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REVIEW – Super Mario 3D All-Stars

By |October 10th, 2020|Review|

2020 marks thirty-five years since Super Mario Bros. first launched on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the plumber has featured in many different games ever since. 1996 saw the series’ revolutionary transition into the 3D world with Super Mario 64, followed by various other 3D ventures. As part of this year’s celebrations, Nintendo have launched this ‘star-studded’ compilation, showcasing the best Mario’s 3D world has on offer.

Jump through paintings and collect Power Stars in Super Mario 64, clean up some graffiti while basking in the sun in Super Mario Sunshine, and soar through the stars and defy gravity in Super Mario Galaxy. Does Super Mario 3D All-Stars reach for the gas-filled interstellar spheres, or is it starting to show its age? Find out in our review, after the break!

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Survival Meets Super Rare Games with Darkwood Physical Release

By |October 2nd, 2020|Nintendo Switch|

They say that Halloween is the day the veil between reality and nightmares is at its thinnest, with Darkwood, that day is every day! Just in time for All Hallows Eve, Super Rare Games has partnered with Acid Wizard Studios and Crunching Koalas to bring you the physical edition of Darkwood for Nintendo Switch.

Explore a rich and strange open world by day, and hunker down praying for morning light at night, nothing is as it seems in this journey into madness. Darkwood’s physical edition is limited to 5000 copies worldwide and comes bundled with a cartridge of the entire game, a full-colour manual, interior artwork, an exclusive sticker, and three trading cards randomly selected from the five-card set. Preorders open on Thursday 8th October from 6pm BST for around £27 on the Super Rare Games website.

Read more for the full press release!


Steve/Alex from Minecraft coming soon as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By |October 1st, 2020|Minecraft, News, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|

Steve and Alex from Minecraft made a surprise visit today as they dig their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Sporting a wide array of tools and weapons, they appear to switch between upgradeable gear in the moment as they dig for resources to actively use in battle and upgrade their tools. They also have additional skins for the Zombie and Enderman.


Nintendo’s Forgotten Franchises – Kururin

By |September 27th, 2020|Features, GameBoy, Retro|

My first forgotten franchises article extolled the virtues of Nintendo’s wonderful Wave Race series, a franchise which is long overdue a comeback. The logical next step in this series of articles would then be to continue looking back at Nintendo’s other forgotten sporting franchises – the thrilling, off-road racer, Excitebike or perhaps their exhilarating snowboarding series, 1080. Who needs logic though? Instead, let’s take a look back at the Kururin series!


NintyBeats – Super Mario 35th Anniversary Readers Edition

By |September 25th, 2020|Weekend NintyBeats|

Last week we held a special giveaway to win a physical copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars or £25 Nintendo eShop credit. To enter, all readers had to do was to tell us what their favourite piece of Mario music was and why. After a handful of entries, we are happy to announce our grand winner was Michael, and our runner up was Carlton. Congratulations on winning the competition.

Even though we could only have two winners, to show our appreciation to everyone who entered, we have compiled all your entries into this special ‘Readers Edition’ NintyBeats article.

Check out what some our readers’ favourite Mario music is after the break!


Things Get Spooky in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween Update

By |September 25th, 2020|Animal Crossing, Nintendo|

Autumn, the leaves begins to fall, the weather gets chilly, and the next free Animal Crossing: New Horizons update is just around the corner, this time bringing some ghoulish tricks and treats to your island paradise.

Starting from the 30th September, villagers will be able to purchase pumpkin seeds from Leif year-round (or Nook’s Cranny during October), allowing them to grow the festive squash to use in spooky DIY recipes. Throughout the month, Nook’s Cranny will also be selling candy, the Able Sisters will have Halloween costumes ready to order, and the Town Hall will even have frightening make up to exchange for Nook Miles.

When it comes to the big day on the 31st October after 5pm, your fellow residents will gather round the plaza to partake in the Halloween festivities. A rather mysterious fellow, Jack, will also be visiting to provide special in-game rewards in exchange for the cavity inducing candy… be sure to keep some aside for your neighbours though, they may have some brand new reactions to teach.

In addition to the Halloween goodies, this new update will also introduce a favourites list to the Dream Suite as well as an ability to perform reactions from the NookLink app service.

Check out the press release and gallery after the break!

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