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  1. Well guys, it’s Summer, and you know what that means… That’s right! It’s time to complain about how friggin’ hot it is. I mean, not everyone has to deal with 100+ degree heat like I do (lucky bastards!), but in your case, perhaps it’s just not hot enough to have a proper Summer experience. Seriously, why can’t the weather just be on our side for once? Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to be outdoors to have some Summer fun. Why not just stay cooped up indoors and have yourself a virtual Summer? Maybe not all day every day, but when you just want to get out of the insanely hellish or not-hot-enough Summer temperatures, what better alternative than to relax on the beach, only while chilling indoors? Well, if that sounds enticing to you, then allow me to share with you five games you should play over the Summer. 5. Dead Island In real life, I wouldn’t exactly call a zombie-infested island a great resort to spend your Summer vacation. Dead Island, of course, isn’t real life, so the vacation is actually kinda fun. I mean, didn’t you ever go to the beach and wish you could just shoot some zombies? I know I have. And really, you can go ahead and play whichever game in the series you feel like playing, as they pretty much have the same premise: being stranded on a sunny island resort with some pesky undead tourists roaming around. Sounds like a nice little Summer getaway, if you ask me. 4. Pokémon: Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon If you’d like to spend your Summer in Hawaii catching Pokémon, then great news! That’s basically what Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are. Taking place in the Hawaii-inspired Alola region, these two enhanced versions of Sun and Moon feature most of what you’ve come to expect from the series along with some interesting new creatures to capture, including Alolan forms of a few Pokémon you already know and love. A few other things that help to differentiate this generation from others include the replacement of gyms and the inclusion of “Totem Pokémon.” Oh, and Ultra Beasts. All in all, it’s a great iteration in the Pokémon series, and a fun game to play over the Summer. 3. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Here’s a game where girls wearing bikinis play some volleyball on the beach. If that doesn’t scream “Summer fun,” then I don’t know what does. Of course, there isn’t much else to Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, but hey, I’m sure plenty of dudes are fine with that. Oh, me? Well, uh… No comment. If you’re a girl, of course, this might not appeal to you quite as much, but there’s still a bit of fun to be had aside from the, um, impressive “physics.” No, seriously, I’m no pervert! I don’t even like this game! PLEASE BELIEVE ME! Sigh… Guess this is what I get for including this game on my list… 2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker If your idea of Summer fun involves cruising the vast ocean, waves crashing around as you discover an island of Tingles (well, dunno about that last part, but if that’s your thing…), then you can’t go wrong with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Whether you have the original GameCube copy or the HD version for the Wii U, this game boasts vibrant visuals, a great soundtrack, and some delightfully quirky characters. Like Tingle. And his equally strange brothers. It’s just an all-around fantastic Zelda game and one that really gives you a nice Summer vibe. KOOLOO-LIMPAH! Oh God, w-why did I just say that? Guys, I think I might have a problem… 1. Super Mario Sunshine If you’ve got a GameCube laying around, or perhaps a backwards-compatible Wii (or maybe you could remaster this game already, eh Nintendo?), and have yourself a copy of Super Mario Sunshine (seriously, an HD version would be nice, or at least an eShop download), go ahead and boot it up for some wonderful Summer-themed bliss. The game takes place while Mario and Peach go on a vacation to Delfino Isle and, you know, obviously things don’t go as planned. As Mario, you must go around the island cleaning up goop. I promise, the game is a blast, despite the somewhat odd premise, and is the perfect game to play this Summer. What are your plans for the Summer? Do you plan on going to a real beach/resort? Or are you planning on playing some games instead? Let us know in the comments below.
  2. Jordan Haygood

    Super Mario Sunshine

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    Artwork for Super Mario Sunshine.

