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A Torrent of Release Dates From Nintendo

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Sony made Tuesday interesting with their share of announcements. Wednesday was a bit of a sleeper, but Thursday belongs to Nintendo and its upcoming releases. There’s just so much info here, I think it’s best that you read the press release yourself.

I’ve got to admit that there isn’t much to be excited about; that’s right I’m not even phased over the fact that there will be a new Punch Out!

NINTENDO’S VIDEO GAME LINEUP DEMONSTRATES GAMING DIVERSITY
New Games Announced for Nintendo Systems

Vancouver, BC., Feb. 26, 2009 – While everyone is still buzzing about the upcoming April 5 launch of the Nintendo DSi™ system, video game fans will have plenty of great games and experiences to keep them busy. Nintendo has an extensive, diverse library of about 120 games on the way for both the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems. Upcoming Nintendo-published video games for Wii include:

Excitebots™: Trick Racing has elements that make it one of the more unique racing games on the market. It launches April 20 and lets everyone in the family use the Wii Wheel™ accessory in unique and changing environments, play fun minigames and perform crazy tricks in a game that builds on the Excitebike™ and Excite Truck™ franchises.

Donkey Kong® Jungle Beat™, originally made for the Nintendo GameCube™ system, launches May 4 with newly added motion controls. It’s the latest in Nintendo’s New Play Control! series of games.

Punch-Out!!™ launches May 18 and brings back all of the fun of the beloved, classic NES® game that thrilled players in the early 1990s. Boxers battle as iconic hero Little Mac as they fight their way through a cast of new and familiar boxing opponents on their quest to win the coveted WVBA (World Video Boxing Association) Championship Belt.

Nintendo’s downloadable WiiWare service continues to be a showcase for new games, new concepts and new ideas. A selection of upcoming titles includes:

  • BIT.TRIP BEAT, developed by Gaijin Games and published by Aksys Games: BIT.TRIP BEAT is what you get when you mix classic video gaming with modern gaming sensibilities. What may seem like a simple “paddle” game turns into a psychedelic trip down memory lane which has you hitting “beats” in rhythm to Chiptune style music. While the game can be difficult, if you crank up the tunes and get in the zone, you’ll have a great time. Performing perfectly isn’t required to experience all the game’s content, but the extra challenge will keep score-hunters coming back in search of each level’s elusive “PERFECT” score.
  • Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, developed and published by Semnat Studios LLC: Fight your way through 13 diverse locations on your own or with up to three friends in this frenetic and stylish side-scrolling action game. Play as Eduardo and his fellow toaster buddies as you fire an assortment of pastries at all kinds of dastardly food products. Hop onto laser-mounted scooters and fly across the screen in rocket packs, and learn to cooperate with your teammates or simply annoy each other in an awesomely fun way by throwing each other around the screen. The choice is up to you.
  • Night Game, developed and published by Nicalis: Exclusively for WiiWare, Night Game (working title) is part action game and part puzzler. It invites players into a beautifully atmospheric world, where they must use real physics to maneuver a mysterious, glowing sphere through vastly different locales. Night Game pushes the boundaries of design with its unique art style, and professionally produced music score. This title is a 2009 Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Award nominee and from the same developers responsible for Cave Story on Wii.

Swords & Soldiers, developed and published by Ronimo Games: Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling real-time strategy game, in which three distinct factions battle for the powers of the gods. The goal is to destroy the enemies’ castle on the other end of the level, while protecting your own. This can be done by training powerful units or casting devastating spells. The game will feature a single-player campaign and a competitive split-screen multiplayer mode as well as several other game modes.

Great titles are also on the way for the portable Nintendo DS system. Some Nintendo-published video games for Nintendo DS include:

Rhythm Heaven™ is an infectious video game that has been a huge hit in Japan. Players tap and slide the stylus on the touch screen in time to the beat. This fun, stylized game launches April 5.

A new entry in the Personal Trainer series is Personal Trainer™: Walking, which launches May 25. Personal Trainer: Walking tracks users’ progress and makes going for a walk a little more fun. It comes with two pedometers that users can wirelessly connect to their Nintendo DS system when they return home.

In The Legendary Starfy™ game, which launches June 8, players dive into a spectacular undersea adventure with Starfy, the legendary hero of Pufftop. Players swoop into enemies like a shooting star, glide over bottomless chasms and transform into powerful creatures to help a mysterious, bunny-eared visitor find his lost memory.

In recent weeks, multiple third-party publishers have announced plans to boost their support of Nintendo systems. Between now and June, Nintendo fans will enjoy games like: The Conduit™, a first-person shooter from Sega that pits players against a terrifying group of alien invaders intent on taking over a futuristic Washington, D.C.; EA SPORTS Active™, a Wii exclusive from Electronic Arts that offers players fun, easy-to-learn exercises and activities that users can do with family and friends; and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10, the newest iteration of the popular golf game from Electronic Arts that lets players hit the links to prove their driving and putting prowess.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Wii and Nintendo DS. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Wii

