A young girl, a big fan of Mario and his games and a skilled inventor, is working in the basement of her home with her AI assistant, Beep-O, to finish off her latest creation called the SupaMerge helmet – a device that can merge any two objects it targets into a single entity, in the hopes it could solve an energy crisis. However, the helmet has an overheating problem when merging a flower with a lamp. After leaving to take a lunch break, her basement is suddenly invaded by a group of Rabbids via their Time Washing Machine, who start to explore and cause chaos with her stuff. One of the Rabbids soon takes a keen interest in the SupaMerge helmet and puts it on, before messing around with it, merging one Rabbid with a wig and the girl’s phone and changing him into Princess Peach Rabbid, another with a red object into Mario Rabbid, and another with a toy sunflower and some glasses into a living Sunflower. But in having fun with the helmet, the Rabbid strikes the Time Washing Machine, sucking all of the Rabbids, Beep-O, and the girl’s stuff, into a dimensional vortex.
In the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, attend a ceremony for the unveiling of a new statue to Peach at her castle, when they suddenly spot a giant vortex forming above Peach’s castle, which sucks up everyone attending the ceremony and deposits them elsewhere. At the same time, the Rabbids arrive in the Mushroom Kingdom, along with the girl’s stuff which is now gigantic in size. As they are being dropped across the Kingdom, Beep-O watches as the SupaMerge helmet is merged to the Rabbid wearing it, who in turn merges more Rabbid with other objects before disappearing elsewhere. As the Time Washing Machine, now gigantic, is about to smash into Beep-O, it is soon rescued by Mario, who teams up with Princess Peach Rabbid and Luigi Rabbid in order to tracked down the SupaMerge helmet. Aided by a mysterious figure that sends Beep-O e-mails, the team are given special weapons to combat the Rabbids that oppose them, rescuing Luigi in the process from a Rabbid merge with a Piranha Plant, and eventually track down the helmet to a giant tower of building blocks. However, Bowser Jr. quickly grabs the Rabbid merged to the helmet and calls it “Spawny”, before leaving the group to deal with a Rabbid resembling Donkey Kong.
Realizing they need Spawny to undo the damage to the Mushroom Kingdom, the group soon head off to find the pair, acquiring aid from Princess Peach, Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Yoshi, and Yoshi, while contending with further tricks by Bowser Jr.. As they continue to deal with more attacks by merged Rabbids, Beep-O begins to notice that the vortex from earlier is still in the sky and growing in size, eventually discovering that a corruptive entity known as the MegaBug, is causing it and gaining strength from every Rabbid that is defeated and sent back to Peach’s castle completely returned to normal. After battling against Bowser Jr. once more, the group manage to rescue Spawny, only for him to run away and be captured by the MegaBug and merged into it. Shortly after witnessing this, Bowser Jr. discovers that his father Bowser is coming home early from a vacation, and rushes to warn him of the danger to their castle from the MegaBug. Mario and the group soon arrive, and witness the MegaBug merge with Bowser into the powerful MegaDragonBowser, forcing the group to fight and defeat him, freeing Bowser and Spawny from its clutches. A relieved Bowser Jr. soon apologies to the group, thankful his father was saved.
Sometime later, the group return to Peach’s castle for a new unveiling ceremony with the Toads and the Rabbids, in which a statue of Rabbid Princess Peach is unveiled to the crowd. Delighted, Rabbid Princess Peach decides to take a photo of herself and the rest of the group. In an epilogue, Beep-O spots the Time Washing Machine, and decides to send letters back to the past, in order to warn themselves of the dangers they’ll, but later consider it might not be wise, and questions what could possibly go wrong from such actions.
Fan Review : 63% Good
Excellent: 13% | Average: 25% | Poor: 0%
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a racing game for the Nintendo Switch. It is the first enhanced port of the Mario Kart series, being a port of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U. It has additional features such as several new characters and features more options for Battle Mode. First hinted in the Switch’s announcement video in October 20, 2016, the game was formally announced as part of the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 13, 2017. The game was released worldwide on April 28, 2017.
