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Upcoming Games

My Bloody Valentine

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii, well, probably a very obvious name for this Mario Kart game. The name is still tentative, however, so I am hoping for a more creative name.

Pre-release photo of Wario driving through Wario's Gold Mine in Mario Kart Wii.
Wario and Bowser skidding across the race course.

Anyway, on to the show. Mario Kart Wii, as its name suggests, is a Mario Kart game coming out only for the Wii. Bundled with it, is the Wii Wheel, and new attachment for the Wii that allows players to experience the actual experience of driving. Not too shabby. It plans to have more characters than any Mario Kart game before, even more than the famous Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. So, be prepared for a large selection of characters. Boo is currently the only new character we have seen, but I'm hoping for some more. Well, as of yet, no REALLY big information has been revealed on the game. Players are able to do stunts when they jump off ramps. I'd like to take a try at those stunts. Show off to my friends. We don't know how it effects gameplay, however.

Next year, 2008, is the year this game comes out, so be prepared for early 2008 if you live in America. However, any Japanese, Australian and European fans will, unfortunately, have to wait later on in the year.

Mario Party DS

North American box art for Mario Party DS
Mario Party DS's Boxart.

Mario Party fans are at the edge of their seat, waiting for the Nintendo DS installment of Mario Party, Mario Party DS.

Get the Lead Out from Mario Party DS
An example of the dual-screen mini-games.

What makes this game interesting, is the Nintendo DS's dual-screen and touch screen capabilities. That would make a good Mario Party game, playing Mini-Games with the stylus, and playing with two screens, doubles the things that are happening during a Mini-Game. Well, it appears that the story revolves around Bowser getting some sort of magic wand. Using it, he turns Mario and friends really tiny, and the gang have to traverse the boards, and defeat Bowser. Only, this time, they are the size of bugs. The boards take advantage of the players tiny sizes, or, so it seems.

How close are we to getting this game? Well, Japan will see this game on the shelves on November 8th, 2007, while American and European fans will find the game released on November 19th, 2007, and November 23rd, 2007, respectively. Australia is still left in the dust, however, which is bad for me. This game looks awesome.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Well, everyone, prepare to see the third installment of one of my favorite Nintendo series. Super Smash Bros. Brawl promises to be larger than both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. combined, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it become a top seller.

The Bunny Hood option for "Special Brawl" mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Special Brawl mode.

Being released exclusively for the Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, for the first time, enters 3rd Party Characters. Although, we have known that for a while now, so why am I telling it again? Because it is important. Characters include; Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikachu, Fox McCloud, Samus Aran, Princess Zelda, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Ice Climbers, Pit, Wario, Zero Suit Samus, Ike, Pokémon Trainer, Diddy Kong, Meta Knight,Sonic the Hedgehog, and Solid Snake. Solid Snake and Sonic are the only third party characters on the list, so far. Items, stages, and several other themes from many Nintendo series are being squashed into this packed game. A new feature is the new Adventure Mode, the Subspace Emissary, which is an actual story mode, not just a standard fighting mode. Mario, Kirby, Zelda, Peach, Pit, and Petey all have roles in this story.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sending messages via Taunt in Wi-Fi mode.

Additionally, using the Special Brawl mode, players can customize and create their own battle modes. Thus, you are able to set it so that players have the Bunny Hood, Metal Box AND Superspicy Curry, all at the same time. The game also has a very large Wi-Fi Connection mode as well, with new features that involve messages through Taunts, and other such features.

Originally planned for December 3rd 2007, it has been delayed until February 10th 2008. So Japan will get it in first in January then America gets it February 10th. Mark your calenders for February 10th, 2008, all you Americans reading this, as that is when you are gonna get this game. Too bad Europe and Australia don't have any release dates, so, sorry to all those who live outside America and Japan... including me.

For more information on this game, go to the Official website.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Er, well, racing games are all the rave now. Donkey Kong needed another racing game, and what better way to do it, then with rocket bongos.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast artwork showing a size comparison chart of the Kongs' and Kremlings' barrels
Six of the characters.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast stars Donkey Kong, King K. Rool, and many of their Kong and Kremling friends in a racing game that is far different from Mario Kart. The players ride rocket Bongo Jets, that keep them hovered in the air, as they fly through the forest. Sounds awesome, yes, but the awesome bit is the huge amount of unlockables. About nine, to be precise. Donkey Kong enemies, items, and animal buddies appear as weapons and gimmicks in the game. It also introduces a wide range of new Kremling characters. However, not much info has been revealed on it.

The game has been released in Japan already, being released there on June 28th, 2007. It will be released in the United States on October 8th, 2007. Europe and Australia still hang there with no release dates for the game in either Country.

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy is the 3D platforming game everyone is looking out for. Believed to be the best of the series, will the game actually live up to what the trailers have shown?

Well, the game is the long awaited sequel to Super Mario Sunshine. After the mixed reviews of Super Mario Sunshine, many fans are hoping for an excellent game in the Wii installment, one without an excessive amount of flaws. Mario must rescue Princess Peach from an unknown villain, but this time, he is going into space to find her. Bowser appears as well, as an apparent boss, and a new female character, Princess Rosetta, appears to assist Mario in his search. Tyke, a small Star kid, will be the second player, which another human player can control to assist Mario in battle. The bosses in Super Mario Galaxy seem almost completely unique, with bosses such as King Magma Blooper and Prehistoric Piranha appearing for the first time.

Save your money, because this game is coming in fast. November 1st, 2007 for Japan, November 12th, 2007 for America, and November 16th, 2007 for Europe. Australia could possibly get the game when Europe gets it, but, it is unknown if that is true.

Donkey Kong Wii

Nothing much on Donkey Kong Wii. Sorry folks, but I am unable to talk much about this game, we hardly know anything about it. Doesn't surprise me if it will be released in 2008 or 2009. Well, what we DO know, is that it is an Adventure Donkey Kong game for the Wii.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

I've saved the best for last. Now, just shoot me if you hate this game, I'm sorry, but I just had to put this as the grand finale.

The entire cast of confirmed Characters.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will most likely be the best sports game of the year, at least, in my honest opinion. The game has been famous for quite some time now for being the first time the two greatest video game mascots; Mario and Sonic have appeared in a game together. The two Companies, however, chose that the Olympics would be the best way to feature these two in a game together. Speed versus Skills. The entire list of characters are; Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Tails, Yoshi, Knuckles, Princess Peach, Amy Rose, Bowser, Dr. Eggman, Wario, Shadow, Princess Daisy, and Blaze. However, about 6 are missing from that list, and we have yet to find out who they are. Could one be Donkey Kong? Could one be Rouge? We will just have to wait and see. Almost all the Olympic events will be featured in this game, and several popular ones, like Table Tennis, Gymnastics, and of course, the 100 Meter Dash, will be in the game. I would recommend this game to many people, or, at least give it a try. Many are saying it will be bad, but I say, don't be a judgemental jerk, and just play the game. Yeesh, show some variety. Sorry, but people who judge games without playing them really get on my nerves. It will be on both the Nintendo DS and on the Wii, so if you have one but not the other, you are in luck.

November 20th, 2007. That is when you Americans will get this game, prepare, as this game will definitely be worth taking a look at. And guess what, we Aussies get the game 3 days afterwards, on November 23rd, 2007. How awesome is that? I've got my money stored. Europe, don't fret, you will get this game JUST in time for Christmas. December 25th, 2007, be prepared, as you will get the game during your snowy season of, uh, um, its released on Christmas. Japan, sorry, no release dates currently.