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Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) Pushed Back, More Delays Expected?
Nintendo’s MVP of 2008 deals a crushing blow to awaiting gamers in U.S. and Japan.
By Andrew Joy 01/15/2008 08:57:49 PST

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On a list of the most anticipated games of 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is right up there, whether it is the Wii or out of any systems.  The game, which has floated around the calendar like so many butterflies in a field, was originally scheduled to hit in 2007, but, as its release drew near, the game fell into this year.  When it was announced that the title would be hitting on February 10th, a Sunday, you may remember that it raised a few eyebrows here at VGGEN, as it went not only against the industry standard of Tuesday releases, but also against Nintendo’s own Monday tradition.  Well, it seems we were right to be suspicious.

Today, on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl development blog, Smash Bros. Dojo, game director Masahiro Sakurai announced that Brawl would see a delay: Due to delays in the completion of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, we’ve had to change the release date of the game to Sunday, March 9th,” the blog reads.  “I deeply apologize to the people who have looked forward to playing the game for so long and ask that you hold on just a little longer. Thank you for your patience.”  The game has also been delayed in Japan, though by less than a week, from January 26th to January 31st.

Given the shortness of these delays, one would assume that the game is, more or less, complete (naturally, our release is later due to localization).  However, if you once again check your calendars, you’ll once again notice that Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s release date once again falls on a Sunday, and we can only speculate as to why that might be.  Perhaps Brawl will see even more delays.  Perhaps Nintendo is planning to release a Brawl bundle (and we’ve seen even more evidence of a new Wii color on the way).  Or perhaps Nintendo just really wants to keep people out of church.

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