Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition

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Mario All-Stars sells out, reprint possible

Mario All-Stars sells out, reprint possible

eBay asking price rockets in US.

The limited edition Wii reissue of Super Mario All-Stars has completely sold out in the US, leaving Nintendo considering a second print run.

Nintendo PR boss Marc Franklin told Wired, "We are gratified by the consumer response to this limited-edition product, which we created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game on NES.

"Because of the strong response, we are exploring the option of bringing this item back at a later date."

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Super Mario All-Stars

Super Mario All-Stars

Crystal castles.

One tragic casualty of the game industry's creep towards digital distribution is videogame packaging.

Games are, by definition, ethereal: arcane lines of code that push clusters of coloured light from pixel to pixel on electronic displays. The boxes they come in help ground these esoteric journeys of mind and screen in reality. They bottle our experiences. We can read their labels, share specimens with each other and feel their weight in our hands – none of which is possible with a file downloaded to a hard drive.

Boxes make the intangible tangible. Digital distribution offers convenience, but it does so at the expense of experience. And Nintendo has always understood the value of experience.

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UK chart: Black Ops back on top

Turismo elbowed, Jackson leaps.

The world's fastest ever selling videogame, Call of Duty: Black Ops, has risen once more to the top of the UK all-formats top 40 chart.

Miyamoto: Mario originally had a gun

Plus, magic mushroom inspiration revealed.

In early builds of Nintendo's classic platformer Super Mario Bros, the iconic plumber wielded a gun, creator Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed.

Red Wii confirmed for UK

Red Wii confirmed for UK

Special edition Mario DSi also incoming.

The special edition red Mario Wii revealed last week will arrive in UK stores on 29th October, Nintendo has confirmed, two weeks before it goes on sale in Japan.

Official Nintendo Magazine reports that the pack will include a red Wii, a red Wii Remote Plus, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii Sports and a preloaded copy of the original NES Donkey Kong.

This differs slightly from the Japanese bundle, which comes with Super Mario Bros. rather than Donkey Kong.

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