Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Other M, More Announced At Nintendo Summit

Nintendo announced a number of new release dates for upcoming releases, as well as pricing and release date for the DSi XL today at the Nintendo Summit in San Francisco.

  • The WiiWare remake of Cave Story will be released next month, March 22.
  • Metroid: Other M (Wii) will be released June 27.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) will be out May 23.
  • The DSi XL will retail for $189.99 and be out next month, March 28.
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (Sin & Punishment 2, Wii) will be out June 7.
  • Picross 3D (DS) release date is May 3.
  • Dragon Quest IX (DS) will be out this summer (no specific date) and be published by Nintendo in North America.
  • Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) will be released April 20th. There is a bundle with the game and a classic controller for $59.99, which is a good deal considering the classic controller typically sells for $20 alone.

Lots of good stuff coming, sooner than expected, for the Wii and DS.

Dragon Quest IX’s Japanese Launch

Dragon Quest IX Japanese Launch

I’ve always been curious what exactly goes on during a Dragon Quest launch in Japan. The game is kind of a big deal there. So big, in fact, that they only release them on Saturdays (instead of their normal Thursday launches), supposedly because everyone would skip school/work/etc. to play the game (I’m not sure if that’s the real reason).

Well, now I know, as Kotaku has an excellent write up cover many of the events.

I also learned that Thrasher would like 7-Eleven’s in Japan much more then in the U.S. because they a) don’t sell Slurpees and b) allow you to reserve video games there. Don’t ever, ever buy Thrasher a Slurpee.