The big buzz around Mario fans this month is still the impending August 20th release of Mario Tennis 64. In addition to Donkey Kong Jr. and Shy Guy being revealed as part of the already expansive cast of characters, as well as hidden courses being shown, lots of details about the gameplay were revealed in an
interview with the games designers
. Among other things, the interview talks about Waluigi's girlfriend, how exactly Camelot got to use Mario and friends, and the possibility of Mario Bowling. It really is a great read for any Mario fan... go
get the full text
. Nintendo has also mentioned a competition at sites around Japan to go along with the games release. Why does August 20th seem so far away?
The Big news this time around is actually two weeks old (What else is new).
Wario Land 3
for the Game Boy Color is out. I can't really comment on it since I haven't played it yet, but it seems to be more of the goodness you know and love (or hate) from Wario Land 1 and 2.
Along with Wario Land 3 is a new TV commercial featuring the purple & yellow plumber. The commercial is alot like a Scooby Doo catoon, with Wario running in and out of two rows of doors and appearing in different locations. I nthe commercial Wario proceeds to chase coins, eat a bouncing donut, get shocked, and eventually get fried by a fireball. This may give you some idea of what the game is like. The ad ends like all the other GBC ads with the Game Boy Color mouth (tm) saying "Get into it"
Finally, good news for Mario fans and video tennis buffs alike: Mario Tennis 64 has been moved up to an August 20th release. So we get to meet Waluigi a few weeks sooner. Yippee!
Straight from E3, news on Paper Mario (They took the "Story" off of the name... that makes THREE name changes!) A video clip of the game was first shown at Nintendo's conference for the press at E3, and also shown at Nintendo's booth. It didn't show much new, but did exemplify the 2D nature of the characters in the 3D world. The pics also prove that Luigi will be in the game!
Paper Mario Story is set to be released in the US on December 26th
. Better put it on your Christmas list now.
Here's some screens of the game from the video:
Walking to the castle
Stop! Hammer Time!
Town Full of Toads
In a smaller news story, Mario has recently appeared in a Kool-aid commercial. At the end of the commercial, Mario runs by as an announcer tell us that you can turn in Kool-aid points for a GBC system with Super Mario Bros. DX. So for all of you that loves sugary drinks, you now have a new way to get Mario.
No news is good news they say. The beginning of the year is always slow for gaming, but some stories have finally broken out. The biggest one, which you may have heard a week ago from nintendo.com is Mario's newest announced game,
. The game is being produced by Camelot, of Mario Golf and Hot Shots Golf fame, and will feature the regular cast of Mario characters, including a newcomer named
. Nintendo describes Waluigi as Luigi's version of Wario, and arch-nemesis shrouded in mystery. He has been tired of living in secrecy and decided to finally break out for Mario Tennis. The game will be coming out pretty quickly, this summer in fact, so look out for it.
Nintendo cares about it's customers. Don't believe me? They're so caring that they are giving away free gloves. Due to complaints about people hurting their wrists in the rotating stick mini games in Mario Party, Nintendo has instituted an offer to give owners ofthe game a free pair of fingerless gloves for use on the annoying mini-games. Head over to
Nintendo's web site
to get them.
Mario's milk ad campaign (mentioned in the 12/20/99 news update) has now spread to magazines. The mag ads have a giant, 3D, milk-mustached Mario busting out the top of a TV set, holding a bottle of milk. The ad reads "Power Up! Want to grow? The calcium in milk helps your bones grow. Mama Mia!"
This just in from the "tidbit no one cares about" department: Super Mario Adventure, formerly Super Mario RPG 2, is now being called Paper Mario Story. This secures it's lead for the most name changes for a Mario game (Every other game is tied for zero, this game already has two).
Just a reminder,
Wario Land 3
is set to come out on May 20th. Mark your calendars.
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