Free-To-Play Rocket League Will Not Require PlayStation Plus Or Switch Online

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Free-To-Play Rocket League Will Not Require PlayStation Plus Or Switch Online

In almost no time at all, Rocket League has established itself as a prominent Esport and casual arcade experience. A free-to-play update was announced for the game, meaning that Rocket League will eventually become more accessible and just about anyone will be able hop into the car-soccer arena and score their way to victory. Just about.

The Rocket League blog briefly announced that when the free-to-play model is implemented, PlayStation and Switch owners will not need online subscriptions to access and play the game. However, Xbox owners will still need an Xbox live subscription. In addition to these changes, the blog post also highlighted quality-of-life changes coming to Rocket League seasons, new high-tier competitive ranks,  and some quick chat call-outs.  

The free-to-play update will be arriving this month. Are you excited that it will soon reach a wider audience? Even in unprecedented times like these, we think that Rocket League is the perfect game to commit your free time to. 

Mario's History Distilled Into A Four-Minute Video

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Mario's History Distilled Into A Four-Minute Video

Today is a big day for Mario, with Nintendo announcing a 35th-anniversary celebration, along with games like Super Mario 3D All-Stars. That's all fun stuff, but the reminiscing doesn't stop there. Nintendo also released a video medley that shows footage from (almost) all of Mario's signature adventures, boiling 35 years of history down to about four minutes.

See classic moments, memorable enemies, and more by watching the video above. It runs through the Mario games chronologically, even though it misses a few steps along the way (Like Super Mario Land 2 and Super Mario Galaxy 2). Regardless, it's a neat little tribute and showcases the series' evolution over the years.

For more about Nintendo's iconic hero, read our ranking of all the Super Mario games.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Amasses Over 1 Million Players

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Amasses Over 1 Million Players

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the latest vehicle-sim to take the world by storm. With an immense sandbox modeled after prominent airports and landmarks around the globe as well as realistic flight controls, Microsoft Flight Simulator offers impressively detailed and immersive flying experiences. In light of all this, it comes as no surprise that the game has amassed over 1 million players who have flown around its vibrant open world for almost 1.2 billion miles!

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While Microsoft Flight Simulator's larger-than-life vistas and relaxing AI-controlled virtual flights - among many other stimulating features - are technical milestones, the game is only available on PC. Here's what we want and expect from the next generation of consoles. 

Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Celebration Will Spill Into Other Nintendo Games

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Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Celebration Will Spill Into Other Nintendo Games

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series, and while Nintendo has remained fairly quiet to this point, it pulled out all the stops this morning, announcing Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Super Mario Bros. 35, and more to help usher in its flagship franchise's major milestone. However, the fun won't stop with those announcements, as Nintendo has several in-game events planned across many of its most beloved titles.

To celebrate, various games ranging from Super Mario Maker 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Splatoon 2 will feature in-game events centered around Super Mario. You can check out the list of announced in-game events below.

In addition to these in-game events, Nintendo is also offering various real-world merchandise, including historical Super Mario items for sale at its Nintendo New York store and store.nintendo.com in November, the Puma RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64 basketball shoes launching tomorrow, a new line from Black Milk Clothing available on October 5, and other toy and board-game products, including the previously announced Monopoly Super Mario Celebration, Jenga Super Mario, and the Lego Super Mario collection. Special Super Mario missions are now available on My Nintendo, allowing fans earn rewards, including a special pin set, through March 31, 2021.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Lets You Play Mario Kart In Real Life

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Lets You Play Mario Kart In Real Life

The Mario Kart franchise has been a fan favorite since its beginnings on the SNES. Since that initial entry, we've seen advanced console and handheld entries, a mobile edition, and even an arcade version. However, independent developer Velan Studios is delivering it in a way we've never seen before: mixed reality.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit puts you in control of a physical kart as you race through your surroundings in real life using your Nintendo Switch. The physical kart responds to the action on screen, with boosts giving it a burst of speed, while getting hit with an item causes it to slam on the brakes. Players use gates that are included with the bundle to lay out a track for the kart in their home. You can race against the Koopalings in single-player, or take on others in four-player local multiplayer. 

