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Monday, November 26, 2007

You've read the reviews of Super Mario Galaxy and from what you gather its a pretty awesome game, even Nintendo felt the need to address the game. Is it really all that great, though?

According to CNET blogger Don Reisinger the game isn't what the reviews say it is. Here is a snippet of what Ron had to say in his blog:

The first thing that struck me about this game was the utter lack of beauty. And while I realize the Wii doesn't have the horsepower we've all come to know and love in the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or the PC, this game looks no better than games released back in 2001.

Is graphics everything? Of course not. But don't you think Nintendo could have done a slightly better job creating a better looking world? I hate to be picky, but compare this game to Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube -- Nintendo's last generation device -- and there is no contest. And after playing games like Call of Duty 4 and Assassin's Creed, I can't help but think this game is downright ugly for this generation.

Honestly when it all comes down to it this is just personal taste or a "I agree" or "I disagree" type of thing. What's going to have to happen is people buy or rent the game and experience it for themselves then come to a conclusion.

- Report By Gage at 6:54 PM

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Friday, November 23, 2007

The official website for Mario Party DS is now up with downloads, information on characters, mini games, boards, and all of that goodness. If you're not doing anything special check it on out.

- Report By Gage at 6:19 PM

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

On behalf of SMBHQ I'd like to wish our U.S. readers a Happy Thanksgiving today!

- Report By Gage at 10:43 AM

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

In its first week Super Mario Galaxy has sold 500,000 copies, equal to half a million! This has some historic significance in the Mario world as this the title was the fastest game to reach the half a million mark as well as the first Wii game. Feel free to check out what Nintendo of America had to say in their press release on the matter.

- Report By Gage at 9:48 AM

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Forgot to mention Wrecking Crew is now available to download on the Virtual Console for 500 points. You can view Wrecking Crew game information in our Retro 80's section.
Wrecking Crew (NES, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): In the days before Mario and Luigi became sports stars in their downtime between plumbing and saving the Princess, they tried their hands as one-man wrecking crews. With a hammer as their only tool, players take control of the brothers and set out to destroy ladders, rip out pipes, knock down walls and detonate explosive devices. But make sure to plan your path of destruction carefully, as each building is designed as its own clever puzzle—if you're not careful, you can easily trap yourself in a dead end. Adding to the excitement and challenge are fireballs, enemies and an angry foreman roaming the buildings. They're all trying to stop you from moving on to the next stage. With 100 buildings to demolish and the ability to construct your own, it's a wonder Mario and Luigi ever got back to saving the Mushroom Kingdom.
Nintendo of America's Online Press Room

- Report By Gage at 9:59 PM

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Mario Party DS has been launched in the United States today.

- Report By Gage at 10:50 AM

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

If you didn't get the chance to catch King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters documentary than you now have a second chance. This gaming documentary will be released on January 29th on DVD from New Line for a price of $19.98.

- Report By Gage at 10:08 AM

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Next month Club Nintendo will offer a calendar for 2008 which contains art from Mario Kart Wii and Super Mario Galaxy.

Club Nintendo will also be offering a CD of 28 tracks from Super Mario Galaxy in January. A second disc will follow with 58 variations according to reports.

- Report By Gage at 10:03 AM

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be released on the Nintendo DS in January 2008 according to a November 15 announcement by SEGA Europe and Sega of America. Currently North America, Japan, and Australia are seeing a Q1 2008 release.

- Report By Gage at 4:19 PM

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Similar to the poll in Canada, Nintendo of Europe asked 1,000 adults basing the recognition of Mario to well known celebrities. This time around they were Paris Hilton and Justin Timberlake. You might figure Mario met his match here but think again...

Mario - 69%
Justin Timberlake - 59%
Paris Hilton - 51%

- Report By Gage at 4:55 PM

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Mario is apparently more recognized in Canada than the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper!

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Front-page headlines as the country's most powerful politician apparently doesn't make you more recognizable than an animated Italian plumber.

