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Watch today’s new Nintendo Direct all about Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Mario’s new Switch game gets the spotlight in a new Nintendo showcase

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo’s latest Nintendo Direct presentation streams on Thursday, Aug. 31, and will focus on Mario’s new Switch game, Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Nintendo’s livestream starts at 10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT and can be viewed on Nintendo’s YouTube and Twitch channels. The stream will run about 15 minutes.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder brings the Super Mario series back to 2D, and sends the heroes of the Mushroom Kingdom (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Toad, Yoshi, et al.) to a new destination: the Flower Kingdom. The Switch game will feature all-new power-ups, including one that can turn Mario and pals into elephants, and an item called the Wonder Flower which summons unpredictable, level-changing effects.

Wonder will be one of the first Super Mario games in decades not to feature the voice of Charles Martinet, the actor who’s been delivering hundreds of “It’s-a me” and “Wahoo!” line readings in Nintendo games since Super Mario 64. In announcing Martinet’s retirement from the roles of Mario, Luigi, Wario, and other characters, Nintendo said that “a special video message” from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles Martinet would be released — a message that will hopefully illuminate more about Nintendo’s plans for Mario. Thursday’s Nintendo Direct may include that video.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder will be released for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 20.

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