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“Also similar to the US, 2010 has not seen a strong software lineup thus far for the Wii platform, while big titles were launched for other companies’ platforms one after another. In the US, Xbox 360 has been keeping the lead over PS3 this year. In Europe, on the other hand, while Xbox 360 was showing the decline, PS3 has shown increase since the fall of 2009. It appears that the benefit of third party publishers’ big multiplatform titles has been mainly contributing to PS3. On the other hand, the sales of Nintendo DS hardware in Europe are showing a year-on-year decrease, unlike the United States market. While Wii has been embracing big hit titles since the latter half of 2009, not many strong titles to significantly drive hardware sales have been launched for Nintendo DS for a while. So, we recognise that we are coming to the stage where we need to offer a hit title that can gain social phenomena and catch our customers’ attentions.” – Satoru Iwata

To be honest, the Wii and DS have both lacked big titles in 2010 so far. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M will change that for Nintendo’s console, though the lack of big titles for both systems in Japan especially has been troublesome.

Nintendo has been relying on the sales of New Super Mario Bros. Wii throughout the first half of the year. The same could be same of Tomodachi Collection, which is really the only first-party title other than Pokemon Ranger that has topped the charts consistently. There have been a few notable third-party games here and there, but lineups for the Wii and DS haven’t looked impressive in 2010 so far. And with the 3DS on the way, Nintendo will have to find a way to balance the development of titles for that portable as well as the DS.

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Admit it: You’ve always dreamed of quitting your job and roaming the countryside as a legendary kung fu warrior. Thanks to the new Photo Dojo™ game for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, your dream is finally within reach. The game features customization options that let you add your entire body and voice to wild kung fu matches. It puts you right into the middle of a hilarious fighting game. Best of all, it’s available for a whopping zero Nintendo DSi Points™ now through June 10. That’s right – ZERO! Don’t wait – 200 Nintendo DSi Points will be required for download starting June 11.

After you download Photo Dojo, be sure to keep an eye out for some of the other big games Nintendo is releasing during the next month. We’re starting off this week with a hand-held version of the classic Earthworm Jim. Not to be overruled, a new Phoenix Wright™ Ace Attorney™ title serves up some justice for the WiiWare™ service.

Individual formats

1 1 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA PS3 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
3 2 JUST DANCE WII UBISOFT UBISOFT
2 3 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA XB360 EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
5 4 WII FIT PLUS WII NINTENDO NINTENDO
8 5 WII SPORTS RESORT WII NINTENDO NINTENDO

11 6 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 XB360 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
4 7 TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION XB360 UBISOFT UBISOFT
7 8 GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES – LIBERTY CITY PS3 ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
16 9 GOD OF WAR III PS3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
6 10 SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV PS3 CAPCOM CAPCOM
15 11 BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 XB360 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
9 12 SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV XB360 CAPCOM CAPCOM
18 13 BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PS3 EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
17 14 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII NINTENDO NINTENDO
13 15 POKEMON HEARTGOLD DS NINTENDO NINTENDO

10 16 GOD OF WAR COLLECTION PS3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
14 17 POKEMON SOULSILVER DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
23 18 HALO 3: ODST XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
19 19 JUST CAUSE 2 XB360 EIDOS SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
– 20 WARIOWARE D.I.Y. DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
21 21 FORZA MOTORSPORT 3 XB360 MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
12 22 MONSTER HUNTER TRI WII CAPCOM CAPCOM
22 23 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
31 24 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 PS3 ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
20 25 JUST CAUSE 2 PS3 EIDOS SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
33 26 IRON MAN 2 XB360 SEGA SEGA
– 27 INVIZIMALS PSP SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
24 28 FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
26 29 MARIO KART WII WII NINTENDO NINTENDO
27 30 FINAL FANTASY XIII XB360 SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
30 31 PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA’S BOX DS NINTENDO NINTENDO
– 32 IRON MAN 2 PS3 SEGA SEGA
– 33 ALIENS VS PREDATOR PS3 SEGA SEGA
– 34 ASSASSIN’S CREED II XB360 UBISOFT UBISOFT
39 35 ALIENS VS PREDATOR XB360 SEGA SEGA
– 36 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA PSP EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
– 37 ASSASSIN’S CREED II PS3 UBISOFT UBISOFT
37 38 JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME XB360 UBISOFT UBISOFT
38 39 JEWEL QUEST MYSTERIES: THE EMERALD TEAR DS GSP/AVANQUEST GSP/AVANQUEST
– 40 JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME PS3 UBISOFT UBISOFT

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1 1 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA EA CANADA EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
3 2 JUST DANCE UBISOFT (FRANCE) UBISOFT UBISOFT