Differences from the original
Characters can now carry up to two items at once, even if they don’t drag the first item, and the game features the return of the Double Item Box from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The game also introduces “Smart Steering” and “Auto-accelerate” for beginners; the former makes driving and staying on the track easier, the latter makes the vehicle automatically accelerate. The statistics of the vehicle parts and drivers have also been changed, 200cc engine class for Time Trials has been added, and there is an additional level of Mini-Turbo, called Ultra Mini-Turbo, denoted by pink sparks that appear after the orange sparks. This new level of Mini-Turbo can only be obtained if Smart Steering is off. The game also features a different in-game guide, directly accessible from the game’s menu. There is also an option to change character and vehicle combinations during an online lobby without having to leave; this is done by pressing the “Y” button during the course selection screen of an online lobby. The game also has reduced loading times when compared to the Wii U game. The controversial exploit of “Fire Hopping”, in which a player could hop repeatedly from left to right to get extra speed from a boost, has been removed from the game.
Some of the vehicle parts that are exclusive to downloadable content in Mario Kart 8 (i.e. parts included within the Mercedes-Benz x Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8, and the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 add-on packs) are now randomly unlocked by collecting coins during gameplay.
There are more character weight classes when compared to the Wii U game, with several returning characters having different statistics. Also, the statistics of some vehicle parts have been altered, and Mii characters are less expressive.
The game features all of the base and DLC content of Mario Kart 8 (excluding the battle mode in the Wii U game, Miiverse compatibility, stamps, and the ability to share highlights on YouTube), with the same 48 courses. Red Shells and Spiny Shells are now slower when they lock onto their target, meaning players are able to outrun them in 200cc when they have any kind of speed boost.
Fan Review : 88% Excellent
Good: 13% | Average: 0% | Poor: 0%
What better way to celebrate the 30th Birthday of one of the industries biggest icons than giving the fans the tools that would allow them to create their own Mario game. Not only let us create our own levels, but our own Mario game from scratch, in any of the Mario games on the market. That means that you can create a game, with worlds, from all of your favorite Mario games, with the exception of Mario Galaxy and Mario 64. Its not just the simplicity of building a level and letting fans flex their creative juices, but the ease of switching from creating to playing with the click of a button. This gives you the ability to see if what you created works.
The game also features the 10 Mario Challenge which gives you 68 challenge levels that are samples of created courses, and present unique twists to existing Mario levels. Think of them as remix levels. Some of them take the levels from straight plat-forming levels into puzzles that you need to solve. The challenge levels can be completed in a couple of sitting and are not very long (depending on your skill level).
Some may think that creating a level would be a bit intimidating, especially if you are not an avid gamer and you take a casual approach to it, but the user interface makes it very easy and seamless to make your own levels. You can choose from level designs of the original Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and The New Super Mario Bros. The interface is a grid based panel with a simple drag and drop approach to the items, enemies and obstacles.
When “tinkering” around with the level designer you will loose track of time because if your like me, you want to create something very challenging and then upload it to the Nintendo servers and see other players attempt your levels. You can receive feedback on your levels in the game notifications so that way you can keep track of the comments and recommendations in case you wish to make changes to it. Unfortunately, there is no way to filter out all the online levels that people upload by your friends list, or look for a specific friends level without having the unique ID code for their level. The game also allows you to add special sounds, costumes, and unique designs of your own to give your levels that sense of personality that could be used to identify you.
The game does not feature multiplayer either which is a bit of a bummer, because it could have been cool to create a big level and then allow up to 4 players to play with you much like the New Super Mario Bros. The game also does not feature checkpoints. So you will have to start a level and complete the level without dying to beat it or you will have to start back at the beginning.
This is a perfect game to celebrate Mario’s 30th Birthday. Instead of Nintendo just giving us another Mario plat-forming game, they gave us a tool set that allows us to make our own. A solid entry and definitely worth a spot on your shelf!