Super Mario Bros' Glitch World: Explained

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Super Mario Bros' Glitch World: Explained

The "Minus World" in Super Mario Bros is one of gaming's most famous glitches, but what's actually happening as Mario slides through the wall at the end of World 1-2?

As YouTuber MagicScrumpy explains, the commonly-held theory that a missing warp zone pipe number is incorrect – the answer, it turns out, is a lot more complicated. MagicScrumpy illustrates the way Super Mario Bros' code works out which level to send you to as you drop down a warp zone pipe, and how swapping variable values creates the endlessly-looping Minus World.

Even if you're unfamiliar with hex editing and coding, this look into the inner workings of a classic game is pretty fascinating.

Battlefield 1's Campaign Will Debut In New Trailer Tomorrow

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Battlefield 1's Campaign Will Debut In New Trailer Tomorrow

In an effort to fit as many "ones" into a sentence as possible, EA is giving players a first look at Battlefield 1's single-player campaign tomorrow.

Battlefield's YouTube page will premiere the campaign trailer at an unspecified time on September 27, showing a glimpse of what we can hope to expect in developer DICE's campaign, which is set in World War I.

EA also recently detailed Battlefield 1's Premium Pass, which you can read more about here.

N64 Emulator Glides Onto Xbox One Marketplace

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N64 Emulator Glides Onto Xbox One Marketplace

Xbox One owners who are also fans of the Nintendo 64 may not be limited to getting their retro fix via Rare Replay – at least for the time being. An N64 emulator has popped up on the Xbox One store, apparently sneaking through Microsoft's approval process like a GoldenEye-era James Bond.

The app is being sold for $9.99. If the comments are any indication, emulation is laggy and buggy on Microsoft's console. That's not the interesting part of all of this, however. The fact remains that somehow Microsoft let this one slip through. 

Nintendo has taken a hardline stance against emulation, as outlined in great detail on its site. It's not likely that the company who says, "The introduction of emulators created to play illegally copied Nintendo software represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers," will let something like this slide for long.

Welcome The Fall 2016 Game Informer Interns

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Every few months, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to share a little of the work we do at Game Informer with a new group of aspiring writers and journalists through our internship program. As we steer into the Holiday season, another team of awesome interns will be helping us cover all the important video game news and gamer culture over the next three months. Come meet the new G.I. interns.

We wanted to take a minute to introduce the Game Informer community to Kevin Slackie, Micheal Leri, and Ian Boudreau. Rather than try and speak for them, I'll let them each introduce themselves in their first blog posts linked above. 

Kevin, Micheal, and Ian will be helping us out this Fall, and learning the ropes of what we do around here. Watch for them in the coming weeks; they'll be joining your conversations in the comments, writing articles for the site, and sharing their unique perspectives with all of you. We're excited to have them on board. 

An Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look At the Making Of The Warcraft Film

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An Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look At the Making Of The Warcraft Film

The Warcraft movie only grossed $47 million in the domestic box office, but was a hit overseas, pulling in a combined total of $433 million. If you avoided Warcraft in theaters, but still want to see it, you can pick it up on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD starting tomorrow.

Legendary Pictures has given us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this film. In this short minute-and-a-half video, actor Daniel Wu (Gul'dan) recalls landing the role in the film. "We had a baby last year, and I was supposed to take a year off of work, and then in November I got a call to do an audition," he says. "I told my [wife] about it, and she says 'You can't do it,' and I'm like 'It's for Warcraft,' and she says 'Oh! You really have to do it!"

For more on the Warcraft film, check out our interview with Duncan Jones to learn his favorite games, and how he ended up in the director's chair.

Ubisoft Buying More Stock To Hold Off Vivendi Takeover

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Ubisoft Buying More Stock To Hold Off Vivendi Takeover

Ubisoft has agreed to buy back 3.2 percent of its own stock from a French investment bank. The move comes as the publisher continues to face the threat of a possible hostile takeover from Vivendi, which at last report controlled 17.76 percent of Ubisoft's voting shares.

Under the deal with Bpifrance, Ubisoft will buy back all 3,625,178 of the bank's shares at 33.80 euro each, or about $38.04. The total transaction, which amounts to approximately $137,851,700, will be officially completed in November.

"We want to express our warm gratitude to Bpifrance for its support during all these years," said Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO.

New Releases This Week: September 25 Through October 1

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New Releases This Week: September 25 Through October 1

Forza Horizon 3 leads the charge in a fairly impressive week of new releases. In addition to the highly rated arcade racer, the latest entry in the FIFA series is coming, as well as console ports of Darkest Dungeon and XCOM 2.

Wherever you're playing, there's a good chance that there's something new for you – even on Vita.

Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita) – September 27FIFA 17 (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 360, PC) – September 27Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, PC) – September 27
Shantae and The Pirate's Curse (3DS Retail) – September 27
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, PC) – September 27
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS) – September 27
XCOM 2 (Xbox One, PS4) – September 27
Nebula Online (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) – September 29
Unloved (PC) – September 29
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls (3DS) – September 30 

Reminder: Star Wars Returns To Retail This Friday

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16 (80 days from now), but you won't have to wait long to get to know the characters, as retailers can begin selling Rogue One toys and merchandise on September 30, a.k.a. Force Friday. Most retailers are still flush with Force Awakens collectibles, but you'll now find Rogue One toys sitting next to Rey and BB-Q on store shelves.

If you are hunting for specific toys – such as Hasbro's popular Black series – you may want to see if your retailer is opening at midnight for collectors. If history repeats itself, the Rogue One merchandise will sell out fast, but should be replenished in the months ahead. With that in mind, I would urge caution in paying extra for any figure. Holding out and waiting for them to return to retail is your best bet.

Happy hunting to all collectors! We have a feeling Jyn Erso and K-2SO are going to be the popular characters this time around.

Philadelphia 76ers Pick Up An Esports Team

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Philadelphia 76ers Pick Up An Esports Team

The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired an eSports team. Under the deal, Team Dignitas and Apex Gaming's League of Legends team – which will compete under the name Team Dignitas – will be merged and managed by the basketball team.

This is the first eSports acquisition from a major North American sports team. According to the Sixers, it will manage Team Dignitas' daily operations and also provide support with endorsements, branding, and more.

[Source: The Rift Herald]

Sign Up To Get An Early Look At Street Basketball Game On PS4

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Sign Up To Get An Early Look At Street Basketball Game On PS4

It's been a good year for basketball games, but don't think the only way you can experience the sport is through the filter of the NBA. Joycity is working on a new version of its Freestyle series, bringing the 3 on 3 street-basketball game to consoles for the first time. If you're curious to see how it's shaping up, the game will be entering a closed beta on PlayStation 4, and they're accepting applications to be a part of it.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, the developers seem to have done their homework. Members of the dev team visited street courts across the United States to make sure they got a sense of the current culture and captured the essence of the sport. They've worked to ensure that the various characters fill their various specialties while also looking and feeling unique from one another.

If you think it sounds interesting, check out the game's official site and sign up to be a part of the beta.