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is set to launch on Switch on October 16 for $99.99.

Super Mario Bros. 35 Is Like Tetris 99, But With Mario

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Super Mario Bros. 35 Is Like Tetris 99, But With Mario

It's been a big morning for Mario fans, with the reveals of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Super Mario All-Stars on Switch, and Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. If that's not enough, Nintendo also announced Super Mario Bros. 35, a 35-player free-for-all that's reminiscent of Tetris 99's online mayhem, but for Mario.

Like the name indicates, 35 players compete in a race to see who can survive the longest. As players run through classic Super Mario Bros. levels, enemies they defeat will be launched into their opponents' screens, adding to the chaos. It looks like either the greatest idea ever (when you're winning) or a completely terrible mess (when you aren't). 

Super Mario Bros. 35 is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers starting October 1. It won't cost members anything more than their existing subscription fees, but it's only going to be live until March 31, 2021 – so be sure to get your fill of it when it does become available for download.

Super Mario All-Stars Joins Nintendo Switch Online SNES Library Today

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Super Mario All-Stars Joins Nintendo Switch Online SNES Library Today

Super Mario All-Stars is the latest addition to Nintendo Switch Online's SNES catalog. The compilation, which was originally released for SNES in 1993, gathers Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3 with new 16-bit visuals. On top of those three classic titles, this compilation also served as the introduction of the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 to the North American audience, known in this compilation as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Super Mario All-Stars joins the catalogs of Nintendo Switch Online subscribers later today. This addition joins other classics from the SNES and NES like Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Kirby's Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Ninja Gaiden, and Donkey Kong Country.

If 3D Mario games are more your thing, don't worry because Nintendo also announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Switch, which you can learn about here.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Brings Mario 64, Sunshine, And Galaxy To Switch Later This Month

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars Brings Mario 64, Sunshine, And Galaxy To Switch Later This Month

Nintendo has announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a compilation of 3D Mario classics for Switch. The collection gathers optimized versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Perhaps the best news of all? We'll get to add it to our Switch libraries later this month.

The three games all feature higher resolution graphics, as well as optimized gameplay. This compilation also includes an in-game music player, which can also be used when the Switch screen is off, to hear music from all three games.

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Nintendo Announces Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

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Nintendo Announces Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo announced a new limited-edition portable today, to commemorate Super Mario's 35th anniversary. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. packs three games into a retro shell that's sure to put a smile on the wrinkled faces of old-school fans.

The handheld, which is styled after the LCD Game & Watch devices from the '80s, includes the original Super Mario Bros. game, Super Mario Bros. 2/The Lost Levels, and a reimagining of the classic Game & Watch game Ball – with a Mario twist (take a seat, Mr. Game & Watch, it's Mario's time to shine). In addition, the handheld functions as a clock, with several dozen Mario-themed animations marking the passage of time. The full-color system has a built in lithium ion battery that has an estimated battery life of 8 hours.

It's coming out November 13, and preorder details will be available shortly on the official site.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Coming To Switch In February

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Coming To Switch In February

Super Mario 3D World is coming to Nintendo Switch at long last. The game, which can be played in co-op, has long seemed like a perfect fit for the system thanks to the ease of multiplayer gaming with the Joy-Cons, and now players have that chance through Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.

Players can enjoy this 3D platformer in single-player, local co-op, or online co-op. In addition to the base game, players will also be able to go through something called "Bowser's Fury." Nintendo promises additional reveals of bonus content prior to launch.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury comes to Switch on February 12. For our review of the Wii U game, head here. Nintendo will also be releasing Amiibos for Cat Mario and Cat Peach alongside Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.