SSBB officially bumped to February 10

Nintendo exec confirms hotly anticipated brawler's delay to 2008; promises to double last year's holiday Wii shipments.

SAN FRANCISCO--High atop San Francisco's Westin St. Francis hotel, Nintendo is hosting a media event where assembled members of the press will soon get to play such forthcoming titles as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, and even Link's Crossbow Training.

Before turning the throng loose to play, Nintendo senior vice president George Harrison gave a brief address on the company's general state of affairs. Following the announcement yesterday of a Super Smash Bros. Brawl delay in Japan to January 24 of next year, Harrison confirmed speculation that the hotly anticipated multiplayer fighter will now release in North America on February 10.

Harrison went on to emphasize the full Wi-Fi multiplayer support in Brawl, as well as a feature for user-created content that the company will elaborate on in the coming months.

Before turning things over to the games, Harrison commented on Nintendo's position at retail for the holiday shopping season. He said that the company expects to have at least twice as many Wiis in the retail channel this holiday season than it did last year, which will hopefully alleviate the problems many people are still having finding the console on shelves.

GameSpot is at the media summit, so expect much more Nintendo coverage to hit the site very soon.

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TyphoonLightnin
TyphoonLightnin

If people can wait this long for an awsome game, waiting a bit longer won't hurt and the game will be better if given this time.

GBA_DS31
GBA_DS31

If only it stayed this way, now we have to wait until March 9!

Doctor_Wario
Doctor_Wario

Personally, I don't mind the bump that much. If it means Wi-Fi and a stage creator, I can wait. :D -War

ss3zolo
ss3zolo

This sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

That's a bit of a bummer, but there's no point releasing an incomplete game. I just hope its worth the wait.

Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

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angelg2
angelg2

The Delay is good. That means they have more time to add better characters and features to make the game of the chain. I can wait because ssbm comes out on my BIRTHDAY so i have no problem

stebbinsd
stebbinsd

"everything good is delayed till next year" No it's not. Super Mario Galaxy is still scheduled to hit this month. Neg for you.

59246
59246

Waiting is not a problem only if the game is going to be good. 1. Imagine, people start believing that SSBB is going to be the best game on the wii and bla bla bla, people expect to much from this game and when it will come out, it will be less good than expected. SSBB is going to be the same thing as other SSB games but nicer and complex, final! I stopped going to the web site of dojo because I want to be suprised with the new things when it ships. I am glad to hear that Sonic is a playable character but they shouldn't tell.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Well at least you have your health? That is how I take this news.

Hellfire05
Hellfire05

everything good is delayed till next year

kerrman
kerrman

People are still having trouble finding those things? Jeez look harder... My local EB Games and Best Buy have at least 15 consoles at a time.

Mr_Zesturhouse
Mr_Zesturhouse

Hopely if it ships on the right day I will get this game right on my birthday. ============================================= @WllDan7 yeah if it ships on the right day then it will be a day after my birthday, and that would be a frickin great b-day present

WllDan7
WllDan7

Hopely if it ships on the right day I will get this game right on my birthday.

redryno23
redryno23

shoot. oh well, as long as they tweak it.

lamprey263
lamprey263

that still won't stop everyone from wanting a Wii

joey_isa2011
joey_isa2011

now what am i supposed to get for christmas

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

People really love to complain about stuff, it makes me smile. And for whoever said the whole "I'm not buying this game because it got delayed in Europe" crap, you're an idiot. For one, they have to translate the game into several different languages for our friends across the pond, and for a game like Super Paper Mario (which is text heavy), it's going to take them a while to translate it and retain the original translation (which as we know from Paper Mario games, are a huge part of the overall experience). Secondly, not buying the game is going to make Nintendo (or any other developer) believe there is no market for this particular game in Europe. Kids today are way too impatient. If they can't have it now it's the end of the friggin' world. It'll be here before you know it, and then you'll complain about something else. Not that I'm any better, I'm complaining about people complaining... *universe implodes*

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

Shigeru Miyamoto once said: a bad game is bad forever.let Nintendo take their time with SSBB it will be worth it.

racerapj
racerapj

damn delay i guess as long as they polish the game during the delay and not pissing fans off im okay with it

bart8558
bart8558

I knew they'd never get this game out in December but still was hoping to be proved wrong... Oh well, they can't keep holding back on this one for too much longer.. February will be here soon...

sieg6529
sieg6529

I don't care anymore; Sonic is playable!

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

No SSBB, no Bwii it'll be a lame christmas for Euro gamers.

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

Well all of us in europe had to wait till 2008 anyway..

super_tails
super_tails

If Nintendo didn't delay their games... it wouldn't be worth playing! Get over it. Nintendo always delay, to make the game the very best it can be.......unlike other developers. Why complain over something you ALL know is true?

