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Mario Maker Contest: New Stuff, Winners

Mario Maker Contest: New Stuff, Winners

Last week Nintendo updated Super Mario Maker 2 and added a bunch of new items, enemies and objects to the game. The most exciting new item was a power-up that turns Mario into Link from the Legend of Zelda series. So I asked you fine Kotaku readers to create some Mario levels featuring any of this new content.

You all did not disappoint. I got some genuinely great levels this week, levels that...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Dec 11, 2019 at 01:53.

All The Big Announcements From Nintendo's Indie World

All The Big Announcements From Nintendo's Indie World

Today’s “Indie World” presentation from Nintendo was surprisingly packed full of big announcements, including sequels to indie Switch hits Axiom Verge and Golf Story. Here’s a rundown of the big stuff you missed if you weren’t watching along.

Developer Tom Happ showed a short look at Axiom Verge 2, which  will be available in the fall of 2020. A Nintendo press release says it’ll...
Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 11, 2019 at 01:13. 7 comments

Bonkers New Indie Game Lets You Mash Up Different Genres

Bonkers New Indie Game Lets You Mash Up Different Genres

Supermash is a game about mashing up video game genres, and it’s coming to the Switch in May 2020. I’m psyched y’all.

I know I’ve had daydreams about gameplay mechanic crossovers I’d love to see. Just a second ago, Kotaku managing editor Maddy Myers and I were talking about how dope it would be if Metroid got rhythm game spin off, like Zelda did with Cadence Of Hyrule. I don’t know if...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Dec 11, 2019 at 01:06. 9 comments

Sports Story Is Golf Story Except With Lots More Sports

Sports Story Is Golf Story Except With Lots More Sports

Just announced during Nintendo’s Indie World showcase this morning, Sports Story is a sequel to Golf Story, the 2017 golf RPG that was a breakout indie hit on Switch . It’s coming in mid-2020 and will launch exclusively on Switch.

Not only are we talking about more sports, we’re talking about a mashup of every sport. Use a golf club to hit a baseball into a soccer goal? Why not?

Golf...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 10, 2019 at 09:51. 21 comments

PlayStation's Baseball Studio Is Releasing Games On Rival Systems

PlayStation's Baseball Studio Is Releasing Games On Rival Systems

MLB The Show, a long-running exclusive to PlayStation systems that is developed by a Sony studio, will now be appearing on other consoles as part of the series’ new licensing deal with Major League Baseball.

The deal means that while the series will continue to appear on Sony systems, it will also be released on “additional console platforms...as early as 2021.”

While no specific mention is...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 10, 2019 at 05:00. 12 comments

Donkey Kong 64 Originally Had A Realistic Shotgun, Horrifying Shigeru Miyamoto

Donkey Kong 64 Originally Had A Realistic Shotgun, Horrifying Shigeru Miyamoto

Donkey Kong 64 stood out from the rest of the banana-obsessed Donkey Kong bunch. The DK Rap is, of course, its most memorable and meme-able element, but we cannot—and indeed, should not—understate the fact that Donkey Kong also had a freaking gun. The coconut gun could fire in spurts, and if it shot you, it would hurt. Once upon a time, though, there were no coconuts. It was just a gun.

In a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Dec 10, 2019 . 7 comments

Minecraft PS4 Players Are Finally Getting The Latest Version Of The Game And Cross-Play

Minecraft PS4 Players Are Finally Getting The Latest Version Of The Game And Cross-Play

At long last, Minecraft’s Bedrock Edition, the latest version of the game, is coming to PS4. PS4 players who couldn’t play with their friends on other platforms, as well as being barred from Microsoft’s latest version of the game, will be brought back into the fold on December 10.

Previously, Minecraft players on PS4 were stuck on the legacy version of the game running on an older engine....

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Dec 08, 2019 at 04:00. 9 comments

Mario Maker Contest: New Stuff

Mario Maker Contest: New Stuff

Super Mario Maker 2 was updated a few days ago and there are now a bunch of new items that you can place in various levels across all the themes. You can even turn Mario into Link from the Zelda series! Fun stuff.Let’s see what you folks can make with these new bits and bobs.

Your Challenge This Week: Create levels featuring some of the new items.

Theme: New stuff, Link, Update 2.0, New...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Dec 07, 2019 at 02:30. 16 comments

Mario Maker 2's New Speedrunning Mode Looks A Lot Like A Popular Fan-Made Hack

Mario Maker 2's New Speedrunning Mode Looks A Lot Like A Popular Fan-Made Hack

In addition to the ability to play as Link, Super Mario Maker 2’s latest update has added a new speedrunning mode that’s remarkably similar to one rom hacker’s mod of an SNES emulator called Quantum Mario. This has raised questions about Nintendo’s relationship with the Mario homebrew community and the designers that power its Mario Maker games.

