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Nintendo of America's Q2 2009 Release Lineup Reveals Titles And Dates

by Rainier on Feb. 26, 2009 @ 7:12 a.m. PST

Nintendo has about 120 games in store to keep your Wii Remote and touch screen busy in the coming months. Whatever sort of games you like to play there is something for everyone. Wii owners will be able to blow off some steam with Punch-Out!!, Excitebots: Trick Racing, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat to name a few...

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  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, originally made for the Nintendo GameCube system, launches May 4 with newly added motion controls.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

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

Nintendo DS

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

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