    © Nintendo

  3. Jordan Haygood

    Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo, Ubisoft

  4. Jordan Haygood

    Top 10 Mario Spin-Off Games

    The great Mario…uh…Mario? Is that his last name? Or is his first name Super and his last name Mario? Whatever his full name is, he“s pretty darn famous, wouldn“t you say? Starring in all sorts of games spanning more genres than you would expect from a plumber, Mario has certainly been around the block. Now let“s all forget about the main Mario series for the time being and focus on the others, by which I mean the tons of spin-off titles the franchise has seen over the years. More specifically, let us at Game Podunk share with you what we consider to be the Top 10 Mario Spin-Off Games. Enjoy! Do you agree with our list? What are YOUR favorite Mario spin-off games? Let us know down below. Have an idea you'd like to see us use? Leave that down there as well and we might just pick it up. Don't forget to like the video and subscribe to our channel, of course.
  5. Do you like amiibos? How would you like to win the fabled Gold Edition of the Mario amiibo? Watch this video to find out how: Remember, there are three ways to place an entry into the hat, so make sure you take advantage of all three! There is only one winner, and the giveaway ends this Friday (April 10th), so you'd better get your entries in soon. Good luck!
  6. Jordan Haygood

    Gold Mario Indiana Jones

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    Indiana Jones carefully snagging a Mario Gold Edition amiibo.

    © Nintendo, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  7. Marcus Estrada

    Mario Maker Screenshot 2

    From the album: Marcus's Album

  8. Marcus Estrada

    Mario Maker Screenshot 1

    From the album: Marcus's Album

  9. Jordan Haygood

    Super Mario 3D World

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo

  10. Jordan Haygood

    Super Mario 3D World Box Art

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo

  11. Jason Clement

    Release Dates

    From the album: Editorial/Feature Images

  12. The console war is one war that will never be won. There will be victories and defeats, but there will never be a true winner to end all of this digital mayhem. And in this case, a never-ending war is the best thing gaming could ever hope for since competition fuels the need for innovation. Without an enemy to face, we would have never gotten some of the amazing things we've seen in our generation. Of course, we also wouldn't be able to laugh at the war torn history left behind by those many console giants from the past, present and future as well. And really, that's way more important than any amazing game changing innovations we might have seen in the last thirty years. So why don't you join me for an awkward look back at the world of video game rivalry? Pikachu Really Hates Sony I've mentioned Hey You, Pikachu! a number of times in a few of my past articles due to it's microphone capabilities; an extremely underused feature that I love seeing in games. The reason I'm mentioning this less-than-well-received Nintendo 64 title is thanks to an easter egg hidden in the game's long list of many phrases that Pikachu would react to. Back up, what did you just say to me? Among words such as Pikachu, apple, and lightning bolt was the extremely out of place "Sony." Now why would a rival's company be among the list of words that Pikachu responded to? Well, as we all know, Nintendo and Sony have been rivals since the very beginning of the Playstation's launch. As a way of taking a shot at Sony, Nintendo included the name of the company in Hey You, Pikachu! as an extremely negative word. If you so much as hinted to Pikachu that you were about to say the word Sony, your pokemon companion would absolutely flip out. He would stop listening to you, start electrocuting everything in his general area and drop whatever he was holding in his hands. The mere mention of Sony was enough to send him into a waking night terror with no escape. Microsoft Has A Naval Battle With Sony The Xbox 360 exploded out onto the market nearly a year ahead of its competition. Sony had finally released the Playstation 3 in America, and it was gearing up to release globally. Excited gamers in France began to stand in line as they eagerly awaited the release of the PS3... and then things got crazy. Does the X in the O stand for hugs and kisses? As the legions of French fans stood out in the cold waiting for the official launch of the PS3, a large boat adorned with Microsoft