December 1998-January 1999
Lot's of news this month, let's get right to it.
Super Mario Bros. to be rereleased for Game Boy Color. You heard right, the original classic that brought Mario into millions of homes is now going portable. The GBC version should be an exact port of the original with a few minor changes; the resolution will be lower, there will be more colors used, and there'll be no minus world. SMB comes to the GBC on May 11th. Check out
Nintendo's web site
for more info. and official pics.
The latest, greatest party game for the N64, Mario Party, comes out in a mere 6 days! The game has already garnered lots of praise from the press, who got their hands on the Japanese version already and can't stop talking about it. Already the game has garnered a front page feature in EGM (With an 8 page preview inside) and a feature on IGN's web site detailing all the mini-games. As with all new Mario games now, right before the release I'll give...
Usually I stay cautious and wait for the reviews of a game before I go and buy it, but in this case, I'd reccomend to all the readers out there with an N64 to run out and get this game as soon as they can. Based on the reaction this game is getting from all the critics and it's relative success in Japan (8th biggest seller for the month of December, rare for an N64 game) this is looking to be an amazing game. Start bugging your local store February 8th! This isn't one you wanna miss.
Of course, Mario party's impending release is accompanied with the usual magazine ads appearing on the back page of major gaming publications. The Matwo page spread features a floor shot of a very messy room (strewn with coke cans and pizza boxes). On a couch you can see 4 set of legs (The bodies are cut off by the top of the page), each with an N64 wire leading up to their lap, connecting to an N64 in the foreground. The marquee reads "Eat, drink, and be Mario" (an allusion to eat, drink and be merry... get it?). The ad also features 5 screenshots of the game along with the "Get N or get out" logo. Expect TV ads to deluge the air waes after the games release.
Smash Bros. is a surprise success in Japan. Almost all of the initial shipment of the Nintendo fighting game sold out within two days of release in Japan, a wonder given N64's relative failure to Playstation over the ocean. Still no word from Nintendo on whether this irreverant fighter will be seen stateside. C'mon Nintendo, what're you waiting for?!
Could SM64 run well on a high end PC? The answer to that question was proven to be yes this week with Ultra HLE, the first working N64 emulator ever! Super Mario 64 was the first game to work with the emulator, and could reportedly run at a smooth 30 frames per second on a PII 300Mhz with a Voodoo 1 based 3DFx card (The emulator requires a 3DFx card to work). Mario Kart 64 also worked, although there were some graphics problems. However, the Ultra HLE project has been stopped due to massive piracy started through the emulator, which the creators did not intend... but at least we know it's possible!
Yeah yeah, it's been a while. I've been busy... sue me why dontcha! Here's December's news
Super Mario 64 II is in bad shape. In a recent interview with Miyamato, Mario's creator outlined the bleak state of the game. "We have made the outline for Mario 2 more than one year ago, but I haven't touched it since then," Miyamato said. The main reason cited for the lack of progress on the game was the huge ammount of time his team spent on Zelda 64. Originally planned for the 64DD (whose release is iffy at best), Miyamato also mentioned that they might end up making it "for a completely different system." It looks as if those waiting for a true Mario game may have to be satisfied with Mario Party for a looooongggggg while.
Speaking of Mario Party, a US release date of February 8th has been set for the game. This comes as a surprise since we heard bout this game less than 3 months ago. Get your friends and four controllers ready for the big day!
Nintendo seems bent on bringing Mario back into the forefront of gamers minds. First Mario party is announced, then Mario's set to make an appearance in Smash Bros., and now the third in this recent deluge of cameos...
has been revealed. Mario, already the star of golf games on the NES and Game Boy, will star in Nintendo's first N64 golf title sometime in '99. Despite the cutesy feel of the characters (10 total, from Bowser to Luigi!) and the courses (which are inspired by classic Mario levels) Nintendo says it's concentrating on realistic ball physics and control to help this be a good simulation. Details are sketchy now, (the name still may change), but we can look forward to another token Mario appearance in the future. Check out IGN64.com's
for a little more info.
Mario's in Zelda 64! No, this is not that silly Talon/Mario relationship, Mario and friends are really there! After all, what would Nintendo's flagship game of the year (century?) be without their flagship character in it somewhere! As the child Link, go to see princess Zelda in Hyrule castle. Look in the windows at her room and... Mario posters line the walls! Zelda has pictures of Bowser, Yoshi, Mario, Luigi and others plastered on her walls. Don't believe me? Check out these
shots from Nintendojo
and see for yourself.
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