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The initial pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Mario, a time machine, and Wario as the main villain

Donkey Kong Country started off COMPLETELY different

Games change a lot from their first idea to final release. A ton of different options are discussed, elements are tweaked or cut altogether, and some content never makes it past the initial pitch. Turns out Donkey Kong Country is a great example of that.

Believe it or not, the original pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Mario and a time machine. Wario ends up stealing that time machine, uses it to get some sort of crazy gun that turns Mario to stone, and Donkey Kong sets out to save the day when he hears about the trouble. It sounds like some sort of off-the-wall fan fiction, but it's all how Donkey Kong Country got started!

You can learn a lot more about that initial pitch, complete with more artwork, in the video above. Thanks to ibbsters for the heads up!

Wario and Kalimari Desert teased for Mario Kart Tour

I'm-a-Wario!

Nintendo has been teasing all sorts of racers and tracks for Mario Kart Tour lately, and they've continued the trend today. We now know that Wario is on his way, as well as the Kalimari Desert track. The only question left is when this content will actually see release.

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works Color #3 - Wario Land II retrospective

Obey Wario

For Nintendo's third portable system (allowing for a very loose definition of "portable" where Virtual Boy is concerned), we once again have another platformer in the Super Mario Land family to help kick things off. But while Wario Land II may technically be a sequel to Super Mario Land, it has almost nothing to do with that game besides being a platform game inspired by Super Mario Bros. It drops the "Mario" title altogether, focusing entirely on antagonistic protagonist Wario, who finally distinguishes himself from his do-gooding rival by being completely immortal. There are no health pick-ups here, no 1UPs, none of that frail nonsense. Wario is indestructible, like all cartoon bad guys, and Wario Land II builds on that premise to create an exploratory puzzle-platform experience like nothing before it. It's a masterpiece, and a great launch title for Game Boy Color... even if it technically wasn't, originally.

Man in Japan caught smuggling Ecstasy shaped like Wario

Warioh-no

27-year-old Satoshi Kishimoto is in a bit of trouble. He was found to be carrying 2 baggies full of Ecstasy while wandering around Tokushima, Japan, and brought in by the police on smuggling charges. As you can see above, the Ecstasy pills were shaped like Wario. I think this goes without saying, but Nintendo had absolutely nothing to do with this drug's creation.

Game Freak's latest video feature revisits Mario & Wario

In their latest video, Game Freak revisits Mario & Wario, a title they developed for the Super Famicom. The title never saw release outside of Japan, which is a real shame! For the time, it was a pretty unique side-scrolling puzzler! At least Game Freak hasn't forgotten it!

WarioWare Gold - Young Cricket and Master Mantis Character Trailer (English)

It’s business as usual as Master Mantis trains his dutiful student Young Cricket in the mastery of martial arts! Discover their Sports-themed Touch League microgames in WarioWare Gold!

WarioWare's Pyoro mini-game gets a fan-made port to N64

I am a really big fan of the Pyoro mini-game from WarioWare. I've actually poured a lot of time into the various iterations. Now there's one more way to play, and it's on the N64! One resourceful fan has put together a custom build of the game for the N64, which you can see in action via the GIF above. Man, I'd really love to give this a shot on the actual hardware!

Thanks to CM30 for the heads up!

WarioWare Gold - Kat and Ana trailer (English)

Twins Kat and Ana have arrived at Diamond City Castle to get their ninja learner’s permits! Discover their Touch League microgames in WarioWare Gold! Stay tuned for more character videos…

WarioWare Gold - 5-Volt, 9-Volt & 18-Volt Character Trailer (English)

It’s time to rock out with 5-Volt, 9-Volt and 18-Volt! Discover their Nintendo-themed microgames across Mash, Touch and Twist Leagues in WarioWare Gold! Stay tuned for more character videos…

WarioWare Gold - Volt family trailer

The whole Volt gang has dropped in for the latest WarioWare Gold Japanese trailer. Appearances from 9-Volt, 13-Volt, 18-Volt, and 5-Volt!

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