Nintendo Kicks Off A Month Of Mario Starting Today

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Mario is still probably the most recognizable chap in video games today. There are others like Master Chief, Kratos and Angry Birds, but everybody instantly knows who Mario is. That's why Nintendo is kicking off The Month of Mario today to celebrate the launch of the newest entry in the series - New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Before we get to the celebration, let's take a look at the other games hitting the Nintendo Download today. First up is the classic Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. It's arguably the best of the Super Mario Land games on the Game Boy and it's Wario's first starring role.

The other Game Boy classic hitting the virtual console today is Mole Mania. A puzzle game designed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself, Mole Mania puts you in the role of Muddy Mole as he attempts to defeat Jinbe, an evil farmer.

New eShop originals this week include Planet Crashers and Dot Runner: Complete Edition. Planet Crashers is an original action/adventure RPG filled with multiple dungeons to explore. Dot Runner is a Pacman clone of sorts where the goal is to eat all the dots in a dungeon within a certain time limit.

The Game of the Weekend falls to Colors! 3D this time. It's a painting application for the 3DS that "caters to everyone from serious artists to aimless doodlers." It's available on the eShop at a special price of $3.99 for a limited time.

As for The Month Of Mario, starting today a different Mario game will be discounted each week until August 19. This week's discounted game is the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES. It's available for the slightly reduced price of $3.99 until August 1. Pick up a little practice on the original before you jump into the coin-obsessed world of New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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