Yuji Naka says Cadence of Hyrule shows that Nintendo has changed

Cadence of Hyrule is a mash-up that no one saw coming. It was a complete surprise in so many ways, most of which was the game being a collab between Nintendo and an indie studio. It's uncharted territory for the Big N, but definitely shows that the company is embracing some new ideas as far as IP utilization.

One big-name dev who was just as surprised to see this game announced was none other than Yuji Naka. Mr. Naka said that some time ago, he proposed an idea to Nintendo that would have him working with Mario in some way. Nintendo was quick to shoot down the proposal, and that was that. Seeing as how Nintendo is allowing an indie dev to work with the Zelda license goes to prove that the Nintendo of old, at least in some ways, is no longer a thing.

Super Mario Run - content update for March 23rd, 2019

[Event] The latest Weekend Spotlight is now live, and it’s all about Retro Items. Here’s the items you can get from the Super Bonus game in Remix 10: 8-Bit Super Mushroom Trim (10%), 8-bit Fire Flower Trim (10%), 8-bit Super Star Trim (10%), 8-bit Mario Trim (10%), 8-bit Super Mushroom Statue (8%), 8-bit 1-Up Mushroom Statue (8%), 8-bit Fire Flower Statue (8%), 8-bit Super Star Statue (8%), Classic 8-bit Small Mario Statue (4%), Modern 8-bit Small Mario Statue (4%), Classic 8-bit Small Luigi Statue (4%), Modern 8-bit Small Mario Statue (4%), 8-bit Peach Statue (4%), 8-bit Toad Statue (4%), and 8-bit Bowser Statue (4%) (available until March 25th)

Fan turns Super Mario World map into a 3D model

Can I live here?

Talk about some gorgeous work! Nintendo fan Matt Brailsford has done an absolutely amazing job of pulling a map straight from Super Mario World and turning it into a real-life 3D model. The end result is truly gorgeous! I'd love to see the whole game turned into displays like this, but I imagine Matt might go mad making that happen!

Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

How well did Nintendo's legacy titles sell on the Nvidia Shield store in China after one year?

Not exactly killing it

The Nvidia Shield store in China has gotten 4 legacy Nintendo titles throughout the last year. The lineup included Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Punch-Out!! (Wii). Wondering how they've sold after 365 days? Check out the data below.

Super Mario Galaxy - 8,042
New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 7,315
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - 4,998
Punch-Out!! - 2,406

Not exactly a warm welcome for these titles, but there's a portion of the data we don't have. How many people in China actually bought the Nvidia Shield?

Nintendo grabs another Super Mario trademark pertaining to merch

Super Mario dental floss??

Nintendo has grabbed a new trademark for Super Mario, and it's jam-packed with uses. The thing is, none of them are game related. This trademark is focused solely on merch, as it applies to the follow.

Brushes, combs, toothbrushes, dental flosses, cosmetic tools, kitchen appliances, cleaning tools, mugs, cups, dishes, lunch boxes, water bottles, drinking straws, coasters, table mats, waste paper baskets, money boxes, soap boxes, amulets, shoehorns, chopsticks, handkerchiefs, pillowcase covers, cushion covers, picnic blankets, travel blankets, woven table napkins, woven table mats, pet blankets, bedspreads, furniture covers, sleeping bags, woven fabrics, bedsheets, blankets, towels, shower curtains, and more.

Super Mario Party updated to Version 1.0.1

Party time, excellent!

As far as we can tell, Super Mario Party has gotten its first update. This brings the game up to Version 1.0.1. You can find the official patch notes below.

- Fixed an issue with Online Mariothon in which ranking data was not displaying properly.

Fan-made Mario and Donkey Kong display created for Fallas Week

Fallas Week an event held in the city of Valencia. For the event, locals come together to build displays of prominent and historical figures. The displays are then given awards by a committee, and then the festivities end when everyone gathers to burn all their creations to the ground. No, that's not a joke!

I'm just showing a very small snippet of the Mario-related display, as this one in particular is super political. If you're okay with strong political opinions any any/all sides, you can click over and check out the full piece here.

Japanese flyer for Super Mario Maker 2 showcases Super Luigi 8-bit sprite

More hints at co-op?

This flyer for Super Mario Maker 2 might not look like anything special at first glance, but there's one particular portion of the image that's intriguing. Down on the bottom-right corner, we get a look at a Super Luigi 8-bit sprite. That sprite actually comes from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, where Nintendo updated the Luigi's look from Super Mario Bros..

In the original game, Mario and Luigi looked identical when they grabbed a Fire Flower. In Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Luigi was given a color change so that he looked different from Mario when grabbing the Fire Flower. Check out the image below to see Super Luigi and Fire Flower Luigi from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe below.

Why would Nintendo include the Super Mario Bros. Deluxe 8-bit Super Luigi sprite in Super Mario Maker 2? While there's no official reason yet, it would certainly play into the discussion of 2-player and co-op. Many believe Super Mario Maker 2 will feature some sort of two-player mode. If that's the case, the inclusion of Super Luigi's coloring from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe makes sense. This would be an easy way to differentiate between Mario and Luigi when they both pick up the Fire Flower power-up. If Nintendo stuck with how things were in the original Super Mario Bros., both characters would look exactly the same!

Super Mario Rally Tennis toy set releasing in Japan

Tennis, anyone?

A brand-new Super Mario toy is seeing release in Japan, courtesy of Epoch. This Super Mario Rally Tennis toy set will launch on April 20th, 2019. Imagine it as a much smaller, much less sophisticated version of air hockey!

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's DLC Ending Features An Interesting Mario Connection

Best of friends

The Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker DLC has arrived and features a bit of a surprise in its ending! We give our quick thoughts on it and what this "Super" connection to another Mario game could mean for the future of Captain Toad!