Via: Daily Dot
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In order to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary, Sega's releasing the mini-Mega Drive and portable Genesis.

Nintendo's Mini NES only features 30 available game titles, which some folks immediately took issue with. The list of games for the Mini NES:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts'N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Since both of Sega's consoles feature a big selection of games, it looks like the company might yet have a 1-UP on Nintendo. A big thanks to FunstockRetro for the following list of games that'll be available on the mini-Mega Drive and portable Genesis:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Arrow Flash
Bonanza Bros.
Chakan: The Forever Man
Columns III
Crack Down
Dr. Robotnik’sMean Bean Machine
ESWAT: City Under Siege
Eternal Champions
Fatal Labyrinth
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Jewel Master
Kid Chameleon
Mortal Kombat I
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat III
Phantasy Star 2
Phantasy Star 3
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog II
Sonic 3D Blast
Sword of Varmilion
The Ooze
Vectorman II

And these are the Sega Puzzle games:

Adventure in the Park
Cross the road
Jack’s Pea
Jewel Magic
Curling 2010
Plumbing Contest
Bubble Master
Break a Fireline
Mahjong Solitaire
Warehouse Keeper
Air Hockey
Naval Power
Mr. Balls
Fight or Lose
Bottle Taps Race
Mirror Mirror
Panic Lift
Black Sheep
Flash Memory
Brain Switch
Mega Brain Switch
Hidden Agenda
Dominant Amber
Hide and Seek
Jura Formula
Lost World Sudoku
Meatloaf Rotation
Mya Master Mind
Skeleton Scale
T-Rex Memory Match
Yawning Triceratops

Finally, both of Sega's consoles are already available for pre-order through a U.K. online retailer at $65 a pop. Also check out this pic of Sega's mini-Mega Drive!

Via: Variety
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Variety reports that Legendary Entertainment locked down the rights to what could be a massive franchise, subsequent to reported accounts that they were trying to close the deal. Details are pretty hush right now, but we've heard whispers that the studio's nudging for the film to kickstart in 2017. Oh, and we're talking Detective Pikachu for the 'theme'. For those that don't remember, here's a quick reminder that, yes, Detective Pikachu, is the hero you deserve:

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So nostalgia, such wow. Damn. Looks like we're all going to be playing Zelda come holiday season after all, but just not the one we originally anticipated. The mini-NES will be sold at $60, and come pre-installed with 30 classic games. 

It’ll also come ready with an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and what Nintendo's now calling an NES Classic Controller, “patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller.” It’ll be out in stores on November 11.

This is the full list of games, via Nintendo:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


Via: Dorkly
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Language Warning: Yoshi spits more than just Koopa shells. 

Yoshi finally gets a change to switch places with Mario and it becomes pretty clear that Yoshi has some abilities we were probably taking for granted.  If you've ever wondered where all those Yoshi's you've sacrificed go... maybe you don't really want to know. Sometimes you need to sacrifice a Yoshi to get to the next level though, and that's what's really important, right? ...Right?

Via: Nintendo
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Nintendo celebrated the 30th birthday of Super Mario Bros. with the release of this excellent little video documenting the creation of that iconic game.

Shigeru Miyamoto explains his inspiration and process for how the lasting gem came into being.

Technically, Sept. 13 was the 30th anniversary, but who knows when that is relative to today, what with modern time zones and all. So, Google got into the spirit today with a nifty little Easter egg.

If you type "Super Mario Bros." into search, a question box will appear in the results and you can go ahead and collect all the coins you want.

Unfortunately, you do not receive an extra life if you click it 100 times.

Happy belated b-day Super Mario Bros. Thanks for introducing me to a life long habit of reality avoidance.

Mario Maker makes a mockery of Mario by turning him into Luigi.
Via: Kotaku
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Nintendo will release Super Mario Maker Sept. 11 and the game includes a new power up for the red-overalled plumber. Unfortunately, it gives him the ability to look really deformed.

The game will have a Luigi Mushroom, which is meant to make the titular hero more like his green-sporting brother and not only in the taller and thinner appearance. The 'power up' will also make him jump higher and have less traction.

The Mario wiki tells the origin of the new mushroom:

According to Takashi Tezuka, the form came from a bug that happened in development that made Super Mario skinny. It looks similar to a normal Mushroom with a short cap and a very thin base. It is randomly found in Question Blocks, along with Super Mushrooms, but Luigi Mushrooms are rarer. A Super Mushroom can't overwrite the effect of this mushroom,.. but they can fuse together.

Yeah, but it also makes Mario look like a hunchbacked buffoon! A lanky, awkward creep who slinks his way oilily into the upper reaches of the stratosphere only to grab gobs more mustache wax off the highest gross shelf.

Watch the weirdo do things here:

We're not the only ones who think this. Kotaku expressed their disgust well.

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