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09 May, 2010

Details on Super Mario Galaxy 2’s bonus DVD

Wii News | Now you've got no excuse for failure.
Controlling a tubby little space plumber can be hard work, but thankfully Nintendo have our backs. For the Japanese and European PAL release of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Nintendo will bundle in a how-to-play DVD, called ‘First Super Mario Galaxy 2’ in Japan.

Playable only on a DVD player and not the Wii system itself, the disk will feature a series of videos explaining everything from basic Mario controls to more practical uses of his abilities in the game environment. Also included are ‘Super Play’ videos showcasing expert play, similar to the unlockable videos found within New Super Mario Bros. Wii, including something for both new players and veterans.

Speaking in an investor’s briefing yesterday in Japan, reported by andriasang, Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata described the DVD as a way of introducing new fans of traditional 2D Mario titles to the controls mechanics of a 3D world, and that the control of Mario in 3D games was still an issue in within the Japanese market.

While the DVD remains unconfirmed for an Australia release, being bundled with the European PAL release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 makes it likely that our shores will see something similar.

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26 Comments
3 years ago
isnt this kind of ironic since the wii cant play DVD movies (unhacked)????
3 years ago
They should include a History of Mario dvd, a look at the processes of the games, the storyline within each and the hype of Mario video games in general.
3 years ago
HAHAHA, a seperate disc to TEACH you how to play!? XD

This is just embarrassing for those wii players who say " Were hardcore gamers too! "
3 years ago
Couldn't they put the how-to-play content on the game itself? Or offer it as a free download from the Wii store if the Games Disc was completely full?

Either way I wish I had a Wii again, just for this.
3 years ago
It's very fail worthy. If it can't be played on the Wii then what's the point.
3 years ago
Iwata did address the fact the disk cannot be played on a Wii, and stated that DVD players are common enough for everyone to have them, and it would allow people to switch between the disk and the game without having to turn the game off, or something along those lines.

It will be interesting for the Super Play videos at least...maybe...
3 years ago
Might break the system and play it on my Xbox 360 for kicks, since I can't on my Wii.
Cavedog wrote
HAHAHA, a seperate disc to TEACH you how to play!? XD

This is just embarrassing for those wii players who say " Were hardcore gamers too! "
Hmm, that's right.

I don't think people are as dumb as Nintendo think they are.
3 years ago
The funny thing is though it isn't really a 'casual' approach at all. Who wants to swap between a DVD and the game. I can't imagine my mother watching a DVD and then switching game to the game to attempt a complex Mario action. If you are buying a 3D Mario game, chances are very high you know how to play the game.
3 years ago
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If you are buying a 3D Mario game, chances are very high you know how to play the game.
i would more say, those interested in watching a dvd about a game, would more then likely know probably too much about the game to want to watch the dvd.
either way probably pointless anyway.
other suggestions like putting it on the disc or on the wii shop channel thing, would of probably been a better option[/quote]
3 years ago
When the game is released, I just know that there will be customers returning to the store of purchase, complaining that the DVD disk does not work in their Nintendo Wii console.
3 years ago
I wonder if this was really the cheaper option as opposed to opting for a dual-layered disc for Galaxy 2 and simply having the videos play off the game disc.
3 years ago
But shouldn't people already know how to play it? I mean Mario Galaxy 1 is ultra awesome as it is, every Wii owner should have it. But Instruction manuals should suffice.

Weird :/ But now everybody has to get every star. Which is fun as is anyway ^^
3 years ago
Cavedog wrote
HAHAHA, a seperate disc to TEACH you how to play!? XD

This is just embarrassing for those wii players who say " Were hardcore gamers too! "
Not only are using the term "hardcore gamer" in a fashion that conveys that you want to be known as one, its a word and if anything it implies you're a child pretending to be man, but your also assuming MS and Sony haven't done the same thing (in game instruction manuals, simplfied motion controls, etc).

itt: 14 year old detected
3 years ago
Its interesting to see this video here ---> http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=122958

Not only are Nintendo introducing 3D through 2D platforming at the start of the game, but they are also taking NSMBW ideas such as the check point flag.

@Cerebral, Theres an ingame "Super Guide" Star that shows you what to do. Haven't seen so im not sure if its identical to NSMBW, we'll find out soon.

People always complain about no save points but when Nintendo actually puts them in you all go mad. I think its the cartoon graphics thats the problem for many of you, that and your threatened masculinity.
3 years ago
Edge gave SMG2 a 10/10 btw. Nintendo mag - 97%.
3 years ago
waz79 wrote
I think its the cartoon graphics thats the problem for many of you, that and your threatened masculinity.
Wait where did this come from?
3 years ago
waz79 wrote
People always complain about no save points but when Nintendo actually puts them in you all go mad. I think its the cartoon graphics thats the problem for many of you, that and your threatened masculinity.
Yeah the guys on this site are so scared of their masulinity being threatened that they post pics of toys and plushies that they bought icon_rolleyes.gif
3 years ago
waz79 wrote
@Cerebral, Theres an ingame "Super Guide" Star that shows you what to do. Haven't seen so im not sure if its identical to NSMBW, we'll find out soon.
Its still in. There's a video out there showing it off. Fail enough and Rosalina appears, and you can have her take over your body to complete the puzzle, basically identical in function to NSMBW's Super Guide. There are also TVs scattered throughout levels that you can activate that will show you what you need to do, but doesn't count as doing it.

