Super Mario Maker Stories March 4, 2016

The recent Nintendo Direct event brought a number of exciting announcements including a new Star Fox game, the return of Kirby to handhelds, new Mario Maker items and much more. Here are some of the best highlights from the event, along with new trailers/footage: expand full story

Super Mario Maker Stories December 7, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Super Mario Maker $50, 3DS XL w/ Super Smash/Mario Kart/more $180, JotNot Scanner free, more

Update (12/7 11:20am): It’s back! Grab a $100 Physical iTunes Gift Card for $80 with free delivery.

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Super Mario Maker on Nintendo Wii U for $49.99 shipped. Outside of a pre-order deal for Amazon Prime members, this is matching the best price we have seen Nintendo’s popular level maker go for and the current best price available.

While Amazon is still offering the New Nintendo 3DS at its lowest price ever, $174.99 shipped, in both black and red, Groupon has an interesting deal running on the basic 3DS XL. You can grab a Nintendo 3DS XL Bundle with Mario Kart 7, Super Black Bass 3D, and Super Smash Bros. for $179.99 shipped ($240+ value, best we can find). While we are talking Nintendo, we still have Buy One Get One 40% off offer on amiibo at Toys R Us, and Best Buy still has the Nintendo Wii U 32GB Console Deluxe Set with Mario Kart 8 for $249.99 shipped (Reg. $300+, best price we can find).

Amazon also has the Rock Band 4 Wireless Guitar Bundle on Xbox One and PS4 for $99.99 shipped (Reg. $130, within $2, best we can find).And in case you missed it over the weekend, Rise of the Tomb Raider is still $39.99 shipped (lowest ever, matched in Microsoft holiday sale), we are still Buy Two PS4 or Xbox One games and get the Third Free over at Best Buy and Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One is down to $39.99 shipped at Amazon.

Monument Valley is the new App Store Free App of the Week and down below you’ll find the best iOS price drops including TurboScan Pro, JotNot Scanner, Toca Robot Lab, Banner Saga and more:

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Super Mario Maker Stories August 26, 2015

These mesmerizing auto-Mario Maker levels will take you on the ride of a lifetime

With the highly anticipated release of Super Mario Maker just around the corner now, more and more interesting bits of information about the game are popping up. As if those sweet easter eggs spotted in the title screen and the impressive looking level creations we have seen thus far weren’t cool enough as it is, we can’t seem to take our eyes off these mesmerizing auto-Mario levels.

Automatic Mario levels are those that require the player to do little else but go right and watch as the beauty of Nintendo’s worlds unfold before your eyes. In some cases the player has to do nothing at all but watch as Mario zips through a very carefully created, almost choreographed level. In most cases, if you do anything other than what you’re told to do, you die.

You can see a few of these highly detailed automatic Mario style levels created in Mario Maker below:

For years this type of level creation has existed among modders and hackers of older Mario games. Here is a pretty fantastic one made in Super Mario World:

After the amiibo support, that awesome Mario Maker Wii U bundle and these roller coaster-like Mario courses, the game really can’t come soon enough. The chromatic music note blocks avialable to players in Mario Maker will surely be making some pretty amazing appearances in auto levels over the coming months as well.

Source: Kotaku

Super Mario Maker Stories August 24, 2015

Nintendo has now revealed a series of new information about its upcoming Wii U and amiibo lineup today. The home console is scheduled for a number of big releases this fall/holiday season with Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Yoshi’s Wooly World. And we now know when to expect them all along with a few surprises: expand full story

Super Mario Maker Stories August 18, 2015

Super Mario Maker’s playable title screen is loaded with awesome secrets

After some pretty amazing looking level creations, the ability to create stages while seamlessly switching between 4 different titles, and some amiibo support, Super Mario Maker has certainly caught our attention. Set to release just around the corner now, reviewers have begun to dig in to early copies and have noticed some sweet little easter eggs hidden on the title screen.

Inspired by Mario Paint and Super Mario World, the opening screen has Mario traversing a typical course with the Super Mario Maker title overlay on top. If you touch the letters a number of playful, Nintendo-style animations play out including a sweet Wario reference on the M, a hidden cache of coins in the R, space ships, helmets, bouncy things and you can even hatch Mario a Yoshi.

