Character from Romantic-Comedy Anime Added to Mario Maker

No, this isn’t a mod or a prank, Nintendo has officially added the character Chitoge Kirisaki from the anime and manga series Nisekoi as a Mystery Mushroom costume for Super Mario Maker.  Like all other Mystery Mushroom costumes, the Chitoge costume acts as a replacement for the Super Mushroom power-up and transforms Mario into that character.  Due to technical details, Mystery Mushroom costumes are only available to use on levels using the original Super Mario Bros palette.  Unlocking the costume is a simple matter of completing either one of two event courses that Nintendo has released freely for all players in all regions.  Nisekoi is a romantic-comedy where Chitoge and the male lead, Raku Ichijo, absolutely hate each other, but are forced into a relationship by their gangster fathers to make peace between their criminal organizations.

Guest characters are nothing new to Super Mario Maker as Chief Arino from popular gaming show GameCenter CX and Felyne from the Monster Hunter series have been added in the past.  What makes Chitoge’s inclusion unexpected is that the Nisekoi series has no preexisting relation to Nintendo or the Mario franchise.  There has been a Nisekoi visual novel, but it was developed by Konami and released exclusively for the Vita.  This crossover is most likely the result of a sponsorship deal similar to the ones previously made with Mercedes-Benz and Southwest Airlines.  Either that or someone at Nintendo is an insanely big fan of the anime.

You can check out the official reveal trailer for Chitoge Kirisaki here.  Who do you think could be the next out-of-nowhere guest character to appear in Super Mario Maker?  My money’s on sci-fi slasher film icon the Predator.  Between Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Mortal Kombat X, that guy is appearing in everything these days.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Announced

The Legend of Zelda series has seen its fair share of graphic novels in the past, with adaptations of Ocarina of Time, A Link to the Past, and The Minish Cap to name a few.  A new manga adaptation of the series was teased by Akira Himekawa on his Twitter back in July of 2015, and he recently confirmed on his blog that it will be based on the Gamecube/Wii game Twilight Princess.  It is planned for a digital release on the app Manga One.  Whether or not there will ever be a physical release or if the manga will receive any level of international release is currently unknown.  The adaptation was originally planned to be released last summer shortly after the initial tease, but complications held it back until this year.  Given that it will now coincide with the release of Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U, I doubt anyone is complaining.

Twilight Princess boasts the darkest artstyle in the series and seeing how Himekawa captures it should certainly be interesting.  In fact, Twilight Princess is the reason the previous run of Zelda manga was cancelled.  Twilight Princess received a CERO B age rating in Japan, roughly the equivalent of ESRB T or PEGI 12, and the magazine that the previous Zelda manga was published in, Gakunenshi, aims at younger readers.

The release of the Twilight Princess manga wasn’t the only announcement Himekawa made.  He also announced that all ten of the previous Zelda manga volumes will be rereleased in a single collection.  This Perfect Edition will also include an additional five volumes of unreleased content.  Have you read any of the previous Zelda manga?  What do you hope to see with the Twilight Princess manga?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.