According to a Harris/Decima survey commissioned by Nintendo of Canada, more people in Calgary, Toronto and Halifax can identify a photo of Nintendo's iconic video game character, Mario, than can identify a photo of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Even in Calgary, which includes Harper's home riding of Calgary Southwest, Mario was more recognizable (47 per cent vs. 41 per cent). More women across Canada were also able to identify Mario than the country's top politician (66 per cent vs. 63 per cent) and nationwide, the animated plumber is just as well-known as the prime minister. Both were recognized by 70 per cent of respondents in five major centres when asked to identify photographs by name.

Mario, who launches his newest title Super Mario GalaxyTM for Nintendo's WiiTM, also outshone opposition leader Stephane Dion. Less than half of Canadians surveyed - 48 per cent - were able to identify Dion's photo, which included a Canadian flag in the background. In fact, in Montreal, which includes Dion's home riding of Saint-Laurent-Cartierville, more people recognized Mario than the Liberal party leader (78 per cent vs. 71 per cent).

"Canadian politicians are lucky Mario doesn't have his Canadian citizenship and could campaign for office," said Ron Bertram, general manager of Nintendo of Canada. "It's no surprise that Mario is more recognized than high-profile politicians: he's entertained generations of Canadians and inspires only happy thoughts."

"Super Mario Galaxy for Wii will further boost Mario's stature in Canada" said Bertram. "Moms and dads will have some great Mario fun alongside their kids."

Nintendo's Mario character is the bestselling video game franchise of all time, selling more than 200-million units worldwide. Mario has appeared in more than 200 games since his debut in the original Donkey Kong® in 1981. He first headlined a title in 1983 in Mario Bros.® and soon after in the revolutionary Super Mario Bros.® in 1985 on the Nintendo Entertainment System® (NES).

Super Mario Galaxy, available across Canada with gameplay in English and French, is the latest innovative title in the popular franchise, using unique motion-based controls in a gravity-defying adventure. Super Mario Galaxy brings Mario to the Wii generation - young or old, gamer or not. And with the game's innovative "co-star mode," even the most inexperienced players can join in the action.

- Report By Gage at 4:10 PM

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Here's an interesting promotional activity for Super Mario Galaxy. Apparently Gamestop has been providing phone message by Mario promoting the game.

Give it a listen

- Report By Sean Kelly at 8:11 PM

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The official Super Mario Galaxy website (US) has is up and running. There's an interesting video on the front page you should see when you get there, it makes you want to dive into this new adventure ASAP!

- Report By Gage at 6:46 PM

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We originally reported on August 18 that Shout! Factory was going to be released Captain N and the New Super Mario World DVD set this November the 13th.

We do not currently have this item in our store, however you may order this item from Amazon. Better yet why not venture out and take a peak in Best Buy or your local retail store?

- Report By Gage at 7:51 AM

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Nintendo launched the "Check Mii Out Channel" yesterday which can be downloaded free on the Wii Shopping Channel. To read more about this service please read the November 8 Nintendo of America Press Release.

Once you get all you need to know, here's where the fun begins. The first contest of this service is "Mario Without A Cap" in which the whole goal is to make a Mii in the form of Mario without his cap. Then submit it before the contest is over. Unfortunately I don't know much more beyond this point.

- Report By Gage at 6:14 PM

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Todays the day you've all been waiting for ladies and gentlemen... Nintendo has released Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii in the United States today! All the cool videos you've seen since the announcement of Galaxy, pictures, new information, and the nice looking pre order coin can all be disregarded as now its all in your control now.

- Report By Gage at 9:56 AM

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has rated a few new titles for the Virtual Console. One in particular was Yoshi's Cookie (E), which was originally released for the NES, SNES, and Game Boy. We may see this title hit the VC within the next few weeks but that's just speculation from me. Keep it tuned here for the latest!

- Report By Gage at 9:25 AM

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Can't wait for the soon to be released Super Mario Galaxy, can you? Well Advanced Media Network posted the first thirty minutes of game play yesterday in which I would like to remind you, if you so choose to watch, there are MANY spoilers contained of course.

The reason we stretch "soon to be released" is because Galaxy is only like two days away from being released yet web sites are posting its content. It would have been fair for the fans to wait, you know? Ah well its your choice to watch or not -- the power is in your hands from now until Nov. 12!

