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Nintendo Partners with SONIC, America’s Drive-In

Today Nintendo has announced that folks that visit a SONIC Drive-In between April 19 and June 30 are in for a special Nintendo treat. By ordering a Wacky Pack – a kids meal that includes a selection of popular items like hot dogs, chicken strips, apple slices and juice – visitors will receive a colorful toy based on the Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam game for the Nintendo 3DS system. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam finds classic Nintendo characters Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario teaming up for the first time for a playful and absolutely hilarious role-playing adventure.

 

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Each of the five Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam toys looks and plays differently, offering kids a variety of fun options. Who is excited to collect all five?

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Nintendo Direct Summer Lineup This Thursday

Visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct on Thursday, March 3, at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET for a Nintendo Direct focused on updates about Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games planned to launch through this summer. Nintendo has stated that this  presentation will not include any updates on NX or mobile. What game announcements would you like to be announced? Let me know in the comments below. As for me I am still hoping for a proper Metroid game on the Wii U or 3DS.

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MAR10 DAY Celebration Incoming

March 10 is officially MAR10 Day!  Celebrated by Mario fans each year, the 10th of March is a special day to remember his impact on pop culture, thanks to how the day on the calendar resembles the beloved character’s name. Nintendo is celebrating with fans by listing some of the famous mustached hero’s achievements throughout the past year and by asking fans to participate by tweeting their favorite Mario moments using the #Mar10Day hashtag.

Mario’s Year in Review:

  • Mario had a big milestone in 2015! He celebrated 30 years since he leaped his way into people’s hearts in 1985’s Super Mario Bros. Fans across the country celebrated with him in this fun video.
  • Nintendo launched Super Mario Maker, a game that lets fans create and share their own Super Mario Bros. levels. So far, 6.2 million levels have been created by fans!
  • Facebook’s engineers celebrated Mario by creating their very own Super Mario Maker levels for fans to play. Check them out here.
  • A special 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo was released in a classic 8-bit design. The limited-edition figure was a tribute to the original Super Mario Bros. game that launched for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.
  • Mario hit the courts with the launch of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U. In the game, fans play as Mario and friends in intense tennis competitions.
  • For the first time, Mario teamed up with his paper version, Paper Mario, in the colorful action RPG Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for Nintendo 3DS.
  • With the help of his voice actor, Charles Martinet, Mario celebrated the grand opening of the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza.

 

…and Mario will have more to celebrate in 2016! Competing with his friends in the Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is coming to Nintendo 3DS on March 18 (with the Wii U version launching this summer).

My Mario moment was the first time reaching the castle and taking out Bowser for the first time in the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES. What favorite Mario moment is the more memorable to you? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to wish all your friends and family “Happy MAR10 Day!”

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New amiibos and Functionality Revealed

The previously announced Ryu, Roy and R.O.B. (Famicom Colors) amiibo figures will launch in March.

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When the physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches on March 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99, it will include a beautiful Wolf Link amiibo figure based on the same character from the classic game. Purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and Wolf Link amiibo bundle will currently be the only way to get this amiibo figure. When tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller, this legendary lupine opens the Cave of Shadows, a challenging new bonus dungeon in the game. After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadows to replenish life energy. After conquering the cave, players can save a record of their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo and attempt to beat their score at any time. Some of the data stored on the Wolf Link amiibo figure can also be used with The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U, which launches this year. More details about this functionality will be revealed in the future.

In addition to the Wolf Link amiibo, other amiibo figures in the Super Smash Bros. series like Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Sheik and Ganondorf will work with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. By tapping the Link or Toon Link amiibo, players can replenish their arrows. Tapping Zelda or Sheik will refill the player’s hearts, while, in a devious twist, tapping the Ganondorf figure will actually make Link take double the damage!

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On March 18, new amiibo figures in the Animal Crossing series will launch in stores, including characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover. Digby will also be made available as a stand-alone amiibo. The next series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards also launches in March, bringing the grand total of available amiibo cards to be used in games like Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival for Wii U and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS to a whopping 300. Let the collecting begin!

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Fans who are ready to compete in Rio de Janeiro with Mario, Sonic and the gang in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will also have to warm up their amiibo-tapping fingers. When the action-filled game launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 18 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, both Mario and Sonic amiibo figures will be compatible*. By tapping the Mario or Sonic amiibo figures to the New Nintendo 3DS system (or on a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory), players can boost Mario and Sonic’s outfits with that character’s power for the day.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, some of the Pokémon amiibo will be made available again at select retailers. Fans should be on the lookout for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja and Lucario to once again return to shelves right next to Pikachu.

Finally, Star Fox Zero delivers a new beginning for the classic shooter series. With a unique control scheme that uses both the TV screen and the screen on the GamePad, players pilot multiple vehicles through intergalactic levels with Fox and his classic crew. The game launches exclusively for Wii U on April 22 and will feature amiibo compatibility. More details will be revealed at a later time.

For more information about amiibo, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo.

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SEGA 3D Classics Collection Coming to the West

The SEGA 3D Classics Collection will have the powered up versions with fresh visual and content by M2 for the Nintendo 3DS system on April 26. It will be available on the Nintendo eShop and in retail stores containing nine classic SEGA games originally released on SEGA’s Master System and Genesis consoles:

  • Power DriftA high octane sprite-based circuit racer.
  • Puyo Puyo 2A head-to-head competitive puzzle game.
  • Maze WalkerA 3D mystery adventure.
  • Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa A classic psychedelic scrolling shooter.
  • Fantasy Zone II WFantasy Zone II W is basically an updated version of the game above.
  • Sonic The HedgehogControl the iconic character in the classic fast-paced platformer.
  • Thunder BladeHelicopters, guns, missiles and explosions. What more do you need?
  • Galaxy Force IISave the galaxy in this space themed3D shoot ’em up. 
  • Altered BeastA beat ’em up set in ancient Greece.  

There are games on the list available separately on the eShop already. In this physical collection it includes four additional games that haven’t been released on the 3DS before and two that never made it out of Japan. Check out a couple of screenshots below.

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