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If you're looking to order something from Nintendo's online store, you're going to have to wait a bit. While digital orders are no problem, anything that includes shipping a physical item is on-hold until the coronavirus pandemic is under control. You can read Nintendo's message to customers below.

Due to preventive measures put in place for COVID-19, and in accordance with federal and local guidelines, our fulfillment centers are closed and we are unable to take orders for physical products until further notice. Digital products are still available for purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience.

GoNintendo Thought: Super Mario 3D World deserves a second shot at success on Switch

A Wii U port that's long overdue

Feels like it's going to be a Mario sort of week, doesn't it? We'll see how things go, but for today's Thought, let's talk about everyone's favorite mustached plumber! As always, thanks for reading.

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The rumors about Mario's 35th anniversary are running wild today. Multiple sources are claiming that a bunch of Mario titles are going to see re-releases and remasters for the big event. Included in the mix will supposedly be Super Mario 3D World, one of the few big-name Wii U games that hasn't made the jump to Switch. If the rumor does turn out to be true, I say it's about damn time!

Super Mario 3D World is a continuation from Super Mario 3D Land, both of which aimed to be the long-lost crossover title between Mario's classic 2D adventures and his journey into 3D with Super Mario 64. The jump back in the day from 2D to 3D was absolutely astonishing, but it also asked a lot more of the player. Those who didn't game often but were familiar with Mario had quite a hard time playing Super Mario 64, so much so that it pushed some players away. Nintendo has long wanted to create a title that married both Mario play-styles, which brings us back to Super Mario 3D Land/World.

The big difference with Super Mario 3D World over Land is both in terms of the adventure's scale, and the ability to have four players in on the fun. There's a ton to see in do in Super Mario 3D World, and having friends along for the fun only makes it better. Don't get me wrong; Super Mario 3D Land is an amazing game in its own right, and really knocked it out of the park for the 3DS. That said, Super Mario 3D World really ups the experience in every way.

Super Mario 3D Land was the first step to bridging the 2D and 3D Mario gameplay styles, but Super Mario 3D World showed off that approach on the big screen. It lets 4 players run around in 3D environments and asks them to travel in and out of the play field, rather than just side-to-side. With that said, the controls are kept much simpler, and camera work isn't a thing players have to worry about. It truly feels like a gameplay solution to ease old-school fans into Mario's bigger and more expansive 3D adventures.

I can see why Super Mario 3D World hasn't made its way to Switch yet, even if I'm saddened that it hasn't. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe brings over 2D Mario action from the Wii U because Mario didn't have any other 2D titles on the Switch at that time. Super Mario 3D World was most likely held back due to Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey was meant to be one of the flagship games on the Switch, and they wouldn't want to muddy the waters with another 3D Mario title, even if the two play quite differently.

Now that Super Mario Odyssey has had ample time on the market to itself, and Mario's 35th anniversary is gearing up, it does seem like the right time to give the game another chance at bigger success. Super Mario 3D World was no slouch in the sales department on Wii U, especially when considering the platform's install base, but there's no doubt it could find a much larger audience on Switch. Nintendo could very well leave the game in the past and forge ahead, but hopefully today's rumors show that won't be the case.

In all honesty, I think Super Mario 3D World deserves another chance based on its content alone. Nintendo's design philosophy of merging classic and modern Mario provided a game that felt familiar, yet different. A bit of both approaches made for something new and interesting. A bit more exploration than you'd expect from a 2D Mario, and a lot less complex in terms of controls than a 3D Mario. Working within restrictions is always a strong point for Nintendo, and they managed to come up with tons of unique settings, level layouts, and power-ups to give Super Mario 3D World its own flavor and style.

The one thing that truly screams out at me with Super Mario 3D World is fun. All mainline Mario games are oodles of fun, but Super Mario 3D World really drives that point home. The environments are absolutely bursting with color, the obstacles are simple yet engaging, the characters give you different ways to play, and the later stages show off a wonderful amalgamation of all ideas that came before them. It's really hard to not have a smile on your face when playing Super Mario 3D World, as the game is just so damn joyful from start to finish.

That's not to mention the game's soundtrack, which is absolutely stellar. It's definitely a more old-school approach to Mario music, with a focus on tunes that are quick, punchy, and memorable. There's a few real instruments thrown throughout, but you don't get the grand, sweeping, orchestral soundtracks that Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 gave you. It's also a different type of soundtrack from Super Mario Odyssey, which had a huge variety and grandiose approach. It's a more humble style of soundtrack, but it totally jives with Super Mario 3D World. To be completely honest, I enjoy Super Mario 3D World's soundtrack to Odyssey's by a large margin!

I've caught flak for saying I find the soundtrack in 3D World to be better than Odyssey, but obviously there's no wrong answer there. The same goes for the overall enjoyment I get from both games. I really do adore Odyssey, and had a lot of trouble putting it down. That said, for me, I actually prefer Super Mario 3D World. I think it has something to do with my predilection to quick level-based challenges rather than big, sprawling environments. I loved exploring all the locations of Odyssey, but I personally had more fun bouncing from level to level in Super Mario 3D World. I actually prefer the Super Mario Galaxy approach to both, but again, it's all just a matter of personal taste. I'm not saying I'm right/wrong, but I'm being honest about what I derive the most enjoyment from.

Regardless of what 3D Mario game you think is better, I think we can all agree that Super Mario 3D World would be more than welcome on Switch. So, so many Mario fans missed out on the game because they didn't have a Wii U, and that's a damn shame. With the Switch being so well suited to multiplayer and 3D World's more 2D-like approach to level design, it's practically begging to find its way to Nintendo's latest hardware. I'm crossing all fingers and toes that Nintendo feels the same way. I have a sneaking suspicion they do, and hopefully we all find out soon!

