Hallmark releasing three more Nintendo-themed ornaments

Looking to get your holiday decorations in order already? Hallmark wants you to know they have three more Nintendo-themed items on the way. While the Mario and Link ornaments will be available in July, you'll have to wait until October to get that Donkey Kong arcade cabinet.

Nintendo Developer Head to Head Gameplay with Mr. Nogami & Mr. Yabuki

Can Mr. Nogami beat Mr. Yabuki, the producer of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and ARMS, at his own games? Let’s find out as these two Developers go head to head and play Nintendo Switch together!

My Nintendo North America - Content update for April 5th, 2018

Prima Official Starter Guide: Super Mario Odyssey - 70 PP
Prima Official Starter Guide: Metroid Samus Returns - 75 PP
Prima Official Starter Guide: Splatoon 2 - 75 PP
Starter Guide: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 75 PP

IGN Video - We Played Mario Kart Monopoly, and It’s More Interesting Than You Think

This version of Hasbro's classic board game smartly carries over some of the core mechanics of Mario Kart.

Mario Kart 7 hack makes Waluigi playable

Nintendo could just throw in Waluigi and put this game back out on shelves, and watch it sell like crazy. Mario Kart 7: Waluigi Edition. That's a million seller if I've ever heard of one! While they're at it, they could finally put Waluigi in his own starring role as well!

Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart - unboxing

I don't think there's anything to get me into Monopoly...not even a Mario Kart edition. I've tried so many times, and I just don't enjoy the game. Perhaps one day that'll change. I wonder if there's a WWE-themed Monopoly...

Hasbro and Nintendo Introduce Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart

The Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition game will be available at select GameStop stores in the US beginning today, and at most major retailers in June. The game will introduce iconic Mario Kart characters and familiar Nintendo twists the Monopoly game. Here are a few more details on the gaming experience.

Throughout the game, fans will pass – and potentially purchase – iconic Mario Kart-themed properties such as Rainbow Road and Bower’s Castle while facing familiar challenges like dodging banana peels, tossing shells, etc. along the way
Fans can choose from Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi, or Toad Mario Kart character tokens
To introduce a Mario Kart themed layer of competition, landing on or passing “Go” triggers a race where players compete for the coveted “Grand Prix” card
As seen in the Monopoly Gamer Edition game, each Mario Kart game token has special powers and abilities to use during the gameplay (e.g. when the player with the Toad token rolls a “Power-Up Boost,” all players must pay him or her 1 coin) and
Players can purchase additional “Power Pack” tokens later this fall to take their game play to the next level and collect additional characters, including Bowser, Rosalina, Shy Guy, Metal Mario, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi.

Splatoon 2 producer on Octo Expansion DLC, Inklings in Smash/Mario Kart, and a potential reference to Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur

The following discussion comes from a Game Informer interview with Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami

On creating new single-player DLC

There are actually a few reasons we decided to move forward with the single-player expansion. One of the purposes we gave for the single-player – Hero mode as we call it – in the first and second games was to give people a training ground of sorts to give them different weapons, items, and strategies to take into multiplayer.

After coming out with the games and their content, we've continued to create a variety of new weapons, and we've seen players use these weapons in all sorts of different ways. As developers, with these updates we've been bringing out, we've had new ideas that we've wanted to try out, new situations that we wanted to challenge the player with. We've kind of been storing those up. The first reason we've decided to go with this is that we've had enough of these built up over time that we felt confident that we've got enough ideas that would make for a satisfying single-player experience.

Another reason was being able to use single-player as a way to flesh out story elements that we hadn't been able to so far, whether that's the characters from Off the Hook we've seen in their news capacity to this point, or Captain Cuttlefish, who has been missing since the first game. Now you get to meet up with him and find out what he's been up to.

We want to be able to continue providing fans with these new gameplay and story elements that constitute a really satisfying amount of new content, and something that we feel confident being able to make as paid DLC. We felt that this type of content is best suited as single-player.

We're really sensitive to things like how adding certain kinds of weapons into multiplayer that you have to pay for would create imbalance among the players. We really want to make sure that we keep multiplayer an even playing field for everyone, and a place where the players' skills are on display and that is what decides the matches. But with that said, we did want people to be able to bring the skin or aesthetic of the octolings into multiplayer.

On fans saying the Octo Expansion DLC trailer had references to Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur

Giving you a straightforward answer about that might steal some of the fun out of it, so I'll keep that a bit of a mystery. [Laughs] But I will say that as I've [spoken about] the importance of music to us, we're definitely aware of that history of music videos in America, and music video culture is something we kept in mind while making this expansion.

We have members on our development team who are fans of hip-hop music and hip-hop culture, and it's people like that who feel that, just like our real world we're living in, we can bring a variety of elements into the world of Splatoon and show people that it's not just a one note type of world and that they'll be able to believe more in the reality of the Splatoon world and give it more depth.

And we were very intentional with wanting to bring in that variety of looks and sound in the Octo Expansion. In doing that in a sort of decisive way, our aim is to really make it feel like its own thing, like it's own section of the game. That was definitely something that we were intentional about.

On Inklings making it into Mario Kart and Smash Bros.

Of course it's one thing to see fans get excited for characters like Callie and Marie or Pearl and Marina from Off the Hook, but for me, the game and its contents as a whole are sort of a character or a child that I've helped create. To see the game's content as a whole accepted this much and mean this much to people has been really impactful and a really wonderful thing for me to see.

The thing that I want to do as a developer is come up with new kinds of gameplay. Thinking about it in that way, characters are sort of byproducts of that process. That said, when we create characters, we do hope they have an affection for them, and we create them to give them as much of that potential as possible.

Seeing our characters get brought into Mario Kart or Smash Bros. is kind of self-affirming to us that we made some good choices with these characters. It's rewarding to see them accepted and grow stronger by their inclusion in these other franchises.

Professional Soccer player Neymar Jr. shows off his love of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Professional Soccer player Neymar Jr. seems to be a big Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fan. He shared this video on his Facebook today, which seems to be the first in a series. We'll keep our eyes peeled for more Nintendo love from Neymar Jr. in the future.

CBS Sports creates Mario Kart-inspired short to promote March Madness

Reader Kolma sent this our way. He doesn't know anything about sports, and neither do I. The most I know is that March Madness is about college basketball. I guess CBS Sports saw fit to stir up some attention for their coverage with a Mario Kart tribute. Does any of this make sense to anyone?!