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Mario Might Save Christmas? 127

Last week there was a Nintendo media event giving the gaming press preview experiences for the Christmas season's games. 1up has a look at all the titles on offer, but the one that (understandably) got the most attention was Mario Galaxy for the Wii. Wired's Chris Kohler thinks Mario's bee suit might save Christmas, while MTV's Stephen Totilo has comments from an hour hands-on with the game ala Games For Lunch. From Totilo's comments: "Each planetoid presents a challenge -- squash things, collect things -- that rewards players with the creation of a new launch star. I've launched Mario to a sphere that looks like it's made of wood. A star guy of some sort is in a glass jar. I need to kill all the Goombas to free it. I can jump on their heads, but I can also do the spin move, which knocks them dizzy and sends them spinning themselves. If Mario runs into them while they spin, they die."
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Mario Might Save Christmas?

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  • Awesome. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Applekid (993327) on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @02:24PM (#21000303)
    Is this similar to how The Flintstones, Underdog, The Peanuts, Garfield, and Futurama saved Christmas?

    (alternative jokes rejected for this submission:
      Thank you Mario, but the Christmas is in another castle)
  • sorry.... (Score:2, Funny)

    by ILuvRamen (1026668) on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @02:28PM (#21000347)
    Sorry but Christmas is in another castle. Guess Mario's not gonna save it this time lol.
  • by nicolastheadept (930317) <nick@redfern.or g . uk> on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @02:42PM (#21000563)
    Oh noes, this game consists of DOING things!
  • by Captain Spam (66120) on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @02:50PM (#21000669) Homepage
    Quick comparisons, Mario and Santa Claus:

    [Overweight] Mario: YES; Santa: YES
    [Dressed in red] Mario: YES; Santa: YES
    [Facial hair] Mario: Moustache; Santa: Beard
    [Hair color] Mario: Brown; Santa: White
    [Headgear] Mario: Cap with 'M'; Santa: Floppy conical hat
    [Frequency] Mario: Annual/Bi-Annual*; Santa: Annual
    [Lineage] Mario: Unknown**; Santa: Elf (Jolly)

    *: Rough estimate of release frequency of new Mario games
    **: Is he human? A mushroom person? What is he, anyway?

    Tough call, but I'm still gonna give this one to Santa Claus. Mario might be able to save Peach, but he's got a bit to go to save Christmas.
  • Re:Awesome. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Mattintosh (758112) on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @02:50PM (#21000681)
    Hey, at least Christmas comes once a year.

    Peach has been holding out on Mario for a couple of decades now.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @02:52PM (#21000707)
    Welcome to the pathetic and delusional world of Xbots.

    None of the Halo games are even in the top twenty all time best sellers. This latest Halo isn't going to outsell the last Halo which had about twice the installed base - the 360 is selling at a slower rate than the last Xbox.

    There is some bizarre idea amongst Xbots that somehow all of them going out at once and buying the latest Halo game is something anyone cares about.

    Xbots of the World: "We all bought Halo at the same time! Take that gaming world!"

    Gaming World: "Uh, ok..."

  • by Scutter (18425) on Tuesday October 16, 2007 @03:02PM (#21000855) Journal
    Tough call, but I'm still gonna give this one to Santa Claus. Mario might be able to save Peach, but he's got a bit to go to save Christmas.

    I'm sorry, Santa, but your cookies are in another castle.

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