If Joel McHale starred in a Nintendo 3DS commercial what would it be like? If you answered it would be like the video below, you’re smart.
Yesterday New York City held a special tribute event to honor one of its own veterans in the ever-raging battle against despot Koopa, the man only know as Mario. The celebrated guest had a simple beginning as a humble Brooklyn plumber and part-time building superintendant who quickly and found himself engorged in an unexplained one man war against otherworldly threats. Twenty five years later, he is still going strong and now finds the retelling of his story coming to the third dimension!
Celebrating the launch of Super Mario 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo erected a very clever replica of The Mushroom Kingdom right on Military Island located in the center of Times Square. Kids were encouraged to enter the world past a massive scaled 3DS gaming system where they were allowed to climb over goombas, duck down into pipes as well as jump up to touch the floating coins and hit suspended the boxes. The course also featured those famous bullets that have faces and pipe-dwelling killer plants. Yes, my childhood has come to life.
Super Mario 3D Land in NYC – You can enter for Mario's Mustache at http://www.stuffwelike.com/2011/11/14/super-mario-3ds-nyc-event-and-giveaway/
Aside from this very cool visual experience, there was also a tent set up for passerby’s to engage in a demo of the game and system. The attendants working the booth were all dressed in hilarious white suits complete with past on moustache, clip on raccoon tails and matching ear headbands. There were also a number of people dressed up as the various Mario characters but I am not too confident on whether they were there on their own or as a part of the festivities.
Check out my photos of the event below and also please feel free to enter our giveaway for one of these hilarious stick-on Mario moustaches by filling out the form below.
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The title will bring a new generation of Rangers to life to battle the evil forces of the netherworld.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (June 7, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. has combined its Zords to announce Power Rangers(tm) Samurai coming to Wii(tm) and Nintendo DS(tm) systems for Holiday 2011. The title will bring a new generation of Rangers to life, as players utilize teamwork and the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power to battle the evil forces of the netherworld.
Based on Saban Brands’ incredibly popular Power Rangers Samurai TV show on Nickelodeon, players of all ages will finally be able to join the Rangers as they physically immerse themselves into the morphing action of the iconic team of heroes.
“There are few other long-standing cultural icons as influential as the Power Rangers with their spirit of heroism, teamwork, and physical fitness,” said Vice President of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., Carlson Choi. “For the millions of fans that have grown up with the Rangers over the last two decades, or for parents looking for high quality entertainment with a positive message for their children, we’re incredibly excited to bring this franchise to a new generation of players in a way that truly allows everyone to experience what it means to be a Ranger.”
Power Rangers Samurai will let fans wield the Samuraizer to master the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth as they morph into Red, Blue, Pink, Green, or Yellow Rangers. Martial arts training and fitness combined with team based battles teach the importance of team work, friendship, and responsibility to battle hordes of Nighlok monsters.
Players can also unlock secret passageways, access hidden levels, and get hints on how to defeat the armies of evil while collecting enough Zords to gain the Samurai Megazord needed to take down the MegaMonster once and for all.
ACE COMBAT 3D, and PAC-MAN PARTY 3D to Release in (You Guessed It) Stereoscopic 3D
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (June 7, 2011) -Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that ACE COMBAT(r)3D and PAC-MAN PARTY ™ 3D are in development for Nintendo 3DS(tm). These titles illustrate the company’s commitment to bringing its most popular gaming franchises to all new and emerging platforms. Leveraging the power of the Nintendo 3DS system, each of the games takes full advantage of the system’s unique features, bringing a new dimension to these classic series.
“The Nintendo 3DS presents us with a great opportunity to craft captivating game worlds for players to enjoy in full 3D, bringing them closer to the action than ever before,” says Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “From the arcade to portable devices, we’ve strived to give loyal fans the best gameplay experience and look to expand this proud legacy by bringing some of NAMCO BANDAI’s most cherished IPs to the Nintendo 3DS.”
ACE COMBAT 3D soars to the Nintendo 3DS platform with an intense 3D experience that delivers supersonic flying, exciting dogfights and high-altitude acrobatics. With touch screen targeting and added control mechanics, players take full command of every intense skirmish to enable split-second counter-maneuvers, dynamic dogfight action and satisfying enemy takedowns. Fans of the series can look forward to a wide variety of real-world aircrafts to pilot, and a diverse range of missions to take on.
PAC-MAN PARTY 3D brings together family and friends with a fun experience that includes dozens of mini-games for gamers to play with or against each other. Perfect for the whole family, PAC-MAN PARTY 3D features a variety of control styles that utilize the system’s buttons, touchscreen, microphone, and accelerometer. With support for download play, friends can join in on the fun using just one cartridge shared across Nintendo 3DS systems.
ACE COMBAT 3D and PAC-MAN PARTY 3D will be available for Nintendo 3DS later this year.
The official launch in the US was held in New York. Come check out some footage:
We check out the Nintendo 3DS Demo Tour.