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Super Mario RPG hits Wii U VC in North America tomorrow

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Recover the seven stars and repair Star Road in this original Mario RPG!

A mysterious enemy named Smithy has appeared, forcing Mario and Bowser to fight as allies. Journey across a wide variety of locations and tackle a mixture of obstacles that will require both timing and strategy to overcome. Gain experience, grow more powerful, and meet new characters to use their abilities in taking down Smithy and his gang!

Charles Martinet appearing at Oz Comic Con

Charles Martinet is an American actor, who specializes in voice acting. He is best known for voicing Mario in the Super Mario video game series. He has voiced Mario, the title character in Nintendo's flagship video game franchise, since 1995. He also voices Baby Mario, Luigi, Baby Luigi, Wario, Waluigi and Toadsworth.

Working for Nintendo since 1994, Martinet started voicing Mario at video game trade shows in which attendees would walk up to a TV screen displaying a 3-D Mario head that moved around the screen and talked.

Martinet earned the job when, one day, he was told by his friend that there was going to be an audition at a trade show in which you "talk to people as a plumber". He went to the audition at the last minute as the casting directors were already putting away their equipment. Charles Martinet walked in and asked, "Can I please read for this?". The directors let him audition and told him, "You're an Italian plumber from Brooklyn". At first Martinet planned to talk like a stereotypical Italian American with a deep, raspy voice (which is how Mario sounded in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World cartoons). He then thought to himself that it would be too harsh for children to hear, so he made it more soft-hearted and friendly, resulting in what Mario's voice is today. He says that Petruchio from William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew was an inspiration for his portrayal of Mario.

Photographs for $40, Autographs for $30

Please note: an 8x10 photograph will be included with each autograph, or you may choose to have an appropriate personal item signed.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gets 3 Game Critic Award nominations

Best of Show

- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
- Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Console Game

- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- The Last Guardian (genDESIGN/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best Action/Adventure Game

- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent)
- Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
- The Last Guardian (GenDesign/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Nefarious - latest trailer, Wii U status update

Dev Josh Hano talking about the status of the Wii U version...

That’s a tricky question to answer at the moment. Namely due to Nintendo’s lotcheck process, something I’ve seen other game devs go through. Even with a complete game, it can take some time to get Mario’s nod of approval. But I can say we do have our Wii U dev kit fired up and ready to go. We’ll likely dedicate a few updates entirely to that process. Fortunately our team has gone through the process before with Tadpole Treble so we know what to expect.

Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for June 29th, 2016

Nintendo Badge Arcade

- 3 returning sets of Animal Crossing badges
- 2 returning sets of Tomodachi Life food badges

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!