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New Mario title for GameCube

Still life in the old console yet.

Nintendo has revealed details of a brand new Mario game that will be exclusively available on GameCube, giving fans of their moustachioed mascot another reason to back away from the trade-in counter.

Entitled Super Paper Mario, the new game is a curious blend of classic 2D side-scrolling platform action and the pseudo-3D graphics style of the Paper Mario series. Apparently, the game will also blend platform gaming with RPG elements, although exactly how this is all going to work is unknown at present.

But we do know that Mario, Peach and Bowser will all be available as playable characters, and there are elements of the new DS Mario game included, like being able to 'super-size' Mario into a screen-filling 8-bit pixel monster. Sounds intriguing...

And that's not all Nintendo is offering Cube owners either. No, we don't just mean Twilight Princess - there's a stack of new games on the way from the big N and a host of third-party publishers.

These include Over the Hedge, Disney's Meet the Robinsons, Tomb Raider Legend, Lego Star Wars II, The Ant Bully, DK Bongo Blast, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, Open Season, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Rayman and The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, to name but a few.

There may not be many genre defining or jaw dropping titles on that list, but at least it looks like there's a little while to go before Nintendo finally slaps a 'Do not resuscitate' sticker on the poor old GameCube.

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