and Xbox symbols slowly came into view of the store's line of customers. In large white letters was the phrase "XBOX 360 YOU". Microsoft had pulled the proverbial boombox in the rain on this poor group of frozen gamers... and it was kind of funny. The only thing that would have made it better was if a Sony boat pulled into view and attacked the Xbox boat. It was a silly idea that did manage to get Microsoft some free advertising at Sony's expense, but I suggest they try using blimps to advertise during the PS4 launch. They're much harder to ignore because honestly, who can say no to looking at a blimp? Sonic Takes A Jab At Mario; Totally Beefs It Have you ever heard of the Sonic title, Sonic X-Treme? I'm going to guess you haven't, seeing as it was cancelled after constant game delays and massive problems during production. Many programmers slaved over the game working 16 hour days only to see their troubled game get flushed down the toilet, never to be seen again by anyone ever. But not before they got this juicy little advertisement out. How could something like this fail? Mario and his apparent henchmen are unable to bring down that pesky hedgehog no matter how hard they try because he has made the jump to the 3D world and left them in their 2D dust to rot into obscurity. The ad itself is what makes this so funny. Shortly after the game was cancelled, Mario entered the 3D realm with Super Mario 64 and ended up leaving Sonic to rot in his 2D dust while his franchise became bigger than ever. Square Enix Attacks... Themselves? Alright Square Enix, I don't think you understand the point to all of this. It's supposed to make your enemies look bad. You aren't supposed to take shots at your customers. In the PSP game, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Square Enix did just that. In the Battle Tips section of the game, you can see what Final Fantasy XII's Penelo has to say about each character. I bite the hand that feeds me, teehee! Most of them are just funny little things or observations about the characters. When you get to Cloud and Sephiroth, however, things take a turn. With Cloud, she says all he does is mope around and is therefore an uninteresting character. She then goes on to say Sephiroth is supposed to be pretty popular, but he really isn't that attractive. While these are more or less just funny little things they threw in the game to spice things up a bit, you have to remember the people who are constantly voting for Cloud and Sephiroth in character polls. They're called fangirls and fanboys, and they don't understand jokes in the slightest. Any attack on their husbandos is an attack on them, and they will write about it in their Livejournals for the whole world to not care about. Nintendo Is All Up In Sony's 3D Venture The Nintendo 3DS was a revolution in 3D technology. It was now no longer necessary to spend upwards of $60 just for a pair of glasses to see the 3D image being projected from a screen, and you didn't have to burn your eyes out like with Nintendo's first 3D venture, the Virtual Boy. Its a pretty neat gimmick for the system because when it works well, it works really well. But we're not here to discuss systems. We're hear to talk about wicked sick jabs at rival companies. "Just eat it." And this jab took place at the absolute greatest E3 ever, E3 2010. While a lot of disses and slams were being thrown around in each E3 presentation, the one that sticks out for me was Nintendo's 3DS conference. They constantly brought up the fact that expensive 3D glasses were going the way of the dinosaurs and anyone who used them were going to get left in the dust in the coming years. The very next day Sony held a conference that was almost entirely based around expensive 3D glasses. While I have no way of proving Nintendo set up their 3DS conference that way on purpose just to get Sony's goat, it seems pretty obvious that was what they were aiming for. How do you follow with your multimillion dollar project announcement right after your competition just thrashed you for a solid hour with their glasses free 3D? Well, I would say something along the lines of Sony's split screen 3D technology, but nobody uses that. The reason I love quips like these is because every time I see or hear one, I imagine someone being dunked on by a basketball player. Totally unrelated, I know. But its why I love them so much. Can you think of any other types of marketing slams that have happened over the years? Why not discuss them in the comments below? As always, thanks for reading.
  13. Jordan Haygood

