Shippin' Out May 15-19: New Super Mario Bros., X-Men

New Super Mario Bros., multiplatform movie tie-ins with <i>X-Men: The Last Stand</i> and <i>The Da Vinci Code</i> highlight the thin week after E3 2006.

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Last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo may have dropped bomb after bomb after bomb on gamers, but this week is an entirely different story. As the industry picks up the pieces from what was a very newsworthy expo, only a few top-tier games will be released to retail in the current week.

The biggest name on this week's release list is one of the biggest in gaming. New Super Mario Bros. continues the princess-saving exploits of the plumber who has repeatedly saved the Mushroom Kingdom, and it will be released exclusively on the DS. The game features several aspects of the Super Mario World universe, including a two-button control scheme that hearkens back to the original game, magic mushrooms and fiery flowers, and plenty of running and jumping. New Super Mario Bros. is now available and rated E for Everyone.

Those who prefer their running and jumping with a dash of mutant powers can pick up X-Men: The Official Game from Activision. Gamers can take the role of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, or Iceman as they defend their fellow mutants against the Brotherhood villains. The game serves as a prelude to X-Men: The Last Stand (which hits theaters May 26) and is now available for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC, DS, and Game Boy Advance. The handheld versions are rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, and the other versions are rated T for Teen.

2K Games' The Da Vinci Code hopes to ride the success of the book it's based on and should get some extra juice this weekend when The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, is released. Gamers will have to bring their code-breaking skills to the table, because the action adventure game promises plenty of secret messages to decipher. The Da Vinci Code, rated T for Teen, is out now for the PlayStation 2, PC, and Xbox.

MAY 15, 2006
New Super Mario Bros. (DS)

MAY 16, 2006
X-Men: The Official Game (X360, Xbox, PS2, GC, PC, DS, GBA)
The Da Vinci Code (PS2, Xbox, PC)
PureSim Baseball 2007 (PC)
Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure (PC)
Fuel (Xbox, PC)
Ultra Sudoku & Ultra Kakuro (PC)
Tringo (GBA)

MAY 19, 2006
Backyard Baseball 2007 (GBA)

Discussion

45 comments
samekila
samekila

just got the new mario its awsome

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Ugh! I'm not interested in any of those games.

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

I"ll probably this game with a DS Lite , sweet lol

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

"it's a nine point 'o'!!!!!"

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Super Mario Bros. and Xmen on my x360? What a great day!!

theKSMM
theKSMM

The PC is getting a lot of gaming love this week. The GBA is showing that it still has some life left in it. Maybe Nintendo can continue to sell/support it for another three years... The huge installed base of current-generation consoles (PS2, XBOX, GC) still trumps the alure of next-generation (X360) sales, and probably will well into 2007. X-Men is showing up on every friggin' platform except PSP. That kinda stinks. :(

cyprus646
cyprus646

Mario seems to be getting good reviews across the board im deff going to pick this one up.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Im going to buy the New Super Mario Bros game tomorrow.

pikadeth
pikadeth

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roy_008
roy_008

New Super Mario Bros. for DS. WOW, another killer app for the DS indeed.

Kfoss
Kfoss

wow a boat load of crappy games..and ANONTHER mario game...joy oh rapture...

LOLO_BOND
LOLO_BOND

good to see a new 2d classic gaming mario action

btnheazy03
btnheazy03

I GOT NSMB @ Circuity City for 27.99, AND. IT. IS. GODLY.

timmyboywonder
timmyboywonder

Haha Im so lame I dont even have a DS (Waiting for the Lite) But I picked this one up today :P

alberto2045
alberto2045

what is The Da Vinci Code about or how do r u supoose to play it???

GGR_13
GGR_13

I'm looking for NSMB and waitingfor a review on x-men

Ericvon71
Ericvon71

OH wow I new Mario that is a first.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Fuel looks kind of cool and I know I will be getting Xmen love the movies and comics and hope this game will be fun.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

waiting for some reviews on xmen....I hope its good.

patd23
patd23

da vinci code video game?

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

IGN gave it a 9.5 I wonder what gamespot will give it

novicegamplagrl
novicegamplagrl

I can't wait to get this game, too. It will be only the second title that I really wanted to purchase right out of the gate.

videogamr49
videogamr49

Getting the New Super Mario Bros! Game Today!

bonzoso21
bonzoso21

I've played through the first two worlds in NSMB, and it's definitely a great game...a great blend of Mario Bros 1, 3 and World. My only concern is that, by todays standards, this game will be too short. I haven't spent much time playing, and I've finished the first two worlds 100%, all secret exits and giant coins included. I even have a warp cannon to World 5 that I refuse to use because I'd rather complete the game 100%.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Gonna keep an eye on X-Men and DaVinci Code.

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

just got NSMB, its one of the best games on the DS yet!

marc_man3001
marc_man3001

W00t been looking forward to that new mario game

Magikdragon
Magikdragon

Finally a 2D ( with 3D ) MARIO GAME!!! Bring it on! ( oh, and there ARE somre REVIEWS at www.metacritic.com chek them out! )

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

That Mario game is gonna rock, go mario sincerly your biggest fan

Manatassi
Manatassi

WOOO!! Im ready for some Mario

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

First couple of posts! Can't wait for New Super Mario Bros. I'm already humming the theme song.

NightRain
NightRain

I ordered New Super Mario Bros. on Best Buy's site... gonna receive it soon!!