Super Mario Galaxy has finally been given a confirmed release date of November 12th, Nintendo said today.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2001's Super Mario Sunshine has been through one of the most protracted periods of development in Nintendo's long history The news will certainly come as a relief to those who have followed the title's progress since it first appeared on the radar as a GameCube offering, known for years as 'Mario 128'.

Sadly, European gamers desperate for the moustashioed plumbers next adventure face an uncertain wait to find out if the game will also make it over here in time for the festive period.

Historically, Nintendo's record for simultaneous worldwide releases has been patchy. During the Wii's launch period, European gamers suffered no delays for any of the first party titles, but so far this year we've had to endure a long wait for Super Paper Mario, while other less high profile titles have also slipped for their PAL release.

Expect clarification shortly - and hands-on impressions from the show floor in the coming days.

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