“In 2008 I hacked [the emulator] SNES9X to let...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Dec 06, 2019. 13 comments

Mario Maker’s New Update Is The Closest Thing To Zelda II Maker We’ll Ever Get

Mario Maker’s New Update Is The Closest Thing To Zelda II Maker We’ll Ever Get

Super Mario Maker 2 has finally leveled up with today’s release of the version 2.0 update. Some carefully-considered new enemies and items open up new creative possibilities, but the big change is the fact that Mario can now transform into Link, with a full suite of new moves that turn Mario Maker levels into Zelda ones—specifically, the side-scrolling Zelda II. And it’s more detailed than...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 06, 2019. 22 comments

Amazon Customers Buy Nintendo Switch, Get Sent Condoms, Tambourines, Electric Toothbrushes Instead

Amazon Customers Buy Nintendo Switch, Get Sent Condoms, Tambourines, Electric Toothbrushes Instead

There are reports coming out of the UK that at least a dozen people who bought a Nintendo Switch as part of Amazon’s Black Friday sales did not get sent a Nintendo Switch. Instead, they’ve received everything from air freshener to photopolymer resin instead.

The Mirror has been rounding up some of the complaints, which have prompted an apology from Amazon and a promise that the company will be...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 06, 2019. 13 comments

In Defense Of Hop, The Unlucky Pokémon Rival

In Defense Of Hop, The Unlucky Pokémon Rival

I will not hear any more slander about Hop, your rival in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Your rivals in the more recent Pokémon games have trended more towards “childhood pal” than the “bigtime assholes” you had to trounce in the older ones. I have strong memories of wanting to just beat the shit out of Blue from Red and Blue because he was such a nonstop jerk, and I’ll still kick his ass if I see...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 04, 2019. 14 comments

Let Me Choose My Own Pokémon Uniform You Cowards

Let Me Choose My Own Pokémon Uniform You Cowards

At the Gyms in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you can buy cool, alternate uniforms for your little Pokémon Trainer. You’ll win the uniforms of Gym Leaders you defeat as well. You won’t be able to wear them to Gym Battles, though, and that’s bullshit.

Look at how cool this Poison Type Gym Uniform is:

I would wear this every day in real life. Those socks are tight as hell and that color combination...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 03, 2019. 14 comments

Let’s Hear It For Controllers That Glow Just Because They Can

Let’s Hear It For Controllers That Glow Just Because They Can

This is PDP’s $50 Afterglow Wireless Deluxe Controller for the Nintendo Switch. I have many third-party game pads for the Nintendo Switch, with all sorts of special features. While the Afterglow has a couple of neat customization features, its main draw is glowing. That’s why I am using it. Glowing is great.

Many PC peripherals glow. PC hardware and accessory maker Razer has made glowing one...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Dec 03, 2019. 8 comments

The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2019

The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2019
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2019 was the year of the Switch.

Wii U is so far in the rear view mirror now that it all just feels like a bad dream. 2019 was the year that Nintendo proved that its console, a true hybrid machine that works just as well as a TV-based player as it does a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Dec 02, 2019. 16 comments

Super Mario Maker 2 Update Adds Link

Super Mario Maker 2 Update Adds Link

Super Mario Maker 2 is getting a free update this Thursday that adds a bunch of new enemies and blocks for players to build levels out of, including a Master Sword power-up that will transform Mario into Link.

When Mario becomes Link he’s able to use the character’s abilities, ranging from smacking enemies with his sword to the warrior’s iconic down-strike. He’ll also have access to Link’s bow...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 28, 2019. 12 comments

Former Fire Emblem ROM Hack Becomes Brand New Video Game

Former Fire Emblem ROM Hack Becomes Brand New Video Game

Once upon a time, there was a ROM hack for Fire Emblem called Midnight Sun. It was cancelled in 2017, but is now back, having spent the intervening years transforming itself into a standalone, original video game.

No longer based on Nintendo’s classic series, it’s now called Path of the Midnight Sun, and is more of a visual novel with RPG elements than a tactical combat game like Fire Emblem.

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 27, 2019. 7 comments

There Was An F-Zero Novel, And Its Art Sure Was Something

There Was An F-Zero Novel, And Its Art Sure Was Something
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In January of 1992, a novel—not a manga, a novel—was released in Japan based on F-Zero. And anyone used to how the series looked and felt on a console will notice it’s quite...different.

With a title roughly translated to F-Zero: And...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

The Pokémon Company Wants To Hunt Leakers On 4Chan, Discord

The Pokémon Company Wants To Hunt Leakers On 4Chan, Discord

Earlier this month, before the game’s release, leaked images of Pokémon Sword & Shield starting turning up online. That’s pretty normal for a big video game, but The Pokémon Company are taking the matter very seriously, so seriously that they’re asking a court if they can serve subpoenas on 4chan and Discord.

As reported by Forbes, in an attempt to track down and punish those responsible for...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 25, 2019. 12 comments

Japan's First Nintendo Store Opened Last Friday, But Lines Are Still Hours Long

Japan's First Nintendo Store Opened Last Friday, But Lines Are Still Hours Long
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Nintendo Tokyo opened on Friday. Lots of people came to the first day, and you’d think that by today, the crowds would have subsided. Nope!

Twenty minutes after opening today, the wait reached 4 hours....

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