Wii And DS Q1 2009 Lineup Unveiled

Wii And DS Q1 2009 Lineup Unveiled

Nintendo revealed today their first quarter 2009 rooster of more than 100 new games.

Topping the list is Pokémon Platinum version for Nintendo DS, a new entry in the beloved Pokémon series, slated for a March 22 launch across North America. Other notable titles include the enhanced New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin for Wii, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Personal Trainer: Math and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Nintendo DS.

"Our fans expect a diverse selection of entertainment options, and we're eager to deliver exactly that," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We're building on the momentum of a strong holiday season by offering new and experienced players an even greater library of game titles in 2009."

Pokémon fans in particular will have plenty to cheer about as Pokémon Platinum is readied for its U.S. debut. Following the vast popularity of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum is the newest in the core series of Pokémon games. Pokémon Platinum features a new story full of adventure, never-before-seen forms of powerful Pokémon - including the legendary Giratina's Origin Forme - and the Distortion World, a mysterious new world that suddenly appears in the Sinnoh region. In addition, with Pokémon Platinum up to 20 players can interact with other Pokémon fans from around the world in the new Wi-Fi Plaza, featuring mini-games and activities. Players can also enjoy the new features in the Global Terminal, such as posting battle videos using the new "Vs. Recorder." In addition, Pokémon Platinum features a new Battle Frontier, where the toughest Trainers can test their skills in new ways. Pokémon Platinum already has broken previous Nintendo DS sales records in Japan, selling more than 1 million copies in its first two days of release.

For the portable Nintendo DS, Personal Trainer: Math builds on the new Personal Trainer series, which launched with Personal Trainer: Cooking, now extends its reach beyond the stomach to the brain. Personal Trainer: Math introduces 40 fast-paced exercises to give players a fun way to improve their arithmetic skills. The Personal Trainer series is designed to help users enrich their lives and learn new skills in fun and interesting ways. Also for Nintendo DS, fans of the Fire Emblem franchise will enjoy the arrival of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, a revamped and re-imagined version of the NES classic, featuring touch-screen controls. Players with a broadband Internet connection can enjoy worldwide battles over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo's online gaming service.

Meanwhile, for the Wii console, Nintendo is offering up two classic Nintendo GameCube games: New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin enhanced for play using the Wii Remote controller. The enhanced New Play Control! Pikmin game lets players point the Wii Remote controller at the screen and use it as a cursor, making it easy to select either a single Pikmin or an entire army. When a player tosses Pikmin, they fly wherever the cursor is pointing. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis lets players enjoy an afternoon on the court as their favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with motion-controlled serves and swings. With Wii controls, players can swing the Wii Remote controller to hit forehands and backhands and to apply spin. Experienced gamers can also attach a Nunchuk controller for additional precision. Both games are scheduled to launch next March.

Third-party publishers continue to bring diverse, creative games like FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Echoes of Time from Square-Enix for Wii and Nintendo DS. These games offer unique features that allow users to play multiplayer across Nintendo platforms. MADWORLD from Sega will be available exclusively for Wii, and the highly acclaimed franchise Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars from Rockstar Games will be available for Nintendo DS.

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

Monsters vs. Aliens - March 24

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals - March
Solitaire & Mahjong - February
Puzzle Challenges and More! - February
Crayola Colorful World - March

Onechanbara Bikini Zombie Slayers - February
Coraline - January

WordJong Party - January
Battle Rage - February
Cradle of Rome - February
Cate West: The Vanishing Files - March
Burger Island - March

Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Winter

Play the World - March

Electronic Arts
NASCAR Kart Racing - Feb. 10
SimAnimals - Jan. 27
TRIVIAL PURSUIT - Early spring

Hudson Entertainment
Marble Saga Kororinpa - Spring

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
DanceDanceRevolution Disney Grooves - March

Majesco Entertainment
Escape the Museum - January
Major Minor's Majestic March - March

Marvelous Entertainment USA
Little King's Story - Feb. 17
Rune Factory: Frontier - March

Deer Drive - Jan. 20

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
We Ski and Snowboard - March

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis - March
New Play Control! Pikmin - March

The House of The Dead: Overkill - February
SONIC and the Black Knight - March

Southpeak Interactive
Roogoo Twisted Towers - Feb. 17
Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball - March 17
Brave: A Warrior's Tale - Feb. 17

Paws & Claws Pet Resort - Jan. 5
Neighborhood Games - Jan. 5

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins - February
Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director's Cut) - March

XS Games
Super PickUps - Q1

Monsters vs. Aliens - March 24
Pimp My Ride 2 - March 24
Animal Planet - March 10

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
My World, My Way - Feb. 3
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II - Feb. 10
Trackmania DS - March 17

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals - March

D3Publisher of America
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix - Q1
Coraline - January

USA TODAY Puzzle Craze - January
DinoPets - March

Disney Interactive Studios
Phineas and Ferb - Winter

Inkheart - January
Learn Math - January
Drivers' Ed Portable - January
Monster Band - January
Zoo Quest - February
My Personal Diary - February
Music Star: Pop Star - February
Paint by DS - March
Matchstick - March
Dreamer: Top Model - March
Sarah - Keeper of the Unicorn - March
Learn Chess - March
Dragon Master - April

Electronic Arts
Zubo - March
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure - Q1
SimAnimals - Jan. 27

Empire Interactive
Jagged Alliance - Feb. 17

American Popstar - Road to Celebrity - March 9

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero - Q1
Suikoden Tierkreis - Q1
Little Magician's Magic Adventure - Q1

Majesco Entertainment
WonderWorld Amusement Park - January
Powerbike - January
Our House - Q1
Hot 'n' Cold - March

Marvelous Entertainment USA
Avalon Code - February
Flower, Sun, and Rain - March

Moon - Jan. 13

Chicken Hunter Star Karts - March 10

Personal Trainer: Math - Jan. 12
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon - Feb. 16
Pokémon Platinum version - March 22

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Winter

Southpeak Interactive
Big Bang Mini - Jan. 6
Roogoo Attack - Feb. 17
Brave: Shaman's Challenge - Feb. 17

Square Enix, Inc.


Paws & Claws Pampered Pets - Jan. 5

TOMY Corporation
My DoItAll - February

Jake Power Fireman - January
Jake Power Policeman - January
Imagine Cheerleader - February
JoJo's Fashion Show - February
Petz Horseshoe Ranch - February
Imagine Family Doctor - February
Imagine Ice Champions - March
Jake Power Handyman - March
My Fashion Studio Paris Collection - Feb. 17
American Popstar - Road to Celebrity - March 24
Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director's Cut) - March

Retro Game Challenge - Jan. 6