|Platform N64, Virtual Console||Publisher Nintendo||Developer HAL Laboratory||Release Date 1999-04-26|
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By Brian Crecente on Jul 31, 2014 07.31.14
Equal parts intriguing and creepy, this fan-made trailer for Super Smash Bros. stars Nintendo's iconic Mario making his way through the streets of the real Tokyo on his way to a race. Creator Dean Wright said it took him about a month to create the mash-up.
By Emily Gera on Jul 30, 2014 07.30.14
Nintendo lost $97.2 million in the yearly quarter ending June 30, the company confirmed in its latest quarterly results. The loss comes even despite the successful sales of Mario Kart 8 earlier this year, which saw shipments of 2.82 million. Why? Nintendo states that these sales can be attributed to existing Wii U owners and not new buyers. The company shipped just 510,000 units of the console between April and June. Nintendo still expects to hit its target of 3.6 million units sold for this fiscal year. The Wii U's total shipments rose to 6.68 million as of June. The company confirms Mario Kart 8 represents 65 percent of the total 4.39 million software shipments made in this three month period, 80 percent of which came from outside Japan. Nintendo appears to be finding most of its...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jul 24, 2014 07.24.14
The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will feature an exclusive stage from quirky sim Tomodachi Life, game director Masahiro Sakurai announced via Miiverse. Sakurai posted the following photo and explained that the front walls of the apartment will disappear, allowing players to see the area when a fighter overlaps with the room. "The rooms are randomly placed and selected from among several types," he wrote. "Planting an X Bomb behind a wall might be an effective tactic." Sakurai added that players could encounter Mii characters in different rooms. "The Mii characters are taken from the data in your 3DS system, so you could find your friends living in the apartments," he wrote. Super Smash Bros. launches for Nintendo 3DS Oct. 3. The Wii U version of the game will be...
By Dave Tach on Jul 18, 2014 07.18.14
Japanese Wii U owners will be able to make eShop payments using the GamePad's NFC capabilities beginning July 22, Nintendo announced today. Payments will work with the Sucia rechargeable smart cards, which are used primarily to pay train fares. Tapping a Sucia card on the lower left of the GamePad will let customers bypass the requirement to use a credit card or add funds through the eShop. In its May 7 fiscal earnings report, Nintendo reiterated its desire to provide software that uses the Wii U's NFC capabilities, including a line of Skylanders-like NFC figurines. Games like Mario Party 10 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will use Nintendo's amiibo characters. For more on amiibos, be sure to read our report from E3 2014 and watch the video below.
By Owen S. Good on Jul 05, 2014 07.05.14
At E3 2014, Pac-Man was announced as a fighter in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. reboot for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and now series creator Masahiro Sakurai says he will be getting his own stage on the 3DS edition of the game. The stage features the ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, as well, and they are capable of harming all of the combatants. If a player consumes 100 dots in the course of his jumping and moving around the playing area, power pellets appear. Power pellets will, of course, turn the ghosts vulnerable — but only to the player who consumes one, Sakurai says. "This is one of the unique game features only possible in the 3DS version," Sakurai wrote on Miiverse. Super Smash Bros. launches Oct. 3 on 3DS, and arrives for Wii U this holiday. For more, see Smash Bros.'...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jul 02, 2014 07.02.14
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if more humanoid versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu and Pac-Man tried to punch each other out in a wrestling ring? YouTube user "madagascarsan" got creative with WWE's Create a Wrestler feature, recreating characters from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. The video above starts off alright with a decently normal-looking version of Mario...followed by a stick-legged and stretched out Sonic, a hulking Animal Crossing Villager, disturbing alien-like Pikmin that resemble young women wearing zentais, a Pikachu and Greninja with muscles popping out in all the wrong places... The parade of horrors goes on. "Madagascarsan" even recreated a shorter version of the Pac-Man announcement trailer from E3 last month — albeit with a...
By Dave Tach on Jul 01, 2014 07.01.14
The Evo 2014 fighting game tournament will host thousands of competitive fighters, nearly 2,000 of whom will be playing developer Capcom's Ultra Street Fighter 4, Evo's Joey Cuellar revealed on Twitter. Tournament registration just ended, and these are the players and games, according to Cuellar: Ultra Street Fighter 4 – 1,979 players Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – 1,014 Super Smash Bros. Melee – 970 BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma – 508 Killer Instinct – 338 King of Fighters 13 – 319 Injustice: Gods Among Us – 311 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – 257 Evo 2014 will take place at the LVH Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from July 11-13. Last month, organizers announced that its Indie Showcase will include games like Messhof's pixelated fencing game Nidhogg and Matt Thorson's...
By Colin Campbell on Jul 01, 2014 07.01.14
Evolve has picked up four E3 2014 Game Critics Awards including Best of Show, the awards organizers announced today. Evolve is a shooting game from Turtle Rock and 2K Games, pitting hunters against a monster in asynchronous arena action. The awards, chosen by games journalists from 29 publications (including Polygon), also handed No Man's Sky three awards including Best Original Game and Special Commendation for Innovation. Here's the full list... Best of Show:Evolve(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Best Original Game:No Man's Sky(Hello Games for PlayStation 4) Best Console Game:Evolve(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Best Handheld/Mobile GameSuper Smash Bros. for 3DS(Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo for 3DS) Best PC GameTom Clancy's Rainbow...
By Owen S. Good on Jun 29, 2014 06.29.14
Look, it's right there in the title. And yes, it's the whole theme, including the really complicated part in the middle. This is YouTuber Tusko G.'s bit (find him on Twitch here) — recognizable video game themes done on kazoo. He performed Isaac's battle theme from Golden Sun last month, and then "Big Blue" from F-Zero the month before that. Want more weird video game music? Hear the themes of Pokémon, Tetris, Super Mario Bros. and the Legend of Zelda played on bottles.
By Colin Campbell on Jun 24, 2014 06.24.14
The Game Critics Awards nominations have been announced, detailing the games that most impressed reviewers and reporters at E3 2014. The awards are generally highly regarded by publishers and developers, who use nominations and wins in game marketing. Evolve leads with six nominations, followed by Destiny and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege with four nominations each. Polygon reporters contributed to the voting process. You can read our full E3 coverage here as well as view every E3 trailer here. Best of Show Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega) Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE) Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE) No Man's Sky (Hello Games) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) Best Original Game D...