Nintendo designed many of its recent 3D Mario levels using the four-part structure of Chinese poetry and Japanese comics.
New 3DS owners will be able to nab a free copy of excellent Nintendo platformer Super Mario 3D Land over the festive period.
Super Mario 3D Land and the latest Professor Layton game are among the free titles that Nintendo UK is now offering to owners of the 3DS XL.
iOS developer Jiang Zhi may have worked out how to sneak a copyright-defying Super Mario clone onto the App Store: make no reference to anything Nintendo-related in its title.
When questioned whether the recent glut of Mario games (Super Mario 3D Land last December, New Super Mario Bros. 2 in August, New Super Mario Bros. U this November) risked endangering the IP, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime had a simple reply: no.
The Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita have suffered slower sales than their predecessors in the UK.
The 3DS has sold nearly 950,000 after 61 weeks on sale in the UK, according to Gfk Chart-Track data reported by PocketGamer.biz. It expects the console to pass through the one million sales mark next month.
If it does, it will have taken around three months longer than the DS did to reach one million in the UK. The DS hit one million after 51 weeks on sale. Chart-Track chief Dorian Bloch said the difference in price between the two consoles was one of the reasons behind the 3DS' slower sales.
17.13 million 3DS consoles have now been sold worldwide, Nintendo has announced. The figure covers all sales up to the end of March 2012.
That means a healthy two million more 3DS units have been sold in the last three months. A previous tally of 15.03 million was jotted down at the end of last year.
Even the company's aging Wii coughed out another million units. It has now sold 95.85 million, up from 94.97 million on New Year's Eve 2011.
Nintendo of America has snapped up the domain SuperMario4.com.
Hot on the heels of news that GAME has entered administration, closed 277 stores and laid-off 2000 staff, supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced increased stock of new games and significant price cuts.
Shoppers can pick up the following discounts, among others, from tomorrow:
PlayStation 3 console: £164.99 (was £199.99)
The director of Super Mario 3D Land has revealed the strange fruits of an early brainstorming session for last year's hit 3DS platformer.
The 3DS has sold twice as many units as the DS did in its first year on sale, Nintendo has announced.
The 3DS sold 4.5 million units in its first year in the US. It went on sale there on 27th March 2011.
A year after the DS launched in the US, on 21st November 2004, it had sold 2.3 million units.
The Nintendo 3DS has set another sales record in Japan - further evidence, if it was needed, that it has recovered from its launch troubles.
Over the weekend it crossed the five million sales mark in 52 weeks - a record for Japanese hardware sales.
The previous record holder was the Nintendo DS, which shifted five million in 56 weeks. In third place is the Game Boy Advance, which hit the milestone on week 58.
Nintendo has begun updating the downloadable NES games offered free to 3DS Ambassadors last year.
European gamers can now log on to the 3DS eShop and update NES classic Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Life reports.
Downloading the new version will add Suspend Points, allowing you to save your progress wherever you are in-game and reload it as many times as you like. Revolutionary stuff.
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has shifted his main focus from overseeing established series like Mario and Zelda to creating fresh game ideas.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has hinted that paid Super Mario 3D Land DLC could be incoming.
Super Mario 3D Land is the first Nintendo 3DS game to sell over five million copies.
The uplift in sales of the 3DS have proved those who claimed handhelds were doomed wrong, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said.
Nintendo has predicted it will finish the financial year with a greater loss than expected after making far less money than hoped.
When the current financial year ends on 31st March 2012, Nintendo expects it will have made a total loss of 65 billion yen (£534.87 million), significantly more than the 20 billion yen originally forecast.
The company has announced an overall loss of 48.3 billion yen (£397.5 million) for the current financial year up until the end of December 2011.
The Ice White and Rose Pink 3DS flavours will be more expensive than the existing range of colours when they launch separately on 10th February.
PlayStation Vita has been beaten by the PSP in Japan's hardware chart for the second week running.
The Japanese videogames market made 8 per cent less money in 2011 than in 2010, new figures have revealed.
Game sales stuttered compared to the previous year, with almost 14 per cent less revenue despite the launch of the Nintendo 3DS and, in the year's final weeks, PlayStation Vita.
Hardware revenue rose - perhaps unsurprising considering the year's dual platform launches - but not by much.
