Super Mario Galaxy 2 News

BAFTA Game nominations announced

BAFTA Game nominations announced

AC: Brotherhood, Mario, COD slug it out.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops dominate this year's BAFTA Game nominations, released today.

Assassin's Creed has the most nods with six, followed by Black Ops and Galaxy 2 with five each. Kudos to indie underdog LIMBO for picking up four.

Wondering why GOTY contender Red Dead Redemption doesn't feature more prominently? Developer Rockstar Games decided not to enter it into competition.

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Iwata: Think our sales

Iwata: Think our sales "already peaked"?

Nintendo CEO says Wii "never" lost momentum.

Satoru Iwata has used a bunch of his favourite graphs to prove that Nintendo's Wii and DS are not doing badly in shops, despite posting a six-month profit loss of $25 million (Ł15 million) recently.

"I hope each and all of these charts will convince you that Wii, as a machine set to welcome its fifth holiday sales season, can never be considered to have lost momentum," Iwata said, splashing them liberally in investor's chops (as reported by Gamasutra).

His slides depicted impressive stuff such as Wii sales outpacing PS2 over a similar time-frame; Wii games having tremendously long sales tails; and phenomenal and unpredictable Christmas demand for Wii - 3.8 million were sold in the US last December ("The fact is, such unexpected things can happen when the seasonality throws its weight around.").

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 sells loads

Super Mario Galaxy 2 sells loads

Pokemon: Black/White not far behind.

Wonderful Wii platformer Super Mario Galaxy 2 has sold a whopping 5.1 million units worldwide, Nintendo has announced.

Mario's latest deserves its sales success: we awarded it 10/10 in our June review.

Phenomenon Pokémon: Black & White, though, will no doubt top it as Nintendo's best-selling game of 2010: the DS game is already on 4.07 million units having only gone on sale in Japan last month.

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StarCraft II US sales monstrous

StarCraft II US sales monstrous

Best-selling game in July.

Blizzard's science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty obliterated sales of all other games released in the US in July, NPD said.

It sold an eye-watering 721,000 units at retail. StarCraft II was released on 27th July, so those sales were achieved in just five days.

StarCraft II is the fastest-selling strategy game ever.

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Nintendo's Q1 DS sales down 44 per cent

Nintendo's Q1 DS sales down 44 per cent

While Mario Galaxy 2 sells over 4m.

Nintendo lost money during the three months ended 30th June 2010, with worldwide DS sales down 44.7 per cent year on year to 3.15 million, while DS software sales slumped 22.9 per cent to 22.42 million.

The platform holder blamed "fewer new software titles", a lowering of the DS price and hefty foreign exchange losses for the losses.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 provided the only noted silver lining, recording 4.06 million sales worldwide since its May/June release. That helped Wii hardware sales climb by over a third compared to the same period last year.

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Red Dead holds off Mario Galaxy 2

Rockstar continues flogging Dead horses.

Red Dead Redemption maintained its horseshoe-like grip on the top of the UK charts this week despite the launch of Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii on Friday.

Martinet to appear at SMG2 launch event

Martinet to appear at SMG2 launch event

Voice of Mario returns to London.

Nintendo's announced a midnight London launch for Super Mario Galaxy 2 next Thursday, 10th June [game's out Friday, 11th June -Ed].

GAME's Oxford Street store will be the location and Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, the celebrity.

The event starts on Thursday evening at 11pm and ends on Friday morning at 1am.

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Full Galaxy 2 soundtrack on YouTube

The next best thing to playing it.

Super Mario Galaxy 2's composer Mahito Yokota - or someone purporting to be him - has uploaded the entire soundtrack for the game to a YouTube playlist. (Thanks, Kotaku).

Mario Galaxy 2 to get Super Guide?

Miyamoto's not sure - but it will be hard.

Asked by Official Nintendo magazine if Super Mario Galaxy 2 will use the Super Guide feature that makes its debut in this week's New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Shigeru Miyamoto said he "cannot tell".

E3: Mario Galaxy 2 is "90 per cent new"

Perhaps up to 99 per cent, says Miyamoto.

Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that "about 90 per cent" of the content in Super Mario Galaxy 2 is new - adding that the figure could be as high as 99 per cent.

E3: Super Mario Galaxy 2 announced

E3: Super Mario Galaxy 2 announced

Out 2010. Has Yoshi.

Nintendo has announced Super Mario Galaxy 2 - the second Mario game of its E3 conference after New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Due on Wii next year, it looks to be chock-a-block with all of the traditional and much-loved Mario elements, in a style very familiar to players of the wonderful original.

Much of the action shown took place on the mini-planetoids and cylinders of SMG's universe, and we caught some of the star-launching malarkey which was the first title's hallmark.

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