Super Mario Galaxy 2 lands May 23; Metroid: Other M June 27

The gaming community was pleasantly surprised Wednesday to learn about the release dates for titles in two of the company's most recognizable franchises.

We were all expecting the final details on the Nintendo DSi XL at Wednesday morning's conference in San Francisco, but the gaming community was pleasantly surprised to learn about the release dates for titles in two of the company's most recognizable franchises.

The sequel to what's arguably the Wii's best game, Super Mario Galaxy 2, will arrive on store shelves in just three months on May 23. While the game was first announced at last year's E3 2009 press conference , the sequel was mostly written off as a lock-in for the 2010 holidays.

We can't say we thought we'd see Metroid: Other M before the end of 2010 either, but sure enough the next Metroid game will launch June 27. Other M will be a departure from the recent trilogy of first-person Metroid games, instead serving up a hybrid of third and first-person action.

These two major announcements come after recent reports of developers abandoning the Wii for the PS3 and other third-party developers' distaste with the console's online offering . It's no secret the Wii has suffered from a lack of quality releases as of late, so we're imagining this PR move is designed to quiet the crowds.

Of course, now we're even more anxious to hear about the company's holiday lineup that will probably be announced at the E3 2010 expo in a few months. Rumors have already begun to swirl about a new title in the Zelda franchise.

 

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