Nightly News Roundup: 2010.10.27

Super Mario Collection takes over Japan, Cartoon Network fighting in 3D, and how Rare could have been part of Activision.

By Francisco Naranjo. Posted 10/27/2010 22:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Super Mario Collection tops Japanese charts

It seemed like an impossible task, one that only Mario would be able to do. For the first time since September 18 a game that isn’t Pokémon Black/White tops the Japanese charts, thanks to the release of Super Mario Collection, a Wii port of Super Mario All-Stars that commemorates 25 years of Super Mario Bros. Not only that, but it outsold Pokémon nearly four to one, selling 308,000 units. So there you go, if there’s something Japans loves just as much as Pokémon, it has to be Mario.

Source: IGN

3DS Cartoon Network fighting game due for release in Spring 2011

We don’t get Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on Wii, but we get, huh… a Cartoon Network fighter on 3DS.

Currently in development from Papaya Studios, the game will feature a large cast of popular characters from Cartoon Network’s original programming. Players will be able to choose from a variety of hit animated characters from the network’s most popular shows including, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, The PowerPuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Codename: Kids Next Door, Chowder, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.

It may not end up being quite a Super Smash Bros. replacement, but it may turn out to be decent. Except for the glaring lack of Johnny Bravo and Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Source: Nintendo Life

Rare could have been bought by Activision

Apparently, back in 2002 Activision failed to acquire Rare by losing out in a bidding war. As we all know, Microsoft was the “winner” instead, by paying $375 million.  But not only that, Nintendo was also involved in the bidding war, even if by then they half-owned Rare. Given Rare’s recent underwhelming releases, probably both Nintendo and Activision feel like the true winners.

Source: Develop

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