The Big Question: Best Mario Game Of All Time?

Okay, I’ve opened Pandora’s Box and now we’re doing votes on video game franchises. Why not?

Today it’s Mario. Which is terrifying because even if we remove the Mario Tennis games or the Super Mario RPGs of this world, there are still a hell of a lot of games to choose from.

Let’s settle this!

HAL Laboratory, The Studio Behind Smash Bros. And Kirby, Just Turned 35

Who knew 35 years ago that a small software company founded in Chiyoda-ku Japan to make personal computer games would one day be responsible for some of the most popular video game franchise on the planet? Happy 35th anniversary, HAL Laboratory.

'Realistic' Smash Bros. Clapping Video Is The Dumbest Way To End Sunday

You made it to the end of another weekend! Your mother and I are proud of you. And so are all of these Super Smash Bros. characters, who will now clap “realistically” at you for five minutes. Just watch (with sound on). It’s as great as it is dumb.

Kirby And The Rainbow Curse: The Kotaku Review

Kirby And The Rainbow Curse is a good game with a weird problem. If you play it, you most likely won’t be able to appreciate its graphics. This isn’t because The Rainbow Curse‘s claymation-style graphics are too beautiful for your primitive senses to comprehend. No, you probably would look at this game and think it’s beautiful.

More Than A Third Of 2014's Big-Budget Games Got Day-One Patches

You may have had the feeling lately that the games you’ve been buying and playing didn’t quite get finished when they were shoved out onto store shelves. Well, a lot of them weren’t done baking.

Now They're Never Getting Nintendo TVii In Europe

Which service was Nintendo TVii again? Oh yeah, the cable/program guide thing. In case anyone in Europe was waiting for that Wii U service to launch, you can officially stop waiting now — Nintendo of Europe has given up because it’s too hard.

Remake All 3D Marios In 1080p, 60 FPS Please

Yesterday we posted some really gorgeous footage of Super Mario Sunshine running at 1080p/60 frames per second through emulators. It looked gorgeous. Today I stumbled across similar footage for Super Mario Galaxy. Here’s what I need Nintendo to be working on right now: a Super Mario All-Stars style package for all 3D Marios for the Wii U. I would buy that in a second.

How The Super Bowl Is Going To Play Out, According To Nintendo

After an insane weekend of sport where Australia won the Asian Cup and Novak Djokovic broke my fragile Scottish heart by bagelling Murray in the final set of the Australia Open, there’s still more to come. The Super Bowl kicks off this morning, and Nintendo of America has already declared its allegiance: it wants the Seattle Seahawks to win, as evidenced by this GIF featuring Toad wrecking New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski with a red shell.

The Best Start To An Assassin's Creed Game

If I have one guilty pleasure series, it’s Assassin’s Creed. Normally, I’m not one to get excited about yearly releases, let alone broken games. But I’ve played and mostly enjoyed every game in the series. Recently, I returned to Assassin’s Creed II, and, much to my surprise, I realised just how much I’ve lowered my standards since that game’s 2009 release.

Nintendo Will No Longer Sell Consoles Or Games In Brazil

Nintendo is pulling out of Brazil. The company announced yesterday that it will no longer distribute products there due to the country’s high tariffs on electronics, despite its “many passionate fans” that live there.