    Zelda CD-i

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo

  14. Jordan Haygood

    Mario & Luigi Series

    Ever since I played Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga back in the GBA era, I've always had a thing for the Mario & Luigi series. The art style, the battle system, the charm; everything about the games made me super-excited whenever a new one is announced. And now that Nintendo has finally announced a 3DS installment - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, I can't help but get, well, super-excited. If you haven't seen it, check out the trailer: But how about you guys? Are you as excited as I am about this new Mario & Luigi game? Of the ones already released, which is your favorite? Me, I rather like Bowser's Inside Story. But maybe that's because I got to be freaking Bowser
  15. Well, gamers, it“s that time of the year again! That“s right, love is in the air and all the single ladies guys are lonelier than ever (*cries in corner*). But let“s not get into too much detail about real life, as we hear too much about that already. No, I“d rather take a look at video game romances instead, wouldn“t you? Whether a game has a tear-jerking love story, a simple story with a lot of history, or a romance so vague you won“t even know where to start, love is clearly evident within the video game world. So on this lovely day of love, let“s take a moment and look at what this guy (points at self with smug expression) thinks are the top 10 video game romances. #10: Master Chief x Cortana - Halo Series - Love comes in many different forms, with some being more illegal than others. And perhaps one of the stranger relationships on this list (though technically not illegal in real life at the moment) is that of Halo hero Master Chief and his trusty holographic partner and AI love interest Cortana. Through thick and thin, these two vastly different creatures are there for each other, willing to risk one“s own life (artificial or otherwise) for the sake of the other. This sort of forbidden romance is made even more emotional later in Halo 4, which makes this love story all the more touching. #9: Leon S. Kennedy x Ada Wong - Resident Evil Series - Here“s a love story involving two people who don“t really get along too well for the most part. Resident Evil“s Leon S. Kennedy and Ada Wong have gone through the series in an estranged relationship full of arguments, trickery, and the occasional weapon being pulled on each other. Neither would hurt the other, of course, and they will oftentimes go well out of their way to help the other. And even though the people they work for aren“t exactly in alliance, Ada is willing to take the long way if it means helping Leon and foiling his enemies. Not exactly the most convenient romantic relationship, but hey, it ain“t easy to be simple when you“ve got zombies and j“avo to worry about. #8: Sora x Kairi - Kingdom Hearts Series - One thing you will often see in Disney movies is a love story, usually involving a princess of some sort. You know what also tends to have love stories? The Final Fantasy series. So it“s only natural that Kingdom Hearts, the result of combining the two chemicals, would feature a deep and touching bit of romance. Enter Sora and Kairi, the main love birds of the series. Also, enter Riku as well, since this childhood friend adds himself to the equation to equal a conflicting love triangle. But while Riku“s off being swallowed by darkness and whatnot, Sora and Kairi have a pretty deep connection going on that makes you feel emotions you weren“t sure a game featuring both Goofy and Cloud Strife were capable of forcing out of you. #7: Nathan Drake x Elena Fisher - Uncharted Series - Nathan Drake is a super-cool, treasure-loving kind of guy. So when he meets the beautiful TV journalist Elena Fisher, of course the only thing on his mind would be the adventure and its resulting reward. But when things start to get rough during the first Uncharted game, a flame of love begins to form between the two. Come the second Uncharted game, and an old “friend†starts turning their relationship sour. Ultimately, though, their bond is too strong for silly love triangles, and by the end of Among Thieves, you can truly see just how perfect they are for each other. #6: Wander x Mono - Shadow of the Colossus - Shadow of the Colossus is a love story of few words, but resonates deeply in our hearts. This colossal story (man, I“m so clever) begins with a young man named Wander, placing the deceased body of a young woman named Mono onto an altar after she was sacrificed for supposedly being cursed. Luckily for Wander, there appears to be a way to resurrect his lost love – defeat a total of 16 colossal beasts. Regardless of how suspicious the voice who told him that is, Wander sets off to hunt down these colossi, willing to go through Hell and back to save Mono. But when all is said and done, the end reward will have to come at a price… #5: James x Mary - Silent Hill 2 - Simply put, Silent Hill is not a town you want to visit. But for James Sunderland, it“s a necessity. Even though his wife Mary had died years ago, James follows a letter she supposedly wrote for him and journeys to the evil town in search of her. And no matter how many nightmares he walks through, James never gives up his search for a wife he“s sure should be dead. Love makes you do crazy things sometimes, and when James remembers a horrible truth he had blocked out of his memory, he must confront the past and his undying love for his wife. It“s these elements that make Silent Hill 2“s story one of the most horrifyingly touching ones around. #4: Tidus x Yuna - Final Fantasy X - It“s certainly no secret that the Final Fantasy series likes love stories. With games like Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX touching gamers“ hearts all these years, the series is a good way to get your romantic fix. But if I had to choose the most romantic couple of the series, I“d have to go with Tidus and Yuna from Final Fantasy X. Yeah, there are a few annoyances here and there, but throughout the story“s course the two really develop and fall in love in a fairly natural way, growing as friends first before moving onto some bases. And by the end of the game, through certain twists in the story, it“s hard for me to not shed at least one manly tear. #3: Johnny x River - To the Moon - In the future, science has created a machine that lets you have memories implanted into your brain, allowing you to remember a life you always wished you had and die with a smile on your face. For an elderly man named Johnny, this opportunity seems right up his alley. Always wishing he“d been able to go to the Moon, doctors strap him into the machine and begin the process. However, as they delve deeper and deeper into his memory banks, a very heart-wrenching tale involving the man“s late wife River is displayed, showing events in their life before reaching the moment when they met. It“s a very touching love story, and by the end of it all, you will probably need something to dry your tear-drenched