Mario Galaxy blasts off in UK

Eight British Game stores host early launches; voice of Mario attends London event.

Super Mario Galaxy officially goes on sale today in the UK, but last night eight Game stores opened their doors to offer the Italian plumber's latest adventure over 12 hours early. Shops in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle, and Belfast sold the game from 6 p.m. GMT, which gave eager fans an overnight jump on the rest of the country.

The Super Mario Galaxy event was notable for being the first major UK video game launch not to take place at midnight. Recently, Westminster Council in London has deterred retailers from holding late-night events in the capital, specifically around the PlayStation 3 hardware and Halo 3 software launches. Nintendo UK's Rob Saunders described the move as a response to customer safety. "People are concerned about turning up at stores and going off into the night with no transport," he said. "Plus, the 6 p.m. opening time gives people a chance to come from work and school and get the game early."

And get the game early they did. According to Game's PR manager Fiona Haldane, around 500 people were gathered outside the retailer's flagship Oxford Street store, many of them dressed in Mario-themed costumes. Marwan Elgamal, who was also at the head of the queue at last year's official Wii console launch, led the charge in a pink Princess Peach outfit. On being the first in line, Elgamal said, "I want to show that I'm a dedicated gamer. I want to be here supporting Nintendo in every way. The game is beautiful and it's living up to everything I was hoping for."

Also in attendance was Charles Martinet, who has provided the voice for Mario for 17 years. On hand for photographs, interviews and autographs, Martinet told GameSpot, "[The crowd is] magnificent. There are loyal fans, fun fans, just lots of people having a great time."

Super Mario Galaxy is currently lining up to be one of the most critically acclaimed games of the year. On CNET's score-aggregation site GameRankings.com, the game currently has a 98 percent average score, edging just ahead of other highly rated games such as BioShock and The Orange Box.

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73 comments
sktseany
sktseany

ace game but i personally think abit too over rated

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

Oh and btw for those of you with Sky in England, and who watch XLeague TV I noticed that the guy in the 2nd picture standing next to the guy dressed as Princess Peach is the XLeague.Tv Super Mario Strikers Charged champion. Lawlz.

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

I find it really funny every time I hear that there is a shortage of Wii's in stock for people, not because I don't believe it, but where I live (Spain) there are sooo many Wii's in the shops. For some reason everyone here buys a Sony console, all my friends have the PSP and had the PS2, only a few friends and I have Xbox 360 the rest bought the PS3. It shows in the sales over here too, I think the PS3 is the highest selling console.

hippi92
hippi92

this game is godlike, I preordered it in september and it's glorius. If you don't have it, buy it!!!

Fyernix
Fyernix

sorry roryk666, but calling those people nerds is highly unappropiate, Just becuase they want to celebrate the game being released and having a fun time trying to do it isnt an excuse to be rude

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

YES!!!!!! I"M SO HAPPY I GOT A WII!!!!!!!!!! I CAN GET ALL THESE AWESOME GAMES AND PLAY THEM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well, not, really. BUT STILL, THIS NEW MARIO GAME IS GONNA BE TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and in which game was Princess Daisy in? I'm really curious!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm glad to have a Wii, even if it's only for the 1st party titles. This game is lots of fun.

monty_4256
monty_4256

lol edging just ahead of other games such as orange box and bioshock... can they not just be honest and say "it's slaughtered every game since orcarina of time" which it's currently only .3 ahead of

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

only just over a week until Resident Evil UC and then Ghost squad a week later with the Wii Zapper, will hardly have time to complete Mario Galaxy and Mass Effect

dark_pred
dark_pred

love every minute of it so far, fantastic game and definitely the best the wii has to offer at the moment

rasberryberet
rasberryberet

"Wow, how come nothing like that happened in America? Ah well, It's killing me that I can't get my hands on this game yet." Actually, Nintendo World had a big launch party. I wasn't at the UK launch, but I'd bet that the Nintendo World launch was bigger.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

