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Mario Super Sluggers Announced for Nintendo Wii
Mario Superstar Baseball gets a Wii-bound sequel later this year.
By Andrew Joy 04/10/2008 12:04:44 PST

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As part of its ongoing media summit in San Francisco, Nintendo today announced that Mario Super Sluggers – a Mario Superstar Baseball (GCN) sequel slated to hit Japan this June – is also headed stateside later this year.  While the details on this upcoming Wii title are still somewhat sketchy at the moment, we do know that Nintendo is hoping the game will provide the next step for the expanded audience brought in by Wii Sports, offering the same simple, motion-based controls, as well as Mii support (in addition to a gaggle of returning characters).  Apart from that, all we have is the official statement from Nintendo below:

The ongoing excitement over Nintendo’s groundbreaking Wii system gets a suprise springtime boost with the announcement of a new game. Kicking off its semiannual media summit in San Francisco near the company’s new sales and marketing offices in Redwood City, California, Nintendo of America today revealed plans for Mario Super Sluggers for Wii, giving baseball fans even more reason to root this season.
“Mario is truly a one-of-a-king character; clearly fans can’t get enough of him and his friends,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re giving Wii users brilliant new ways to enjoy him while expanding our series of active-play games.”

In the same spirit as other sports-themed Mario games on Wii like Mario Strikers Charged and Mario Kart Wii, Mario Super Sluggers blends richly interactive baseball action with eccentric characters and elements from across the popular Mario universe. Players can swing the wireless Wiimote just like a bat or wave it toward the plate to deliver a masterful pitch, enjoying the same intuitive, easy-to-learn controls that helped make Wii Sports a living room hit. With Mario and his unpredictable pals filling out the roster, imagination and active-play innovation are sure to dominate the diamond in this lively title, scheduled for release later this year.

Naturally, we plan to keep an eye on this story as it hopefully develops over the next couple of days.  If we learn anything more about Mario Super Sluggers – or any other new titles for the Nintendo Wii and DS – you’ll see it right here, so be sure to check back at VGGEN often!

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