

No one would blame you if you (incorrectly) assumed that the Wii U would be Nintendo’s last traditional home console. After gambling on the Wii, Nintendo decided to take another huge risk by releasing a majorly underpowered console with a controller as large as an iPad, but this time it didn’t pay off.

Third party developers vanished, first party developers ran out of gimmicks and everyone moved on to the PS4 and Xbox One. But it’s not the end of the road for Nintendo. A new console is coming, but how will it compare to the Wii U?
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Super Mario Maker Gameplay Video

Super Mario Maker: The Wii U’s last chance to make a splash in 2015

By on August 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Super Mario Maker: The Wii U’s last chance to make a splash in 2015

Once again, it’s been an incredibly tough year for the Wii U. Sales are still failing to meet expectations, the first-party lineup is remarkably small and third parties have all but given up on the console. There’s no point in sugarcoating it, but that doesn’t mean Wii U owners don’t have anything to look forward to for the rest of the year. More →

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Nintendo Smart Boy Android Phone Concept

If Nintendo ever makes an Android smartphone, it should look like this

By on July 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

If Nintendo ever makes an Android smartphone, it should look like this

One of the most fascinating announcements that Nintendo has made in the past year is that it has plans to enter into the mobile gaming market. Within the next few months, we’ll be able to buy a first-party Nintendo game on our mobile devices for the very first time, but concept artist Pierre Cerveau decided to take the idea to its natural conclusion.

This is the Nintendo Smart Boy concept — an Android phone made by Nintendo.

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Nintendo Death of the Wii U

Nintendo May Kill Off the Wii U Sooner Than Any of Us Expected

By on July 8, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Nintendo May Kill Off the Wii U Sooner Than Any of Us Expected

From the moment Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at E3 2011, I knew that something had gone wrong.

After a generation of trying and failing to keep up with Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo struck gold with the Wii. It was different than anything we’d ever seen before, but somehow still more approachable than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

It sold as well as any console in history for half a decade, but when it was time for Nintendo to follow it up, we didn’t get the Wii 2. Instead, we got the Wii U — a half-baked upgrade with an undersized tablet for a controller. More →

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Nintendo Cross Leaked Video

‘Nintendo Cross’ Is an Obvious Hoax, But Nintendo Should Steal These Ideas

By on July 1, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

‘Nintendo Cross’ Is an Obvious Hoax, But Nintendo Should Steal These Ideas

You have to hand it to the gaming community — when they want to prank one another, they really go all out. Late last year, one graphic designer spent hours photoshopping Rayman into the character select screen for the new Super Smash Bros. and now another prankster has put together a fake concept reveal video for the unannounced NX, or Nintendo Cross, console.

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Mario Unreal Engine 4

This Is How Incredible Mario Might Look on Nintendo’s Next-Gen Console

By on June 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

This Is How Incredible Mario Might Look on Nintendo’s Next-Gen Console

In the past, we’ve featured a few of the most astounding Unreal Engine 4 creations we could find here on BGR, but this frighteningly realistic recreation of Mario is my new personal favorite. Nintendo might not be willing to talk about its next-gen NX console quite yet, but if you want an early sneak peek at how incredible Mario could look, this is your chance.

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Wii U Vs. PlayStation 4 Vs. Xbox One Sales

Legendary Nintendo Designer Explains Why the Wii U Flopped So Hard

By on June 23, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Legendary Nintendo Designer Explains Why the Wii U Flopped So Hard

Yes, it’s fair to say that the Wii U has been a disaster for Nintendo, which has seen its newest console get badly outsold by both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, thus forcing it to enter the realm of smartphone games for the first time to generate much needed extra revenue. Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who was the creative mind behind both the Mario and Zelda franchises, tells NPR that people stayed away from the Wii U because they flat-out didn’t understand what they were supposed to do with it. More →

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Nintendo E3 2015 Preview

Distraught Nintendo Fans Need to Chill Out: The New Wii U Games are Fun

By on June 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Distraught Nintendo Fans Need to Chill Out: The New Wii U Games are Fun

Spending all my waking hours on the show floor at E3 2015, I’ve been out of the loop for the most part when it comes to the actual fan reactions from the announcements earlier this week. After Sony and Microsoft blew the doors off their respective venues, I assumed that Nintendo fans would be chomping at the bit for some huge revelations.

What they got instead was a blocky Metroid spinoff, a three-player Zelda game, an Animal Crossing board game and an English translation of an RPG that came out 25 years ago. Needless to say, Nintendo fans were unhappy. More →

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