July 1
The free agency race is officially on. Rumors flying out of Japan are insinuating that Mario might actually team up with Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid; apparently, they became fast friends during their time on Super Smash Bros., perhaps even pledging to work together again in the future. Meanwhile, NPD issues a report, citing unnamed sources at Ninty, that Mario is simply using Snake as a smokescreen to "bust down Meryl."