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Nintendo of America's Q2 2011 Release Lineup Reveals Titles And Dates

by Rainier on April 12, 2011 @ 6:46 p.m. PDT

Nintendo revealed a diverse lineup of new video games set to launch during the second quarter of 2011. Whether they're playing at home on the Wii, having fun on the go with the  NDS family of systems or discovering the new  3DS hand-held system, consumers will have a wide variety of 50 engaging, inclusive experiences to choose from.

A June 19 launch date has been set for  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a re-mastered edition of one of the most acclaimed installments in  The Legend of Zelda series, created exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. Wii owners, meanwhile, can look forward to the June 13 launch of  Wii Play: Motion, which includes 12 new motion-controlled games and will be packaged with a black Wii Remote Plus controller. Upcoming games also include Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust for the Wii system, which combines the seek-and-solve fun of the puzzle-based series with adventuresome story elements, multiplayer modes and the intuitive motion control of the Wii Remote controller.

"Following a tremendous launch for Nintendo 3DS, our roster of upcoming games for Wii and all of our hand-held systems will keep the momentum going strong into summer," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America's director of Public Relations. "Games like  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and  Wii Play: Motion offer exciting additions to some of Nintendo's most popular franchises, while our third-party partners continue to provide blockbuster gaming experiences for Nintendo systems."

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D  brings a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved  The Legend of Zelda game series to Nintendo's newest hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Link. A streamlined touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls provide a fresh and intuitive feel as players immerse themselves in the tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game.  The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a masterful improvement on one of the landmark releases in video game history. 

With the June 13 launch of  Wii Play: Motion, Wii owners will be twisting, turning and enjoying themselves like never before, whether they're newcomers to the console or have already discovered the fun of the popular  Wii Play game. From catching a gust of wind by tilting an umbrella to fending off garden pests by swinging a mallet, each of the 12 included games will have players smiling wide as they use their Wii Remote Plus controller (or Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus accessory) in a variety of interesting, sometimes unexpected ways. Wii Play: Motion comes packaged with a Wii Remote Plus controller – which combines the original Wii Remote controller with the precision of Wii MotionPlus – to deliver great value, precise motion control and immersive social fun that anyone in the household can pick up and instantly enjoy.

Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust  brings the intrigue and sleuthing of Big Fish Games'  Mystery Case Files  series to the Wii system for the first time. The game transports players to the enigmatic Malgrave Island, where they must hunt for hidden objects and solve puzzles to collect a magically powerful dust scattered across the island. Anyone can delve quickly and easily into the game's rich seek-and-solve action, using the Wii Remote controller to examine multi-layered hidden-object scenes, locate cleverly concealed items and obtain inventory items that will help to overcome brain-teasing obstacles. Multiplayer features allow players to team up and crack the case together or face off in a competitive hunt for hidden objects. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer features and are sold separately.) No matter who's playing, it'll take sharp eyes and a keen mind to get to the bottom of  Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust.

Third-party publishers will offer a spectacular range of new software for Nintendo systems in the months to come. Among the upcoming games for the Wii console are Konami Digital Entertainment's  Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 and Disney Interactive Studios'  LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. Nintendo 3DS users can look forward to a May launch for TECMO KOEI's  DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions, while Warner Bros. Interactive's  Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is set to launch simultaneously for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family of systems on June 7.

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

Wii

Activision

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Stealth Force Edition – June 14

Deep Silver, Inc.
Get Fit with Mel B – Spring

Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game - May

Disney•Pixar
Cars 2: The Video Game – Summer

Graffiti Entertainment, Inc.
Reader Rabbit  Preschool – April
Reader RabbiKindergarten – April 
Reader Rabbit  1st Grade – April
Reader Rabbit  2nd Grade – April

Konami Digital Entertainment
Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 – Spring

Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
ExerBeat – April 26

Nintendo
Wii Play: Motion – June 13
Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust – June 27

SEGA
Thor: God of Thunder – May 3
The Conduit  2 – April 12

THQ Inc.
Rio – April 12
SpongeBob SquigglePants – April 12
Kung Fu Panda  2 – May 24

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – June 7

Nintendo DS Family

Activision

Transformers: Dark of the Moon AUTOBOTS – June 14
Transformers: Dark of the Moon DECEPTICONS – June 14
Squinkies – April 12

Bergsala Lightweight LLC
Loving Life with Hello Kitty  and Friends – May 10

Deep Silver, Inc.
Duke Nukem: Critical Mass – Q2

Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game - May

Disney•Pixar
Cars 2: The Video Game – Summer

Easy Interactive
Hollywood Files – June 14
Picture Puzzle Collection – May 17
Match 3 Madness – May 3

Konami Digital Entertainment
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011 – May 10

Majesco Entertainment
Cake Mania Main Street – May 

SEGA
Thor: God of Thunder – May 3

THQ Inc.
Rio – April 12
Paws & Claws Pampered Pets 2 – April 12
Kung Fu Panda  – May 24

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
LEGO  Battles: Ninjago – Spring
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – June 7

Nintendo 3DS

Activision

TransformersDark of the Moon  Stealth Force Edition 3D – June 14

Aksys Games Localization, Inc.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II – May 24

Crave Games
Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion – May 24

D3 Publisher
Dream Trigger  3D - April

Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game - May

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
DualPenSports – May
PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS – June

Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time  3D – June 19

NIS America, Inc.
Cave Story 3D - June 28

TECMO KOEI AMERICA CORP.
DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions – May

THQ Inc.
SpongeBob SquigglePants – May 17

Ubisoft Entertainment
Driver Renegade – Spring
Rabbids Travel in Time – April 10
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3 D – April 10
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes – June 7

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters – June 7

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