Players of the Wii U game—which allows you to make and share your own Mario levels—can now add keys and locked doors to their designs. Additionally, they can drop in Red Coins. Collect five and a key appears.
It’s a small feature addition, the sort of thing that wouldn’t take Nintendo very long to implement. But it will cause a fundamental shift in the types of levels players can create. With keys, doors, and collectible-triggered unlocks, you can make non-linear levels that demand thorough exploration to finish. This can lead to levels that feel more like an adventure than a run to the finish.
One extra feature that goes along with the key item adds another wrinkle. Keys also can be hidden inside enemies, which must be defeated to get the key. This unlocks the ability to create boss fights—those epic enemy encounters that must be won before Mario can move on.
Since the game’s September launch, Mario Maker creators have pushed against the limits of the game’s editor, which is intuitive and seamless but doesn’t quite let you do everything you’d find in an official Mario level. People have devised elaborate kludges to simulate mid-level checkpoints and have tried creating “boss battle” type situations to varying, and ultimately unsatisfying, results.
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Check out these 20 cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2015:
2. Goku and Master Roshi
3. Kapow-i GoGo
4. The Witcher’s Geralt and Ciri
6. Ginyu Force girl
7. Headhunter Caitlyn and Sejuani
8. I-No from Guilty Gear
9. Mortal Kombat’s Jade
10. Black Cat
11. Ratchet and Clank!
12. Super Mario
13. Borderlands’ Mad Moxxi
15. Boba Fett
16. The hero of Hyrule!
17. Edward Scissorhands
19. Marty McFly
20. Darth M!
Levels of procrasination will reach an all time high courtesy of Unity developer Roystan Ross having created a browser version of Nintendo‘s classic Super Mario 64. Gamers will not have to pay a cent in order to either download, or play Super Mario 64 straight from its dedicated webpage.
Feel free to wait out the last few cold fronts, by staying in and heading over to Ross’ project site to restart Mario’s first adventure from the comfort of your computer.
It’s no secret that McDonald’s Japan has been enthusiastic about collaborating with various anime and character franchises to come up with goodies for children. In the past we’ve seen toys featuring Pokémon and Yokai Watch, as well as Pretty Cure, Super Mario and Transformers, among others, being offered with their Happy Meals, and kids certainly seem to be, well, happy with their Happy Meals, since almost 100 million of these sets are apparently sold in Japan each year.
This month, none other than Doraemon, the time-travelling blue cat robot, makes an appearance as six different Happy Meal toys, and they definitely look ready to delight children across Japan!
The Doraemon toys have just been released from McDonald’s this past Friday, in collaboration with the new movie Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Heroes that is currently being shown in theaters across Japan.
There are three types of toys available at this moment, and a different set of three toys will be offered starting March 20. Some of them feature Doraemon gadgets we know well (and wish we owned), and we can see how these baubles may get kids excited!
▼ These are the three toys currently available: the “Anywhere Door Game”, “Doraemon and the Spinning Burger” and “Look into it! Scope”.
▼ And from March 20, these three will become available: the “Run! UFO”, “Exciting! Space Camera” and the “Memory Bread Drawing Kit”.
Here’s a closer look at each of the items.
▼ The “Anywhere Door Game (Dokodemo Door Game)” is actually a miniature pinball machine in the shape of the Anywhere Door, which has to be one of Doramen’s most popular tools. There’s a different game on each side of the door, so you get two games in one toy.
▼ The “Doraemon and the Spinning Burger (Doraemon to Kurukuru Burger)” features the Burger Director character that appears in the new movie. With this toy, when you place Doraemon and Burger Director close to each other, the Burger Director will start spinning.
▼ This “Look Into it! Scope (Nozoite! Scope)” acts as a periscope, and you can look through the lens from the back of the planet on which Doraemon is sitting.
▼ You can wind up this “Run! UFO (Hashire! UFO)” to propel it forward. What’s neat about this toy is that it can detect and avoid obstacles and also avoid falling off the edge of the table.
▼ This “Exciting! Space Camera (Dokidoki! Space Camera) lets you see four different Doraemon movie scenes by looking through the lens and turning the dial on the side.
