Mario DS back to mid-May

Wavering release date of New Super Mario Bros. wavers once more; shifting date fuels DS Lite release rumors.

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Mario is becoming quite the diva. The iconic plumber and his lanky brother are set to leap onto the DS in New Super Mario Bros., but they can't seem to settle on a release date. The game has been set to debut on May 7, May 15, and recently, May 21. Now, according to the game's Web site, New Super Mario Bros. is once again scheduled to hit stores on May 15.

Though it isn't uncommon in the industry for games to change release dates several times, usually in the form of delays, it is odd for a game to have a release date pushed back and then pulled back up again, particularly in such a short span of time.

Its erratic release date is causing many to think that the issue isn't with the game, but with a piece of hardware instead. The release of the DS Lite in North America is expected soon, and it is possible that Nintendo is planning to release New Super Mario Bros. alongside the DS Lite to spur sales, possibly bundling the game with the handheld.

New Super Mario Bros. is rated E for Everyone and will retail for $34.99. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

52 comments
MyButt123
MyButt123

Yah but will the bundle make the lite more expensive then they are saying? THAT IS THE QUESTION! /\/\/ [] [] o )0(

ao_bomber
ao_bomber

thefjk, Did you even look at the damn game? There's none of that skydiving crap or anything sport related you're ranting about. This is a normal Mario game, the standard platformer we all love so much. Do some research before you post.

markshell
markshell

Even the mario 64 remake on ds was good, imagine this, then!

Mista_Sal
Mista_Sal

Patiently waiting for the release of this game. I hope it lives up to the Mario name.

deejay246
deejay246

it should be called super mario bros 4, what are you thinking nintendo

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

hopefully they bundle it with the lite. if so, i'll be picking one up.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

When the ds lite comes to the states I'll buy this game.

ApHoTiK
ApHoTiK

When DS Lite eventually comes out here in the UK , i think I'll pick one up with Mario, even if its mostly for nostalgic reasons :D

Lasafrog
Lasafrog

NSMB is going to appeal to everyone under the age of 14 and over the age of 20, and especially to those in my age group at 30 that played SMB as a kid in grade school. Nintendo may rely heavily on franchise sequels, but man, the games are geniously crafted so no complaints here. Go Big N !

nishamuffypuppy
nishamuffypuppy

UGH just release the damm game already! Lol, Id still choose Phantom Hourglass over this though.

thefjk
thefjk

Nooo! Not more mario. I mean whats he going to do now, Sky diving?

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

this game will be great even better than the classics

twixdude69
twixdude69

im buying it the day it comes out who cares if some people dont lik mario i sure do

Spincut
Spincut

hey! i posted this news in the forums yesterday, grrrr, i want my newshound emblem :)

JJOR64
JJOR64

I....NEED....IT....NOW!

sonic86
sonic86

I can't wait till this game comes out!

supermario444
supermario444

mr_montoya85 first of all, im 15 and own a ds for games, and a PSP for music. i dont consider myself childish for playing SM games. Also, what are you doing reading this topic if supposedly to you, no one over the age of 12 should own a DS or this game?

dounowhatiam
dounowhatiam

i don't care about the american realese date please tell me nintendo that it's comeing out this year in europe cause we get everthing last. where still what for animal crossing ds!!

mr_montoya85
mr_montoya85

I HOPE NO ONE OVER THE AGE OF 12 IS GOING TO BY THAT GAME OR SHOULD OWN A DS.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

This game is going to rock.

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

Just put that dang game out already.... DS Lite or no DS Lite.... people will buy the Lite regardless of the games. Unless of course you're talking bundle but even then there are a number of DS owners who won't buy the Lite but still want the game.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

If they are bundled together, the DS Lite and New Super Mario Bros. will probably run you $169.99 - 179.99, which is only like a $5-15 savings. Unless the game is only available with a unique color DS Lite or the bundle pack is significantly cheaper than buying both separately, I see no real urgent reason to run right out and purchase a bundle pack. The new Super Mario Bros. will play just fine on my current DS.

marcocat
marcocat

Great, I'll buy my new DS Lite with my new Super Mario Bros. :D

frankeyser
frankeyser

i hope it gets bundled with it... then i can feel like back int he day when i got zelda mario duck hunt, gumshoe and that other shotting game and the two robot games all bundled together with the rob the robot... man... that was a huge bundled package back then...

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

It's alright cause the game will be great

Calkaimainer
Calkaimainer

Hmm...I'm guessing it'll be bundled with and without the DS Lite, but the DS Lite one will cost extra. By Extra I mean, extra with the DS Lite and the Game, Because Nintendo will try and make money, like all companies, since this is a popular game.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

If it comes bundled with DS Lite... that would be super old school of Nintendo. Me likely. Me likely a lot. -IF it happens.

barnold81
barnold81

I could care less about the New Super Mario Bros, unless it turns out to be really good. I want a DS Lite!

nellaby
nellaby

Yeah not sure whether to get a DS Lite, but if the review for this is good then might be more inclined to get one with this game... still not sure though... ~Nick~

CelicaCrazed
CelicaCrazed

I still hope they change the name though. It'll eventually get "old".

samekila
samekila

cant wait for both item's until then im screaming at metroid on the ds because i suck

gersh100
gersh100

gess nintendo make up you mind

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

CodyJamesVarty - the deal is Nintendo is trying to make the release date of New SMB coincide with the U.S. release of the DS Lite, which is proving difficult due to hardware shortages (which in turn are being caused by the DS' immense popularity). It's a good problem to have.

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

yea, this is definately plans to realease it with the DS Lite, I think they are trying to decided when the DS itself is coming out.

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

A New SMB/DS Lite bundle will sell like hotcakes. The game itself is gonna sell a million+ friggin' copies in the U.S. as it is, anyway.

noefexx
noefexx

I think that it will pwn

FeiSlayerOGod
FeiSlayerOGod

If they are gonna bundle it they better do it right from the start, not like that Mario Kart bundle that came out a few weeks after the game hit the streets. I'll want to get them both on the launch date and not have to wait a few weeks

Sekeru
Sekeru

sorry your whole post didnt show up untill i posted mine.

Sekeru
Sekeru

quite "Another delay?! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!" no it is moving to the 15 instead of the may 21 date read the whole article before posting.

Truewiseblade
Truewiseblade

"Another delay?! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!" Well, technicially, it's been moved up the relese schedule.

greks224
greks224

sounds great I hope it lives up to its name

DrinkDuff
DrinkDuff

Another delay?! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!

Keibo
Keibo

Mario is becoming quite the diva lol :D that's brilliant. But yeah I think it'll probably have to do with the lite, they can't even meet demand in japan so they might be considering on how to distribute it across america