Mario Kart joins Japanese DS launch line-up

Import frenzy in prospect as Nintendo confirms December 2nd Japanese launch and January 10th for US.

Mario Kart DS has been given a firm launch date, with Nintendo today announcing that the title will debut in Japan on December 2nd, with its US release following on January 10th.

The announcement means that Japanese gamers can expect five first party titles to debut alongside the machine on December 2nd, with the remaining comprised of Made In Wario, Super Mario 64, Pokemon Dash, Intuitive Stroke and Band Brothers. As previously revealed, Pictochat and a demo of Metroid Prime: Hunters will be included with the console. A further seven third party titles are promised, including Sega's Feel The Magic.

Ten days earlier, the US launch on November 21st will also launch with around a dozen titles, including Ridge Racer, Rayman, The Urbz, and some less well known titles such as Ping Pals, Sprung, and Asphalt Urban GT.

Europe, as ever, trails way behind the rest in Nintendo's thinking, and currently a mid March release is looking likely, albeit with what is almost certain to be a cracking line-up, with the likes of Advance Wars, Tiger Woods and Viewtiful Joe joining the other big hitters.

With the US launch less than three weeks away, we look forward to ploughing through the launch line-up in the run up to Christmas.

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