The 3DS sold more in its first nine months than Wii did in the US, Nintendo has announced.
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the fastest-selling games in the history of their franchises. They are the first 3DS games to sell one million units each in the US.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the 45th Wii game to sell more than one million in the US.
UK TV network Sky has launched a new two-part show devoted to 3D gaming.
Nintendo developer legend Shigeru Miyamoto is fit and healthy and does not plan to retire any time soon, he has declared.
Christmas stocks of the 3DS will meet an increasing public demand for Nintendo's handheld device, UK shops have told Eurogamer.
UPDATE 2: Nintendo has provided Eurogamer with the following statement, which stresses that Shigeru Miyamoto will continue to lead the Japanese company's development.
Nintendo fans can get 3D Classics: Kid Icarus for free when it launches on 5th January by registering two eligible 3DS titles online this Christmas.
Nintendo won't port Super Mario Galaxy 2 to the 3DS because Mario looks like a "speck" on the smaller handheld screen.
Super Mario 3D Land is the fastest selling portable Mario game ever in the US, Nintendo has announced.
Nintendo is developing a range of mass market software for the 3DS to recreate the successes of DS casual games such as Brain Training.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has held firm at the top of the UK charts in the year's busiest week of game releases, despite its second week sales dropping by 87 per cent.
Animal rights group PETA has admitted its campaign condemning Super Mario 3D Land's furry Tanooki suit was not a serious attack on Nintendo's moustachioed mascot.
Nintendo has responded to animal rights group PETA's attack on Super Mario 3D Land, saying the Italian plumber's animal-based transformations are "lighthearted and whimsical".
Following its condemnation of the wanton rat slaughter in Battlefield 3 last week, animal rights group PETA has now turned its attention to Mario.
The 3DS is on track to outperform the DS for first year sales in the US, Nintendo has said.
The 3DS sold 1.65 million units in the US in the eight months following launch. The DS sold 2.37 million units in its first 12 months on sale, from November 2004 to October 2005. Half of those sales were made during the Christmas period.
In a note released today Nintendo highlighted the fact that the 3DS' first Christmas is around the corner, as are the launches of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.
Nintendo learnt important lessons from the launch of the 3DS, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has admitted.
Fils-Aime blamed the handheld's lacklustre software launch line-up for poor hardware sales following the 3DS' release, something it cannot repeat for the Wii U next year.
"In terms of lessons learned, we need to ensure we have a strong line-up of games when we release hardware - especially titles from Nintendo. Looking back, maybe we did not have the best lineup of games on 3DS," he told Brazilian website UOL Jogos.
3DS sales were up over 200 per cent in Japan last week, following the launch of Super Mario 3D Land.
The new handheld's first Mario title, out here next week, sold a whopping 343,492 copies in its first four days on sale to take the software crown.
For context, Super Mario Galaxy sold 256,341 in Japan during its first week, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed 337,569.
Nintendo 3DS gamers will gain the ability to join a friend's game from the system's friend list, it has emerged.
Friend list navigation has also been improved, and online friends are shuffled to the front of your list for easier viewing, according to an image spotted on NeoGAF.
The upgrade arrives on the single-player only Super Mario 3D Land game cartridge, suggesting Nintendo may update the 3DS through physical games as well as over the internet throughout the handheld's lifetime.
Forthcoming 3DS platformer Super Mario 3D Land offers a more accessible, compact experience than the Wii's Super Mario Galaxy 2, that users can "gobble down", according to the game's director.
So Nintendo posted a six-month 70 billion yen loss (-£579.3 million / -$926.3 million), and now braces for its first yearly loss in decades. But it's Nintendo - are things really that bad?
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has blamed August's dramatic 3DS price-cut for causing a "huge loss" so far this financial year.
Nintendo this morning posted a huge financial loss - but it was below the gargantuan prediction made yesterday.
Nintendo has announced a new worldwide 3DS sales total of 6.68 million units.
That figure covers sales from 3DS launch up to 30th September, as revealed today in Nintendo's half-year financial report.
That means 3DS sales are comparable to DS sales within a similar timeframe - the 3DS is even marginally in front.
