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Sonic Mania (Gameplay)

Sonic Mania (Gameplay)

From everything we can tell, the upcoming Sonic Mania is the true return to form for SEGA’s blue hedgehog and his pals we’ve been waiting for for years. This six-minute extended gameplay video should convince you if you were sitting on the fence.

Super Mario Odyssey (Trailer)

Super Mario Odyssey (Trailer)

Everyone and everything wears Mario’s hat in what could be the killer app for the Switch – a massive 3D platformer with the kind of creative level design, innovative and fun gameplay that harkens back to the all-time Nintendo classic Super Mario 64. Drops 10/27/17.

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Mario’s Lost Kart

Mario’s Lost Kart

A guy finds himself stranded when his car won’t start, and the only ride he can get home is in a go kart. Unfortunately, the vehicle he gets his hands on belongs to somebody else, and he wants it back. A fun Nintendo fan film from Nukazooka.

UNIQLO x Nintendo 2017

UNIQLO x Nintendo 2017

UNIQLO’s upcoming collection of Nintendo t-shirts are based on 25 fan-submitted designs, chosen from over 16,000 submissions with the help of none other than Mario and Zelda co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto. The tees go on sale on 5/18/17.

Nintendo 2DS XL

Nintendo 2DS XL

Like TV makers, Nintendo is finally admitting defeat in the world of 3D content, and offering up a new version of their popular folding handheld, devoid of the eyeball-crossing 3D top screen. The 2DS XL does everything the 3DS XL does, minus the 3D bit. Drops 7/28/17 for $150.

Super Deadly Mario

Super Deadly Mario

We’re not sure who the animator is behind this dark alternative version of the Mushroom Kingdom, but we love the idea of a Mario game where our plumber tosses bombs at enemies, and leaves a bloody wake in his path. We need this to be playable.

Yoshi in Sonic 2

Yoshi in Sonic 2

An awesome fan-made mod for the SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog 2, adding one of Nintendo’s heroes. The hack lets you play as Yoshi, along with his abilities from Yoshi’s Island. If you’re willing to download random files from the internet, enjoy.

Fire Emblem Echoes

Fire Emblem Echoes

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive and a full remake of the second Fire Emblem game. It has a freely navigable world map, third-person dungeons, and the series’ trademark turn-based battles with optional permadeath.

Nintendo Switch: Arms 101

Nintendo Switch: Arms 101

Like Smash Bros. games, the Switch-exclusive boxing game Arms is easy to pick up and play. But if you want to be competitive, you need to know how the different characters and fists work. Mix and match them to suit your style.

Working LEGO Piranha Plant

Working LEGO Piranha Plant

Fans of Super Mario Bros. will immediately recognize this obnoxious bit of vegetation as a Piranha Plant. Jason from JK Brickworks brought the creature to life in mechanized LEGO form, complete with a motor drive to pop the plant up and down from a pipe as it chomps its jaws.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Trailer)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Trailer)

The definitive version of Mario Kart 8 comes with all of the game’s previously released downloadable content. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also adds new Battle Modes, up to 4-player local multiplayer, and up to 12-player online multiplayer races. Drops 4/28/17.

Wargroove (Trailer)

Wargroove (Trailer)

Wargroove swears that it’s more than just Advance Wars in a fantasy world. Not that that’s a bad thing. The turn-based strategy game has great pixel art, single-player campaigns, and local and online multiplayer. Coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC.

Pokémon Duel

Pokémon Duel

Pokémon Duel for iOS and Android combines a board game with Pokémon’s familiar collecting and battling mechanics. The goal is to get one of your virtual figures to your opponent’s base. You can customize your Pokémon’s attacks and level them up.

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Nintendo Classic Mini Giveaway

Nintendo Classic Mini Giveaway

The NES Classic Mini was one of the hottest holiday gifts. But if Santa didn’t bring you one, you can still score one without having to dig into your pocket. Drop by The Awesomer Shop to win your own, along with an 8Bitdo wireless controller and Retro Receiver. (Ends 2/8/17)

Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Trailer 2)

Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Trailer 2)

Hyrule is long gone, and Ganon runs wild yet again. But like clockwork, the Dragonborn a Hero of Time rises to the occasion. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drops 3/3/17 for the Wii U and the Switch.

Miyamoto on Game Design

Miyamoto on Game Design

Vox sums up the contributions and philosophies of Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto – who helped create Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and more – with the help of Miyamoto himself.

Super Mario Odyssey (Trailer)

Super Mario Odyssey (Trailer)

For his first game on the new Nintendo Switch, Mario heads off on an adventure of epic proportions, from expansive urban settings, to colorful and cartoony worlds we’re more used to seeing our plumber in.

Super Retro Boy

Super Retro Boy

Retro-bit’s new handheld gaming system lets you play Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy color cartridges all on a shiny new backlit screen that’s bigger and brighter than Nintendo’s originals, and touts a rechargeable battery. Drops Q3 2017 for about $80.

Super Mario x Rubik’s Cubes

Super Mario x Rubik’s Cubes

We can’t imagine how many hours it took the guys from juggling troupe Synchronicity to create this stop-motion Super Mario Bros. tribute video, created entirely by rotating the faces of hundreds of Rubik’s Cubes. Though this isn’t exactly the first time they’ve done this.

Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run

Nintendo’s endless runner is as polished and innovative as other Mario games. Super Mario Run simple tap and hold mechanic is fresh and fun. It also has asynchronous multiplayer and a kingdom-building minigame. The initial stages are free, but it’s $10 to play the full game.

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8Bitdo NES30 Wireless Set

8Bitdo NES30 Wireless Set

The NES Classic Edition’s controllers have inexplicably short cables. That’s why 8Bitdo came up with the Retro Receiver, a Bluetooth adapter and wireless NES-style controller for the tiny console. The adapter also works with the Wii Mote, Wii U Pro, PS3 & PS4 controllers.

Fallon Plays Nintendo

Fallon Plays Nintendo

Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé and Shigeru Miyamoto dropped by The Tonight Show to showcase the mobile game Super Mario Run and the upcoming hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Skip to 4:37 for the Switch.

Samuraiguitarist: Super Mario World

Samuraiguitarist: Super Mario World

We’ve heard plenty of cover versions of the music from Mario games, but Samuraiguitarist knocked it out of the park with this one, which not only perfectly lines up with the gameplay in the top left corner, but includes appropriate sound effects produced with his guitar.

Super Mario Maker for 3DS

Super Mario Maker for 3DS

Nintendo’s deceptively deep torture test chamber is coming to its handheld. Super Mario Maker for 3DS comes with 100 new courses, over 60 course elements and course sharing and collaborative building with other players.

Super Mario: Underworld

Super Mario: Underworld

We always thought the pipes in the Super Mario games just led to the sewer, but it turns out that they lead somewhere much, much darker, at least according to this short by Nukazooka, which could also be called Super Mario: The Upside-Down.

Music Genre: Video Game

Music Genre: Video Game

Musician Seth Everman sat down at his synthesizer and decided to see if he could improvise the soundtrack for a generic Nintendo or SEGA game. The result? As one YouTube commenter put it: “Is this the leaked soundtrack for the next Zelda?”

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