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Monday, March 9, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 9, 2009 @ 5:20 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

New Play Control! Pikmin (Wii)

With today’s launch of the New Play Control! series from Nintendo, Wii owners can use those same fun, intuitive controls to discover – or rediscover – some of the coolest and most well-received games made famous on the GameCube, each updated with a new wireless, active control scheme and a widescreen presentation.

New Play Control! Pikmin and New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis are the first two games in this new series, taking all the action and imagination of the originals and giving them a new control scheme. Not only do both new games make use of Nintendo’s simple-to-use Wii Remote controller, but they’re also presented for the first time ever in an eye-pleasing 16:9 widescreen format.

“On all of its platforms, Nintendo has consistently delivered irresistible games that fans can enjoy for years on end,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With the New Play Control! series, we’re giving Wii users new ways to tap into some great titles using the latest and greatest controls.”

New Play Control! Pikmin puts players in the role of Captain Olimar, a space traveler who’s stranded on a strange alien planet. Only an army of quirky creatures called Pikmin can help him repair his ship and survive the elements. With New Play Control! enhancements, players can now maneuver and command up to 100 Pikmin with a point of the Wii Remote controller, dodging obstacles and foes while working toward a heroic escape. Visit www.Pikmin.com to learn more.

Forthcoming New Play Control! titles include New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, scheduled for release on May 4. Whereas the original version had players beating on a pair of bongos to drive Donkey Kong through wild jungle activities, the New Play Control! edition lets players use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to enjoy the game’s rollicking rhythmic challenges.

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis (Wii)

With today’s launch of the New Play Control! series from Nintendo, Wii owners can use those same fun, intuitive controls to discover – or rediscover – some of the coolest and most well-received games made famous on the GameCube, each updated with a new wireless, active control scheme and a widescreen presentation.

New Play Control! Pikmin and New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis are the first two games in this new series, taking all the action and imagination of the originals and giving them a new control scheme. Not only do both new games make use of Nintendo’s simple-to-use Wii Remote controller, but they’re also presented for the first time ever in an eye-pleasing 16:9 widescreen format.

“On all of its platforms, Nintendo has consistently delivered irresistible games that fans can enjoy for years on end,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With the New Play Control! series, we’re giving Wii users new ways to tap into some great titles using the latest and greatest controls.”

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis finds Nintendo’s superstar plumber storming the court for some outrageous tennis action, joined by a roster of his unpredictable pals. Building on the skills they’ve honed with the Wii Sports video game, players can now use the Wii Remote controller like a tennis racket to make characters hit forehand or backhand, applying spin and charging up to perform devastating special moves. Seasoned pros can even attach the Nunchuk™ controller for added precision as they play their way through traditional matches, mini-games and crazy Gimmick Courts. Visit www.MarioTennis.com to learn more.

Forthcoming New Play Control! titles include New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, scheduled for release on May 4. Whereas the original version had players beating on a pair of bongos to drive Donkey Kong through wild jungle activities, the New Play Control! edition lets players use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to enjoy the game’s rollicking rhythmic challenges.

MySims Party (NDS/Wii)

The next title from the MySims Franchise features a robust variety of fun and unique mini-games. Designed specifically for the Nintendo platforms, MySims Party offers something for every member of the family.

"We are very excited to deliver MySims Party and think that it will appeal to new and existing MySims fans with the engaging fun that it provides right from the start," said Tim LeTourneau, General Manager of the MySims Franchise. "The game capitalizes on the universal appeal and trademark humor of the MySims characters, but also takes the franchise in a different direction providing a new way for players to interact through great multiplayer arcade gameplay."

In MySims Party (Wii) players must pit their reflexes, strategy, smarts and speed against up to three friends in 50 different fast-paced, action-packed mini-games. Each MySim character possesses a unique combination of speed, luck, strength, and endurance, and by strategically hand picking their team of four MySims, players can gain an advantage over their opponents and crush the competition! Whether shaking their groove thing with DJ Candy in the Go Go Dancing mini-game, outrunning the giant robot in Robo-Assault or sticking the trick in the extreme snowboarding challenge, gamers will be off the couch and on their feet, because every gathering is an instant party with MySims Party!

In MySims Party for the NDS players can take the party with them anywhere! Using the stylus and touch screen, players can dig up fossils in Excavate-a-Saurus, join Goth Boy on a first-person shooter mission during Haunted Hunted, rock out with Air-Guitar-Star, and much more! With 40 different mini-games designed specifically for the NDS, there is bound to be a game for every member of the family. Additionally, using one game card, friends can wirelessly play against each other in Dream Festival Mode and Mini-game Mode.

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