Shippin' Out Dec. 12-18: Super Mario All-Stars, Bad Company 2 Vietnam

Light new release slate led by mustached plumber's nostalgic return on Wii; period expansion for Battlefield entry on PC.

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Last week, Deathwing brought his deathly ire to Azeroth, ripping apart World of Warcraft in the game's third expansion, Cataclysm. This week, the House of Mario brings its famed plumber back into the spotlight, but perhaps with less of a vengeance than Deathwing.

Championing the week is Sunday's release of Super Mario All-Stars exclusively on the Wii. The $30 limited edition, in commemoration of Mario's 25th anniversary, contains four classic Super Mario Bros. titles, as well as a commemorative art booklet and soundtrack CD.

The four titles included in the bundle are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. All four bundled titles feature updated graphics and enhanced sound.

Mario celebrates his 25th birthday this year.

The soundtrack CD, dubbed Super Mario History, is a collection of music and sound effects from the mustachioed-plumber's virtual history. Specifically, the disc features music ranging from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario Galaxy 2, which was released earlier this year. In addition, the soundtrack will contain the first official release of the "Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme," the memorable tune from the original Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario All-Stars will also come with an art book. The 32-page Super Mario History book contains interviews, concept art, behind-the-scenes details on the history of Mario, and "never-before-seen design sketches."

For PC shooter fans, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gets a period expansion this Saturday via the EA Store. The $15 multiplayer expansion pack will allow players of the contemporary military shooter to take a trip back in time to the Vietnam War, which raged from the mid-1960s to early 1970s. It will consist of four maps, including the rice fields of the Phu Bai Valley and the napalm-kissed wasteland of Hill 137. The Vietnam expansion will pack in a number of period-specific weapons, including the Navy SEAL XM22 machine gun.

The expansion, due out on Dec. 21 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will also feature all-new dialogue based on actual Vietnam War radio chatter, as well as eight radio channels with nearly 50 tracks. The selection of songs will range from Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" to Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12
Super Mario All-Stars--Wii--Nintendo

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13
NewU Fitness First Mind Body, Yoga & Pilates Workout--Wii--SouthPeak Games

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Europa Universalis III: Divine Wind--PC--Paradox Interactive

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Zooloretto--Wii--Playlogic
Starpoint Gemini--PC--Little Green Men

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
Conquer Online: The Returning Light--PC--TQ Digital Entertainment

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam--PC--EA Games

Discussion

23 comments
WaffleBlaster
WaffleBlaster

I bought all stars for the SNES a while ago for about the same price, but I might buy it for the soundtrack and art book

Flint247
Flint247

All Stars is a classic. :D

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

they are forgetting X-MEN COMES OUT ON PSN IN A FEW HOURS AND A DAY LATER ON XBLA!

soulless4now
soulless4now

Looks to be a pretty meh week for game releases.

nate1222
nate1222

SMAS is something Nintendo should've done on the Gamecube as well. They did it with the older Zelda games (Zelda 1&2, OoT and MM on a single disc). Hell, they had SMAS for SNES, back in 1993.

mrbrainheart
mrbrainheart

hmm, quiet week.. But good enough for me with BC2: vietnam, going to have plenty of fun with it!

blackace
blackace

I just bought SMAS-LE. Can wait for it to get here in the mail. These will be hard to find once the Limited Edition runs out.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

can't they just sell the extras separately? haha...i don't like the snes allstars version graphics/gameplay changes. they didn't even do anything different...it's an exact emulation of the SNES game.

Omegaman007
Omegaman007

If I buy Super Mario All Stars then what did I waste 2000 VC points on? *Sigh* I simultaneously love and hate you for this Nintendo.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

wow this week kinda sucks...only Mario is good on this list

Jamie_Raab
Jamie_Raab

I can't believe the UK got Super Mario All-Stars before the US! It's been out since the 3rd here :)

berto64
berto64

zzzzz yawn,nonthing for 360,but i wish i had a wii

justincoool
justincoool

Super Mario All-Stars sold out near you...lol. :) Mine shipped from Amazon.com last night. :P

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

Picked up my copy of all-stars this morning right when my BestBuy opened at 11am. They sold out by 11:05am.

Agent_StarFire
Agent_StarFire

Nothing to exciting looks like this christmas will be party time rather than stay in and play the newest video games (still tons of games to play though, sc2, me2,bc 2, etc) but vietnam will probably be a buy for me

IceJester45
IceJester45

Ehhh...I think I'm done for the year. Gonna ski, hang with the loved ones, and wait for SOCOM 4 and LittleBigPlanet 2. It's been a good year.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Just picked up Super Mario All Stars - very cool!