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Super Mario Bros 30 Years Old Today

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Super Mario Bros has turned 30-years-old. The original Super Mario Bros title for Famicon was first released on this day in 1985 in Japan. It took a few extra months for the game to make its way to North America and an extra year and a half to reach Europe and Australia. The anniversary of the classic game is being commemorated across the internet, including a new Google easter egg.

Mario himself had actually already been around for a while before 1985. Mario actually made his debut in 1981 as “Jumpman” in the classic Donkey Kong arcade game and Super Mario Bros is itself a sequel to the original Mario Bros game, which was released in 1983. It was his appearance in Super Mario Bros that launched the world’s favourite plumber’s rise to fame.

Super Mario Bros is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of the video game world. It spawned many sequels, spin-offs, and is perhaps the most influential platformer in history. Many credit it with saving American video game market after its crash in the 1980s. While platformer games were already popular at the time, Super Mario Bros brought the genre through the roof. It was the best-selling game ever for a single platform for around 30 years, with over 40 million sales. Wii Sports later took that title (somehow). In the past decade, Super Mario Bros has been ported to almost all of Nintendo’s major consoles.

Nintendo is marking the game’s anniversary with a special interview with the game’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Koji Kondo. They talk about the game’s creation – while they don’t exactly shed light on any unknown information, it’s certainly an interesting watch for those of us that haven’t memorised the history of Mario. Google is also marking the occasion with a Mario-style easter egg. Just search “Super Mario Bros” and click on the question-mark box – you’ll see what I mean.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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