Jeremy Parish's NES Works #72: Karnov

Quite a handsome fellow!

Coming on the heels of the NES's faithful home conversion of the not-so-faithful arcade localization of Kunio-kun/Renegade, we have Data East's almost-classic Karnov: The tale of a fire-breathing Russian strongman (who is actually dead) out to save the world from a dragon by toting around a ladder.

Switch Online NES/SNES Collection update coming Sept. 23rd (Donkey Kong Country 2, Mario’s Super Picross, S.C.A.T., and more)

More retro fun coming!

Diddy Kong gasped in horror when he discovered Donkey Kong’s favorite beach chair smashed to pieces, surrounded by hundreds of strange footprints in the sand. A ransom note left by Kaptain K. Rool claimed responsibility for the cowardly kidnapping of Donkey Kong. What cruel fate could possibly await?

Luckily, on Sept. 23, you’ll have the chance to come to the rescue when the classic Super NES™ game Donkey Kong Country™ 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest arrives for the Nintendo Switch™ system. With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can join the nimble Diddy Kong and the powerful ponytail-wielding Dixie Kong as they embark on a sweeping adventure filled with animal friends, collectibles and more hidden areas than Cranky Kong could ever dream of discovering back in his day.

In addition, the puzzle game Mario’s Super Picross and the cult beat-’em-up The Peace Keepers are also joining the Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online library for the Nintendo Switch system. The Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online collection expands its roster with the addition of an NES™ game too: the sci-fi shoot-’em-up S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team.

A Nintendo Switch Online membership grants instant access to a total of 90 classic games to explore and enjoy in the service’s expanding libraries. Here are additional details on the games arriving this month:

Super NES

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Kaptain K. Rool and his Kremlings have kidnapped Donkey Kong. Enter Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong, who are ready to brave the seas to save our hairy hero. Diddy Kong's Cartwheel can sprint him across a distance, while Dixie Kong's Helicopter Spin will let her float from high places. Play solo or with a friend in eight exciting worlds. All aboard, and let's set sail!

Mario’s Super Picross – Use numbers as clues and chisel away squares to bring a hidden image to the surface, with Mario cheering you on as you progress through the game’s puzzles. You can get a friend in on the excavation too. Two chisels are better than one! This puzzle game launched on the Super Famicom™ system in 1995 and has never been released in the U.S. until now.

The Peace Keepers – The DM Corp is responsible for a new string of troubling incidents. It's up to Flynn and his crew to rise up and stop them. Progress through each stage by executing on the deep action gameplay and unleashing each character's unique super attacks. The story changes based on the route you take!


S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team– In the year 2029, Supreme Commander Vile Malmort and his army land on Earth, aiming for world domination. Your main objective is to send these alien invaders packing. Blast and fly through relentless enemies and bosses while collecting new weapons, speed boosts and life recoveries. Get ready, soldier. You're Earth's only hope.

GoNintendo Video - Seeing if I can still beat Super Mario Bros. for its 35th anniversary

Have I lost my touch?

It's Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary, which means it's time to dust off the original game and see if I'm still capable of beating the game. Have I lost my touch since my single-digit days, or can I still eek out a victory?

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Super Mario Bros. 3 prototype sells for over $31k at auction

What a Frankenstein!

A unique part of Nintendo history just brought in over $31k at auction. The above cart may say Kid Icarus on the label, but the chips in that cart contain an early version of Super Mario Bros. 3. The cartridge is obviously one-of-a-kind, and it dates back all the way to February 1990. How or why this cartridge made it outside of Nintendo's offices and into someone's hands is anyone's guess, but now it's a part of a fan's collection!

Super Mario Bros. officially turns 35 years old

In other news, I'm old!

Well, gang...today's the day. Technically tomorrow in North America, but over in Japan, it's time to celebrate. The original Super Mario Bros. is now 35 years old!

It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since the first true Mario adventure released. You have to wonder if Nintendo had any idea just how big Mario would be all these years later. You can bet Nintendo hoped that would be the case, but I'd imagine things have grown beyond even their wildest dreams.

Happy 35 years to Super Mario Bros.. Here's to another 35 years of fantastic games!

Nintendo opens websites for Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels in honor of the 35th anniversary

A new way to celebrate

Super Mario Bros. is officially 35 years old on Sept. 13th, 2020, and Nintendo is celebrating in all sorts of fun ways. We've already seen multiple products announced, and now Nintendo has given the game something that just wasn't possible 35 years ago...its own website.

Nintendo has opened an official Japanese website for Super Mario Bros. that runs through what the game is all about. Not only is this a celebration of the game itself, it's also a handy reference for those who'll be playing Super Mario Bros. for the first time through the upcoming Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros..

Obviously the website doesn't share anything longtime fans don't know about the game, but it's still nice to see. Have a look through the site here.

Along with that, Nintendo has also opened a website for Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. You can give that one a look here.

Thanks to Sephazon for the heads up!

Check out the debut trailer for Console Wars, the upcoming CBS All Access documentary

This looks pretty fantastic

Console Wars, the documentary executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is nearing its release. The doc will launch on CBS All Access come Sept. 23rd, 2020, and we've finally got a trailer to check out. See the teaser for the battle between Nintendo and SEGA in the video above.

Tetris 99's developer is handling Super Mario Bros. 35

Continuing their battle royale legacy

Tetris 99 was an extremely unique take on Tetris, pitting you against 98 other online players as you all battle it out for Tetris supremacy. Earlier today we saw that Nintendo was continuing that idea with Super Mario Bros. 35, which put you up against 34 other players in Super Mario Bros. online action.

Not surprisingly, Nintendo is teaming once again with the Tetris 99 team to bring Super Mario Bros. 35 to life. Nintendo's website confirms that Akira, the team who handled Tetris 99, is the developer for Super Mario Bros. 35 as well. There's no doubt Nintendo is offering insight and help, but Akira appears to be doing the heavy lifting.

Super Mario All-Stars - Switch Online footage

Super Mario All-Stars is now live on the Switch Online SNES Collection. The package includes Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Check out the game in action above.

Nintendo shares a complete breakdown of Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (features, size, battery, and more)

What a collector's item!

Nintendo's official website for the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. includes a complete rundown of what the device has to offer. Check out the full breakdown below!

Get your hands on a new piece of Super Mario™ history with a collectable Game & Watch system!

A new look for a classic device

The original Game & Watch device came out in Japan in 1980 and was the first handheld gaming system created by Nintendo. Now you can get your hands on a new piece of history with a special Game & Watch that includes the original Super Mario Bros. game, a digital clock, and more.

Play the original Super Mario Bros. game in true Game & Watch style

Jump over bottomless pits, stomp Goombas, and enter warp pipes with the same tight controls you remember from the ‘80s! Play solo or pass to a friend for two-player fun.

Even more Mario

Challenge yourself in the included Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels game and play a special Game & Watch: Ball game with extra Super Mario flair.

Time for fun!

When you’re not saving the Mushroom Kingdom, check out the included digital clock. As time passes, 1 of 35 different animations may play… including some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes.

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