Super Mario Galaxy - Unreleased Trailer (April Fools')

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Super Mario Galaxy - Unreleased Trailer (April Fools')

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I'm a journalist for one of the leading video game websites. Several years ago during E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), I was covering Nintendo's press conferences and was one of the first to watch an early trailer of the much hyped Wii game Super Mario Galaxy. Apart from the innovative gameplay, an aspect of the trailer that stood out was the music: a kinda catchy tune about flying that seemed to fit perfectly with the game itself.

Several months later when official trailers were released to the public, I was surprised to find that Nintendo had chosen to do away with the song they played at E3 and go with their traditional type orchestral Mario themes instead. I looked into it and think that they had run into problems with the song they chose; without knowing the details, I would guess that either there were licensing issues or Nintendo's marketing department felt the song didn't convey the right image. Whatever.

Anyways I forgot about the song until a few months ago, when Soul Asylum played a show in my hometown and I found my way to this site. After surfing around for a while and listening to some samples on iTunes, I was surprised when I happened to come across the tune I had heard in that old trailer: "Levitation" by Dave Pirner, from a recommendation. I didn't know that he was that guy who sang for the band, I remember him with the dreads.

Anyways, knowing the trailer would probably interest you and other Nintendo fans, I put the trailer up I had from an old office press kit on Youtube. so here's the rip of the original "Levitation" trailer for Super Mario Galaxy. Enjoy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMZO2n_hWrY[/youtube]

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Love it. I'm thinking of Mario jumping on and sliding some enemies with "Somebody to Shove" playing in my head....just playing along! :D

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That's brilliant, flyingplumber! I've never been interested in the Wii, but I have to admit this trailer had me tempted to get one. ;) It's a pity that Nintendo chose to go with their own music, though.

I posted a blurb about the trailer on the front page so more people will take notice and check it out.
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That's pretty sweet; I bet it would have something to do with licensing issues or something as you say. Honestly though I don't recall any Mario or even any other Nintendo game (PS3 and Xbox yes) having lyrics during a trailer; always been an instrumental piece... maybe that was a reason why it was scrapped? I wonder if Dave knew anything about it or was contacted before hand. Can't say I've played the game though; last Mario game I played was for the Super Nintendo.

Whatever the case, still awesome.

Do you have anymore possible information that you could share with us that you might be aware of?
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um... no

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Hey, I kept meaning to come by the site today to see what u had up. Nice video :)

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I think it's safe to say that a lot of people didn't take notice of this year's prank, and those who did weren't really fooled by it. Well, you can't succeed every year. ;) At any rate, we hope you enjoyed the video!
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Post by sayeeda »

Yeah, I didn't comment but knew right away that this was the 'big' joke. :P

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Post by mystic_spiral_3 »

I figured it was the prank, but it was a cool video regardless. I just thought you guys went for a low key prank since last year the "new album" one seemed to upset people.

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Yeah, can't win em all... I enjoyed making it though.

Here's the original (I just added the very beginning and end from another video on the April Fool one though):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgd7OkT8x8k[/youtube]
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