face. #2: Mario x Princess Peach - Super Mario Series - The story of a hero saving a damsel in distress is one we've heard time and time again. But that doesn“t matter, as gaming“s most famous couple has taught us all, probably unintentionally, to never give up for the one you love. No matter how many times Princess Peach gets herself kidnapped, and no matter how many “other castles†she ends up being whisked away to, Mario is always willing to travel through dangerous worlds, even going into friggin“ space, just to bring his love home safely. And even though he doesn“t get the kind of reward he probably wants (a cake and a peck on the nose ain“t gonna cut it, princess), he still continues to save her from her inevitable kidnappings after several decades. Now THAT“s commitment! #1: Link x Zelda - The Legend of Zelda Series - The Legend of Zelda series tells a series of tales shrouded in romantic ambiguity. While Link is almost always on a quest to save the lovely Princess Zelda, romance never really sparked between the two. And what makes this romance even more vague is the fact that our hero is also trying to, like, save the world or something, with love never truly blooming before the stories end. But over decades of Zelda games spanning many, MANY lifetimes, Link hooking up with the princess just seemed like it was supposed to happen. Of course, with the release of Skyward Sword, a relationship between the two was finally brought to the forefront, as childhood friends Link and Zelda (who“s not a princess this time around, by the way) obviously have the hots for each other, and Link“s sole intention when starting his quest is to save his girl. How sweet. Do you agree with the picks on this lovely list? What romances would you have added?
  16. Video games have always been a hard medium to truly define. When a game is creatively constructed with artistic values, whether due to a lack of opportunity for realism or simply a desire to be the game developer version of Leonardo Da Vinci, video games can come off as a legitimate form of art. But then there are those modern games that are built to be realistic, proving to be more like interactive movies or real-life simulations than anything else. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Should game developers aspire to make their games more realistic or should they be focusing their art direction to something more unique to the medium? Creative Art Direction There was a time when games really couldn“t pull off such the realistic flair you see today, turning to more unique means of art direction to compensate the limitations they had. This, of course, gave gamers an experience neither real life nor any other medium could provide. Whether you were a hero fighting for the fate of the world in an RPG, a young traveler on an important quest in an adventure game, or a…erm…plumber saving a princess from a giant turtle-dragon in a platformer, these games always had a unique look to them that still hold up to this day. But over the years, with such rapid advancements in technology, more and more games take a more realistic approach to art direction. In my many years as a gamer, however, born into a SNES lifestyle thanks to my older brother, I“ve come to really appreciate games that take a more creative approach. This could be a manner of things, such as the beautiful art-in-motion styles of games like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Journey, the crafty styles of games like Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Kirby“s Epic Yarn, or games like Lone Survivor and Cave Story that use retro styles to remind us all of what makes the classics so timeless. Whatever the case, these creative art styles really make me feel that games deserve to be labeled as “art†alongside “entertainment.†Realistic Art Direction That“s not to say that I don“t like games with a more realistic appeal to them, though. I mean, some people prefer abstract paintings to realistic sculptures, but that doesn“t stop either from being works of art, does it? Of course not. With video games, a lot of the time, the more realistic of the bunch tend to feel more like interactive movies or real-life simulations than what the more unique-looking games provide in the visual spectrum. But hey, some people prefer movies and real life to paintings and the like, and I“d be lying if I said I don“t enjoy watching movies or going out and about in that thing they call the “real world.†It“s also sorta like choosing between watching an anime series and watching a live-action TV show. On the one hand, you“ve got a show you can better relate to, although I sure hope you aren“t a serial killer or anti-heroic meth cook. On the other hand, you“ve got a sort of art-in-motion show, watching drawings (beautiful if pulled off well, like Studio Ghibli) moving around within a certain story, and with a lot of room for the abstract. And I find both styles highly entertaining in their own right. In gaming, however, you“re in control, and sometimes I feel like realistic games try too hard to be interactive live-action movies or TV shows that the more artistic side of gaming is sometimes shunned (Roger Ebert, anyone?). I guess it must be the artist in me, but when it comes down to it, my bread and butter (mmm…) in video game art direction has to be the more creative type. By that, of course, I mean that I tend to prefer games that seek out a unique art direction that other games don“t normally have. I still enjoy playing more realistic games that provide a more cinematic and/or “real world†experience, but I admire game developers that really take their art form seriously and try to do something different in their medium, and I would like to see that more often. Developers like Nintendo and thatgamecompany love doing that, and that“s one reason I tend to like their games a lot. With that said, both directions have their places in the world of gaming, and I wouldn“t give up either one.
  17. Wii U recently had its own Nintendo Direct and this week it was time for the 3DS to take the spotlight. It managed to do so well by showing off a handful of entirely new games for the system as well as downloadable titles that may also be worth a look. Let's jump into the list of goodies announced during today's Nintendo Direct. New 3DS Titles: Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger - March 11 Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - Summer 2013 HarmoKnight - March 28 Kerploosh - March 7 Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Mario Golf: World Tour - Summer 2013 Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - Summer 2013 It's exciting to see Nintendo is not content to rest, and instead keeps working to bolster the 3DS catalog. HarmoKnight is an especially nice addition, being a rhythm game developed by Game Freak. Other games are a bit unexpected, such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, which is a remake of the Wii version from 2010. Are you more interested in one of the multiple Mario games or something different?
  18. Jordan Haygood

