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Japan just got a brand new Super Mario Bros. theme for the Nintendo 3DS today. You can grab the theme for 200 yen in the 3DS eShop. Check out the official video for the theme below!



Nintendo will be holding a Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Festival in Japan on September 13. It’s now confirmed that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto and longtime composer Koji Kondo will be appearing at the concert.

On that day, it seems that Miyamoto and Kondo will play Super Mario Maker. They’ll also discuss things about Mario during its design phases, as well as thoughts on the work itself.

Other guests set to appear at the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Festival include CLACHIP, YMCK, and even Mario himself.

Update: Bumped to the top. Along with Super Mario Bros., Doom, Pac-Man, Pong, Tetris, and World of Warcraft are being inducted.

Super Mario Bros. has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, Nintendo has announced.

A committee of journalists, scholars and video game industry members made the decision to honor the classic NES title. Games selected for recognition are based on the criteria of icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, and influence.

Super Mario Bros. is one of six titles being inducted into the inaugural class in the World Video Game Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Source: Nintendo PR

Update (5/29): Bumped to the top. This is now live on the North American and European sites as well.

Nintendo updated its Japanese Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary site today. Check it out here.

You can get a complete overview of the Super Mario Bros. series in full, starting with the very first entry up through Super Mario 3D World. Videos are included for each game.

This is the perfect sort of thing for the weekend! I don’t know how anyone would have the patience for it, but one fan has recreated the Super Mario Bros. title screen with 14,000 toothpicks. You can get a look at the results below.

Thanks to kurocchi0509 for the tip.


A little Easter egg has been discovered within the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary website. If you check the source code, you’ll notice that Mario himself is hidden inside! This is actually not on the North American site as far as I can tell.


Nintendo has opened a North American teaser site for the Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary. Visit the site here. It currently has a short message along with a short video that was previously shown in the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo’s involvement with last night’s Mario-centric Dancing with the Stars performance is much more involved than originally thought. Via Twitter, the company confirmed that Koji Kondo created the Super Mario Bros. medley just for the show. You can download the song right here.


At the end of June, we shared a few tidbits about the origins of Super Mario Bros. courtesy of a report from German website Nintendo-Online, with some sources stating that it was originally an arcade game. The site has now done further digging and uncovered the following details:

– Nintendo of America launched the NES and Super Mario Bros. in New York at the end of 1985 and in Los Angeles in early 1986. But the nationwide launch wasn’t until late 1986.
– To promote the NES and its flagship title SMB to people not living in NY or LA, Nintendo launched an exact arcade port of SMB in early 1986.
– This port is NOT identical to the Vs. Super Mario Bros. arcade port.
– It seems that the direct SMB arcade port was also distributed in Europe.
– Most of this info comes from William Audureau: “The History of Mario”, p. 261 ff.

In related news, Nintendo Online shares the following tidbits regarding the European release date of Super Mario Bros.

– It was unknown when exactly Super Mario Bros. was released in Europe. The best date we were originally able to confirm was 1987, but we couldn’t get any closer.
– Nintendo of Europe wasn’t founded until the early 1990’s. Prior to that, most European countries had own companies that distributed the Nintendo products.
– According to William Audureau: “The History of Mario”, p. 267, in some European countries SMB was released on June 1986.
– But in most of the countries the game didn’t release until September 1987. According to Audureau that was the case in the United Kingdom as well as in France. We concluded from our sources that this was also SMB’s release month in Germany.

Source 1, Source 2

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