Check out a cut "baby Sonic" scene from Sonic the Hedgehog

The baby blue blur

Sonic the Hedgehog, just like any other movie, as a bunch of scenes that didn't make the final cut. Some of them didn't even get finished completely. That's what we have in the video above, which is an in-production scene that features baby Sonic. Check out the baby blue blur running around Earth in the spot above.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

GameStop was accidentally selling Animal Crossing: New Horizons and other first-party Switch titles for 50% off

Whoops!

GameStop's website had a major hiccup earlier today, and it lead to some insane deals on first party Switch games.

We're not quite sure what the cause was, but GameStop's website was selling major first party Switch games for 50% off. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was included in the mix, as were Luigi's Mansion 3, Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and many others. This was obviously a mistake that GameStop scrambled to fix.

The first attempt at a fix ended up bringing GameStop's site offline. Even worse, when the site came back, the deals were still being offered! The site went down a second time, and when it came back everything was set straight again.

Now the real question is, will GameStop honor those 50% off sales? Those who managed to snag the insane offer are keeping a close watch on their inbox to find out.

Tangledeep 50% off sale now live in Europe as well

Enjoy, Europe!

Tangledeep has been on-sale in North America for 50% off for a few days now, and finally our European friends can join in on the action. Right now is a great time to take advantage of this sale, as Tangledeep just received a major update. Just make sure you don't wait too long to hop in on the offer, as the sale ends April 2nd, 2020.

My Nintendo once again offering ARMS wallpapers

Your second chance for these

ARMS is having a bit of a resurgence lately, as we now know that the next Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter is going to be from that series. Nintendo has also made ARMS available to play for free to Switch Online members for a limited time. Now My Nintendo members can get in on the ARMS action too.

My Nintendo has re-added two ARMS wallpapers that were originally available on the service in 2017, but disappeared some time after. No word on how long these two wallpapers are sticking around this time, so don't miss your second chance to grab them! Click here to download yours for 50 Platinum Points each.

Immerse yourself in these Switch visual novels

Grab your reading glasses

There’s something magical about immersing yourself in a story, but what about an interactive one? Visual novels are a wonderful platform for such stories. While these types of adventure games can cover a wide variety of subjects, we’ve comprised a list of games that are bursting with narrative, contain some level of drama, and rely on the player to make choices. We hope this list will be helpful in starting or adding to your library!

Steins;Gate Elite:

Follow a group of young, tech-savvy lab members who discover the means of changing the past via e-mail using a modified microwave. Their experiments begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy:

Become Phoenix Wright and experience the thrill of battle as you fight to save your innocent clients in a court of law. Play all 14 episodes, spanning the first three games, in one collection. Solve the intriguing mysteries behind each case and witness the final truth for yourself!

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action:

It's time to mix drinks and change lives in this sim about daily life in a post-dystopian world. You are a bartender at the small bar VA-11 Hall-A, an attractive place for the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and hear their most interesting stories.

AI: The Somnium Files:

In a near-future Tokyo, Special Agent Kaname Date is on the case of a mysterious serial killer. Date must investigate crime scenes as well as dreams on the hunt for clues. A thrilling neo-noir detective adventure following Date and his partner is about to unfold.

CLANNAD:

After losing his mother, Tomoya Okazaki meets a strange young girl on his way to school. She enlists his help in reviving their school’s drama club. With not much more to do, he cooperates with her, making friends with many of the students and learning about the different problems that they face.

Neo Cab:

Play as one of the last human drivers-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Choose your passengers, navigate the city grid, and connect and converse with them as you drive. Try to maintain a perfect rating to stay on the road. Can you balance your needs and the needs of your passengers?

Coffee Talk:

Immerse yourself in the stories of alternative-Seattleites, ranging from a dramatic love story between an elf and a succubus, an alien trying to understand humans’ lives, and many others modern tales that readers will find strongly echo the world around them.

IGN Video - Unboxing Mortal Kombat 11 Spawn Action Figures

We got out hands on the latest wave of Mortal Kombat 11 action figures from McFarlane Toys, including Spawn, Johnny Cage, and Raiden (as well as a repainted Sub-Zero and Scorpion) and played around with them a bit.

Untitled Goose Game's soundtrack is now available to stream

Some honking good tunes

A ton of work went into making Untitled Goose Game's soundtrack. Composer Dan Golding worked on an insane amount of variations for Debussy's tunes, making sure whatever you were hearing would fit the on-screen action. Now you don't even need to play the game in order to appreciate that work.

You can now listen to Untitled Goose Game's soundtrack through a number of official sources. Apple Music, Spotify, and the iTunes Store are all offering the lovely audio experience, and you can get links to each one here.

Action-packed platformer "Random Heroes: Gold Edition" coming to Switch on April 3rd, 2020

A golden opportunity

The Earth is being invaded by terrifying aliens! It’s up to you and a bunch of random heroes to save the day and stop the invasion! Shoot and jump your way through over 108 levels to stop the alien menace and bring peace to the planet. Will you be able to survive?

Collect cold hard cash to upgrade your arsenal and teach those invaders who’s boss. Unlock new heroes to play as, each with their own unique stats.

Features:

* Challenge your way through 9 chapters, each with 12 level!
* Collect coins from enemies to upgrade your weapon!
* Purchase different firearms for an extra punch!
* Unlock and play as 28 different heroes with unique abilities!

Random Heroes: Gold Edition comes to Switch on April 3rd, 2020, and is priced at $5. You'll need just 55 MB to download.

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