    Realistic Art Direction

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Quantic Dream, Crytek Frankfurt, Activision, Polyphony Digital, Sony, Rockstar, Nintendo

  19. During a special Wii U Direct that was broadcast today, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata bombarded us with official announcements for upcoming Wii U titles. Of these announcements were a few that didn't have any kind of footage as of yet, but are still exciting nonetheless. First up, Nintendo officially announced a new 3D Super Mario game for Wii U that they have in development. The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development team that brought us Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS will be working on this new Super Mario experience as well. And while there was no footage to show of this new Mario during the Wii U Direct, nor were we given a release window of any kind, Iwata assured us that the game will be playable at this year's E3. On the topic of Mario, Nintendo also announced their plans for an official Mario Kart title in development for Wii U. Not much was revealed of this upcoming kart racer, but Iwata did say that, like the new Super Mario game, Mario Kart Wii U (not the official title) will be in playable form this Summer at E3. Iwata turned the floor over to Eiji Aonuma to give us some official details regarding the much-anticipated Wii U Legend of Zelda title. Much like the above announcements, this new Zelda game has zero footage at the moment, with no release date in sight, as the game is still in early development stages (they need time after Skyward Sword, so be patient!). Aonuma did provide some interesting insight of what to expect from Link's new adventure, however: "Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I'm referring to things like the expectation that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you're supposed to play by yourself. The things that we've come to take for granted recently. We want to set aside these 'conventions', get back to basics and create a newborn Zelda game so that the players today can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise. We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword but we weren't able to put effort into changing the linear-path structure of the game. I hope to be able to talk to you in more detail about how it will change after I see it come together a bit more." Which of these games are you most looking forward to?
  20. During a press release earlier today, Nintendo announced a special Nintendo Direct broadcast, which they call "Wii U Direct - Nintendo Games." This broadcast will be held tomorrow, January 23rd, at 6AM PST / 9AM EST / 2PM GMT, and will be hosted by our lovely Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The Big N wanted to emphasize just how "special" this broadcast really is, so they tweeted a teaser explaining that new software and services for the Wii U would be shown off. Satoru Iwata wasn't satisfied, however, by such simple hype-builders, so he added on the initial announcement with a tweet of his own, proposing that this particular Nintendo Direct will be different from what we might expect: Tweet translated by NeoGaf: "This time, the plan is a bit different from a regular Direct, in that I'll be talking about what kind of Wii U titles and services Nintendo is developing." If you've been keeping track of the company's recent Nintendo Directs, you'll recall that most of them have shown upcoming games largely from developers other than Nintendo, and many of the games have been announced already, only further revealed during the respective broadcasts with release dates and such. It can be deduced by Iwata's tweet that tomorrow's special Nintendo Direct broadcast will focus not on what other companies are up to, but what Nintendo themselves have been working on as of late. Will we be getting our super-hyped up Legend of Zelda and (3D) Mario announcements? Or perhaps a Super Smash Bros. 4 trailer? What about the company's other big guns, like Metroid, F-Zero, or Star Fox? Whatever they show off, we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see it. You can watch the broadcast live tomorrow at Nintendo UK's official website, among others. What would you like to see in this special Wii U Direct broadcast?
  21. 1up isn't a site I visit often, but they do have neat articles from time to time. http://www.1up.com/features/learning-level-design-mario This is an in-depth article about some of the classic Marios' level designs, and... er, basically how they work and how well they're done. It's an interesting read, so I thought I'd share it
  22. Jordan Haygood