Here’s a great video from GameXplain showing them off:

Super Mario Maker releases on September 11th and Prime members can pre-order it for $49.99 shipped (Reg. $60). An even more notable deal than some of the other early Prime deals considering how rarely first part Nintendo games go on sale.

You can learn more about Mario Maker from our E3 coverage and here are a few amazing levels that were created for the Nintendo World Championships 2015:

Source: GameXplain (via Kotaku)

Super Mario Maker Stories July 28, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD w/ XV demo $35, Fallout 4 Vault Dweller’s Guide (pre-order) $24, more

Update (7/28 12:40pm):

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for $34.99 on PS4 with free shipping for Prime members (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. The Xbox One version is just a couple bucks more. This is the best price we have seen on the game which includes the Final Fantasy XV playable demo. Amazon is also offering the Final Fantasy XIV online Heavensward expansion on PS4 and PC for $29.99 Prime shipped. That’s $10 under the going rate and the best we can find. 

In case you missed late it yesterday, Amazon has a pre-order of the Fallout 4 Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide Collector’s Edition: Prima Official Game Guide for $24.11 Prime shipped (Reg. $40, best we can find).

Premium Hardcover book – your ultimate Wasteland companion: walkthroughs and detailed maps give you all the strategies, locations, items, and loot…Specs and reference data for all the perks, armor, weapons, items, and creatures you’ll encounter.

Along with the discounted Logitech gaming mouse options below the fold, we also spotted the SteelSeries Siberia v3 Comfortable Gaming Headset for $49.99 shipped at Amazon (Reg. $80+, lowest we can find).

Down below you’ll find today’s Mac/iOS deals including Chess ⋆$1 (Reg. $2), Toca Store$1 (Reg. $3), Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid)$1 (Reg. $2) and many more. There are also a number of free McGraw-Hill educational iOS apps for kids right now.

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Super Mario Maker Stories July 26, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Super Mario Maker pre-order (Prime only) $50, Dark Souls II $38, Magellan $5, freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Super Mario Maker for Wii U is now available for pre-order for Prime members (only) for $49.99 shipped on Amazon. That’s $10 off the usual $60, the best we can find and quite a notable deal for a first party Nintendo game. The discount will automatically be applied during checkout for Prime members and the game is set for release on September 11th, 2015. You can learn all about Amazon’s Prime member game benefits here.

Play a near-limitless number of Mario levels created by Nintendo and players around the world…Create your own Mario levels by using the Wii U GamePad controller touch screen to add enemies, blocks, pipes and more.

Amazon also has a new low on the Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin edition for PS4 and Xbox One at just over $38 Prime shipped (Reg. $60, lowest we have seen).

Best Buy is offering $45 off with the purchase of two full priced games. That brings titles like Mortal Kombat X and LEGO Jurassic World down to about $40 each, which is the lowest price we can currently find. Other Best Buy deals include Destiny and Far Cry 4 on PS4 and Xbox One for $20 each (Reg. $30+), both with free in-store pickup or free shipping on orders over $35.

Along with the massive iOS sale Apple launched recently with around 100 popular titles down to $0.99 each, this weekend’s best iOS price drops include Paper Keyboard: FREE (Reg. $1), Doodle Devil: $1 (Reg. $2), WorldCraft: $1 (Reg. $2), Magellan: $5 (Reg. $15), Thunderspace 4k: FREE (Reg. $1), Emoji Added: FREE (Reg. $2) and Make A Martian: FREE (Reg. $1). You’ll find more notable iOS price drops in our previous roundup.

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Super Mario Maker Stories June 16, 2015

Nintendo kicked off its E3 announcements with a huge content update for Super Smash Bros. and then dove into some gigantic game announcements including Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and more.

Wii U and the new 3DS handheld are rocking right now thanks to some major releases over the past year. Nintendo’s E3 announcements only upped the ante for these consoles and set the stage for a strong 2015/2016 showing. Head below for the most important news that Nintendo dropped on us so far this week: expand full story

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