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Super Mario 3D World

ON THIS EPISODE: You wanna hear about Nintendo games? We’ve got Nintendo games! Jack talks about Super Mario 3D World, Austin talks about Super Mario Bros. and Mario Golf, and Laura hits a home-run with her discussion of Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Elite Beat Agents!

PLUS: Our panel discussion segment has a lot of discussion about Mario Kart 8’s “new” Battle Mode, Nintendo’s E3 plans, and what Austin thinks is the coolest thing Nintendo has done in a while.

AND: We laugh way too much about some really stupid jokes towards the end.

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EDGE has published its full Super Mario 3D World interview/article with directors Koichi Hayashida and Kenta Motokura as well as producer Yoshiaki Koizumi. New concept art from the game is now available as well.

You can find some quotes from the three Super Mario 3D World devs below (with even more on EDGE). The concept art is posted above.

The Adventures of Captain Toad are a unique set of courses in Super Mario 3D World. They only encompass a small portion of the overall game, but they were very well received.

Some had hoped that The Adventures of Captain Toad would return in the future – through DLC, a standalone title with brand new levels, etc. While that’s yet to happen, Super Mario 3D World co-director Koichi Hayashida told EDGE this month that the team would “consider doing something with this feature in the future” if fans continue to show interest.

He said:

“We thought they were a lot of fun, so we’re really glad everyone likes them too. If enough fans express such enthusiasm, we’d consider doing something with this feature in the future.”

Kenta Motokura, Super Mario 3D World’s other co-director, also mentioned that the gameplay of The Adventures of Captain Toad was not at all inspired by smartphone titles:

“They weren’t inspired by smartphone games. The idea was to design a game that would become even more fun as you play through it, and this influenced the pace of the game, effectively increasing the rhythm. We felt that a short challenge with quick results would be a good motivation for players to advance onto the next course.”

Thanks to joclo for the tip.

Club Nintendo Europe has gained a new reward. As of today, members can order a soundtrack CD for Super Mario 3D World. It’s available for 3,000 points.


What’s the team behind Super Mario 3D World working on next? Why, a new Mario game of course!

Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi wouldn’t say if the new project is for Wii U or 3DS while speaking with EDGE. He did mention, however:

“That’s still a secret! I can tell you, though, that we’ve already started approaching our next challenge.”

“There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we’ll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future.”

Amazon and Best Buy have kicked off a new sale on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. For the next week, you can purchase the Wii U title for $40 as opposed to $50.

Super Mario 3D World is also available on Amazon for a cheaper price. Buy the title now and you’ll save about $10.

Nintendo has started sending out a new puzzle for 3DS. Via SpotPass, system owners can begin filling in a panel for Super Mario 3D World. It’s available in the StreetPass Mii Plaza.


We’ve covered these plushies before, though there’s a new addition in the gallery above: Nabbit from New Super Mario Bros. U. The smaller plushies will go for 1,800 yen while “medium” sized versions of Mario and Luigi are priced at 2,800 yen.


Target will be discounting Super Mario 3D World fairly heavily in about a week. Starting on February 2, the game is getting a $20 discount, bringing its price down to $40. The sale will last until February 8.


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