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Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition announced [update]

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Do not adjust your monitors, do not wipe your glasses clean. You're 100 percent looking at a Super Mario-glossed entry in GungHo's incredibly popular Puzzle & Dragons series, and it's coming to 3DS in Japan this April. GungHo America also notes an "overseas release" of the thus-titled Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition through Nintendo.

[Update: A Nintendo spokesperson told Digital Spy that currently Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition is a "Japanese-only announcement." So it's unclear what exactly GungHo America's referring to by "overseas release." We've reached out to GungHo for clarification.]


Details are limited at the moment - according to Gematsu the match-3 game features both local multiplayer and StreetPass functionality. From another angle, the most important details lie in the numbers. GungHo just revealed that the original mobile Puzzle & Dragons surpassed 6 million downloads in North America, taking the free-to-play game's worldwide tally to more than a staggering 41 million. To put that in perspective, in April 2013 Puzzle & Dragons raked in $3.76 million per day. Furthermore, it's well established that Mario likes gold coins.

If you still puzzled, check out GungHo's announcement trailer below the break.




Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition won't be the first time GungHo's orb-matching fun has reached 3DS screens. GungHo adapted the series for Nintendo handhelds with Puzzle & Dragons Z, and that went on to ship 1.5 million units in Japan. According to a 2013 interview with Siliconera, GungHo's planning to bring that game to North America as well.

As for the new plumber-packed edition, GungHo says more details about the overseas release are "forthcoming." Over in Japan, the 3DS game is priced ¥4000 (around $34) and it's due to hit eShop and physical storefronts on April 29.
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GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT TO COMMEMORATE PUZZLE & DRAGONS SURPASSING 6 MILLION NORTH AMERICAN DOWNLOADS WITH IN-GAME CELEBRATION EVENT

TOKYO - Jan. 7, 2015 - GungHo Online Entertainment (GOE) today announced that its highly successful mobile game Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed 6 million downloads in North America. GOE will host an in-game celebration event to mark this milestone later this month. (Event details will be released at a later date.)

Featuring an addictive combination of puzzle, dungeon-crawling, and monster-collecting gameplay, Puzzle & Dragons is a mobile gaming phenomenon that continues to see tremendous growth. In the game, players capture, collect, and evolve hundreds of elemental monsters while using quick thinking to chain combos and maximize the abilities and skills of their monsters. Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed 41 million downloads worldwide.

Puzzle & Dragons is available for free on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.

For information on GungHo Online Entertainment America, visit www.gunghoonline.com. Fans can also follow the latest Puzzle & Dragons news on Facebook and Twitter.

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