Last Friday marked the start of the second annual Mario Marathon, a multi-day event benefiting Child’s Play Charity, which supports children’s hospitals world wide by donating toys, games and books. Last year, the marathon lasted 57 hours, attracted 100,000 viewers and raised $12,000 for Child’s Play.
Here’s a clip, but if you want to donate this year, don’t delay. The marathon runs through July 15.
Built in “Demo Play” - Coming Soon to a Game Near You
Starting later this year with the release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, players will be able to pause, let the game take over in order to complete a particularly difficult level, and then resume playing. Insiders are saying that this will “reduce the barrier of entry” and expand game audiences by not having to buy a cheat guide or visit a cheat site.
Last month, USA Today interviewed Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who confirmed this optional feature called “demo play” (tentative name).
“In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, if a player is experiencing an area of difficulty, this will allow them to clear troubled areas and take over when they’re ready…. And yes, we’re looking into this for future games, too.”
Built in cheats - brilliant or disastrous? Either way, the PS3 and XBox won’t be far behind and that spells trouble for cheat sites.
EA Games has just released Tiger Woods 10 for the Nintendo Wii and Tiger was back on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a next-day rematch on the 11th hole at U.S. Open course Bethpage Black. The previous day, Fallon beat Woods by 1 stroke in the middle of Times Square. The golf ain’t pretty, but the game looks pretty cool. Here’s a clip of the showdown:
Time to buy stock in TV manufacturers. CTA Digital, a game and technology accessories company, is rolling out (pun intended) a Nintendo Wii bowling ball. Insert your Nintendo Wii remote in the center of the ball, stick your fingers in and let ‘er rip. Despite the warning on their website ” …make sure to wear the wrist strap securely around your wrist, lock the strap to tighten the hold, preventing the ball from accidently flying out of your hand…” I forsee scores of “Wii Bowling Ball Meets TV” YouTube videos of in the making.
I think that it’s safe to say, for the majority of Nintendo fanboys (like myself), The Legend of Zelda is their favorite Nintendo franchise. We love this series so much because it hasn’t been “just another game,” but rather a ground-breaking franchise that has shaped the world of gaming itself. Designed and developed by Shigeru Miyamoto and the team at Nintendo, the Zelda series takes gamers into the land of Hyrule where you are given the task to save Princess Zelda and your beloved homeland from the evil ruler known as Ganon. With the Triforce power of courage by your side, you make your way through epic dungeons ranging from gloomy forests, to the heart of a volcano, and even the depths of the sea. The formula is perfect and the story is inspiring so the game leaves us always longing for more.
How do you top perfection? That’s what we have been asking ourselves about this nearly perfect series we all know and love. Which is why we have a new segment for the site called My Wii News Triforce in dedication to this masterpiece of game that Miyamoto has created. Roughly each week, expect three of us to give you a little piece of our minds in a couple of short paragraphs, letting you guys know what we think about the games that we love and can’t wait to love. The answers vary depending on the topic, this one centering around the next Zelda title to grace the Wii.Â Triforce, go!