In a statement issued today, Nintendo
have confirmed that Mario's triumphant return to smashing bricks with his head and chasing after mushrooms in New
Super Mario Bros
. is poised to help usher in the North American launch of the DS Lite, perhaps to a degree that
few gamers were expecting. New Super Mario Bros. will only
be compatible with the DS Lite
not work with the original machine. Nintendo's name-taking, posterior-assaulting marketing guru, Reggie Fills-Aimes,
explained that players would be able to see why this decision was made.
"Players won't be able to
see. On the original DS, I mean. The screens on the old system are simply much too dark, making the new Mushroom
Kingdom almost impossible to navigate. We had always planned to make New Super Mario Bros. a premier title for
the Lite and its superior screens, and what better way to make it exclusive to that system?"
lends more weight to the earlier murmurings of a Mario DS Lite bundle hitting US shores, though Reggie was quick to
point out that the recent shortages in Japan may cause the system to launch a bit later than the game itself.
"New Super Mario Bros
. should be out for a little while before the DS Lite, which is a great way of
starting the marketing train rolling
. The actual system won't take long to catch up though--two months at
The Lite-only New Super Mario Bros
. is currently slated for release on 21
Just in case you're reading this late, this story was an evil, bogus April
Fool's trick. Shame on me.]