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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!

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Donkey Kong® Jungle Beat™, originally made for the Nintendo GameCube™ system, launches May 4 with newly added motion controls.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.


2K SportsMajor League Baseball® 2K93-Mar
Don King Boxing31-Mar
Activision X-Men Origins: Wolverine May
Ice Age 330-Jun
Transformers™: Revenge of the FallenJune
Aksys Games Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus12-May
Atari Ready 2 Rumble Revolution17-Mar
Backyard Baseball 1031-Mar
Capcom Entertainment Inc.MotoGP™Spring
Codemasters Inc Overlord Dark LegendSummer
Conspiracy Games Real Heroes: FirefighterApril
Deep Silver, Inc. Professor Heinz Wolff’s GravityApril
Fritz ChessMay
Disney Interactive Studios Hannah Montana The MovieApril
Electronic ArtsTRIVIAL PURSUIT™March
MySims™ PartyMarch
EA SPORTS Active™19-May
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10June
BOOM BLOX™ Bash PartySpring
MySims™ RacingSummer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™Summer
G.I. JOE™ The Rise of CobraSummer
EA SPORTS Tennis (working title)Summer
Hudson Entertainment Help WantedSummer
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves2-Apr
Yu-Gi-Oh! ™ 5D’s Wheelie Breakers19-May
LucasArtsIndiana Jones® and the Staff of Kings™Late Spring
NAMCO BANDAI Games America IncKlonoa®Q2
Nintendo New Play Control! Pikmin™9-Mar
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™9-Mar
Excitebots: Trick Racing20-Apr
New Play Control!4-May
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
SEGA of AmericaVirtua Tennis™ 2009May
The Conduit™June
Let’s Tap™June
Southpeak InteractiveRoogoo Twisted Towers™7-Apr
Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball™21-Apr
Zoo Games, Inc. M&M’s Beach Party10-Mar
Puzzle Kingdoms31-Mar
Garfield Gets Real7-Apr
Pennzoil’s Build-N-Race: “Speed Demons”14-Apr
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans21-Apr
Smiley World Island Challenge28-Apr
Garfield’s Pet Force9-Jun

Nintendo DS

2K SportsMLB® 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars3-Mar
Don King Boxing31-Mar
Activision X-Men Origins: Wolverine May
Ice Age 330-Jun
Transformers™: Revenge of the FallenJune
Activision/RedOctaneGuitar Hero® On Tour: Modern HitsJune
Aksys Games Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past26-May
Rockin’ Pretty23-Jun
Aspyr Media, Inc.Treasure World™June
Atari Backyard Baseball ’1031-Mar
My Horse and Me Riding For Gold31-Mar
Atlus U.S.A., Inc.TrackMania® DS17-Mar
Tokyo Beat Down™31-Mar
The Dark Spire™14-Apr
Dokapon Journey™14-Apr
Steal Princess™21-Apr
101 in 1 Explosive Megamix21-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 AceJune
Mega Man Starforce 3 Red JokerJune
Codemasters Inc Overlord MinionsSummer
Deep Silver, Inc. Pet Vet: Down UnderMarch
Professor Heinz Wolff’s GravityApril
Elite Forces: Unit 77April
DJ StarMay
Fritz ChessMay
The HumansMay
Horoscope DSMay
Disney Interactive Studios Hannah Montana The MovieApril
DreamCatcher Dreamer: Shop Owner21-Apr
Dreamer: Babysitter21-Apr
Dreamer: Teacher21-Apr
Electronic ArtsZubo™10-Mar
Henry Hatsworth17-Mar
in the Puzzling Adventure™
MySims™ PartyMarch
MySims™ RacingSummer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™Summer
Hudson Entertainment Miami LawSummer
KOEIMonster Racers™June
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times™5-May
Yu-Gi-Oh!™ 5D’s Stardust Accelerators World Championship 200919-May
LucasArtsIndiana Jones® and the Staff of Kings™Late Spring
Majesco Entertainment Puffins: Island Adventure14-Apr
Drama QueensMay
Marker Man AdventuresMay
Hot ’n’ ColdMay
Dawn of HeroesJune
MumboJumbo Crazy Chicken Star Karts 31-Mar
Crazy Chicken Atlantis Quest28-Apr
Crazy Chicken The Pharaoh’s Treasure2-Jun
7 Wonders II30-Jun
Nintendo Rhythm Heaven5-Apr
Personal Trainer: Walking25-May
The Legendary Starfy8-Jun
PopCap Games, Inc.Peggle™ Dual Shot3-Mar
Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars17-Mar
Southpeak InteractiveRoogoo Attack™7-Apr
THQ Desktop Tower Defense29-Apr
UbisoftImagine® Makeup Artist5-May
Imagine® Music Fest5-May
Imagine® Boutique Owner26-May
My Healthy Cooking Coach2-Jun
Petz® Fashion: Dogz and Catz9-Jun
Jake Power Soccer Club16-Jun
Valcon Games History Channel: Great Empires: Rome17-Mar
Zoo Games, Inc. Yamaha Supercross10-Mar
Hands On!: Tangrams24-Mar
Puzzle Kingdoms31-Mar
Garfield Gets Real7-Apr
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans21-Apr
Smiley World Island Challenge28-Apr
Garfield’s Pet Force9-Jun

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

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