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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I'd like to start off wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope you all got what you wanted under your trees this morning. Next I'd like to apologize for the lack of updates this month compared to November's. There was simply no news hardly for the month of December. The month is quickly coming to and end which means New Years is just around the corner. Why not take a look at what made Mario Headlines for the year 2007?

I came onto the news crew beginning in January and I'll admit I was a bit cautious on what to post and what not to post so yeah that would explain why you probably read updates that weren't all too meaningful.

Big Game Releases
Nothing too important surfaced in the news word until the release of Super Paper Mario was released in North America on April 9. The game's release was interesting to many because of the 3D features presented and it was of like nothing we've seen in previous Paper Mario games.

In September when the title was released in Europe, gamers experienced a glitch in PAL copies which occurred during Chapter 2-2 the game will freeze when Mario speaks with Mimi if the language is set to Spanish, English, or German. Nintendo of Europe offered resolutions for the glitched copies in November.

Since the beginning of the year die hard Mario fans have been waiting for the release of Super Mario Galaxy. A pirated copy leaked to the Internet in October. Without and doubt this was the biggest game release for Nintendo of the year, or at least in my opinion. Super Mario Galaxy hit North America on November 12 and November 1 in Japan. I remember reporting on how great the game was doing in Japan with the first week's sales topping out at 250, 585. Equally in the U.S. the game was a hit with currently 1.12 million copies being sold here.

At first there were mixed reviews for the game, mainly discussing the graphics and all. I'm sure you remember the CNET blogger Ron Reisinger's review for SMG, yes? Pay no attention as gaming websites have continued to praise the work shown in Mario's new adventure! I'm sure you all can agree this is one of the best Mario games ever to be released!

What titles made it to the Virtual Console this year?
  • NES Open Golf Tournament
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Yoshi!
  • Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
  • Super Mario World
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Paper Mario
  • Super Mario 64
  • Yoshi's Story
Overall it wasn't a bad year for classical releases. I especially enjoyed the semi-confirmation of Super Mario 64 coming to the VC. In fact, let's take a look at the video / sound clip:



Now is not the good time to discuss this but you might have noticed I didn't speak about Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games much. This was because of two reasons: One, I never played it and two, it is rarely in the news.

2008 Here We Come

That about wraps up this year's biggest times for Mario. Hopefully I didn't miss anything too important! Next year appears to be a good time for Nintendo as the much anticipated Super Smash Bros. Brawl will be released on February 10 after a delay was set earlier this year. As the time comes we're sure to report on news items relating to the release. But what's to happen after the release? News may be slow but we'll do our best to not bore you all!

Take care and have a happy New Year. We'll see you in 2008!

- Report By Gage at 2:41 PM


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