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‘Zinetendo’ Is Up For Preorder With All The Zelda, Pokemon And Mario Content You Need

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I've identified with a lot of Dinosaur Comics strips, but I don't think any of them have ever spoken to me quite as much as the one where T-Rex talks about how Nintendo is the only corporation that he thinks of as a friend. As I've said before here at CA, I've spent more time with Mario than I have with most members of my own immediate family, and that's not a decision I regret. And if you have similar feelings and also love comics by amazingly talented young creators --- which I assume is why you're here in the first place --- then I've got something that you're probably going to want to check out.

Zinetendo, a new full-color, 46-page zine devoted entirely to Nintendo's greatest hits, is available for preorder now, and it's awesome. Check out some of my favorite pieces below!

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Best ‘Super Mario’ Art Ever: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata

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Gamers of all ages and all console allegiances around the world have mourned the recent loss of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. To celebrate his life and work, we’ve put together this collection of art inspired by Nintendo’s most famous character and most enduring mascot, Super Mario! Leave us your thoughts or happy Nintendo memories in the comments and let us know if there are other games you’d like to see us explore in a future Best Art Ever feature!

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Here’s The Thing Episode 16: Why Do We Love Super Mario? [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you're wrong and he's right.

This week, Chris takes a look at one of his favorite characters: Mario, the high-jumping, kart racing, princess-rescuing plumber from Nintendo's enduringly popular Super Mario Bros. games and spinoffs. ! He loves that guy, and odds are pretty good that you do too. But why? And how much of a character does Mario really have?

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‘Mario Kart 8′ Will Feature A Mercedes Benz, Nintendo Is Obviously Acknowledging Their Bizarre ’90s Comics

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If you were a kid in the '90s and you wanted to find out more about Mario once you were done with the video games, you pretty much had two choices: Sitting through a half hour of dance instructions from "Captain" Lou Albano, or flipping through the pages of Valiant's Nintendo Comics System/Super Mario Bros. comics, where Mario and Luigi frequently got into bizarre adventures alongside Peach's weird old dad. Needless to say, these comics were never really acknowledged in the video games. Or were they?!

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Link Ink: ‘Super Pets’ Debut, Live Action ‘Lupin III’ And NFP

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Fall into Friday's links, after the jump.

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Link Ink: Nintendo Happy Meal Toys, Galvatron Invades And ‘Attack On Titan’ On Blu-ray

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Come on in and get your Thursday links.

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Gamers Can Soon Make Manga On The Nintendo 3DS With ‘Comic Studio’

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Starting January 15 Nintendo 3DS owners in Japan will be able to download Collavier's new Comic Studio app, with a Western release planned down the road. Several manga making apps were released for the DS over the years, and the 3DS has built-in notepad functionality and educational game options like Colors! 3D and Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, but this new¥800 (roughly $7.63 USD) app looks to be the latest and most powerful way to put together comics on Nintendo's flagship handheld.

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Parting Shot: Father Hacks ‘Donkey Kong’ So Young Daughter Can Play as Pauline and Rescue Mario

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Kudos to game developer and geek dad Mike Mika, who achieved what few parents can by making the seemingly impossible happen for his three-year-old daughter, a Donkey Kong player who asked the simple question, "How can I play as the girl? I want to save Mario!" Mika and a friend were able to hack the game and replace all the various graphic elements needed to change Pauline from one of Nintendo's best known damsels in distress into a playable heroine. Writing about the

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Link Ink: ‘Batman’ ’66 Mez-Itz, Chinese Opera And Goku Parties With Luffy And Toriko

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Toys: Mezco's Batman 1966 Mez-Itz Batmobile with Batman and Robin is now available for preorder at specialty retailers.

Interesting: Tom Spurgeon points to Gene Luen Yang's thoughtful piece examining the similarities between superhero comics and Chinese opera

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Ask Chris #141: How ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Works

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: What's the deal with the Super Mario family of video games? Which of the games "actually" happened? -- @pbarb

A: If you don't follow me on Twitter, then you mis

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