Yesterday, Nintendo held it’s annual Media Summit for game journalist to talk about the upcoming hardware and software releases to start 2010. Three big things were talked about – The Nintendo DSi XL, which now has a release date and price, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid™: Other M were shown and dated.
The first big announcement is of course The DSi XL which launches March 28 for $189.99. This new DSi will launch in two new colours – Burgundy and Bronze. Also included is preloaded software such as Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Photo Clock, along with the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio™. Compared to the original DSi, the XL will have much bigger screens to play on, and a larger stylus that allows for more grip and comfort. Among this announcement, some other DS games were announced such as America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking and WarioWare™: D.I.Y. – releasing March 28th. On June 14th, for a price of $19.99, Nintendo is releasing its own E-book reader called 100 Classic Books. This will feature work from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Jane Austen, Mark Twain. New books can be purchased through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. If anyone is still on the edge about buying a new DS, this will be a good choice for any gamer.
Continuing the DS announcements, three more games will be released for DSiware. Photo Dojo™ allows you to pose and take a picture of yourself to use as a main character in a side-scrolling fighting game. The last two games are Metal Torrent™ and X-Scape™. I’m not really sure what type of games they are but in Metal Torrent, players are to convert bullets into cubes which increases the score and fills up the energy meter for special weapons. X-Scape lets players pilot a tank through 3-D tunnels as they destroy enemies and giant robot weapons in more than 20 planets. Look for these three games sometime this spring.
The second big announcement is the release date for Metroid™: Other M developed by the world-renowned Team Ninja. Most of the game is played from the classic 2-D point of view, but at any point, you can switch the perspective to 3-D as you point the wii-mote at the screen to blast enemies in first person. The story takes place in Samus Aran’s past and looks to be a nice addition to the Metroid series. Metroid: Other M will launch June 27th. I look forward to playing this game as I liked the 2D versions of Metroid, and only some features in the First Person version.
And finally, rounding off the big three, Super Mario Galaxy 2 gameplay was shown along with a new trailer. The “gravity-defying, physics-based exploration from the first game” will still be present as well as new galaxies to explore. In some stages you may have Yoshi at your side to help collect items and defeat enemies. Also, some new items such as a drill that allows mario to tunnel through solid rock. Super Mario Galaxy 2 launches May 23. Had a lot of fun with the first game and look forward to the new galaxies and features in this one. Below is a trailer of the game released from the event.
Among these three big announcements, other games were briefly mentioned:
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry will be coming summer 2010 for the DS in partnership with Square-Enix.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter Tri will arrive in the west with a launch date of April 20th in North America. Online play will be available to all players with an active internet connection for no additional cost, Wii Speak can be used to chat online, and will include a new Black Classic Controller Pro. Suggested retail price for this bundle is $59.99. Without the classic controller, you can buy the game alone for $49.99. Black and White versions of the controller will retail for $19.99 separately.
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor A “breakthrough shooter game for the wii” will launch June 7th in North America.
FlingSmash will launch this summer and has the player controlling a ball like hero through countless side-scrolling stages. Playable only with the Wii MotionPlus addon.
Picross 3D will be released May 3rd. Players use a cube to smash away smaller blocks which reveal an object, shape or symbol. Over 350 unique puzzles to be downloaded after launch.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands™ will launch May 18th on both Wii and Nintendo DS. The Wii version will be the first to feature a two-player co-op experience. Also, the rumoured Super NES version will be included and exclusive to the Wii version.
Disney’s Guilty Party will see a release in the second half of 2010.
Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal a DSi exclusive which uses the DSi camera and augmented reality technology. Will launch this October and allows players to become a ghost hunter as they track done paranormal activity.
Capcom’s Mega Man™ 10 will be released March 1st for WiiWare. a completely new adventure with the classic 8-bit style graphics.
Max & the Magic Marker turns your Wii Remote into an orange magic marker that allows players to draw lines and objects to help Max reach his goal. Will be available March 8th for WiiWare.
The updated version of Cave Story will finally see a release on March 22. it will feature new gameplay, artwork and music enhancements.
Wario will continue with his micro game collection on the Wii in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase. Will allow players to link the DS game WarioWare: D.I.Y. and transfer content between the two via a local wireless connection. You can even play user-created levels on the Wii version.
Art Style™: light trax™ – Players must keep away from obstacles, use items and look for power boosts if they want to finish first. Look for the game this spring as it launches for WiiWare.
Art Style: Rotozoa™ will launch this spring and has the player swim through primordial ooze as they absorb tiny organisms that match the colors of your tentacles.
Rage of the Gladiator is a fighting game that puts players against an array of opponents. It seems the game uses Quick Time Events to attack and is compatible with the Wii MotionPlus. Look for it this spring for WiiWare.
And Yet It Moves will have the player rotating the world as they help their line-drawn character through levels as floors become ceilings, walls becomes floors, and so on. Coming spring for WiiWare.
Super Meat Boy from Team Meat and Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Grand Prize Finalist. Sets a cube of meat off on an adventure to save Princess Bandage. Not for children. Look for it this spring for Wiiware.
“Nintendo finished 2009 with a bang, and we’re continuing our momentum into 2010,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With Nintendo DSi XL, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M coming in the first six months of the year, we’re making sure all our fans have great game content to enjoy year-round.”
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