Whereas New Super Mario Bros. Wii had SNES classic Super Mario World "at its core", Nintendo's forthcoming Super Mario 3D Land deliberately harks back to NES landmark Super Mario Bros. 3, according to creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
Nintendo will tomorrow report a gargantuan loss, according to a Japanese newspaper.
UPDATE: Nintendo has updated their original press release to say the Ice White bundle will be available on 2nd December. The Coral Pink date remains unchanged.
The upcoming Ice White and Coral Pink flavours of 3DS will be available in Europe from 18th November in two new bundles, Nintendo has announced.
An under-pressure Nintendo has ruled out any likelihood of ever making games for mobiles.
3DS platform game Super Mario 3D Land will be released across Europe on 18th November, Nintendo has announced.
Mario Kart 7 will be released on 2nd December.
In 2012, there will be Mario Tennis and Animal Crossing released on 3DS.
Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador programme kicks off today, rewarding pre-price drop adopters with 10 NES titles absolutely free.
Nintendo is preparing both an external second circle pad add-on for the 3DS, as well as an entirely new model which "radically tones down" the system's 3D capabilities, according to insider sources.
US Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3 sales figures have leapt following their recent price drops, retailer GameStop today revealed.
"We have seen a significant acceleration in the sale of PlayStation 3 and the 3DS," GameStop president Tony Bartel told sister site GamesIndustry.biz.
Meanwhile, US retail giant Target reported to IndustryGamers that PS3 sales had seen an "immediate lift".
3DS sales figures have shot through the roof in Japan after Nintendo's worldwide price cut took effect last week.
3DS sold 214,821 units between 8th and 14th August, according to chart company Enterbrain (via Famitsu). That's the highest weekly amount since the 3DS launched in February.
Two weeks earlier, 3DS sales were 16,415 units a week. (News of the price cut impacted sales the week after.)
Nintendo are bringing out the big guns for Eurogamer Expo 2011 with new Mario and Zelda games set to be playable on the show floor.
Online entry into Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador Scheme ended at midnight last night, but gamers can still get the 20 free games if they prove they made their 3DS purchase prior to then.
The list below has and will be updated with today's 3DS prices.
The Nintendo 3DS price war is in full swing: supermarket giant Tesco has slashed the price of the handheld to £115.
UK online retailer GameStop.co.uk has cut the price of the Nintendo 3DS to £135.
Nintendo plans to introduce a paid item transactions system for the 3DS and Wii U.
Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata has taken personal responsibility for the floundering 3DS handheld, announcing he will slash his own salary by 50 per cent.
UPDATE: Nintendo's stock rose during the afternoon session on the Osaka Securities Exchange. It finished down 12 per cent to 12,290 yen.
While shops discuss tactics, analyst Piers Harding-Rolls predicted that the Nintendo 3DS UK recommended retail price (RRP) will fall to between £150 and £155.
Nintendo has re-named this year's twin 3DS Mario titles and given both rough release dates.
The price of the 3DS will be cut by "around a third" in Europe, Nintendo has told Eurogamer.
Nintendo has announced a huge 3DS price-cut in for Japan.
From 11th August the handheld will be sold for 15,000 yen (£118) in Japan, down from its current 25,000 yen (£196) price tag.
Nintendo will price-cut the 3DS in overseas markets, including Europe, by September, "although the ranges and the markdown will be different from that of Japan".
Recent Super Mario games have drifted away from what the series was initially meant to be about, so says the Nintendo veteran behind the forthcoming Super Mario 3DS.
Super Mario 3DS will feature a top down Zelda-themed level in honour of Link's 25th anniversary, Nintendo has revealed.
All players will get a chance to play Super Mario 3D "before the year is over".
Now he's done it. Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has gone and mentioned Mario's weight.
Nintendo has announced a date and time for its annual E3 press conference: Tuesday 7th June at 9am PDT - 5pm UK time.
Mario Kart 3DS goes on sale before the end of the year, Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed.
Nintendo's creative mastermind made the announcement at a French press event late last week, as reported by VG247.
Miyamoto didn't offer any more insight into what new features Nintendo is adding to the long-running racing franchise but did offer a few updates on a number of other 3DS titles.
The forthcoming 3DS Super Mario title is a cross between Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64, so says creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
The new 3DS Mario platformer briefly shown off last month at GDC could be on shelves before the year is out, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.