Gamespot has the scoop. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is coming! This is actually the first time in a long time Nintendo has done a straight Super Mario sequel for the platform–you generally got your one traditional Super Mario Title–Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64, Super Mario Sunshine for the Game Cube, and then everything else was a tangential title–Super Mario Kart, Paper Mario (a licensed title), Yoshi’s Island and so on.
This always mystified me. Like, Super Mario 64. They had the engine, they had the controls, they had a ton of the models–why not do a second story, with different modes of transition into different worlds that could be readily assembled out of the existing artwork? They’d clean up and . . . well, sufficed to say, I just never got it.
While Nintendo typically limits its flagship 3D Mario titles to one per console generation, the publisher said that it was making an exception for the Wii with Super Mario Galaxy 2.
And no explanation as to why they limit it, or why they chose not to, this time. But they made the right decision.
They’ve also got a New Super Mario Bros. title for the Wii coming! All right! I’m so stoked. Most awesome gaming news in years, considering the only titles I really care much about playing either have the words “Super Mario” or “Legend of Zelda” in them.
Speaking of Legend of Zelda, there will be a new Zelda title for the Nintendo DS. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Looks to be done in the Windwaker style. Looks good to me!
As novel as a second big Mario title for a single platform is the fact that interesting news is coming out of E3, which has been anemic for years. They actually scored some coups this year. Good for them.
In related news, check out the E3 booth babes from previous years here.
Two potentially awesome new Mario titles. I’m so stoked. That is all.