    New Super Mario Bros U

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Nintendo

  23. It's fair to say the Mario series is more kid-friendly than most games out there. Always has been, always will be. Or has it? There have actually been a lot of strange things creeping into one of Nintendo's biggest franchises since the very first game. While most everyone is familiar with the easter egg/glitch that appears to show Luigi dead from a supposed hanging in the Gamecube title Luigi's Mansion, there are more horrors awaiting those of you willing to investigate deeper into Mario's world. Here are just four horrors for your reading entertainment. The Ghosts Of Hell Valley When you think of Super Mario Galaxy 2, does the name "Hell Valley" come to mind? How about horrifying little goblin monsters watching Mario from afar? No? Well they're there. And they're watching you all the time no matter where you go. As long as you're in the Shiverburn Galaxy, that is. Throughout the entire level you're being watched by three tiny silhouettes off on the edge of the map. They never go away and they're never even mentioned. They're just there... Watching you. Seriously... Just why do they exist!? You must be wondering, "Why are they called the ghosts of Hell Valley if they're found in the Shiverburn Galaxy?" Well, that name was given to them by a few users who just couldn't leave them well enough alone. They dug through the game's files and found the image of the watchers. The title of the skybox? BeyondHellValley. An area that of course does not appear in the game. The figures themselves are titled "HellValleySkyTree." but you look me in the eye and tell me those things are freaking trees. I dare you. Mario Is A Serial Killer This one goes all the way back to the original Super Mario Brothers game. Ever since the very first game in the series, Mario has been killing the inhabitants of the Mushroom kingdom. Don't believe me? Look up the original Super Mario Brothers instruction booklet. It'll hold the answers for you. The secret is murder For those of you who don't want to look it up, I'll explain it to you. THE BLOCKS ARE PEOPLE! Every block you break throughout the game is a person who was turned into a brick by the Koopas. Those are (or were) people Mario is smashing apart in each level. Why do you get points for smashing them? Because just like the goombas you've been stomping on throughout the game, you're killing the inhabitant. Where Bowser merely imprisoned the kingdom's people, Mario committed full on genocide. Pretty Much Everything Is Alive Think about what happens when you get a power up mushroom in the Mario games. What exactly happens when one appears? Do they just pop out of the ground and wait for you to pick them up? No, of course not! They run. They run because Mario is going to eat them. While it might not be apparent due to the mushrooms and fireflower (also alive) disappearing when Mario uses them, but make no mistake. Mario is eating them. He even talks about how they taste. Apparently he doesn't like them, but he needs their power. I LIVE MERELY TO DIE To continue this horrible trend in a world obviously not worth living in are the Bob Ombs and Bullet Bills. They're literally born to die. A Bob Omb will either sleep until their fuse is activated or just march itself to an immediate death after it is born. And Bullet Bills have it even worse. We know that Bowser uses normal nonliving cannon fire, so why does Bullet Bill even have to exist? He's released out of a cannon and all he can do is watch as he hurdles towards his demise. He has arms so he can obviously do more than explode, but the game won't let him. He is destined to die along with every one else in Mario's way. Toad Can Freaking Pull His Head Off Toad's head is a mushroom. We all know this as a fact. Nothing you say or show me will change that. But now I'm going to show you something that will rock your world and change your perception of reality forever. That image comes courtesy of the Super Mario Brothers Show. This is somehow worse than the Hell Valley image Yep. That's Toad pulling his head off as if it were a hat. This is the only time throughout the entire history of Mario where you see Toad taking his head thing off. Up until this point, that thing on his head was always just his head. But this changes things. Deep down, we all know Toad is some tiny weird egg thing that's clearly trying to masquerade as a member of the Mushroom Kingdom. Or they all look like that. What is wrong with the Mushroom Kingdom's inhabitants? Why do Mario and Peach look normal, but everyone else is mutated in such strange ways? These are just a few of the horrors we know about the Mario Universe. There's plenty more that can be dug up, but you won't see me trying. Especially after the discovery of Hell Valley. What do you think of all these horrors? Why not post in the comments below? As always, thanks for reading.
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