9 3 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 INFINITY WARD ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
6 4 WII FIT PLUS NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
8 5 BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 DIGITAL ILLUSIONS EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS
2 6 SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV CAPCOM CAPCOM CAPCOM
7 7 WII SPORTS RESORT NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
4 8 TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION UBISOFT (MONTREAL) UBISOFT UBISOFT
5 9 GRAND THEFT AUTO EPISODES – LIBERTY CITY ROCKSTAR NORTH ROCKSTAR TAKE 2
11 10 JUST CAUSE 2 AVALANCHE STUDIOS EIDOS SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
18 11 GOD OF WAR III SCEA SANTA MONICA SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
20 12 IRON MAN 2 SEGA STUDIOS SAN FRANCISCO SEGA SEGA
13 13 JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME UBISOFT (MONTREAL) UBISOFT UBISOFT
15 14 FINAL FANTASY XIII SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
21 15 ALIENS VS PREDATOR REBELLION SEGA SEGA
19 16 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
23 17 ASSASSIN’S CREED II UBISOFT (MONTREAL) UBISOFT UBISOFT
14 18 POKEMON HEARTGOLD GAME FREAK NINTENDO NINTENDO
16 19 FIFA 10 EA CANADA EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS

10 20 GOD OF WAR COLLECTION BLUEPOINT GAMES SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
17 21 POKEMON SOULSILVER GAME FREAK NINTENDO NINTENDO
28 22 HALO 3: ODST BUNGIE MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
22 23 SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING SUMO DIGITAL SEGA SEGA
– 24 WARIOWARE D.I.Y. INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS NINTENDO NINTENDO

24 25 FORZA MOTORSPORT 3 TURN 10 STUDIOS MICROSOFT MICROSOFT
12 26 MONSTER HUNTER TRI CAPCOM CAPCOM CAPCOM
26 27 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO

– 28 INVIZIMALS NOVARAMA SONY COMPUTER ENT. SONY COMPUTER ENT.
29 29 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV ROCKSTAR NORTH PLATINUM TAKE 2
27 30 MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES SEGA SEGA SEGA
32 31 MARIO KART WII NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
37 32 PROFESSOR LAYTON AND PANDORA’S BOX LEVEL 5 NINTENDO NINTENDO
30 33 LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME TRAVELLER’S TALES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
34 34 BAND HERO VICARIOUS VISIONS REDOCTANE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

33 35 SEGA MEGA DRIVE ULTIMATE COLLECTION BACKBONE SEGA SEGA
39 36 JEWEL QUEST MYSTERIES: THE EMERALD TEAR IWIN GSP/AVANQUEST GSP/AVANQUEST
36 37 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010 SPORTS INTERACTIVE SEGA SEGA
– 38 WOLFENSTEIN RAVEN SOFTWARE ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
– 39 WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010 YUKE’S THQ THQ
– 40 CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE INFINITY WARD ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

Warning: This article contains intense, intense spoilers regarding the game Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon. If you intend to play the game, or simply have not played it yet, I highly recommend skipping the article altogether.

Preface: I’m not sure my feelings about Fragile Dreams really translated all that well in my review of the game for one reason or another, and I feel the need to really get this all out on paper. I realize it’s a very long read, but I hope some of you enjoy it and agree/disagree with me. If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments section!

Update: ONM’s has clarified the situation regarding a second character (thanks Robert!). The review actually states:

“Luigi nonchalantly turns up about 20 stars in and offers his services at random points throughout the game, which is a good thing because it means you don’t have to get all 120 stars to play as him this time. What’s the reward for doing so this time around? Come on, we’re not telling you that!”

So the actual person who typed up details from the review misinterpreted what was written. On the bright side, it does seem like it’ll be worth getting all 120 stars anyway!

This information comes from the Super Mario Galaxy 2 review from the Official Nintendo Magazine…

– Super Mario Galaxy 2 takes place in an alternate reality, Mario and Lumas haven’t met b
– Side-scrolling intro acts as part of a story book, pages continue to turn as you progress
– Big Luma is called Lubba, he owns Starship Mario, transforms a planet into the ship
– Bowser has taken the stars along with Peach which Lubba needs to power the ship
– Lubba says: “Nice spaceship, huh? More like a FACEship!” when he transforms the ship
– Starship Mario technically acts as a small hub where you talk to NPCs and have fun
– Brighter game in some respects, has more color and sunny planets
– More than 40 galaxies
– More of Yoshi in Galaxy 2 than New Super Mario Bros. Wii
– Spring Mario power-up only isn’t used very much at all
– Luigi playable at 20 stars, might have another playable character at 120
– Monkey called “The Chimp” allows you to play mini-games
– More 2D sections
– Galaxy 2 has throwbacks to older Mario titles, game tells you not to go on the Internet and search for them
– Bowser stages comparable to Super Mario 64

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Chris Scullion

01. / 00. [NDS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (Square Enix) – 623.643 / NEW
02. / 00. [PSP] Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami) – 434.366 / NEW
03. / 00. [PS3] Super Street Fighter 4 (Capcom) – 80.882 / NEW
04. / 02. [WII] New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo) – 44.593 / 3.760.089 (+55%)
05. / 00. [360] Super Street Fighter 4 (Capcom) – 28.454 / NEW
06. / 08. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) – 28.152 / 2.739.000 (+106%)
07. / 04. [NDS] Friend Collection (Nintendo) – 26.787 / 3.157.452 (+36%)
08. / 00. [NDS] Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Fate of Heat III – Yuki no Shugosha Raishuu! (Takara Tomy) – 24.050 / NEW

09. / 01. [PS3] NieR Replicant (Square Enix) – 20.889 / 81.063 (-65%)
10. / 07. [WII] Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) – 19.690 / 1.867.447 (+29%)

Thanks to Ross M for the tip!