Codgin
Codgin

I don't think I can wait much longer, since i was a wee infant, I've wanted to pit Mario and Sonic in a ring and let them duke it out, and now I've got to wait three more months! That said this looks like Super Smash Brothers at its best, even Snake has joined the ranks, glad nintendo aint doing a rush job on this, I have high hopes

Llothos
Llothos

They way I see it this was a lose-lose situation for nintendo. 1. they release the game in December as planned to mediocre reviews and lackluster online multiplayer but hey they will sell millions anyway, blah blah blah, or 2. they delay the game to give them more time to polish it off and give it the finishing touches and get rave reviews and sell millions but more people will like it. By not releasing it before christmas it shows us the commitment that the company has towards the gamer, they don't want to just cash in on the holiday season they want to make sure that one of their larger IP's is done better. Obviously not all their IP's get treated with the same attention as others as we've seen with some of their latest games for Wii like Pokemon. If they took the same care with that game as they did with SSBB or even the DS games we would have a much better Wii game this is just one example. Hey if they would have delayed Metroid again they could have polished the game a bit more but no that would have ticked off the fans too much so they went and realeased it... Of coarse there is the 3rd option: They delay the game and it ends up still getting mediocre reviews but just imagine what the rating would have been if they didn't take those extra 2 months???. Either way someone ends up ticked off

sonic_spark
sonic_spark

When did multiplayer online become essential in this market? Its not for games inspired for the single player campaign. Secondly, I'm glad you didn't buy Super Paper Mario. Gaming is predominant in Japan and North America, if the PAL gets shafted oh well, it happens. At least you're still getting the game. But you showed them not buying the game. Now no one will buy Paper Mario... I guess I'll be the only one enjoying this great game.

Slagar
Slagar

I'll buy this game as long as it gets here (PAL territories) on time. I didn't buy Paper Mario because we got the game 6 months late. Screw them - they're not getting my money for that kind of service. I'm content playing my Halo 3 which released on day one, thank you very much.

imqwerty
imqwerty

"...i think metroid is pointless" Metroid is a good game, and i'm sure using the wii remote only made it sweeter. BUT COME ON...no online multiplayer = ZERO replay value. Yes, Nintendo put most of their R&D into the wiimote, fine. Unfortunately you are only "wowed" the day you get it; after that it's pretty much like any console. So then the question is, how are you going to compete in a market where online gaming is essential? I was hoping SSBB was going to be that answer, IN DECEMBER... ...so, so bitter

HolySavior
HolySavior

"...because I haven't bought a SINGLE Wii game since Zelda, and like most ppl, I don't want to be disappointed" lol thats exactly what I have done, I havnt bought anything for my wii except Zelda and been waitin for brawl. Aint nothin im interested in for wii except that and Zelda. im not into the mario games, i think metroid is pointless when I play halo tres and there is nothing else I have found that looks at all interesting.

imqwerty
imqwerty

Features is one thing, variety of characters is another and as far as what i'm seeing from the dojo...sadly i'm discouraged... I want mass characters; don't disappoint me Big N. Also, what a GREAT idea by Nintendo execs: "Let's introduce a virtual console so that when we CAN'T deliver next-gen games on time, we can have a back up...la la la" Don't get me wrong, i'm all for VC, but not for their prices. I mean, they already made their money 15 years back when I bought their games. GIMME A BREAK and gimme my games on time and that'll shut me up. Dammit I'm bitter...

nvswolves
nvswolves

It is disappointing but it is still not to long and they are adding more features.

Mooofs
Mooofs

I'm just happy this game is coming at all...Just hoping there will be lots of new features!

ctg867
ctg867

What did I say? What did I say? Why do nobody ever believe me. I said there is no way in hell that all three of those games would launch in the same holiday season. I figured MP3 would come out since that was supposed to be a launch game, and the same for Galaxy, but there was no way in hell SSBB would be hitting shelves this holiday with such little info and such a small amount of press and hype. But hey, don't try to tell a Wii fanboy he's wrong, or he'll pull out some bull **** sales figures and all other sorts of crap.

damaster101
damaster101

Awesome.As long as there putting more content and fixing the game im happy to wait.

Zoryuken
Zoryuken

Bah. This was my most anticipated Wii game for this Christmas.

Goliath_unit
Goliath_unit

i never realized this until i saw the release date in the gamespot banner. i was a little disappointed, as this was one of the most anticipated games of 07. at least the november game lineup still looks great.

doctores143
doctores143

atleast its not like 6 month delay.Just 3.Twilite princess had like 2 6 month delays Atleast we will get more stuff.On feburary 11th we will all be very satisfied!

mariokartguy
mariokartguy

Delays are good, you get more content. 3 months worth of new content sounds pretty damn good to me

bionic4723985
bionic4723985

Twice as many as last year still isn't that many systems. Too bad the game was pushed. That'll have a lot of angry Wii owners.

PS360Fanboy
PS360Fanboy

this might be good, i might have to get a wii for it

kentosmentos
kentosmentos

jesus christ..... at least there will be other games like the olympics and galaxy to hold on our wiis until february...