App analysis firm looks at Super Mario Run's potential for success

1. A High-Profile Debut

You can’t ask for better exposure than being featured at Apple’s press events. Many publishers covet the opportunity to be given visibility at the event — even if it’s just their icon on the iPhone home screen.

Nintendo went a step further, and had Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto appear alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook to introduce Super Mario Run. The five-minute demo walked through gameplay and teased a holiday release date.

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Schezo (voiced by Masakazu Morita): a rather cool dark wizard, known for frequently uttering carelessly worded comments. He uses the Dark Sword.
Auto Skill: Wizard of Darkness (increases Attack Power of all allies)
Special Skill: Areiado (changes the colour of Puyo to Purple)

Ecolo (voiced by Akira Ishida): a rather mysterious being, known as a space-time traveler.
Auto Skill: Let’s play! (improves the efficiency of skills)
Special Skill: Boyoyoon (changes the colour of Puyo)

Accord & Popoi (voiced by Miwa Kouzuki) a king and mysterious teacher from the Primp Town magic school. She’s always carrying around a black cat called Popoi.
Auto Skill: Nuki Uchi Test (increases Attack Power of all allies)
Special Skills: Fermata (increases resistance of all allies (Blue))

Characters that appear in Story Mode, but can only be used in Skill Battle

Seriri (voiced by Haruka Yoshimura): a pretty shy and nervous mermaid, and a bit of a crybaby. She believes that everyone approachin her is going to tease her.
Auto Skill: Pichipichiyo! (Damage Cut)
Special Skill: Leave me alone! (HP Recovery)

Harpy (voiced by Risa Taneda): a winged girl who loves to sing… despite having a horrible voice.
Auto Skill: Resonating Singing Voice (Recovery up)
Special Skill: Harahirehorehare (lowers Defense of all opponents)

Lagnus (voiced by Akira Miki): a hero from another world, who bears a child-like figure for some unknown reason. He can go back to an adult body if he gets enough experience points, but only temporarily.
Auto Skill: Hero’s Strength (increases Attack Power)
Special Skill: Hero’s Dust (increases Attack Power of all allies)

Dongurigareru (voiced by Naomi Wakayabashi): a strange creature from the Acorn frog species, who loves singing. He moves pretty quickly, and so is quite hard to catch.
Auto Skill: Gerogero! (HP up)
Special Skill: Good Spirits Song (increases Attack Power of all allies (Green))

Onion Pixy (voiced by Noriko Namiki): the young child of a demon, with an onion as a head. He belongs to the Onion species. In order to prove his love to Oniko, he’s once again engaging in Puyo battles.
Auto Skill: Cut on (Damage Cut)
Special Skill: Baggong (removes one hand of Puyo)

ThinkGeek - Super Mario 16 oz Coin Box Mug


Don't go running in with reckless abandon when you aren't prepared. Grab your Fire Flower, grab your Tanooki Suit, and get ready to take on the day. Whether you're looking to become super with the help of coffee, tea, or whatever else gets you up and moving in the morning, this mug is sure to hold plenty of it to help you save the princess... or at least motivate you to put on pants. Well, overalls.

The Super Mario 16 oz Coin Box Mug is holds enough liquid to make you super. Whether you're looking for a piping hot cuppa or a nice hot mug of the strongest coffee you have, this mug will hold it all. Make sure you drink enough to take on Bowser and the rest of the Koopalings. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

Product Specifications
Super Mario 16 oz. Coin Box Mug
Officially-licensed Super Mario merchandise
The contents are a mystery!... not really, it's probably coffee or tea
Perfect for that pick-me-up right before taking on Bowser (Bowser is our supervisor)
Capacity: 16 oz.
Materials: 100% ceramic
Care Instructions: Hand wash only. Do not microwave.
Dimensions: 4" cube
Ages 14+

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Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide – be a hero!

Most of us look forward to some rest and relaxation over the holiday season, but a hero’s work is never done! Below, you’ll find the ultimate quests, adventures and voyages that await brave players on Nintendo 3DS family systems and Wii U this winter. Now venture forth and save the day!

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