The Super Play videos on the bonus DVD are like those unlockable videos in NSMBW that showed experts pulling off tricks and stunts in levels. I'm not sure why they didnt bother doing them for Galaxy 2 anyway instead of putting them on a bonus disk, but Nintendo operate in strange ways.
3 years ago
I can understand where Nintendo is going with this. It caters to the casual market moreso. People don't like hard anymore, that's why we have GPS and google, this just compliments that.

Also keep in mind the large penetration of Laptops in the home means you can watch the DVD while you play the games.
3 years ago
I usually don't comment on things that annoy me - as i find that any comment i make just builds up the hype, and add page counts and so forth...

but I really really am disappointed that Nintendo are doing this, and in my opinion killing off hardcore gaming. It started in NSMB Wii where you could blow a bubble and save yourself. and now Galaxy 2 comes with a learn to play DVD? Where are the days where you looked up a magazine for tips? Where word of mouth would get you past the next level? Its not so much Nintendo's fault as it is with the general public's inability to have a decent attention span of more than 10 seconds.

That's the problem isn't it, no one wants anything complicated anymore, thanks I mean why even bother going to school past fifth grade. I hate how mainstream won't pick up a dualshock but they'll have a go at the wii remote... sure there's a market for both hardcore and casual games, but i don't see ANY indication that the casual market will ever venture over to more hardcore gamers stuff. Which is really sad because games like Persona, Demons Souls, Valkyria Chronicles won't be made and more mainstream fare like Halo and Call of Duty will repeatedly be dumbed down until we get an 'experience' rather than actually playing the game.

Yeah its politically correct to say everybody should be able to play, but if this means the end of hardcore games, no thanks... these high def games cost a lot of money to make, its going to come down to business decisions in the end and most likely more casual games.
3 years ago
Everybody getting a chance to enjoy the game does not equate to the end of 'hardcore gamers' at all. If anything, Nintendo should be given thumbs up for not breaking the basic formula while still offering support for new gamers, something other developers often fail at instead chosing to change the entire game's mechanics in favour of simplicity.

The super guide function, and this DVD, dont invade the gameplay space of the title. Its still just as difficult as it needs to be. In fact, Miyamoto has stated that the super guide encourages him to make games more difficult, as he knows there's now something for the sucky players to fall back on. The game still plays the same for the regulars like us.

Gaming shouldn't be some exclusive club blocked off to everybody who doesnt want to spend hours searching the internet for answers, or dont want to commit days to so a singular, tedious challange. I believe that if the game's core mechanics are changed for the worse to cater for the casual market (which does happen with a lot of developers) then its a bad thing, but if its a feature that sits alongside the game (like super play) then its the best of both worlds.
3 years ago
... these arguments keep coming up like the whole phenomenon is something new, but what did we actually expect from gaming becoming a mainstream market?

Like anything that becomes popular, quantity increases exponentially and without any real consideration to what once was considered 'quality' when it was a smaller affair.

Instead of grabbing damned near every games that comes along and playing the bejesus out of it, we're flooded with choices now and can't possibly keep up with them all. We want to play our games and enjoy them too, but we have to make choices about which ones we'll throw our limited money and time at. This leads us to expect lofty heights of some undefined 'quality' from our games, but we don't always make the right choices.

I suppose what I'm getting at here is that Gaming can be much the same as it ever was, if that's what you want it to be. You can find yourself truly 'hardcore' titles if you want to spend the time and energy finding them. Hell, you can pick up SMG2 on day one if you want and simply never use the bonus features there to help lesser experienced players - after all, they're purely optional.

Ifn you want to mourn what gaming once was, then by all means do so, but don't act all surprised and angry that the scene is different now than it was and continues to enolve. The writing has been on the wall about that one for a long, long time - and if you thought that this niche of entertainment was someone unlike the rest and impervious to change, more fool you.

*ahem*

So yeah, I don't see the problem with what N are doing here. I think that it's an odd move putting these on a seperate DVD, but I imagine that's purely because there isn't enough room to have them on the one Wii disc.

If you don't want to use them, don't - for people like my sister, who was bought back into gaming by the Wii and very much loved being able to re-connect with the Mario series, these optional helpers will be fantastic. While I can blaze through much of the game without too much trouble, she needs a helping hand from a guide every now and then.
3 years ago
They should release a Limited Edition that comes with the Soundtrack on CD as well.... that also can't play on the Wii.
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Australian Release Date:
  01/07/2010 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $99.95 AU
Year Made:
  2009
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