Nintendo Celebrates Super Mario

25 years ago, Nintendo launched Super Mario Bros. in Japan, and the rest as-they-say is history. The original Super Mario Bros. has sold over 40.24 million units worldwide, while the Mario series has sold over 240 million units globally.

Stimulated by advancements in technologies, we have always enjoyed developing the Super Mario Bros. series, said Nintendo designer and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. The Super Mario Bros. series has always taken advantage of the latest technologies and is the fruit of the creativity of a number of my hard-working friends working as a team.

Spartans Take Trafalgar Square

As part of the promotion of Halo: Reach in the U.K., men dressed as Spartans with jetpacks landed in Trafalgar Square. Appropriate, since the Spartans in the game actually do have jetpacks.

Halo is the biggest video game series in history and as a pop culture icon it s been called the Star Wars for the joypad generation,’ said Stephen McGill, Director of Xbox and Entertainment, UK & Ireland. Halo: Reach is the biggest and best Halo game yet with new features that will keep gamers entertained for years to come. One of the coolest new features are the Jetpacks that Noble Team Spartans are now equipped with. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the biggest entertainment launch of 2010 than with our very own Jetpack Spartan in one of London s most iconic landmarks.

Source: Dail Mail

Twitter Redesigning For YouTube, Flickr

Twitter recently unveiled its plans to release a new design of its interface. The intention is to allow users to get to YouTube videos and Flickr photos with fewer clicks

“It’s really transformed the experience,” said Twitter Co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Williams said at an event. “This makes Tweets better.”

Williams indicates that traffic to Twitter has grown 100 percent in the last year, with 370,000 new accounts formed every day.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Partners With GameServers

Activision will be offering dedicated servers for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops. However, this option for PC gamers will be limited to one, sponsored choice.

“We are extremely excited about this unprecedented relationship with Activision to offer dedicated servers exclusively for Black Ops”, said GameServers CEO David Aninowsky. “We are placing a great amount of pressure on ourselves to ensure that we exceed any and all expectations.”

“If players want to run a dedicated Ranked or Unranked server on the PC, they will have to rent one through GameServers,” noted Josh Olin, Community Manager for Treyarch. “Treyarch will be providing a fleet of ‘Day-1 Servers’ (through GameServers) which will be up and operational on November 9.”

“Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game,” added Olin. “But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com. If you rent a server, you will still have the ability to Kick, Ban, and Configure it the way you see fit. Of course Ranked servers will have some set configurations that can’t be messed with; but you will still have the power to administrate your servers as a customer of GameServers.”

Ranked servers will cost $14.95 for up to 18 players, while unranked servers will run players only $.99 a month for up to 24 players. Discounts apply if multiple months are purchased and Teamspeak, Ventrilo, and Mumble support has an additional cost depending on the number of slots needed

Source: IGN

Ico / Shadow of the Colossus Collection Listed By Walmart

Ever since Sony announced the release of various PS2 collections (God of War and Sly Cooper) for the PS3, easily the most requested collection is for the two Team Ico titles to release together. They may get their wish, as Walmart is taking pre-orders for Ico / Shadow of the Colossus for PS3.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since SCE’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is on the top of the list for an HD conversion. The collection is listed as being for $39.82, though the shipping information has not been given.

Retro City Rampage: Box Art?

Retro City Rampage is just a bonanza of various references to video-games and popular culture. So appropriately, some promotional material that they send out mimics the boxes that NES and Sega Master System cartridges came in.

Source: Kotaku

Quick Hit Goes 3D With NFL License

Just in time for the kick-off of the new NFL season, the online game Quick Hit has relaunched itself. New to this season, however, is 3D graphics and a genuine NFL license that includes real teams, uniforms, and stadiums.

The game focuses on strategy with teams, focusing on choosing plays and players, and the game is supported by micro-transactions for various upgrades. There’s also a premium upgrade for $15 or as part of the game s monthly subscription option to convert its 2D sprites into 3D using the Unity browser plugin.

Unfortunately, there’s no deal with the Players Association or Coaches Association, but with the game being promoted on NFL.com this year, there’s a chance that could change in the future.

Source: Tech Crunch

Resident Evil: Afterlife Tops Box Office

Resident Evil: Afterlife has collected $27.7 million in the domestic box office, making it the top earner its first weekend. Thanks to unscaled prices for 3D showings, the movie achieved the largest ever box office take in the series history.

Afterlife just so over-performed around the world,” Sony distribution boss Rory Bruer said. “The excitement that 3D brings to the film was a huge positive.”

Some 141 high-grossing Imax 3D venues with upcharges of roughly $5, contributed $2.6 million domestically to the total. “This is a record September opening for Imax, and [our global] $23,000 per screen is remarkably strong for this time of the year,” Imax Filmed Entertainment chief Greg Foster enthused. “Fan boys love Imax. It’s just as simple as that.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Mario Birthday Celebration

 

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo will be rolling out an ambitious ad in the U.K featuring Jonathan Ross, Ant and Dec, Diversity and Patrick Moore. They will also offer up 19 live dates running until September 19, offering players 106,400 trials at six different locations nationwide.

“So many people have grown up with the Super Mario Bros series,” said Nintendo product manager Zoe Cooper. “It is great that Nintendo’s activity can play a part in helping everyone remember and celebrate their favorite TV moments.”

Source: MCV

Halo’s Reach In U.K.

Legions of stores around the U.S. opened up for the midnight launch of Halo: Reach and the same thing happened in the U.K. In fact, major entertainment retailer HMV opened 70 of its largest stores at midnight to accommodate demand.

There are some massive games titles due out over the next few weeks and months, and this great Christmas line up very definitely kicks off with Halo: Reach, which is hugely-anticipated by gamers, and has been one of our most-ever pre-ordered games titles on hmv.com, said HMV head of games Tim Ellis. So we want to give the army of Halo: Reach fans the earliest possible opportunity to get their hands on it by opening many of our larger stores around the country at midnight on Monday – as soon as we’re officially able to sell the game.

Source: MCV