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Earlier today, Nintendo kicked off its cross-country promotional tour for Super Mario Odyssey. The fun began at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles where the game was playable, the musical video debuted, and more.

Nintendo just sent out a few photos of the festivities at Universal CityWalk. You can find them all below, along with their descriptions.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans welcome Mario at Universal CityWalk at the Super Mario Odyssey Tour Kick-off Event in Los Angeles. The event marks the start of Mario’s cross-country journey, which will stop in five states and end in New York on Oct. 26. The Super Mario Odyssey game launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Oct. 27.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Mario poses in front of his newly revealed trailer at the Super Mario Odyssey Tour Kick-off Event in Los Angeles. Over the next two weeks, Mario and his new ally, Cappy, will travel cross-country to five states to celebrate their new game, Super Mario Odyssey, which launches on Oct. 27 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans watch the world premiere of the “Jump Up, Super Star! – Super Mario Odyssey Musical” video, featuring a jazz-themed song from the game. Fans gathered at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of the Super Mario Odyssey Tour, which will take Mario to five special stops across the country, ending in New York on Oct. 26, the eve of the game’s launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system.

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, YouTube personalities Meghan C. of Strawburry17 and Roger D. of RogersBase play the Super Mario Odyssey game on the Nintendo Switch system at the Super Mario Odyssey Tour Kick-off Event at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. Fans had the opportunity to demo the game and meet Mario at the start of his cross-country tour to celebrate his new game, Super Mario Odyssey, which launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27.

 

Source: Nintendo PR

GameStop has some good news for those who missed out on the launch of the SNES Classic Edition at the end of September. This week, the hardware is returning.

GameStop stores across the U.S. will begin to receive new shipments today. The retailer is saying that an online restock is planned for tomorrow, October 11. The news applies to Think Geek as well.

Even if you’re unable to secure a SNES Classic Edition this week, don’t worry just yet. GameStop noted that it will have weekly shipments, and believes it will be able to continue with restocks throughout the rest of 2017.

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Nintendo closed out its series of interviews for the Super NES Classic Edition with a bang. Masahiro Sakurai spoke about Kirby Super Star in depth, which is a game he directed 25 years ago.

One notable part of the interview touches on how a request from Shigeru Miyamoto led to the inclusion of two-player co-op. Sakurai also goes over how Donkey Kong Country’s visuals influenced Kirby Super Star, a planned game that was cut, and the development name.

You can read about these topics and more below from the full interview with Sakurai.

In an interview with Business Insider, Doug Bowser, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, discusses the problems Nintendo has had with meeting the demand for the SNES Classic and the Switch. While some fans have speculated the motive has been to intentionally understock hardware in attempts to drive-up demand, Bowser explains that the reality behind the issue is far less exciting:

We try to do the best we can with forecasting and anticipating demand, and to put a plan in place … If you see a steep ramp-up in demand, it takes some time to catch up … When you think about procurement of parts, procurement of manufacturing facilities, getting [production] ramped up — that takes some time to respond.

Bowser adds that this should become less of an issue as the fiscal year comes to a close, and that Nintendo has learned their lesson from the problems they had in 2016 with the NES Classic:

We’re really focused on trying to get as much SNES to the market as possible … You’ll see a much stronger flow of product than you did on NES. Lesson learned from the past!

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SEGA and IDW Publishing have announced that the new Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series will debut in April 2018. IDW will be releasing the first four issues in the span of four weeks.

Tying in with the news, fan favorite scribe Ian Flynn has been brought on to work on the new comics. Those initial issues will be written by Flynn and a team of artists to be announced at a later date.

Source: SEGA PR, Image source

GamesIndustry spoke with Marvelous marketing manager Michael Fisher to talk all things Senran Kagura. One topic discussed is the audience playing the series, which might be somewhat surprising.

Fisher said that quite a few female players are giving Senran Kagura a shot – around 30 to 40 percent. Gamers aged 20 to 25 are also the primary demographic.

Nintendo published an announcement recapping all of the action that took place at the Nintendo World Championships 2017 today. Read it in full below.

A new month is here! We just entered October this week, so that means we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you started up something entirely new for the month? With all of the new indies on Switch, have you given any of them or a try? Or maybe you’re starting up Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, which launched yesterday. Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Do you care about Switch home menu icons?

The Nintendo World Championships 2017 are in the books, with Thomas G taking home top honors. If you missed out on any of the action, you can catch up on it below with the full recording.


Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime isn’t in attendance at this year’s Nintendo World Championships, but he did record a message that appeared during the opening minutes. We have it below.

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