Mario's popualarity is cross-gender! A recent industry study, cited in the most recent issue of Next Generation magazine, found only two recent games that are played equally much by both boys and girls, Fox interactive's "Croc", and Super Mario 64! The fact that Croc also got equal play time from both genders suggests the genre of 3D platformer had something to do with SM64's cross-gender play. Still, this study shows that the appeal of SM64 is large enough to break the gender gap (a feat few games can do)
Mario advertises new Nintendo brand products. This may not be news anymore, but I was just at my local Best Buy, and saw a product in the non-gaming stuff aisle with big letters that said Super Mario 64 in the traditional logo! I examined, and it turned out to be a Nintendo portable AM/FM radio. It had the Nintendo and N64 logo many places on it, but Super Mario 64 was only on the packaging. What a draw! The same thing was done with a camera/binocular set on the same rack.
In other news, some Mario products recently were released though the NP catalog (issue 111). These include: A Yoshi Face T-Shirt, an Orginizer & Sticker Set that includes stickers of Nintendo guys like Mario, and an N64 Collector Button Set that shows Mario, Yoshi, DK, Link, Banjo & Kazooie, and the N64 logo.
Luigi in SM64 II? Indications point to yes! In a recent interview in Next Generation #44 (Pg. 26) Miyamato was asked when we'll see Luigi in something other than Mario Kart. Miyamato replied, saying that he has "Luigi running around with Mario on his development system right now." He didn't say for sure that Luigi would be in the game, but "I [Miyamato] would like him to be." This rumor has been going around for a while, and this is as close to confirming it as we'll get for now. Look in the coming months for real news about SM64 II and what it's like
In a smaller story, word is going around that the Super Mario Bros. cartoons will re-air this fall on Cartoon Network. This would be great news for fans of Mario and the show, but the report hasn't been confirmed. Details will be posted here as soon as we get them!
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