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Super Mario Maker for 3DS

This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima…

This graph shows Nintendo 3DS hardware and software sell-through in Japan from April 2016 through the final week of the calendar year, divided by quarters and compared year-on-year. In looking back on the life-to-date performance of Nintendo 3DS, hardware spread through the Japanese market first before the U.S. and European markets. For the first two quarters, both hardware and software maintained lower trends than the previous year, but for the third quarter, which also includes the holiday period, the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon drove software sales higher than the previous year, and hardware sales did not lose momentum.

Note: Nintendo 3DS hardware includes the New 3DS, Nintendo 3DS, the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS XL and the Nintendo 2DS systems.

Note: Due to the calendar differences, FY16Q3 contains one more week than FY17Q3. Note: FY = Fiscal year (April through March of the following year)

Last Friday, Nintendo partnered with the City Dads Group for an interactive “Build, Play, Share” workshop at the Los Angeles Public Library. The organization provides a means for dads “to bond with their children and fellow parents.”

Families and local teens were able to participate in building content at the workshop. Specifically, attendees learned about making virtual courses in Super Mario Maker for 3DS.

Here’s what happened at the event, as Nintendo describes:

“The ‘Build, Play, Share’ workshop invited people of all ages to the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library in downtown L.A. to work in teams to conceptualize and build their own courses in Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. Game-design experts from Nintendo were on hand to lend their expertise to attendees, while also providing tips and sparking course-building ideas. In addition to this event in Los Angeles, video assets will soon be available on the Play Nintendo website for other organizations to access so they can host their own ‘Build, Play, Share’ workshops.”

Representatives had this to say about the design workshop:

“With the recent national push for more STEM programs for children in schools, partnering with City Dads Group and the Los Angeles Public Library was a great opportunity to highlight the level-design capabilities of Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. This exciting event helped introduce a new playtime activity for the digital era that families can enjoy together.” – Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

“City Dads Group was fortunate to collaborate with an amazing brand like Nintendo to host a game design workshop in the L.A. Public Library. The interactive event immersed dads and their little ones in winning experiences that are fun for the whole family.” – Lance Somerfeld, co-founder, City Dads Group.

Source: Nintendo PR

Data from Japan suggested that Super Mario Maker for 3DS sold about 150,000 copies in its first week in Japan. Dengeki now shares a bit of extra data about its performance.

Super Mario Maker for 3DS reportedly sold through 50 percent of its initial shipment. While that may seem low, it did manage to outdo the Wii U version’s first week sales of 137,000 copies.

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Nintendo has posted a new Australian commercial for Super Mario Maker on 3DS, and it’s arguably more interesting than the North American and Japanese adverts. View it below.


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While Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS didn’t get quite as much praise as the Wii U version, it was still received well enough for Nintendo to put together an accolades trailer. Give it a watch:

Yesterday we noted that Super Mario Maker for 3DS’s first update, version 1.01, was on the eShop. Strangely, Nintendo already has another update available. Version 1.02 has now replaced the previous patch on the eShop.

The size is exactly the same at 158 blocks (19.75 MB). Also, once again, the update is needed in order to access the Course World and its online features.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

The latest episode of the Play Nintendo Show has gone live. View the new video below, which focuses on Super Mario Maker for 3DS.

GameXplain posted a new video today that compares the two versions of Super Mario Maker: Wii U and 3DS. Have a look at it below.

If you intend to pick up Super Mario Maker for 3DS on Friday, you may want to grab the game’s first update from the eShop. Indeed: version 1.01 is already live. So long as you have 158 blocks (19.75 MB) of free space available, you should be able to download it.

Super Mario Maker for 3DS version 1.01 isn’t a minor update. In fact, you’ll need it in order to access the Course World. Without it, you won’t be able to play the Recommended Courses or 100 Mario Challenge modes.

Thanks to jikes10 for the tip.

Super Mario Maker for 3DS is on track for release in just two more days. Another round of gameplay is below with two hours of footage.

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