New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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Digital FoundryNew Super Mario Bros Wii HD Emulation Video

The Wii classic running at full 720p via the wonders of PC emulation.

VideoSXSW festival shows Mario film trailer

Spoof teases plumber's next movie outing.

VideoNintendo chronicle Mario's history

25 years, not one u-bend fixed.

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Fans have created a full 80-level sequel to New Super Mario Bros DS

Enterprising fans have designed and released a full 80-level sequel to New Super Mario Bros DS, known as Newer Super Mario Bros DS.

The game offers 80 new stages spread over eight maps, and features a mix of original assets, and assets from Nintendo's 2006 New Super Mario Bros DS game. There are new and updated game mechanics, a returning power up, and a new (and faintly shrill) soundtrack featuring both original and Nintendo compositions. If nothing else, it's an impressive undertaking, and looks incredibly, authentically slick in the accompanying launch trailer.

Newer Super Mario Bros DS was made using the New Super Mario Bros Editor (AKA NSMBe), a popular community tool for PC that released long before Super Mario Maker, Nintendo's own, official level editor effort on Wii U. As such, a ROM of New Super Mario Bros DS and a compatible emulator for Windows, Mac, or Linux is required to play the game, immediately placing its use in legally difficult territory.

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Digital FoundryNew Super Mario Bros. U - a whole new world?

HD Wii emulation vs. Wii U - Digital Foundry on how the Mario makers have utilised Nintendo's new hardware.

One of the big highlights of the holidays would undoubtedly be the arrival of Nintendo's Wii U launch title, New Super Mario Bros. U - a reprisal of a familiar formula that now lets us crank the player count up to five, and also play the game solely via the GamePad's LCD. As if to imply the tussle of the Wii version's multiplayer mode wasn't manic enough already, this new release allows a fifth person to lay down platforms via the touch screen, delay the march of Koopa Troopers, and even reveal secret 3-Up blocks to the other four players. Of course, there's nothing to stop them abusing their new-found powers, supposing they've just had a rough day at the office.

NSMB Wii does the business in Japan

Country's first quadruple platinum Wii game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is Nintendo's motion-sensing console's first quadruple platinum selling game in Japan, fresh sales data has revealed.

StarCraft II US sales monstrous

StarCraft II US sales monstrous

Best-selling game in July.

Blizzard's science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty obliterated sales of all other games released in the US in July, NPD said.

It sold an eye-watering 721,000 units at retail. StarCraft II was released on 27th July, so those sales were achieved in just five days.

StarCraft II is the fastest-selling strategy game ever.

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Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto

In pursuit of happiness.

It's hard to imagine now, but the day Shigeru Miyamoto started work at Nintendo he didn't have a clue what he was going to do, let alone achieve. Yet what the designer - who has had a more profound, towering influence on the evolution of interactive entertainment than any other single figure - did have was a desire. And in Nintendo he found the company to help him fulfil it.

Resort, Fit Plus, NSMB sell 10m each

Iwata's prophecy is fulfilled.

Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii have all sold over 10 million copies in just one financial year - exactly as Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata predicted in August 2009.

Miyamoto took NSMB DS criticism "hard"

Plus lots more from the latest Iwata Asks.

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and his colleagues were dismayed when the original New Super Mario Bros. DS game was criticised for being too easy.

NSMB sets Wii sales record in Japan

NSMB sets Wii sales record in Japan

Nearly a million copies in four days.

According to Enterbrain (translated by GameSpot), New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 936,734 copies on its first four days on sale in Japan, 3rd to 6th December.

That's the best opening-week sales performance in the country in the Wii's history, beating Super Smash Bros. Brawl's previous record by over 100,000 units. That game sold 820,000 copies in a week back in January. It's more than three times the sales of last week's Japanese chart-topper, the latest Professor Layton game for DS.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii has made a less spectacular showing in the UK charts, placing behind Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed 2 in its first two weeks on sale. We don't yet know how it's done in the US, however - NPD figures for November are expected this week.

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Miyamoto: "I knew I was lying to children"

Past fibs led him to director's chair on NSMB.

Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed how clearing up the bizarre rules he's created for Mario games over the last 30 years led him to working much more closely on New Super Mario Bros. Wii than on most recent Nintendo releases, assuming the role of a director as well as producer.

UK charts: Assassin's Creed II denied

Modern Warfare 2 still reigns supreme.

Neither Assassin's Creed II nor New Super Mario Bros. Wii have managed to displace Modern Warfare 2 at the top of the UK All-Formats chart, despite Activision's champion selling 86 per cent fewer copies during its second week on sale.

Miyamoto: I wouldn't get a job here now

Competition for Nintendo jobs "fierce".

Shigeru Miyamoto has said that if he were applying for a job at Nintendo these days with his original qualifications, he probably wouldn't get in.

Miyamoto explains NSMB Wii design

"It's been a nostalgic time for me."

Shigeru Miyamoto has given an interesting interview to Famitsu - translated and summarised by 1UP - about the design processes behind New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Mario Galaxy 2 to get Super Guide?

Miyamoto's not sure - but it will be hard.

Asked by Official Nintendo magazine if Super Mario Galaxy 2 will use the Super Guide feature that makes its debut in this week's New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Shigeru Miyamoto said he "cannot tell".

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Sibling rivalry.

Shigeru Miyamoto is in the habit of saying he imagined his latest invention years ago, and has been waiting for technology to make it possible. He always wanted Mario to have his dinsosaur companion Yoshi, but it wasn't possible on the NES. Zelda always looked like Ocarina of Time in his head. And, apparently, he'd always envisaged a multiplayer Super Mario Bros., but for some unspecified and difficult-to-imagine reason, it's taken the world 24 years to catch up.

It seems unlikely. But fire up New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with four players, and you have to admit: it really does seem like he planned it all along.

One of the greatest single-player game series of all time has barely had to change at all to accommodate a wildly brilliant multiplayer mode. The camera zooms in and out to track Mario, Luigi and two Toads as they bound, scramble and bop all over the shop. Question blocks dispense as many power-ups as there are players. The level's over if all of you die, but otherwise losing a life brings you back in a bubble like Baby Mario's in Yoshi's Island, which one of your friends can pop to bring you back into the game. And... that's it. Everything else is exactly as it ever was.

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Fils-Aime: NSMB Wii will outsell MW2

Over the holiday season on one format.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime reckons that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will outsell either the PS3 or Xbox 360 version of Modern Warfare 2.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Platform seller.

At 10.30am yesterday morning, all was quiet on the Eurogamer Expo show floor. Apart from the 48 people in blue t-shirts running round shouting, "Where's Rupert / the bag of ethernet cables / the 17 missing Xbox 360 units," of course. And apart from the New Super Mario Bros. Wii area, where four of Eurogamer's finest had gathered.

Nintendo on-board for EG Expo

And it's not playing games. You are.

Well now. Those of you who've been keeping track of these Expo announcements will know that each has been a carefully judged and dispensed nugget of wonder, drip-fed to you in order to prevent socially dangerous levels of joy and enrichment. There have certainly been some crackers, and the list of playable games is already studded with enough gems to keep Snoop Dogg happy on a Sunday. Sometimes, however, you just have to up the ante.

Resort, Fit Plus, NSMB will sell 10m each

Iwata puts his mouth where his money is.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said he expects Nintendo's three big 2009 releases - Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii - to sell 10 million copies each within this fiscal year.

E3: Nintendo's David Yarnton

"No, I don't have a crown."

Opportunities to interview executives have been thinner on the ground than usual at this year's E3. It seems everyone's too busy showing off their new motion-sensing control system / platform exclusives / pulse-measuring accessory / motion-sensing control system. Or perhaps they're just sick of us asking stupid questions.

E3: Miyamoto demos NSMB Wii

Mario's got a brand new penguin suit.

Shockwaves rippled through E3 today as it was revealed the next Super Mario game will feature an ice level.

E3: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Four from the floor.

What's the best Nintendo game you've never played? Probably a full four-player session of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, 2005's 2D multiplayer excursion for the Zelda series. Its devious and riotous spirit remain a mystery to most because you'd need to assemble a GameCube, four GBAs and four link cables to play it as nature intended, something which was difficult for even games journalists to manage.