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Nintendo Eyes 'It's on Like Donkey Kong' Trademark

Nintendo's anticipated 'Donkey Kong Country Returns' finally lands on November, 21st, but the company is commemorating the launch early with an incredibly atypical publicity maneuver. Despite Nintendo's beloved reputation as an unconventional and fan-friendly entity, it reportedly intends to trademark and protect a quirky piece of pop culture. According to CNN, Nintendo hopes to trademark the...

'Mario' Gets His Own Avenue in Spain, Still Can't Find the Princess

'Super Mario Bros.' recently turned 25-years old, and the birthday gifts keep coming in. One Spanish neighborhood has given the iconic hero an impressively geeky present that may be the first of its kind: an entire street. During an elaborate public ceremony, the planned community of Arcosur, Spain officially unveiled the 'Avenida de Super Mario Bros.' Along with the expected costumed spectators,...

NES Launched 25 Years Ago in New York, 'Portal' Ported to 'Minecraft'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. On October 18th, 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in New York with a marketing campaign focused on the 8-bit system's Zapper and R.O.B. (robot operating buddy) peripherals. [From: Wired] Minecraft player copyboy, has ported the 'Portal' gameplay experience,...

Netflix Wii Owners Can Go Disc-Free for Video Streaming

Last week, Sony announced Netflix subscribers could go disc-free with an update for their PlayStation 3 consoles starting today, October 18th. This morning, Nintendo announced Wii owners will no longer need an installation disc to stream Netflix on the video game console. Netflix subscribers can download and install the app directly from the Wii Shop Channel (new users can get access after paying...

Nintendo's Miyamoto: 'Mario' Not Exactly Aging Well on HD

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto might just be the most humble geek alive. Miyamoto's 'Super Mario Bros.' turned 25 in September, and the legendary developer now contends that what may be the greatest game of all time currently strikes him as "a little embarrassing." Discussing time and technology's effect on 'Mario,' Miyamoto reportedly said recently, "Back then, with tube televisions, it was a...

Nintendo 3DS Launching in March, Will Miss the Holiday Season

Technically it's not a delay, but the announcement that Nintendo won't be releasing the 3DS in Japan until February 26, 2011 (and in Europe and the U.S. until March) is disappointing gamers and share-holders alike. Many assumed that the 3DS would hit store shelves in time for the holidays, and missing that all-important shopping season has forced Nintendo to cut its earnings forecast by more than...

'Super Mario Bros.' Turns 25

Though Mario made video game appearances before the launch of 'Super Mario Bros.,' it was the 1985 platforming classic, launched 25 years ago today, that pushed everyone's favorite plumber to the spotlight. The Mario universe spawned countless sequels, an instantly recognizable soundtrack, cartoons and one of the worst video game movies of all time. Happy 25th, Mario! Don't miss the Nintendo recap...

'Infinite Mario' Adjusts Difficulty Based on How Badly You Suck

Gamers (and not just the completely inept ones) have been investigating and developing dynamic difficulty adjustment (DDA) software for several years. The system conceivably recognizes a player's skill level based on gameplay, and then adjusts the game's difficulty settings appropriately. Given the innumerable mods of 'Mario' games, it's only fitting that one 'Mario' clone seems to have inspired...

Shocking 'Mario Eye' Enables Hands-Free High-Voltage NES Action

'Super Mario' mods and DIY 'Mario' projects serve as an infinite source of entertainment. No matter how incredible those frequent creations may be, though, they haven't, until now, required "could result in pain, serious injury or death" advisories (which automatically let you know that something is awesome). A crew of nerds from Waterloo Labs has devised a hands-free method of maneuvering...

Arman Bohn's 'Brain Games' Music Video Made on a Nintendo DSi

Musician Arman Bohn has created his newest music video with a decidedly fun piece of technology: the Nintendo DSi. To create the video for his song "Brain Games," Bohn drew images in the DSi's 'Flipnote Studio' program, and then exported them to 'After Effects' for editing and animation. In the video, anthropomorphic letters and numbers cavort as they watch Bohn perform on a TV monitor,...

Flowlab's 14-Wheel Skateboard, Organize Firefox With 'Tab Candy'

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Though the Flowlab skateboard's arced, 14-wheel design makes us think of broken ankles and nasty road rash, the novel board will give you concrete-carving skills far...

Research Finds Wii Fit Safer and Less Effective Than Gym, Nobody's Surprised

As our country becomes more obese and more tightly fastened to the couch, Nintendo's Wii, with the 'Wii Fit' system in particular, has positioned itself to be the artery-cleaner of choice for the shut-in gamer. A researcher from Ohio State University recently helped to cement that image -- claiming that the Wii Fit exercise regimen is far safer than its real-life counterparts. According to...

'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11' Game Sales Coming in Over Par

Not only is Tiger Woods struggling on the golf course (he hasn't won a major tournament this year), but he's struggling in the video game market, too. According to The New York Times, 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11,' which was released in June, experienced a 32-percent drop in first-month sales compared to last year's version of the game. (In case you've been living under a rock for the last year, it...

eBay User Sells Original NES for $50k, but Buyer Reneges (Seller Drops to $35k)

As far we understand it, an object goes through five rough stages in its lengthy lifetime. First, it's shiny and new, sitting on a store shelf. Then, it's just junk. A little later, it's vintage, then antique, and -- finally -- an invaluable link to another time. Typically, it seems, it takes quite a while to get from Stage 1 to Stage 5. (We're hoping that rusted-out '83 Mustang in our yard will...

Here We Go! Mario Marathon Ends in Day Five, and Raises $81K for Kids

Usually, if you play video games for over 100 hours straight, people call you an addict, and ship you off to a rehab center. But for the past three years, three guys from Indiana have gotten away with just such an event (without being institutionalized) -- all in the name of charity. Once a year, Brian Brinegar, John Groth and Chris Deckard take up residence in front of a TV, and play through...