Though the dates for some offerings coming to Nintendo platforms had been revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, most titles had been left with rather ambiguous release periods, such as “November” or “Fall 2010.” Today, however, that has all changed, as Nintendo has issued a press release which will finally allow us to mark our calendars for the games we desire most in the coming months.
It has been no secret that the Wii title Metroid: Other M has been slotted in for an August 31st release, following the bump from its June release. Almost a month later, Tecmo Koei’s Samurai Warriors 3 will be take to store shelves with a bundled-in Classic Controller Pro on September 27th.
More all-ages-appropriate fare from Nintendo will follow, with Wii Party coming on October 3rd and Kirby’s Epic Yarn on October 17th. Those will soon be joined by PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure on November 1st, and FlingSmash on November 7th.
Third-party publishers also have some eagerly-awaited titles lined up, as 2K Play brings the fun of New Carnival Games on September 21st, while EA Sports takes it to the hole with NBA Jam on October 5th. After that, you can dance, dance, dance the night away with Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 on October 12th.
With those out of the way, get ready to feel like it’s November 1994 all over again. Nintendo is bringing Donkey Kong Country Returns on November 21st, and while Knuckles may be nowhere to be seen this time, SEGA will have Sonic Colors available on November 16th. And this time, you won’t have to have two consoles to enjoy both franchises.
Unfortunately, despite all of these games receiving (or reiterating, in some cases) their release dates, two third-party heavy-hitters are still up in the air. Activision’s return of GoldenEye 007 only has “November” as its release period (it’s probably best not to expect it on the 21st, though), while Disney Interactive Studios’ Epic Mickey still only carries an ever-ambiguous “Winter” release.
Padding out the Wii release schedule will be some WiiWare releases, including Broken Rules’ And Yet It Moves on August 23rd, Gaijin Games’ BIT.TRIP FATE sometime in the fall, and Team Meat’s Super Meat Boy sometime during the holidays. On a personal note, this writer hopes that Retro City Rampage will be available before the end of the year as well.
Opposite the Wii, we have the Nintendo DS, which has its own lineup to consider. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future kicks things off on September 12th, with Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs coming on October 4th and Art Academy on October 25th. Plus, Donkey Kong will be pulling double-duty and making sure that Mario doesn’t get the holidays off in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on November 14th.
FINAL FANTASY THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT (their emphasis) appears to be leading the third-party charge on the handheld with an October 5th, while Warner Bros. has Super Scribblenauts penciled in for an October 12th release. After that, Electronic Arts and MTV say “nuts” to numeric sequencing and take Rock Band 3 on the road on October 29th.
Balancing out the retail side will be the downloadable DSiWare, which has Need For Speed Nitro-X coming from Electronic Arts on September 20th. WayForward’s Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, however, still has its release date up in the air; it should come sometime during the holiday season.
“Everyone wants fun, engaging experiences, and they want great value,” said Nintendo of Canada’s Vice-President and General Manager, Ron Bertram, in a press release. “Nintendo games give you both. And no matter what your taste, you’ll find exclusive experiences that just aren’t available anywhere else.”
“Dusting off the Wii” has become an unfortunately common cliché among too many gamers, but with a lineup like this, there should be little reason for it to gather any at all before 2011 is rung in.