Super Mario Galaxy 2 explores new perspectives, lands May 23

Nintendo announces new details on Super Mario Galaxy sequel

You can't keep a good plumber down

You can't keep a good plumber down

Even though New Super Mario Bros. Wii is still tearing up the sales charts, Nintendo won't stop the Mario love, as the company announced a May 23 release date for Super Mario Galaxy 2. In addition to the late spring release date, Nintendo also showed off some of the new game mechanics at play in the new Galaxy.

Mario's got a new device to help him navigate through the world and through its planets, as gaming's greatest plumber can tunnel through non-spherical planetoids to progress through the game and find hidden coins. Yoshi's got a few new tricks for his 3D Wii debut, as you can use the Wii Remote's to point on the screen where you want the dinosaur to unleash his tongue.

Galaxy 2 will also make copious use of 2D-style levels, which, while still including 3D movement, are more confined than most of the original Super Mario Galaxy's level. Whether it's a knee-jerk reaction to New Super Mario Bros. Wii's success or a genuinely new gameplay concept will have to wait until we get our hands on the game--we're hoping that will happen later today at the summit.

For more Wii and DS release news, check out GamePro's Nintendo Summit liveblog.

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