Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Release Dates have been announced!

The official Pokemon twitter account just tweeted this:

Now I’ll just be anxiously waiting for them to announce the release date of the Pokémon Diamond/Pearl remakes. I’m expecting a mid-November release date based on previous games release dates. Nevemind, that was tweeted out earlier today too… and I was right!

Nintendo and FujiFilm Announce new App and Printer for Nintendo Switch games

Remember the Game Boy Printer? The Game Boy Camera? I had a green Game Boy Pocket as well as a GameBoy Camera, and would spend tons of time shooting photos of myself and friends, using the terribly pixelated low resolution camera. Oh yeah, and it only took black and white photos.

Anyway, I bring up this stumble down memory lane to talk about the new partnership that was announced between Nintendo and FujiFilm, announcing that there will be a smartphone app and Digital Printer released that will be compatible with some Nintendo Switch games!

Set to release around the same time as Pokémon Snap, the smartphone app and printer will allow you to take in game photos taken on the Switch to be printed out on instant photo paper, as well as allowing the player to add special frames that have themes based off of Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing, and Pokémon Snap (to name a few)!

The printer will also be available in a special Pokémon Themed pack that will come with a silicone cover shaped like Pikachu!

The Instax Mini Link Printer normally retails for $99

More information can be found at FujiFilm’s Website

A Snap-py event in Pokémon Go!

Tying in with the release of Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch (release date April 30, 2021), there will be an in-game event in Pokémon Go!

The following will be happening in game from Thursday April 29th to Sunday May 2!

  • Pokémon inspired by the deserts, jungles, and underwater landscapes of the Lental region—such as Lotad, Cacnea, and Ducklett—will be appearing in the wild
  • Smeargle appearing more frequently in photobombs (and the debut of Shiny Smeargle!)
  • Pokémon inspired by the Lental region—like Vaporeon, Meganium, and Trapinch—appearing in raids
  • Themed Field and Timed Research
  • More information at https://pokemongolive.com/post/new-pokemon-snap-celebration/?hl=en

Mario 64 on Super Mario 3D All Stars: First Impression

I’ve been slowly working through the new Nintendo Switch release of the Mario 3D All Stars collection (which includes a Remaster of Mario 64, Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy) since its release last Friday and so far it’s been a walk down memory lane!

I’ve been able to complete most of the stars in the levels without having to consult any sort of guide, even though this is really the first time I’ve played this game since the days of the original Nintendo 64 release. Well, actually I played and completed the DS version, but that also added some things here and there so I don’t really consider that a true remaster. More of a remake.

Anyway, it’s been a blast to jump back into Peach’s castle walls and relive the nostalgia of running, jumping, climbing, swimming and backflipping my way to 120 stars and three Bowser defeats to complete the castle and release Peach from captivity!

That being said, I do have some notes:

Maybe it’s me or I am mis-remembering my original playthrough of the game, since I was in middle school at the time of the original release in the late 90’s… but it just feels like the Joycon controls aren’t always as quick to take inputs as the original N64 controller.

There will be times that I want to do a quick trick to jump up to a higher platform, so I will run and then immediately about-face while hitting jump, expecting Mario to side-flip up to where I want him to go, but instead he’ll just about face run then jump up regularly.

This also makes walking along thin platforms that are suspended high up above the ground more challenging as it seems like the joycon joystick wants to make Mario run when you want him to walk or even tip toe. So I fell more than once. Another time I noticed the joycon seemed a little overzealous in the movement was when I was aiming the canon. It’s hard to make small adjustments to the angle when your joycon thinks you want to move further than you do.

Other than some joycon issues, I’m enjoying playing through the original Mario 64 on the Switch! It’s nice to be able to go back and relive my experience playing through the game, exploring the castle and trying to remember where everything is without having to consult a guide!

I, like most others that have been talking about this game are hoping that the limited run of the 3D All Stars lays the groundwork for “new” titles to be released on the Nintendo Online apps alongside the existing catalogue of NES and SNES games. Is a N64 app in the works? I hope so!

Super Mario Bros is 35 today!

Editor’s note: Originally written September 13, 2010, updated to current year 2020

Super Mario Bros for the NES was released today, 35 years ago! It’s hard saying that one of your favorite video games is actually older than you are, but here’s to you (Jumpman!) Mario!

While it is true that this isn’t the first game that starred Mario (That title goes to Donkey Kong on the arcade, but he was called Jump-man), this is the one that really brought Mario into most gamer’s homes, helping boost sales of the Nintendo Entertainment System and eventually going on the being the best selling video game of all time (second to Wii Sports).

This game is so famous in fact, that even the music is famous! I’m not kidding, just go find one person who has never played the game. Then play some of the music from the game. They’ll probably recognize the music (even if they’ve never played the game).

But anyway: Here’s to you Super Mario Bros. The game that started it all, lead to many many many spin-offs and sequals, made the NES famous and gave Nintendo a franchise that could be put on any and all future game systems.

So in celebration, you should dig out your NES, blow into the bottom of the game cartridge (because that’s the catch-all way to fix any game error) (Don’t do that, it actually makes the connectors corrode faster) and play Super Mario Bros. for old time’s sake.

(Editor’s Note: Addendum written in 2020)

To celebrate Mario’s 35th Anniversary, Nintendo is releasing several games! Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES app on the Switch is free to download for Nintendo Online subscribers! The game will feature the SNES version of Super Mario All-Stars, which includes Mario 1, 2 and 3 as well as the Lost Levels!

Mario 3D All-Stars will be a limited release from September 2020-March 2021 and will feature Super Mario 64, Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy on the switch, available in both physical game and digital download! All games will be optimized and enhanced for the switch!

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit will be coming out later this year and will allow you to make your own courses in your home that you and your friends can race, with a physical kart for both Mario and Luigi!

The original Super Mario will be coming out on the classic Game + Watch console, alongside Mario the lost levels and an updated version of “ball!” The Game and Watch bundle will be a limited release coming later in 2020

Super Mario 35 will be Nintendo’s version of the online Battle Royale game! You can race alongside 34 other players in classic Mario Bros levels, affecting their gameplay as you race to the finish flag! The game will be free to download for a limited time!

Full 35th Anniversary Nintendo Direct information can be found here