- Report By Gage at 9:40 AM

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Word has it GameCrazy will be selling copies of Super Mario Galaxy on Monday, November 12th when the game isn't expected out until at least the 14th at the latest! Its only a sign GameCrazy notices the high demand for the title therefore their working extra hard for the hardcore fans who've stuck with Mario since the beginning! Don't forget to ensure you receive your copy Monday if you pre ordered it from GameCrazy. Be on the lookout!

- Report By Gage at 1:56 AM

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Friday, November 09, 2007

As we reported on Galaxy's sales might as well this title -- since its release on November 8th Mario Party DS has sold 90,000 units! Game hits the United States on November 19!

- Report By Gage at 7:19 PM

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Looking to sharpen up on Mario history? IGN has a NEW four page article they just released "The History of Super Mario Bros." which stretches from Donkey Kong on the NES to Super Mario Galaxy. Oh and I feel I should say the images are really beautiful!

- Report By Gage at 6:40 AM

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Since its release on November 1st Super Mario Galaxy has seen 251,000 copies sold which earned the game on the first place spot for the nation's sales charts. To some of you 251,000 isn't too horrible, and it isn't, but Galaxy still hasn't outsold past Mario games:

For example, when New Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan on May 15, 2006 for the Nintendo DS, around 420,000 copies were sold... almost doubling Galaxy's numbers. To us it would appear that the numbers would be a bit higher for Galaxy seeing how there's such a high demand for it and has been since the game was announced for the Wii console.

Something interesting to watch would be how well SMG does in the states when its released on November 12. One thing is for certain - fans better hurry to their local stores to get a copy fast on that day or else you'll be waiting!

- Report By Gage at 4:03 PM

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Once again GoNintendo proves itself as a place of talk and makes readers wonder. Recently they were informed via picture from a reader and a small story that Best Buy stores, not all, were selling Super Mario Galaxy now. Anyone care to see if this is true in your area? If so please send us in some word! Thanks.

Post update 8:24PM EDT 11/7/07: It appears there was a link error since this story was first posted. The link provided will now direct you to GoNintendo's original post from this morning.

- Report By Gage at 6:41 AM

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games was released in the United States today.

- Report By Gage at 5:00 PM

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Monday, November 05, 2007

The Nintendo World Store in New York City will be holding a midnight launch party for Super Mario Galaxy on Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 8:00pm-12:00am. Sales go from 12 to 2am. We're sure you'll be getting an official press release from Nintendo very soon!

- Report By Gage at 8:53 PM

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We're happy to confirm, via Nintendo of America's Press Room, that Super Mario Brothers 3 has been released to the Virtual Console this morning and can be downloaded for 500 Points.

- Report By Gage at 10:22 AM

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

GoNintendo is currently reporting Super Mario Bros. 3 will be released on North America's Virtual Console tomorrow. The information came from a purported voice mail left for the GoNintendo editors by none other than Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario. Here's hoping it pans out.

- Report By Gage at 10:13 PM

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Wal-Mart store locations now have the Super Mario Galaxy demo.

- Report By Gage at 11:41 AM

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

According to an advertisement people who purchase Super Mario Galaxy at Toys R' Us locations will receive a $25 gift card.

- Report By Gage at 11:56 AM

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Remember the news item about Corgi International forming a toy licensing agreement with Nintendo of America back in June? If so than you'll know Mario would be involved and today Advanced Media Network has images and information of the first six figures in a series of twenty four Mario themed collectibles expected to be available in retail stores next year. Six figures are Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Para-Goomba, Bullet Bill and Bob-Omb.

- Report By Gage at 11:49 AM

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Over the past couple of weeks we've been hearing Super Mario Galaxy would be released on November 14 but originally we would expect in on the 12th. If you're one of those people who think they'll see Galaxy be released on November 14 than we're here to tell you that won't happen. Galaxy has been confirmed (again) for November 12 by Nintendo so expect copies in stores the 13th or so.

- Report By Gage at 4:43 PM

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