Are we going to pretend Mario didn’t just get murdered?

In case you missed this morning’s Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, let me fill you in with the most important and heartbreaking news of the day. The Jumpman himself met an unfortunate fate around 9:40AM PT when he was viciously attacked by a flying bird-lizard thingy. The beloved plumber was 37 years old. In his final years he was at the height of his career working in projects such as Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle — both saw major critical success.

The whereabouts of the purple monster person are still unknown, but sources are confirming his name is Ridley. It seems Mario got caught in the cross-fire of Ridley’s drama with Samus Aran, Mario’s business partner at Nintendo. We’ll continue to update this post as we learn more information on the events that transpired.

Our hearts go out to his brother Luigi during this sad time of loss. Luigi is now obligated to take over the mantle of saving Princess Peach every couple years from extremely dangerous turtles. We haven’t reached out to Bowser yet but we assume he’s either celebrating or crying alone in the shower at the thought of being extremely bored for the rest of his princess-smuggling life.

Oh yeah, Mega Man also died.

Mario enjoying a day at the beach with his BFF Peach Toadstool

Enthusiast Gaming is at E3 2018 all week covering games so be sure to bookmark our home screen or subscribe to our YouTube channel. Watch the reveal trailer for Ridley in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate below!

All signs are pointing to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being the biggest and possibly most successful Super Smash Bros. title yet. The Nintendo Switch took the throne as the fastest selling gaming console of all-time, and a bunch of games have been finding massive financial success on the platform, Smash Bros. will not only capture the heart of longtime fans of the series, but it’ll likely find a brand new audience on Switch.

During E3 2018 a few Nintendo Enthusiast writers got their hands on Super Bros Bros. Ultimate. You can read about some changes to the gameplay in comparison to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, or check out our initial video reaction of the game after playing hands-on for over forty minutes (video below). We were more than impressed with how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is shaping up. I’m personally excited to finally play as Young Link again, he looks so badass in Ultimate.

In other related news, the official artwork for the entire roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now available for your viewing pleasure. Many of the characters have really similar models to previous games in the series. However, there are others that look simply amazing. As I mentioned above, I’m loving the new render for Young Link — as well as Wolf from the Star Fox series — two characters we haven’t seen in the Super Smash Bros. roster in quite some time.

What aspects of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are you most excited about? The return of Snake or Pichu? The long-awaited Ridley from the Metroid series? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below!

Brett Medlock
Brett Medlock is Nintendo Enthusiast's Editor-in-chief. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll