Super Mario Galaxy released in Japan

Super Mario Galaxy was released in Japane yesterday, November 1. According to GoNintendo.com, Super Mario Galaxy sold 130.000 copies on the first day.

Super Mario Galaxy will be released in US November 12, Europe November 16 and Australia November 29.

The following is taken from Play-Asia.com:

Become Mario™ as he traverses gravity-bending galaxies, traveling in and out of gravitational fields by blasting from planet to planet. Players experience dizzying perspective shifts as they run upside down through wild alien worlds that need to be seen to be believed. Whether you’re surfing on a ray across an ocean in the clouds, rolling on a ball through a treacherous garden, or floating in a bubble over a poisonous swamp, there’s no limit to the cosmic challenges you’ll encounter!

  • Controlling Mario is simple with the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™. Players move Mario with the Control Stick and shake the Wii Remote to perform a spin move or cue stars that launch him to and from planetary objects. Players can even point at Star Bits to collect them or latch on to stars to blaze a magnetic trail through the heavens.
  • Don’t want to head into space alone? With a second Wii Remote, another player can play alongside by pointing at and collecting Star Bits, then launching them at enemies. The second player can even sweep aside projectiles or stall enemies to help make Mario’s adventure easier.
  • Search the depths of space for all-new transformations! As Boo Mario, you can hover over the ground and even slip through walls! Or, transform into Bee Mario and buzz through the sky!

Websites you can get the game from:

Play-Asia.com – US$ 59.90 (both Japanese and US version)

Amazon.com – $49.99 (US version)

Amazon.co.uk – £32.99 (EU version)

Wii: Virtual Console games, Europe – Friday, November 2

Europe got four new VC games today (Friday, November 2) to download from the Wii Shop Channel. And they are:

Art of Fighting
NeoGeo – 1992 by D4 Enterprise – fighting – 1-2 players – 900 points – age 12+

In this 1992 fighting game, Ryo Sakazaki sets out to rescue his sister Yuri, who has been abducted by the mobster Mr. Big. Along with his best friend Robert, Ryo must take on numerous enemies around Southtown, leading to the climactic confrontation with the mysterious Mr. Karate.

The passion of the game’s creator is evident in the uniwue game play elements introduced to ensure that players use strategy and tactics, rather than just mashing buttons. These include an energy gauge that is depleted every time a fighter uses a speciel manoeuvre and Desperation Attacks that can only be used when a fighter’s health is low.

Special presentation features such as characters showing damage as the fights progress, camera zooming that follows the action and voice-over samples played during cut scenes combine to make Art of Fighting a masterpiece of the genre.

Alien Soldier
Sega Mega Drive – 1995 by Sega – action – 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

As Epsilon-Eagle, you are an alien soldier who has been genetically-engineered to produce maximum intelligence and strenght. You were once a member of the criminal organisation Scarlet, but upon deciding to break from the group you are forced into a showdown with Scarlet’s new leader Xi-Tiger, who kills a hostage in his attempt to destroy you. Now it’s up to you to get your revenge against the bad guy in this side-scrolling action game!

Choose from six different weapons and battle the bosses of Scarlet until you reach the final confrontation with the ultimate secret weapon!

Samurai-Ghost
Turbografx – 1992 by NBGI – action – 1 player – 600 points – age 12+

In life, the samurai Kagekiyo defeated the shogun Yoritomo and his clan. However, their evil spirits were not completely destroyd. Now, in the world known as the Dark Side, they await the time when they can be returned to our world.

As the ghost of Kagekiyo, you must make your way across seven Zones on your way to the heart of the Dark Side, where Yoritomo lies in wait. Each Zone is protected by a powerful boss, but you have many useful items at your disposal. Use Spirit Weapons to power up your sword and fell the endless hordes of demons.

This action platformer features real samuray from 12th century Japan! get ready for some intense one-on-one combat action!

Sonic 3D Flickies’ Island
Mega Drive – 1996 by Sega – action – 1 player – 800 points – age 3+

The evil Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) stumbles upon an alternate dimension where some odd birds called Flickies have the ability to travel anywhere. In order to get help in his search for the Chaos Emeralds, dr. Eggman transformes the Flickies into robots that will help him track down his coveted gems. Of course, it’s up to our favourite blue hedgehog Sonic to step in and save the day!

Jump into his 3D adventure as Sonic or his buddy Tails, and collect the golden rings to help free the Flickies and defeat the Doctor!

Microsoft announces Xtival 07

This is taken from Eurogamer.net:

Microsoft has announced Xtival 07, a European-only online event taking place next month.

From November 23 to 26, Gold memberships will be free to everyone with a broadband connection who connects to Xbox Live and signs in.

Microsoft promises a line-up of events, competitions, and exclusive downloads to be announced soon on Xbox.com. The company is also promising “headline acts” for existing Xbox Live Gold members.

The event is only taking place in European countries with Xbox Live service.

Pre-order Transformers on Amazon.co.uk

The European/UK version of Transformers is available for pre-orders on HD DVD and DVD on Amazon.co.uk. Transformers will be released on December 3.

Transformers [HD DVD] – £22.49

Quite from Amazon:

“Based on the Hasbro toy line that initially captivated kids in the 1980s, director Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS finds two warring bands of shape-shifting alien robots renewing their intergalactic conflict on Earth. While the Decepticons, followers of the malevolent Megatron (voiced by Hugo Weaving), strive to take over the planet, the Autobots, led by the valiant Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), are intent on protecting humanity. When young Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) discovers that his new car is really the Autobot Bumblebee (voiced by Mark Ryan), it sets the stage for a massive giant-robot showdown. A shining example of the Hollywood summer blockbuster at its best, TRANSFORMERS combines stunning CGI effects and thrilling action sequences with drama, humor, and a touch of romance. Featuring a large cast that includes Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Anthony Anderson, and Rachael Taylor, the film is anchored by LaBeouf, who always displays an engaging Everyman charm, whether he’s running from colossal robots, interacting with his well-meaning parents (hilariously played by Kevin Dunn and Julie White), or pining for his gorgeous classmate (Megan Fox). While some TRANSFORMERS purists may be dismayed by certain aspects of this bold big-screen adaptation (Bumblebee is a Camaro instead of a Volkswagen), the movie balances its spectacle with an admirable amount of substance, giving it an appeal far beyond pre-teen boys and their nostalgic Autobot-loving elders.”