Top 10 Super Mario news stories in 2018
It has been another exciting year for Nintendo with the Nintendo Switch, and it's time to look back at the biggest stories for their biggest mascot Mario and his friends!
10. Mario Kart Tour for mobile - potential delay?
Nintendo had announced in a tweet early in the year that there will be a Mario Kart mobile game coming out in the end of the fiscal year in March 2019. It's been radio silence since, it's sounding like it's likely delayed or postponed altogether.
9. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker port release for Switch and 3DS
Nintendo Switch and 3DS ports of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker were released on July 13, 2018 for those that missed out the Wii U release. Captain Toad is a spin off game from New Super Mario Bros. U, and it was as a sign of things to come...
8. The 3DS is not dead yet
Nintendo has not abandoned the Nintendo 3DS yet, a port of Luigi's Mansion from the Nintendo GameCube was released on October 12, 2018, and a port of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story from the Game Boy Advance will coming on January 11, 2019. The Mario & Luigi port will also feature a side game called Bowser Jr.'s Inside Story.
It should be safe to say that after these games, the 3DS days are numbered. Or are they?
7. Luigi's Mansion 3 coming to Switch
A teaser for Luigi's Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch was shown at the Nintendo Direct in September. It is expected to be released sometime in 2019.
6. New Super Mario Bros. U port coming to Switch
The ports will never end! Another Wii U game is coming, this time it is New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, which will have both New Super Mario Bros. U and the New Super Luigi U game. This port will be released on January 11, 2019.
5. Yoshi's Crafted World Delayed
A new Yoshi game was shown at E3 2017, slated for release in 2018, but it had been quietly delayed until Spring 2019. However it was given a name - Yoshi's Crafted World, which is fitting given the arts and crafts theme that we've seen so far.
4. Luigi's Balloon World for Super Mario Odyssey
The top selling game for the Nintendo Switch had a new DLC mode called Luigi's Balloon World released in February. In this free update, players can hide balloons in various kingdoms for others to search, and you can challenge yourself by searching for other people's balloons!
In addition, over the year, more costumes and caps for Mario has been released, along with an anniversary festival (sadly I missed out on this). Not huge additions, but they are nice bonuses for fans of Super Mario Odyssey.
3. Mario Tennis Aces announcement and release
Mario Tennis Aces was announced at a Nintendo Direct in January and released on June 22, 2018. The game features an adventure mode, and various multiplayer options.
Monthly tournaments with new characters are a great addition to the game.
2. Super Mario Party announcement and release
A Mario Party game was announced for the Nintendo Switch at E3 2018. They kept things under wraps and the game was released on October 5, 2018. Is this a new trend to announce games closer to the release date?
Super Mario Party is the first home console release of Mario Party that didn't follow the numbered naming scheme. Mario Party 10 for the Wii U was the last home console release.
Besides the traditional board game style, there is a new mode called River Survival where four players are rowing on a boat, which requires coordination and teamwork, and there are different challenges along the path you take. For some quick fun you can also use the variety of mini-game modes just to focus on mini-game action.
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement and release
The signature announcement from E3 in 2018 was of course Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. Smash came out on December 8, 2018 and it is perhaps Nintendo's biggest release of the year. Every single character from previous Smash games is back, along with new additions such as Daisy, King K. Rool and Piranha Plant.
Besides the traditional Smash battles with up to 8 players, there is a new adventure mode called the World of Light, which is an RPG style adventure where you can fight and level up to rescue all the fighters. A traditional classic mode is also included, the 1P mode in the original Super Smash Bros. - there is a twist in that each character has different paths and challenges.
There's a ton of content and collectibles in the game that will take quite a bit of time to complete!