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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Alright! It is now time for Day 2 of the SMBhq E3 coverage.

After yesterday's Nintendo: DS overload, everything else is going to look so anticlimactic.

Well, today we have the two new Mario games that Nintendo has unveiled at E3 for the Nintendo Gamecube.

Paper Mario 2

That 2 1/2-D RPG for the N64 gets a sequel for the Gamecube.

Official Nintendo Description: Time passes, the pages turn ... and a new chapter unfolds in an unfamiliar land! Get ready for a two-dimensional role-playing adventure for the ages as Mario returns to paper form in pursuit of a threat unlike any he's ever faced.

  • Timing Action Commands help you dodge or inflict damage, and impress the crowd to give you power for super attacks

  • Fold into a paper airplane and take to the air, turn sideways to slip through narrow passages, and roll into a tube to bounce to safety

This time around, more emphasis is placed on the paper abilities of Mario and his friends. He can turn sideways to slip through cracks, fold into a paper airplane to fly, roll into a tube, and much more. He can also use tons of items like hammers and thunderbolts.

SK's Thoughts: The original Paper Mario started as a sequel to Super Mario RPG, but it turned into a great game on it's own. It brought back some classic Mario gameplay that hadn't been seen in years. Now with the sequel, we should expect bigger and better things (that screenshot with Mario facing a whole room of Dry Bones looks neat).


Mario Tennis

Mario returns to the court for another round.

Official Nintendo Description: The wild multiplayer action of the smash Nintendo 64 hit, Mario Tennis, returns with even more powerful shots and new, character-specific power-ups guaranteed to make for the craziest matches ever.

Everyone's favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters are here! Donkey Kong and Bowser can hit insanely powerful Megaton Balls, finesse players like Shy Guy can use instant Tornado Returns and defensive masters like Luigi have all kinds of tricks in their bags.

Players of all ages can pick up the game and instantly start whacking tennis balls around and yet a deep level of skill awaits those willing to master it. Build up more and more skill points as you play to use stronger and stronger shots with all kinds of spin.

SK's Thoughts: The N64 Mario Tennis game was fun. However, if you think about it, the only significant thing about this game, other than it was a tennis game staring Mario characters, is that it was the game that introduced Waluigi to the Mario world. This game looks to change things. The themed "Luigi's Mansion" and "Super Mario Sunshine" levels look awesome. And is that a giant hammer I see?


Sadly that is all the GCN Mario games being shown at E3 this year. There are a few games staring Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong's Jungle Beat and Donkey Konga), however I won't get into those, since DK is pretty much it's own series right now.

We will conclude the 2004 E3 coverage with the new GBA games (and there are some good ones) tommorow.

- Report By Sean Kelly at 10:18 AM

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