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March 10, 2019

Mario Games Have Amazing First Levels

Ceave Gaming has done some amazing things in Mario games, like beating New Super Luigi. U without collecting or touching a single gold coin. But in his latest video, Ceave dives into the overall history of Mario. He looks back at the first levels in every 2D Mario game to figure out what makes this series so special…

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March 10, 2019

Dealmaster: Nintendo discounts a bunch of Mario games for “MAR10 Day”

Enlarge / The many faces of Mario. (credit: Collage by Aurich Lawson)

Today is March 10, and for fans of video games and calendar-based puns, that means it’s time to celebrate gaming’s favorite plumber, golfer, race car driver, doctor, boxing referee, and typing instructor: Mario.

Nintendo has declared this date “Mario Day” for the past few years (March 10 = Mar10 = Mario), but today the company is once again paying homage to its most famous character by launching a number of discounts on games featuring the little guy.

The deals include $20 off the following Mario titles for the Nintendo Switch:

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March 8, 2019

What Made Super Mario Bros. Level 8-3 So Good

In World 8-3 — the penultimate level of Super Mario Bros. for the NES — Mario makes his final push towards Bowser’s castle. This level is a mini-masterpiece in a classic game and tells a small but important story through its gameplay.

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February 23, 2019

$100K Mario seller: “It’s probably the wrong move, long term, to sell”

Enlarge / Ba-ding! (credit: Aurich)

Last week, a copy of the first printing of Super Mario Bros. in pristine condition sold for just over $100,000. This week, the collector who sold that gem told Ars that he’s been preparing for this moment for years.

The seller—who asked to remain anonymous to protect his privacy but goes by the handle Bronty online—told Ars he didn’t even have an NES growing up. He just played games like Super Mario Bros. at a friend’s house. But around 2002, at age 27, Bronty was gripped by a desire to once again play the NES games he hadn’t thought about for well over a [...]

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