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  • Blog Post: New Coin Rush Packs Available For New Super Mario Bros. 2

    Nintendo said today two new coin rush course packs are available to download later today for New Super Mario Bros. 2. Coin Challenge Pack C and Platform Panic Pack can be accessed through the in-game store starting today. Each pack contains three new levels. Nintendo did not announce pricing at this... More
  • Blog Post: Free New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC Features Classic Levels

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 players have cumulatively collected over 300 billion coins, and to celebrate Nintendo has released free DLC for the game that features classic levels from the original Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3. The DLC is available immediately and includes recreations of the... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Begins "I'm Not A Gamer" Advertising Campaign

    As part of its new marketing campaign, Nintendo has decided to create advertisements that show recognizable athletes and actors playing their 3DSs while insisting that they're not gamers. I understand that appealing to non-gamers is a great way to reach a new audience, but this is kind of confusing... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Details New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC

    Update: Nintendo has announced the U.S. release date and details for New Super Mario Bros. 2's DLC. The 3DS game will be getting new downloadable add-on packs, starting this Thursday, October 4. The next packs will come at the end of October and in November. Each new pack contains three courses and... More
  • Blog Post: What Do You Think Of Nintendo's DLC Strategy?

    Nintendo has been slow to embrace online gaming strategies in general, but it recently announced DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2 . What do you think the future of Nintendo's DLC packs will look like? Nintendo recently talked about the three new content packs for the 3DS title New Super Mario Bros... More
  • Blog Post: Darksiders II Leads August U.S. Sales

    Update: Nintendo released some new statistics showing huge increases in 3DS sales since the launch of its new, larger XL hardware. According to Nintendo, 3DS hardware sales (we assume this means both original and XL hardware) increased 36 percent over July. 3DS software, thanks to the success of New... More
  • Blog Post: Penélope Cruz Is Mario...In New Nintendo Ad

    Spanish actress Penélope Cruz and her sister star in a new Nintendo commercial for New Super Mario Bros. 2. It's a complex story about two sisters, a dangerous rivalry, and a mysterious mustached man. Careful, this ad might awake new and unusual feelings inside you towards Mario. More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 8/17/12

    Many people were out of the office this week to cover Gamescom. Those of us left behind will use the weekend to go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, play some of the Summer’s new releases, and revisit some great old titles. Josh Straub : Minnesota Renaissance Festival. 'Nuff said. Ben... More
  • Blog Post: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Download Sales Low In Japan

    In Japan, the download sales for New Super Mario Bros. 2 only made up 5 percent of total sales. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told the Wall Street Journal, "This initial offering going forward, we've gotten a good reaction going." He did say, however, that Demon Training, the sequel to... More
  • Blog Post: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Sees Big Sales

    Sales of New Super Mario Bros. 2 reached 430,000 units in its first two days on sale in Japan. The new 3DS XL (3DS LL in Japan) also sold nearly 200,000 units in the same time period. It should be noted these numbers only count retail sales. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was also available digitally. New Super... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Runs Into Problems On First Day Of Full Game Downloads

    One of the advantages of living in Japan, as opposed to the United States, is you get to play New Super Mario Bros. 2 first, unless you were trying to download the full game. Yesterday was the first day of full game downloads in Japan and it coincided with the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2. Online... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 7/27/12

    We here at GI are honoring the opening of the 2012 Olympics with our own individual gamer Olympics. Josh Straub : In addition to going to see The Dark Knight Rises I will also be revisiting some of last year's greatest hits: Star Fox 64 3D, Twisted Metal, and Uncharted 3. Oh and I'll also be... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo's Month Of Mario Games

    To celebrate the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo is making available four classic Mario games to purchase on the 3DS. During the Month of Mario, the Nintendo eShop will feature a different classic Mario game available for download each week, leading up to the August 19 release of Mario's... More
  • Blog Post: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Pre-Order Bonus Item Announced

    GameStop has announced that it will have an exclusive bonus item for those who pre-order New Super Mario Bros. 2 online. The bonus item is a gold Mario pin (pictured) will be mailed out with copies of the upcoming 3DS game that are ordered online through the GameStop site (it will NOT be given out to... More
  • Blog Post: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Getting DLC

    Nintendo said New Super Mario Bros. 2 is getting download content in the form of challenge "Coin Rush" stages. The additional stages will be available for an unknown price sometime after the game launches on August 19. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime promises these levels will... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Planning Third-Party Digital Downloads

    Nintendo is moving fast to catch up to the competition, as it's planning to allow third-party publishers to offer their games digitally on Nintendo systems. IGN has a statement from a company representative that reads, "We are currently preparing a program for third parties, but have nothing... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Plans To Offer Digital Game Sales Same Day As Retail

    Nintendo appears to be embracing digital distribution in a big way, with the announcement that future 3DS and Wii U games will be available for download the same day they hit store shelves. Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata revealed the strategy in the company's presentation to investors. The... More
  • Blog Post: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Announced

    Nintendo announced it's bringing New Super Mario Bros. 2 to the 3DS in Japan and North America this August. The announcement was made tonight during the company's Nintendo Direct conference. Several screenshots were shown as seen below. Earlier this year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata teased... More
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