Publisher Game Available
2K Sports Major League Baseball® 2K9 3-Mar
Don King Boxing 31-Mar
Activision X-Men Origins: Wolverine May
Ice Age 3 30-Jun
Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen June
Aksys Games Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus 12-May
Atari Ready 2 Rumble Revolution 17-Mar
Backyard Baseball 10 31-Mar
Capcom Entertainment Inc. MotoGP™ Spring
Codemasters Inc Overlord Dark Legend Summer
Conspiracy Games Real Heroes: Firefighter April
Deep Silver, Inc. Professor Heinz Wolff’s Gravity April
Fritz Chess May
Disney Interactive Studios Hannah Montana The Movie April
Electronic Arts TRIVIAL PURSUIT™ March
MySims™ Party March
EA SPORTS Active™ 19-May
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 June
BOOM BLOX™ Bash Party Spring
MySims™ Racing Summer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ Summer
G.I. JOE™ The Rise of Cobra Summer
EA SPORTS Tennis (working title) Summer
Hudson Entertainment Help Wanted Summer
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves 2-Apr
Yu-Gi-Oh! ™ 5D’s Wheelie Breakers 19-May
LucasArts Indiana Jones® and the Staff of Kings™ Late Spring
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc Klonoa® Q2
Nintendo New Play Control! Pikmin™ 9-Mar
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™ 9-Mar
Excitebots: Trick Racing 20-Apr
New Play Control! 4-May
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Punch-Out!! 18-May
SEGA of America Virtua Tennis™ 2009 May
The Conduit™ June
Let’s Tap™ June
Southpeak Interactive Roogoo Twisted Towers™ 7-Apr
Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball™ 21-Apr
Zoo Games, Inc. M&M’s Beach Party 10-Mar
Puzzle Kingdoms 31-Mar
Garfield Gets Real 7-Apr
Pennzoil’s Build-N-Race: “Speed Demons” 14-Apr
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans 21-Apr
Smiley World Island Challenge 28-Apr
Garfield’s Pet Force 9-Jun

Nintendo DS

Publisher Game Available
2K Sports MLB® 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars 3-Mar
Don King Boxing 31-Mar
Activision X-Men Origins: Wolverine May
Ice Age 3 30-Jun
Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen June
Activision/RedOctane Guitar Hero® On Tour: Modern Hits June
Aksys Games Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past 26-May
Rockin’ Pretty 23-Jun
Aspyr Media, Inc. Treasure World™ June
Atari Backyard Baseball ’10 31-Mar
My Horse and Me Riding For Gold 31-Mar
Atlus U.S.A., Inc. TrackMania® DS 17-Mar
Tokyo Beat Down™ 31-Mar
The Dark Spire™ 14-Apr
Dokapon Journey™ 14-Apr
Steal Princess™ 21-Apr
101 in 1 Explosive Megamix 21-Apr
Super Robot Taisen® OG Saga: 28-Apr
Endless Frontier™
Knights in the Nightmare™ 2-Jun
Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor™ 23-Jun
Capcom Mega Man Starforce 3 Black Ace June
Mega Man Starforce 3 Red Joker June
Codemasters Inc Overlord Minions Summer
Deep Silver, Inc. Pet Vet: Down Under March
Professor Heinz Wolff’s Gravity April
Elite Forces: Unit 77 April
DJ Star May
Fritz Chess May
The Humans May
Horoscope DS May
Disney Interactive Studios Hannah Montana The Movie April
DreamCatcher Dreamer: Shop Owner 21-Apr
Dreamer: Babysitter 21-Apr
Dreamer: Teacher 21-Apr
Prank’d 19-May
Electronic Arts Zubo™ 10-Mar
Henry Hatsworth 17-Mar
in the Puzzling Adventure™
MySims™ Party March
SCRABBLE™ March
LITTLEST PET SHOP Spring™ March
MySims™ Racing Summer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ Summer
Hudson Entertainment Miami Law Summer
KOEI Monster Racers™ June
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times™ 5-May
Yu-Gi-Oh!™ 5D’s Stardust Accelerators World Championship 2009 19-May
LucasArts Indiana Jones® and the Staff of Kings™ Late Spring
Majesco Entertainment Puffins: Island Adventure 14-Apr
Powerbike 28-Apr
Drama Queens May
Marker Man Adventures May
Hot ’n’ Cold May
Dawn of Heroes June
MumboJumbo Crazy Chicken Star Karts 31-Mar
Crazy Chicken Atlantis Quest 28-Apr
Crazy Chicken The Pharaoh’s Treasure 2-Jun
7 Wonders II 30-Jun
Nintendo Rhythm Heaven 5-Apr
Personal Trainer: Walking 25-May
The Legendary Starfy 8-Jun
PopCap Games, Inc. Peggle™ Dual Shot 3-Mar
Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars 17-Mar
Southpeak Interactive Roogoo Attack™ 7-Apr
THQ Desktop Tower Defense 29-Apr
Ubisoft Imagine® Makeup Artist 5-May
Imagine® Music Fest 5-May
Imagine® Boutique Owner 26-May
My Healthy Cooking Coach 2-Jun
Petz® Fashion: Dogz and Catz 9-Jun
Jake Power Soccer Club 16-Jun
Valcon Games History Channel: Great Empires: Rome 17-Mar
Zoo Games, Inc. Yamaha Supercross 10-Mar
Hands On!: Tangrams 24-Mar
Puzzle Kingdoms 31-Mar
Garfield Gets Real 7-Apr
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans 21-Apr
Smiley World Island Challenge 28-Apr
Garfield’s Pet Force 9-Jun

For more information about Nintendo games and hardware, visit www.Nintendo.ca.

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