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February-March 1999

3/29/99
  The latest Nintendo Power does not list Wario as a character in Super Smash Bros., so he probably isn't in the US version of the game. The Wario seen in the store promos was probably Mario's purple/yellow outfit from the Japanese game. He may have been added at the last minute, but it's doubtful.

3/27/99
  Wario in Super Smash Bros.? Maybe! A US promo of the game, in full English, was recently seen at a few Toys 'R' Us stores featuring the anti-plumber. However it not clear if this was actually Wario or the purple/yellow outfit Mario has in the Japanese version of the game. If anyone could confirm this for me, it would be greatly appreciated.
  In a smaller story, the most recent issue of Electonic Gaming Monthly features a poster and strategy guide for Mario Party. The guide gives details and strategies for the games eight courses, including where to find stars, how to avoid Bowser, etc.

3/20/99
  News has been kinda slow since Mario Party's release, but there's a small Mario story today. In his keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference, Mr. Miyamato said that Mario Artist: Talent Maker will be compatible with Game Boy Camera. Apparently, a cable will connect the GBC to the N64 and allow data to be transfered. It could be fun for letting you paste your pizelated, B&W face onto a texture map, but I don't see it as being amazing. Thanks goes to Fastest Game News Online .

2/16/98
    More Mario Party reviews are in. GameFan online gave the game an 88/100. The review points out that while the game seems initially geared towards younger gamers, you won't mind it when you're in a 4-player rumble. See the full GameFan review.
    Imagine Game Network gave Mario Party a 7.9/10 overall. The review gives the game a 9 for presentation, 8's for sound and lasting appeal, and 7's for sound and gameplay. The review stresses that this is not a game to be played alone... ever! See the full IGN review.
    As is traditional with the company's big releases nowadays, Nintendo has put up an official Mario Party web site. On the site you can play a web version of the game and compete for a high score and your initials on the page. Worth a try if you have some free time.

2/10/99
    More news regarding Smash Bros. First, the game has been renamed Super Smash Bros. for it's US release. Second, the game is now set to be released in the US on April 26th. This is much earlier than expected and great news for Mario fans. See Nintendo's super Smash Bros. page for all the info. you need.

2/9/99
Some quick news bits for you people.
    First off, if you hadn't noticed, Mario Party has shipped in the US and should be most everywhere by now. In honor of the event, Nintendo will be holding a Mario Party chat in the Nsider area of their web site. There'll be trivia and prizes galore, and lots of talk about Mario. The chat is scheduled for 3pm PST (That's Pacific time, be sure to adjust), so be sure to book mark Nintendo's web site to get ready.
    Video Game Spot gave Mario Party a 7.2/10 (very good) on their tough review scale. The reviewer game the game a 7 in gameplay, 6 in graphics, 7 in sound, 7 in value, and 8 for reviewer's tilt (all out of 10). The difficulty was classified under "easy" and it should take about 1/2 hour to learn. While a 7.2 may sound harsh, VGS is notorious for giving tough reviews (SM64 got a 9.2!). This is still a "very good" rating according to their scale. I'll have more reviews as they come, but for now check out VGS's full review.
    On a final note, two semi-anticipated Mario appearances were confirmed for US release yeterday. Smash Bros. and Mario Golf both appeared on Nintendo's US release list recently, with a summer and fall release in the US respectively. Previously, Nintendo had no official word on whether these games would be coming stateside, but now we can plan to see them. Two pokemon games for the N64 were also confirmed for US release.


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