Super Mario All Stars Wii
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Released on 03/12/2010
If you needed another reason to celebrate 25 years of Super Mario, how about a Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, containing four of the original most famous Mario games of all time from the NES, as well as a bunch of extra collectables!
Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition will include a Super Mario All-Stars Disk case containing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels all on one disk, giving Mario fans four reasons to relive the excitement of these classic games on Wii. And if you missed out on them the first time round, now's the time to discover four of the reasons why Super Mario has become one of gaming's most loved series of all time.
This new collection will also include a special booklet detailing the full history of Super Mario as well as a real treat for fans of the series - an audio CD containing music from Super Mario games spanning the last 25 years, from the original 1985's Super Mario Bros. to 2010's Super Mario Galaxy 2, with classics such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine along the way.
In the quarter of a century since Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's team put the finishing touches to his first major adventure, Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Mario has become one of the most globally recognised characters in the world of entertainment. The Super Mario Bros. series is now the best-selling video game series of all time, with more than 240 million units sold globally.
Join Mario's 25th Anniversary celebration in style, with Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition!
Nintendo unveils Super Mario All-Stars
Seeing as Super Mario's still the very best thing about gaming, we're excited to announce that Nintendo is bringing Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition to the Wii this winter.
The game will hit shelves on 3rd December - so now you know what to get us for Christmas, right?
All-Stars is a compilation disc of the NES-era Super Mario Bros games, which are generally regarded as a handful of the greatest videogames ever made. The disc includes the Western versions of Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, and 3, and The Lost Levels, the original Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 which originally didn't make it to Europe and America because it was considered too hard. Incidentally, it's really, really, really hard.
That all? Not by a long shot. Pick up the game and you'll also get a special booklet detailing Super Mario's history and - best of all in our books - a CD containing classic music from the series.
If you've only known Super Mario from his 3D days, this is the perfect opportunity to get aquainted with his early years - and play some of the most colourful and imaginative games ever devised at the same time.Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition is a Wii exclusive.
Super Mario originally had a gun!
If you like Nintendo games half as much as we do, you could be forgiven for thinking you knew everything there was to know about the genesis of the company's plucky plumber, Super Mario. Wrong. Did you know he originally came with a gun?
Believe. The news comes from Japan's Famitsu magazine, which interviewed Mario's dad, Shigeru Miyamoto, to tie in with the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. It turns out that, for a large part of the game's creation, he was packing a pistol!
"During much of development, the controls were A for shoot bullets, B to dash, and up on the control pad to jump," says Miyamoto. "The bullets wound up becoming fireballs later - we originally thought about having a shoot 'em up stage where Mario jumps on a cloud and shoots at enemies, but we dropped it because we wanted to focus on jumping action. The sky-based bonus stages are the remnants of that idea, you could say. In the end, we realised that being able to shoot all the fireballs you want while running gave Mario too much of an advantage, so instead we had it so you shoot only one fireball when you start running."
Totally weird. If it's been a while since you played Super Mario Bros, incidentally, why not pick up the compilation pack when Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition hits the Wii on 3rd December?
The news came from Mario's daddy, Shigeru Miyamoto, speaking on Iwata Asks - thanks, Eurogamer. The legendary designer announced, "In the interests of adopting new technology for the Super Mario Bros. tradition, I am now making a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS system."
He didn't offer any further details, but he did expand on a comment of Mario co-creator Takashi Tezuka's, suggesting that Mario must always be family friendly. "I think Tezuka-san is exactly right about making something that families can enjoy together," he said, "but I also think it's important to always use the most advanced technology for Mario in order to create something no one has ever seen before. Of course, it's important to make sure people still say things like "Falling down the holes is the most fun!" but something new is necessary for other aspects of the games, and it's those new elements that make a Super Mario Bros. game what it is."
With no news of a date, this is one we're probably going to have to wait for - but it will be worth it.
2011 has been a fantastic year for gaming most recognisable face, Nintendo Mario, and 2012 looks set to be another. From platforming to kart racing, tennis, Olympic sports, role playing and party games, the portly yet agile plumber is clearly a highly versatile character who can do it all. Here, GAME takes a look back at a couple of the best Mario games from this year, in case you missed them, and looks ahead to some of 2012 undoubted highlights.
3DS hasn exactly been lacking in quality games in its first year on the market, but the arrival of Super Mario Land 3D (3DS) in November and the launch of Mario Kart 7 earlier this month have really made the portable console a must own system. Mixing the best elements of older Mario games with new ideas and technology, the former is perhaps best described as a blend of the more straightforward, accessible 2D Super Mario Bros. games for Wii and DS and Wii more challenging 3D Super Mario Galaxy titles. Its magical worlds are essentially made up of left to right dashes through obstacle courses, which see players running, jumping, hovering and gliding to master the environments with the aim of reaching a flagpole at the end of each level. With simple, intuitive controls, it instantly accessible and there always a clear path to completing each stage, usually littered with coins to collect, question blocks to bump and enemies to stomp. But Mario can also wander around a little in the game 3D environments, and only explorers and the most skilled players will locate all of the secret areas, items and unlockables ingeniously hidden away in the expertly designed levels.
Mario Kart 7 is another must-play title for newcomers and series veterans alike, mixing old and new to great effect too. It offers 16 new courses and 16 classic ones from older MK games for players to compete on, all based on environments and characters from Nintendo Mushroom Kingdom. The best showcase of the console's 3D screen yet, theye absolutely gorgeous to look at and just as well designed, featuring exciting new airborne and underwater sections to compliment the on-track action. With basic accelerate, brake, fire and jump buttons, the game easy enough that anyone can pick it up and play instantly, but itl take months of practice to master the multi-route tracks, learn all of the shortcuts and become an online karting king.
Looking ahead to 2012, Mario will be joined by a host of Nintendo stablemates as well as characters from Square Enix popular Dragon Quest series in January release Boom Street (Wii). A Monopoly-style board game that challenges players to play the real estate and stock markets to win,here are 27 characters to choose from 13 from Mario games, 13 from Dragon Quest and your Mii and over 15 boards based on memorable areas from each series, with different shapes and layouts providing loads of replay value. Players race around the board trying to accumulate wealth and hit a target value while buying, selling and trading property to see who can be the first to cash out, and with both beginner and advanced settings, it could be the perfect game to get the family huddled round the telly on those cold winter nights.
Mario Tennis (3DS) also looks set to be a smash hit next year. If previous games in the series are anything to go by, itl do its best to nail the balance between realism and zany, fast-paced tennis action starring all of your favourite Mushroom Kingdom characters, as well as a few surprise ones. Wee expecting a mixture of tactical tennis gameplay, special moves and plenty of mini-games that should make a great title for Mario and sports fans alike.
Mario and friends, including Sega favourites like Sonic the Hedgehog, will keep things physical in Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympics on the Nintendo 3DS, which launches in February 2012. Players will go for gold in over 50 Olympic events that make full use of the handheld different control methods, serving up a wide variety of ways to play. Competing for the top of the podium alone or in head-to-head games with friends, players will frantically slide the Circle Pad round and round to row, tilt the system to keep their balance on the beam, and blow into the microphone to keep breathing at the right time while swimming.
Also in 2012, players will see the moustachioed, genre-hopping plumber embark on an exciting new role playing adventure in Paper Mario also on the Nintendo 3DS. It will feature frantic, turn-based battles set in a colourful and varied 3D world that takes in weapons, locations and items from Mario past and present,. It will also require clever strategic use of a range of ability-giving stickers, which can be used to carry out attacks on enemies or to fill in missing parts of the levels.
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