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Have you ever wondered if Mario feels pain? Takashi Tezuka, who has been working on the Super Mario series since the very beginning, was recently asked that very question.

The Verge recently spoke with Tezuka, who weighed in – kind of. He first started out by simply stating: “It may be that Mario does feel pain.”

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line leap day bug

February 29: If you’ve been trying to play Theatrhythm Final Bar Line today but haven’t been able to do so, it seems that this is because leap day is causing issues.

When starting up the rhythm game, it’ll attempt to connect to Square Enix’s servers. However, it gets stuck in an endless loop and won’t progress to the main menu. Square Enix seems to not have accounted for leap day and that’s impacting the code in some manner.

A police officer in his 40s at Japan’s Tenri Police Station has been reprimanded after playing Switch while on duty. Aside from receiving a warning from the director of the Nara prefectural police department, his pay will be deducted as well.

According to a report from The Japan News, the officer used a Switch ten times for a total of seventeen hours between November 2023 and February 2024. Again, this was while he was on duty. Police say that work was neglected when he connected his system to a TV in the break room at the police box.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Rosalina playable mod

Super Mario Bros. Wonder has the most playable characters yet for a 2D side-scrolling Mario game, but Rosalina isn’t included in the fun. Some were disappointed by that fact, and to rectify the situation, one fan created a new mod to add her in.

Dytser is behind the mod which has already come a long way. Rosalina has “distinct transformations that look unique compared to the others”, and Dytser even gave her a new look for the Elephant power-up. Most of the transformations are done, but some are a work-in-progress.

Masahiro Sakurai GameCube scroll wheel

Masahiro Sakurai posted his latest YouTube video today, and includes an interesting tidbit of information that he wanted a scroll wheel on the GameCube controller when the hardware was being developed.

Sakurai said he was allowed to give input – which makes sense given his close relationship with the company thanks to the Super Smash Bros. series. As explained in his proposal for Melee, the scroll wheel – or jog dial – “is a knob that you can turn either up or down, and it also functions as a switch if you press it in.” The idea here is that players would more quickly make menu selections and it’d allow for smooth camera movement.

Wii U sales September 2023

Mat Piscatella, executive director and video game industry analyst at Circana (NPD), relayed a little sales tidbit about the Wii U today that we couldn’t resist sharing.

The console has been phased out for years with Switch now Nintendo’s primary device since 2017. Finding a Wii U at a retailer at this point is practically impossible – and the platform wasn’t exactly popular to begin with. However, as it turns out, a single new Wii U was sold in the U.S. last month. The last time a Wii U was sold in the states was in May 2022.


Seattle Aquarium Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be invading the Seattle Aquarium as part a newly-announced partnership with Nintendo.

This fall, visitors will be able to see characters from the game while learning about the aquarium’s mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. They’ll be able to see marine animals such as sea otters, harbor seals, octopus, hundreds of species of fish, and more.

Switch girl abductor rescue

Court records show that a Switch system helped the FBI in its search to find a missing 15-year-old girl in Arizona last summer.

The unnamed teen disappeared in Virginia on August 3, 2022. ABC reports that Ethan Roberts, who was 28 at the time, “befriended her on the internet, traveled to Virginia to get her, and later forced her into child pornography.” However, Roberts did allow her to bring her Switch console – which eventually led to her return.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and series producer Eiji Aonuma have shared their thoughts on which Link they believe is the stinkiest.

If you’re wondering why on earth anyone would bother to ask the developers that question, this has become a thing of sorts of TicTok. Wired decided to get to the bottom of things by asking Fujibayashi and Aonuma for their thoughts directly.

Dr Mario Shigeru Miyamoto

In the words of Shigeru Miyamoto, Dr. Mario is a character that shouldn’t be trusted.

IGN recently spoke with the Mario creator as part of an interview for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Miyamoto talked about how the film brought out a new side of the character as an everyman hero. However, when it comes to Dr. Mario, he’s a character shrouded in shadiness.

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