So want a Wii now! Bring some stock in! :P

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

good times, I need a wii so I can buy and play and beat it:P

kingee29
kingee29

This game is wkd.can't get enuff of it. I will probably write back next week when i'm stuck on summat lol.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Been playing it since yesterday morning, even got the wife picking up stars for me and shooting enemies, fantastic game, definitely a 10/10

Hyrune
Hyrune

Not to be whiny but Dublin isn't park of the UK... :P

metc123
metc123

I was gonna go!!!!!!! wish i did!!! well i'll make it for the brawl release

danvitale
danvitale

This game is simply astonishing. I remember being blown away by Super Mario World, and 'Galaxy has done the same. Its not a game, it's an achievement and experience. A true return to form for a game icon, and a game that anyone even thinking about calling themselves a gamer simply has to buy and enjoy.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Its probably the best game i've play since OoT and Sons of Liberty.

stanley2011
stanley2011

StephenBassford )))) "On CNET's score-aggregation site GameRankings.com, the game currently has a 98 percent average score, edging just ahead of other highly rated games such as BioShock and The Orange Box. " should be... edging just ahead of EVERY GAME OF ALL TIME ((((Agreed:D

StephenBassford
StephenBassford

"On CNET's score-aggregation site GameRankings.com, the game currently has a 98 percent average score, edging just ahead of other highly rated games such as BioShock and The Orange Box. " should be... edging just ahead of EVERY GAME OF ALL TIME

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Congratulations UK, you just got, IMO, the best Mario game ever.

fohammer67
fohammer67

super mario galaxy? I LOVE THAT GAME! *boo doo boo boo doo boot*

nintendave86
nintendave86

OMG!! After this I can't wait any more for it to come out in Australia!!

jazziey
jazziey

I cant wait for it to come out in AUS!

dieworm
dieworm

This is the best game I've ever played. Better than the Zeldas, the Resident Evils, the Metroids, Pikmins, everything! Even SMB3! THIS IS GAME OF THE FOREVER

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

awesomness, super mario galaxy is sooo awesome!!

fracot
fracot

Got the game earlier...absolutely loving every moment of it :)

Beesond
Beesond

Who the hell wants to sit in a store and play with other people, get your game and go home, holy crap. It was wierd getting a message from the Mario voice guy, for conformation my preorder was in lol.

CRAZYCAM_93
CRAZYCAM_93

I got the game two days before these guys. Reason? Amazon, thats what. AndI didnt have to wait in the freezing cold, either.

Lorindol
Lorindol

the mario guy in the last picture is creepy looking.....the should have hire Ron Jeremy for it.........at least he somewhat resemble mario

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Wow, how come nothing like that happened in America? Ah well, It's killing me that I can't get my hands on this game yet.

Dark_MetaRidley
Dark_MetaRidley

WOOHOO! I was there last night and I got a signed COPY of the game by MARIO aka CHARLES MARTINET! It's awsome

PolkaStripe
PolkaStripe

That looked so fun.. getting my copy very soon.

esmarsu
esmarsu

I`ll buy a Wii, just to play this game.

-Sparkz-
-Sparkz-

kl game!! cant wait to get my hands on it.

Priest57
Priest57

Fantastic game, a true "must have" for any gamer's library.

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

iam from europe and i just got this game.i believe that this is simply one of the best experiences ever you can get from a videogame and that it brings something new and fresh to all the videogames.

WizzyKid
WizzyKid

Aww Wish I was in London, just cause Charles Martinet was there :D

Sim_genius
Sim_genius

Wow Mario Galaxy is one of the most critically acclaimed games of the yeart. Im so happy. Nintendo did a great job :D

PAJ89
PAJ89

I was considering checking out the launch event in the Cardiff store, but I didn't bother in the end. Looked like the London branch had a great event though. The chain chomp outfit is pretty cool :P

fracot
fracot

kk thx...its gonna be a long night :?

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

@ fracot Don't worry about it, game are allway's the same they have a limited stock for preorder & purchase only, they'll get a regular supply back from monday. Try HMV they're usually pretty good as they don't just stock for preorders ;)

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

chainchomp costume? haha. legend! :D

fracot
fracot

Im sure one of the shops will have it like Virgin (now known as zavvi) or HMV ... maybe not GAME...