Super Mario 3D World News

Nintendo hires Bowser as new US sales chief

Nintendo hires Bowser as new US sales chief

A guy called Doug Bowser, that is.

Nintendo of America has hired a new vice president of sales and marketing: Doug Bowser.

Bowser previously worked at EA, where he served as VP of Global Business Planning - presumably the business of destroying the globe by kidnapping princesses and their castles.

At Nintendo US, Bowser will help oversee the company's many advertising, marketing and financial projects for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker announced for Wii U

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker announced for Wii U

Super Mario 3D World spin-off coming this Christmas.

Nintendo has announced Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, a spin-off from Super Mario 3D World starring that game's miniature protagonist Captain Toad.

The character will once again be tasked with solving rotatable puzzle levels, presumably again without being able to jump.

Little else is known about the game - such as whether it will be a download-only or physical release.

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BioShock Infinite isn't up for a Best Game BAFTA

Tearaway is, so is Assassin's Creed 4.

It's that time of year again: The British Academy Games Awards (BAFTA) nominees have been announced. The biggest surprise is that BioShock Infinite - its triumphant arrival being one of the gaming events of the year, if not the generation - is not nominated for Best Game. Fighting it out for that honour are Tearaway, Assassin's Creed 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, Super Mario 3D World and Papers, Please.

Nintendo sells more Wii Us, but admits it's still hurting profits

Nintendo's Wii U console is still hurting the company's profits despite increased sales.

In August Nintendo announced a Wii U price cut in an attempt to spark sales of the console into life. The decision had a positive impact - in the three month period to 30th September 2013 300,000 Wii Us were sold, almost double the 160,000 sold in the prior three month period, but the wider picture remains bleak.

Today, Nintendo announced the Wii U had sold just 460,000 units worldwide in the six month period to 30th September 2013. That's an average of 76,666 units a month, globally.

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Super Mario 3D World gameplay footage reveals new power-ups

Nintendo has shown off an extended look at the promising-looking Super Mario 3D World, including new items and freshly-unveiled stages.

In more than six minutes of new footage, Nintendo reveals brief glimpses of the new Cat Mario and Double Mario power-ups, plus returning favourites Tanooki Mario, Boomerang Mario and Mega Mario.

Handheld items include a handheld Bullet Bill-style Cannon Box, a Light Box for defeating ghosts and the ability to climb inside and control Koopa Shells.

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Nintendo announces line-up for Eurogamer Expo

EGXNintendo announces line-up for Eurogamer Expo

Super Mario 3D World, Bayonetta 2, DKC, Wind Waker HD and many more.

Nintendo is the latest platform holder to announce its line-up for this year's Eurogamer Expo, promising visitors the opportunity to go hands-on with the likes of Super Mario 3D World and Bayonetta 2 on Wii U, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS and a host of indie titles for both consoles.

Our sister site Nintendo Life is also collaborating with Nintendo to run a StreetPass Zone where attendees can top up their StreetPass hits - good news for Mr Mendel and his bloody garden - and take part in 3DS tournament challenges for Star Fox 64 3D, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate.

Visitors to Nintendo's stand at the Expo can also pose for photos with Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Link and Pikachu, who are taking time off from their congressional obligations to press the flesh with their constituents.

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Miyamoto: Nintendo's game ownership policy should operate "like a toy company"

"As a consumer you want to... have those things from your youth that you can go back to."

While Microsoft's used game policy for Xbox One has revealed the company's desire to transition game ownership to a more licence-based approach, Nintendo's top designer Shigeru Miyamoto has said he believes that gamers should retain access "for a long time" to games they have own.