I… I don’t think I’ll be sleeping well tonight. Courtesy of Wednesday Wolf.
Sega announced that a unique series of “Dream Events” will be available in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which will be both single and multiplayer-based. The Dream Events are colorful game-like universes that include objects and power-ups that can empower the player, or bring the opponent down. There will be four of them:
- Dream Race (Sandhill Race Course) – Get on your marks for this intense power-up filled race course, made for either one player, or as many as four.
- Dream Platform (Tropical Reef Diving Area – 10,000M Diving) – More like skydiving, soar through hoops and perform aerial tricks while avoiding obstacles and opponents to reach the finish line first.
- Dream Fencing (Duel Wharf Fencing Beach) – With unique special attacks for each character, this jungle-inspired world offers the ultimate duel.
- Dream Table Tennis (Speed Rally Table Tennis Stadium) – A sci-fi wonderland, this magical table tennis extravaganza offers a special ability for each character – so move fast!
The game will also offer players the opportunity to import their Mii into the game and play as themselves in any event. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games launches November 23 on Wii, and Q1 2008 for DS.
Today will see the release of Nintendo 64 RPG classic Paper Mario on Wii’s Virtual Console service. It will be playable with either the Gamecube controller or Wii’s classic controller and will be sold for 1000 Wii points ($10).
The service will also see the release of Silent Debuggers, a first-person-shooter originally released on TurboGrafx back in 1991. The game will be available for 600 Wii points.
Lastly, Balloon Fight for the NES will also be available. It will be sold for 500 Wii points and will be playable using any Wii controller.
Codename Revolution had the chance to read through the March 2007 issue of Nintendo Power and from them comes word that Super Paper Mario is set for release this April on the Wii. Shown at last year’s E3 as a Gamecube title, the game has since then moved on to Nintendo’s fancy new console, but instead of motion-based controls, it will use the old-school control layout. It will, however, make use of the Wiimote in various ways. According to the report, the game has undergone graphical enhancements since its last public showing.
The article also carries word on quite a few new titles, as well as updates on some familiar ones.
Nintendo has announced Mario’s first basketball appearance on the DS – Mario Slam Basketball. Developed by Square Enix, the game will feature Mario & co. in 3D out on the courts, dunking balls and whatnot.
Mario Slam Basketball is the first game of its type to give players total control of the ball. Players really will be able to dribble and Slam-Dunk with the tip of their finger! The fast paced action features classic Nintendo and Final Fantasy characters and is perfectly suited to the Nintendo DS using a combination of the touch screen and D-pad to dribble, pass and take shots, all with strokes and taps of the stylus. The slightly more flash players can also show off several special moves; by tapping a unique sequence of dots that mark the first initial of the character’s name, players can unleash awe inspiring new skills, with the potential of doubling their score.
Create your own three player, all-star team by selecting from popular Nintendo characters such as Mario, Luigi and even Princess Peach herself! What’s more developer Square Enix has included a whole host of famous Final Fantasy characters to choose from. Collecting coins during matches is especially important as they can affect the score. So, before going for a slam-dunk players will need to collect as many coins as they can in order to bag the highest possible score.
The basketball court isn’t the place for the faint hearted. Magic Johnson and Dennis Rodman may be stars on the real court, but faced with players holding red shells it takes an all new-type of player to really show their skill on the DS court! The referee seems to be asleep so anything goes on this basketball court! Players can use Red and Green shells, Bo-bombs, Bananas and Stars to turn the tide of the game, obstruct other players and even chase down coins.
Mario Slam Basketball features three single player modes that allow players to participate in major basketball tournaments, exhibition matches and hone their vital skills. In Practice Mode, players can focus on their weak points and strive to become superstars. Exhibition Mode allows players to select their own customised team to play against the CPU in a quick match. Finally Tourney mode lets players try out their skills in a choice of four tournaments- Mushroom, Flower, Star and Rainbow. When a Tourney has been completed, ‘Hard mode’ is activated where the really hardcore players can battle it out against even fiercer opponents.
Desperate to wipe the court with your friends? Now you can with three exciting wireless multi-player modes to select: Exhibition, Dribble Race, and Coin Hunter, plus two single download play modes. Test who can hold on to the most coins until the end of the game, or take part in a Dribble Race. If you’re desperate to show off who’s the winner, players can even store results and rankings. Mario Slam Basketball also has the ability to let friends cut in. While playing, a message will pop up and alert players that a new opponent has been found so players can compete in some serious on court action.
Mario Slam Basketball will be released across Europe on November 10; it will retail for £30.
Eidos’ product acquisition director Ian Livingstone is a man with words… lots of it. In an interview (part 2) with Gamesindustry, he stated his support for all three next-gen consoles, offering positive words for each of them. According to him (and rightly so), Microsoft “has obviously got a 12 month head start on the competition” with Xbox 360, while Nintendo is “concentrating on gameplay above all else” with a “cheaper priced product” referring to the Wii.
His most positive words, however, were left for the PS3: “It’s extraordinary quality, that’s the starting point,” he said about the console’s Blu-ray technology, adding that “if people are seeking the ultimate machine, the PS3 is clearly the best spec machine as far as next-gen goes. As with all things in life, you have to pay for quality.” He concluded that “Sony just has to educate people that yes, it’s a lot of money, but it’ll be worth it.”
He didn’t stop there. Livingstone also spoke about the company’s big franchise, and gaming icon, Lara Croft, commenting that further Tomb Raider games are in development and that the publisher is currently speaking to Paramount about a third Tomb Raider film. And that’s not all: he also made the dubious claim that Lara Croft is more popular than Mario, Nintendo’s long-time mascot, due to her ability to break beyond the games niche “thanks to two blockbuster films” as well as her appeal to women as well as men.
Super Mario Galaxy (temporary name)
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Game Type: Action Platformer
Accessories: Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controller
The ultimate Nintendo hero is taking the ultimate step … out into space. Join Mario™ as he ushers in a new era of video games, defying gravity across all the planets in the galaxy.
- Shake, tilt and point! Mario takes advantage of all the unique aspects of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller, unleashing new moves as players shake the controller and even point at and drag items with the pointer.
- Mario essentially defined the 3-D platforming genre with Super Mario® 64, and this game proves once again that he is king. Players perform mind-bending, lowgravity jumps across wild alien terrain as they experience platforming for a new generation.
Game storyline: When some creature escapes into space with Princess Peach, Mario gives chase, exploring bizarre planets all across the galaxy.
Characters: Mario, Peach and enemies new and old.
How to progress through the game: Players run, jump and battle enemies as they explore all the planets in the galaxy. Since this game makes full use of all the features of the Wii Remote, players have to do all kinds of things to succeed: pressing buttons, swinging the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, and even pointing at and dragging things with the pointer.
Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Since he’s in space, Mario can perform mindbending jumps unlike anything he’s done before. He’ll also have a wealth of new moves that are all based around tilting, pointing and shaking the Wii Remote.
Those on a budget can now add three portable Mario games to their roster. The GBA now has a “Player’s Choice” line that will offer Super Mario Advance: Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga selling for $20.
4 Color Rebellion reports that the latest issue of Nintendo Power carries the release date for the New Super Mario Bros. for the DS: May 7.
The site also carries news that both Mario & Luigi: Super Star Saga and Super Mario Advance: Yoshi’s Island will become “Players Choice” GBA titles, getting their prices reduced to $20.