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Super Mario Bros. came out in Japan on September 13, 1985. You know what that means! Since it’s the 13th in Japan, today is the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Here’s to another 30, Mario!


TIME has an interview with up Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. Some of the comments are actually from June, but there’s a sprinkling of fresh remarks as well.

One interesting excerpt concerns Miyamoto talking about how Super Mario Maker is like a transition point for the franchise, as Nintendo feels it’s time “to move in a new direction”. Miyamoto said:

“Doing this now at the 30th anniversary [of Super Mario Bros.] is really putting some more of that creativity into the players. But at the same time, we as the developers feel that it’s time for us to move in a new direction, and we’re preparing to work on the future of Super Mario from here on.”

You can check out TIME’s full piece here.

Nintendo UK’s online store is now taking pre-orders for a limited edition “Super Mario Box”. Inside, you’ll find a Mario Classic Colors amiibo, an 8-bit Mario toy, a t-shirt, and hat.

The Super Mario Box is due out on October 9. Pricing is set at £29.99. To reserve the box, head on over here.

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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., IGN reached out to nine Nintendo legends for their fondest memories. The site managed to obtain comments from high-profile people like Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.

Miyamoto’s pick? Super Mario 64. Here’s what he shared about that game:

“Of course, I’ve had many memories with Mario over the last 30 years, but the one that sticks out for me most was when we made Super Mario 64. I felt very fortunate to be able to work in a 3D space for the first time, take on this new technology, and have Mario be the character that helped bring it to life. And that we did that by working with 3D technology at a time when there weren’t many people doing it. So that was a very important moment with Mario for me.

“The other memory links back to my childhood. When I was younger I used to always like to make puppets and do puppet shows. When we made Super Mario 64, it was like I was able to do a puppet show with Mario in a 3D space. It’s been very fun for me to have these moments where the things that I’ve enjoyed from my youth have blended in with the work that I do in video games.”

Reggie’s choice was none other than Super Mario World. He mentioned the following about Nintendo’s SNES classic:

“My deepest Super Mario memory is with Super Mario World. I came into the Nintendo family in 1991 via the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and that console came with Super Mario World. I can still picture Yoshi’s Island 2 and the opening sequence to get a Koopa shell moving to the right and picking up my 1-Up. I also loved the various Yoshis – especially the Blue flying Yoshi and the Yellow sand-stomping Yoshi. I played and replayed that game with my sons and always kept it at 99 lives. I still have the cartridge, and a working SNES at home and in my office.”

You can find more comments from the likes of Takashi Tezuka, Bill Trinen, and more here.

Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube page has gone live with a new “Let’s Super Mario! Thank You Video”. It features a collection of footage created by various fans. We’ve posted the video below.


Nintendo’s European divisions are teasing a new video from Shigeru Miyamoto. Tomorrow, the legendary game developer will be shedding light on Mario myths. Miyamoto will comment on Bowser Jr.’s mother and more.

Next month, Nintendo will be shipping out a 256-page Mario encyclopedia in Japan. It contains content pertaining to 17 Mario games from the original Super Mario Bros. up through Super Mario World. In terms of content, readers can expect coverage of characters, enemies, power-ups, items, stages, techniques and graphics of each game.

The encyclopedia goes on sale on October 19. Pricing is set at 3,132 yen.

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An official video has gone up for Super Mario 30th Anniversary Live, which is taking place in Japan on September 20 and 21. Below, you can get a look at rehearsals that were recently held.

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This week’s issue of Famitsu features an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

At one point of the discussion, Tezuka addresses the series’ future in which he states: “We will continue to make 3D and 2D Mario games, but I want to make one that even exceeds New Super Mario Bros.”

Famitsu then asks if there is a particular plan in mind. Tezuka only offered up the following: “I can’t say anything concrete yet, but you may see it within a few years.”

It also sounds like Tezuka has interest in working on a non-Mario title. He told the magazine: “I also kind of want to seriously work on something other than Mario.”

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In October, a special Super Mario Bros. screen painting will go on display in Kyoto. It comes in celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary, as well as the 400th anniversary of the Rimpa school.

Mario is represented as “Raijin” (Japanese god of thunder and storms) in the piece while Luigi is shown as “Fujin” (Japanese god of wind). These two tend to be paired in Japanese art, much like Nintendo’s famous brothers.

The painting itself is created in Rimpa style. For a look at its creation, check out the official Nintendo video below.



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