If you're pining for some classic Mario and don't have a copy of Super Mario Maker to hand, there's always Newer Super Mario Bros. DS. As the name implies, it's a fan-made successor to the portable title from 2006. The 80-level campaign was created with the free and legally dubious New Super Mario Bros. Editor, and requires a ROM of the original DS game to run. If you can find one and a compatible emulator (the team says it works "pretty much perfectly" with DeSmuME) you can play the game for free.
The original Super Mario Kart released on the SNES in 1992. People who were children, teenagers or young adults during the 90s probably hold the original Mario Kart in a very special place. That game, along with NBA Jam and later Goldeneye, are probably the holy trinity for most popular multi-player games of the 90s. Well, get ready, because a new Mario Kart is coming on April 28 to Nintendo's just-announced new console, the Switch (which hits stores on March 3 in North America, Hong Kong and various other regions). Instead, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an updated version of the same title sans Deluxe moniker on the Wii U in 2014.
It's certainly a bummer that Nintendo decided to release its first Mario mobile game as an iOS exclusive (and right before Christmas, no less), but don't let your curiosity get the best of you. If you see a Super Mario Run APK promising installation on your Android phone, run the other way. This is precisely the kind of situation scammers live for: There's a hot new game that millions of people can't get on their phones and are desperate to play, so they push out APKs disguised as ported versions of the game. Instead, the only thing they'll play on your phone is ransomware and malware. The impact on you at home: There doesn't have to be any if you're vigilant.
Nintendo's historical reluctance to embrace smartphone games has always hinted at a lack of confidence. After all, the company's success has been built on great software filled with great characters. All it needed was reassurance that money could be made in smartphones and there's been plenty of that. Now, after a bit of encouragement with Miitomo and witnessed a lot of encouragement with Pokemon Go, a phenomenon from which it actually profited little, it has finally jumped down the pipe into the smartphone waters with Super Mario Run. Nintendo describes Super Mario Run as a market expansion play for the company; the iOS-exclusive app registered 5 million downloads in its first day of availability.
You may get your Amazon order in a Super Mario--themed box even if the item inside isn't even remotely connected to Nintendo or gaming in general. Nintendo has teamed up with the e-commerce giant as part of Mario's ongoing 35th anniversary celebration, and one of the things they cooked up is sending out random orders in Super Mario Bros.-branded boxes throughout November. The company has revealed the partnership on its website's Missions tab, where you can complete a few anniversary-related tasks to be able to enter the Super Mario Sweepstakes. Nintendo says the Mario boxes are in "limited quantity" and "will be used randomly, while supplies last." That means porch pirates won't automatically keep an eye out for one knowing they're getting something good, like a Switch -- unless they're targeting the limited edition boxes themselves.