Mario has a new confirmed appearance! On the 64DD! A demo for the startup/logo screen of the 64DD given to the press recently, featured the plumber. After a few seconds of a 3D "N" logo, Mario appears from behind and climbs aroudn the log. He then runs around it, hides behind it, etc.
In other news, Yoshi's story is nearing a US release (March 9th shipping date), and people are wondering what changes will be made from the Japanese version. Nintendo promised to change the difficulty (after reports of 6 year olds beating it in one day). According to Imagine Games Network, though, the only change so far is the name of the fruit, from Super Happy Tree Fruit to Lucky Fruit.
Speaking of Yoshi's Story, the pre-order offers are flying. KB-toys is offering a free $10 gift certificate to anyone who preorders the game with a $10 down payment. I think this weekend is the cutoff, so hurry down. Toys "R" Us also lets you reserve Yoshi's Story with $10 down, but there, you can get a white or black Yoshi beanie baby. If you buy the game, and send in the UPC and receit with a free form, they'll send you the toy. Either way, you get something extra with your purchase of the latest Mario. More pre-order info. as it comes
Ultra Game Players gave Yoshi's Story a 7.8 out of 10 in their latest issue. They noted that the Japanese version was reviewed, and that the challenge lvel may be to low. However, they said all the secrets and hidden stuff will keep people busy for a while. More review summaries to come.
A short blurb on IGN's site gameaddict.com talked about some Nintendo classics being rereleased in miniform in their own stand alone units. Among these should be Donkey Kong and the original Mario Bros. No more details were avaiable, but it looks like there'll be some new Mario mini-games coming.
The facts about the new Mario games are coming to light. Nintendo Power #104-105 have lots of stuff on Yoshi's Story, Wario Land 2, and Mario Artist. I suggest anyone with any interest in Mario's future get these magazines. SMBHQ has an updated Yoshi's Story preview up now. Expect a WL2 and Mario Artist preview next week. These games will be the main news focus here for the coming weeks, with features, magazine review scores, and more info. on SMArtist and SMRPG2. Stay tuned to this site! In other news, this site got its 10,000th hit just after new years, and now has over 11,500 visits. Thanks to you all for making SMBHQ a hit!
These are slow time for Mario newswise. Nothing much new.
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They say no news is good news. Well, there's no good news, but there is some bad news. Yoshi's Story has been delayed for a March '98 US release. Also, the 64DD has been put back to June '97, putting back SMRPG2's possible release. Speaking of those games, check out the
pre-previews from Space World
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