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Feature: Launching a Console Without Mario

In recent weeks Nintendo Life has been looking at console launches, as preparation for the pre-launch hype for Wii U that's set to begin at E3 2012. In some cases the absence of a major Mario title has been a source of controversy and debate, as various Nintendo systems have launched with the famous mascot. Mike Mason and Thomas Whitehead of Nintendo Life assess the launches of GameCube and 3DS and consider whether either suffered without the famous plumber, or whether he would have made little difference to the ultimate fate of GameCube, or the difficult early months of 3DS. (3DS, GameCube, Industry, Nintendo, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario Sunshine)

BattleAxe  +   1291d ago
Launching a console without Mario for Nintendo is suicide. Nintendo is going straight up Kamikaze next gen.
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Nac  +   1291d ago
Mario hasn't ushered a console in for a while. In the meantime we have had his brother and Link stand at the beginning of things. I don't mind that at all.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1291d ago
No Nintendo is complete without launching Mario or Zelda.
dark-hollow  +   1291d ago
its WAAAY too early for a new zelda game. i really doubt the wii u would launch with a zelda game.

they usually take 4-5 years between each main sequel.
quality takes time :)
tweet75  +   1291d ago
well fact nintendo would not be here today without mario.

If nintendo really wants to make fans happy they will include a mario pack in game with the wii u at launch. One of my best gaming memories is getting snes in 1992 and playing super mario world the first time. If nintendo can recreate that same type of thing with wiiu it would be great.
MorbidPorpoise  +   1291d ago
3DS and Gamecube had a reasonable amount of sales at launch.

But when Mario or Zelda were released, it was like the consoles were given a new lease life... and now look at the 3DS, its on fire in Japan and the West since the launch of Mario Kart/3D Land.

Of couse the price drop along with OoT helped out the 3DS, but it would've been a differnt start if the Mario games and the OoT remake came out at the launch of the 3DS or just after.
ScubaSteve1  +   1291d ago
didnt the gamecube launch with out mario but luigis mansion?
Hicken  +   1291d ago
I don't recall there being a Mario available for the Wii at launch, either; nor for the 3DS.

So that'd mean... was there a launch Mario for the DS? The last Mario title I can recall at launch was Super Mario 64 for the N64. That would make it a pretty long time.
MorbidPorpoise  +   1290d ago
Yup Galaxy was about a year, Mario Land 3D and Sunshine were 6 months +
And yeah Mario was at the launch of the DS, it was a remake of Mario 64 :)

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