At Nintendo's Media Summit this morning, Nintendo spent a lot of time talking about how they have video games and how video games have release dates and then they said that the video games they make will also have release dates. Nintendo then went on to list release dates, which caused the crowd to applaud for an hour and a half. Then they mentioned a few other video games coming out but by that point everyone had already left to party about about how much they like release dates. Here's all the release dates and then some to come out of this thing.
-Nintendo DSi XL comes out March 28th at the XL price of $190. It comes preinstalled with Brain Age Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, and Photo Clock with the free applications DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio already downloaded for you.
-Super Mario Galaxy 2 comes out May 23rd. Nintendo wants to emphasize that theres a drill item that Mario can use in this one.
-Metroid: Other M comes out June 27th. Gameplay is 2D sidescroller that can be switched on the fly to 3D to blast enemies. Check out the barebones official site
-Sin & Punishment: Star Successor comes out June 7th.
-FlingSmash comes out this summer. In this first party sidescroller, you bounce a character to move through the level. Nintendo claims it combines "the precision of racket sports with the unpredictable fun of pinball." A Motion Plus only game.
-Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands comes out May 18th from Ubisoft. This game takes place in between Sands of Time and Warrior Within. Being released for both Wii and DS (as well as every other system), the Wii version boasts the exclusivity of having the SNES remake of Prince of Persia in the game.
-100 Classic Books comes out June 14. It's a collection of public domain stories that you can read on the go with the DS. Why read these stories for free on the internet when you could pay $20 to read them on your DS? Probably won't mean anything but occasional-Pokemon developer Genius Sonority made it.
-Picross 3D comes out May 3rd. It's the same lovable Picross but with the added challenge of a new dimension. Just like the last Picross DS game it has online play and DLC.
-Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal comes out this October from Majesco. A DSi Exclusive retail game (not DSiWare) that takes advantage of the camera for players to hunt ghosts with.
-Guilty Party comes out later this year and is a mystery-based party game from Disney and Wideload Games. Not much else to it but Nintendo felt it was important enough to mention.
-Monster Hunter Tri, the Wii exclusive entry in the Monster Hunter franchise that repeatedly takes Japan by storm, comes out April 20th. For an extra $10 you can get a Black Classic Controller Pro with the game. In this action RPG you crate a character to protect a town from various powerful monsters. On top of that the town is trying to recover from a recent earthquake. On top of that you can go online with your friends to work together in taking down monsters. For FREE. Thats important because in Japan, going online in this game costs a monthly fee. On top of that the game also supports Wii Speak. Something that was also missing in the original Japan version. If you doubt how fun this game is, starting March 8th you can pick up a free demo disk at your local Gamestop (no strings attached) which features exclusive quests.
-The Classic Controller Pro also comes out April 20th in white or black colors available separately for $20.
-Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky, a game that has already sold over 4 million copies in Japan, comes out this summer. The official 9th entry in the franchise surprised gamers by being on a handheld as opposed to a console. The game is a classic Dragon Quest-style RPG with several job classes and additional WiFi Quests to go on. Important to note is that Nintendo of America themselves will be publishing the game as opposed to Square-Enix self-publishing it. No word on the Dragon Quest VI release sadly.
In addition to badass Wii and DS games, Nintendo also confirmed badass WiiWare and DSiWare games. The month of March is going to be a very good one for WiiWare.
-March 1st will see the release of Mega Man 10.
-March 8th will see the release of Max & The Magic Marker, a sidescroller platformer thats similar to Kirby Canvas Curse, except the main character isnt stuck as ball. But you do use a floating marker to create platforms and stuff. Check out the free demo
for a better idea.
-March 22nd will FINALLY see the release of the long-awaited Cave Story. This a Metroidesque platformer with a retro look and feel. An extremely popular freeware download for PC released a few years ago. The original version was notable for being created by ONE PERSON. WiiWare version includes a bevy of extras and redrawn sprites and redone music. And if you hate the new look you can switch to the original look!
-March 29th will see the release of WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase. This is mostly a companion download to the retail DS game WarioWare D.I.Y. launching the day before. The DS game is not necessary as it has 70 exclusive microgames to play off the bat. The notable thing is that you use Showcase to play your user-created content from D.I.Y. on the TV as well as trade them with your friends. I think this also has a game based on Rosey Rupeeland. Or Advance Wars. I know they exist between the DS and WiiWare games but I forget which one has what.
-Art Style: light trax will be launching this Spring. This appears to be a remake of the GBA bit Generations game, Dotstream
. Its a racing game where you control a beam of light.
-Art Style: Rotozoa will be launching this Spring. Involves collecting organisms that match the colors of your tentacles. Not much else but will likely be good simple fun like every other Art Style.
-Rage of the Gladiator from Ghostfire Games will be launching this Spring. Think of Punch-Out but in medieval times. Compatible with MotionPlus.
-And Yet It Moves from Broken Rules will be launching this Spring. Its a unique platformer where you must twist the stage to navigate through it.
-Super Meat Boy from Team Meat will be launching this Summer. Its platformer where you jump around the level avoiding various death traps as a little blob of meat. Interestingly will feature unlockable characters from other indie games. A souped version of the free to play flash game, Meat Boy
-Photo Dojo for DSiWare will be launching this Spring. This 200 point game is likely to bring in a lot of laughs as you take pictures of yourself and your friends in different poses and records various sound effects to create a fun fighting game.
-Metal Torrent for DSiWare will be launching this Spring. This is a frantic, fast-paced, bullet hell top down schmup (those games where you usually play as a ship in space) co-developed by Arika. The guys that made the relaxing Endless Ocean games.
-X-Scape for DSiWare will be launching this Spring. An adventure spanning 20 planets while piloting a tank through 3-D tunnels. Amazingly this is the sequel to the Japanese only Game Boy game X. You might remember this game as having a song in Brawl. This is incredibly fitting since Dylan Cuthbert, head of Q-Games, was part of Argonaut Studios that developed the original X.
Nintendo also quietly revealed a few Club Nintendo surprises coming up.
-Mario posters and various official artwork are coming up soon.
-Game & Watch Collection 2 will be coming out. This one feature single screen games Parachute and Octopus with a third game that fuses the two into one supergame.
-Grill Off with Ultra Hand
, a unique reward that is actually WiiWare game based on Gunpei Yokoi's Ultra Hand toy. Unlike Doc Louis's Punch-Out, this will be a normal reward. I honestly never thought this game would hit outside of Japan.[/list]
The conference was solely for the first half of 2010. So announcements pertaining to the second half, such as the new Zelda or the new Kirby or NPC Pikmin 2, will be revealed at E3.