▼ The “Memory Bread Drawing Kit (Oekaki Anki Pan)” contains five picture cards that you can copy and trace to create 10 different types of illustrations.
In addition to the toys, the Doraemon Happy Meal comes in three adorable types of boxes, which should also put a smile on kids’ faces.
▼ The boxes all look cute, but we think Dorami-chan in the middle looks particularly charming. The boxes with Doramon’s and Dorami-chan’s face have a bit of a pop-up shape on the top.
Well, we think these toys actually look quite nifty, and we can easily imagine kids who’ve seen the Doraemon movie begging their parents to take them to McDonald’s for the trinkets. Hmmm … we wonder how many parents will be forced to make six trips to McDonald’s for all the items.
The Happy Meals are available at prices between 432 yen (US$3.56) and 504 yen ($4.15) depending on the food item you choose, but we expect the Doraemon toys will go quickly, so if you plan on getting your hands on one – or a few – of them, you may want to get to a McDonald’s sooner rather than later!
As odd a concept as it may sound to some, had the 1991 deal between Nintendo and Sony gone off without a hitch, not only might the PlayStation brand as we know it today not even exist, but gamers the world over might be able to play titles like Super Mario 3D World and Wii Sports on Sony-made hardware. Instead, with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all vying for our hard-earned cash, console gamers are faced with a choice: choose a platform to invest in or live on nothing but baked beans for a year and buy them all.
If you’re a Sony fan and have already picked up a PS4, no doubt you’re as pleased with your purchase as we were with ours. But there’s no denying that Nintendo’s creations have a certain appeal to them, and few of Sony’s first-party characters could ever compete with Mario et al. Thankfully, third-party retailer LUCKY D has you – and your PlayStation – covered, as they’re selling sticker skins for PlayStation 4 featuring everything from Pikachu to Evangelion‘s Asuka.
We’ve seen all manner of limited-edition PlayStation 4 case designs since the console’s arrival just over a year ago. Besides the beautiful real-wood PS4, few have really caught our eye, though, and for those who picked up their console at launch it can be irritating to see alternative designs coming out just months later.
LUCKY D, however, has a solution. With their “PS4 Skin Seals” PlayStation owners can deck out their console with all manner of alternative designs. Nintendo fans especially will be pleased to learn that the Japanese retailer stocks two special skins which permit the unholy matrimony of Nintendo and Sony to take place, offering a sticker set featuring Mario and friends, and another which turns your PS4 into everyone’s favourite yellow lightning rat, Pikachu.
According to their Amazon JP listing, the stickers come in pieces, covering the PlayStation 4 console itself, DualShock 4 controller, and even the tiny touch panel on the controller’s front. It looks like the stickers wrap right around the PS4, too, giving the underside a splash of colour – something which those who stand their console vertically will no doubt appreciate.
▼ Mario and pals
▼ LUCKY D is also offering this rather sexy Black Rock Shooter skin,
▼ a tremendously cool skin featuring Asuka from Evangelion,
▼ Boob pillow-cum-virtual idol Super Sonico,
▼ and this Kantai Collection skin, which is sure to please fans of all things moe.
The skins retail for between 3,200 and 3,672 yen (US$27-31) on Amazon JP. We’re sorry to say that our favourite of the lot, the yellow Pikachu skin, is already out of stock, however, so you may want to bookmark that page and check back regularly. As for whether these things are officially licensed, or how long Nintendo will allow the LUCKY D to use their characters on stickers designed for a rival console, only time will tell, so if you’re looking to add some Nintendo to your Sony, you may want to move quickly.
XLARGE teams up with Super Mario Bros. on a capsule collection of eye-catching T-shirts, hoodies, and jackets. The line boasts nostalgic 8-bit graphics reimagined for 2015 with neon colors and bold text, featuring the main characters of everyone’s favorite video game of yesteryear.
Prices range between ￥5,000 JPY (approximately $45 USD) for a T-shirt to ￥18,000 JPY (approximately $150 USD) for a jacket. This collection will be available at select stockists.