While I could never get close enough to play Kirby's Epic Yarn, I did have an opportunity to play with our large, simian friend. If you didn't catch my thoughts in our E3 podcasts, I can tell you here that the game is addictive...and punishingly brutal. You're going to die a lot. Then, you will ask for more. I don't know if I'm looking forward to it or afraid of it.
This press release is just filled to the brim with dates for both first and third party titles. Take a look and see if this fall will be the time for you to dust off your Wii.
Wii and DS/DSi
NINTENDO REFRESHES THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER WITH UPCOMING COOL GAMES
Dates Announced for New Kirby, Donkey Kong and Pokémon Games
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2010 - The summer is heating up, which means it's a great time for Nintendo to announce some of the cool games it will have available in the coming months for its Wii™ home console and portable Nintendo DS™ family of systems.
Some upcoming Wii games include Metroid™: Other M on Aug. 31, Samurai Warriors™ 3 on Sept. 27, Wii Party™ on Oct. 3, Kirby's Epic Yarn™ on Oct. 17, PokéPark™ Wii: Pikachu's Adventure on Nov. 1, FlingSmash™ on Nov. 7 and Donkey Kong Country™ Returns on Nov. 21. Some marquee third-party games include New Carnival Games® from 2K Play on Sept. 21, NBA JAM from EA Sports™ on Oct. 5, Just Dance® 2 from Ubisoft® on Oct. 12, GoldenEye 007™ from Activision Publishing, Inc. in November, Sonic Colors™ from SEGA on Nov. 16 and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios this holiday season.
For the Nintendo DS family of systems, upcoming games include Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™ on Sept. 12, Pokémon Ranger™: Guardian Signs on Oct. 4, Art Academy™ on Oct. 25 and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! on Nov. 14. Some featured third-party games on the way for the rest of the year include Super Scribblenauts from Warner Bros. in October, FINAL FANTASY® THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT from Square Enix, Inc. on Oct. 5 and Rock Band™ 3 from Electronic Arts/MTV on Oct. 29.
Upcoming downloadable games for the WiiWare™ service include And Yet It Moves from Broken Rules on Aug. 23, BIT.TRIP FATE by Gaijin Games this fall and Super Meat Boy from Team Meat during the holidays. On the Nintendo DSiWare™ downloadable game service, fans can watch for Need For Speed™ Nitro-X from Electronic Arts on Sept. 20 and Shantae™: Risky's Revenge from WayForward during the holidays.
Nintendo games have the unbeatable combination of value and fun. Nintendo DS games are great fun for every member of the family, while Wii games feature built-in motion controls without the need for any expensive add-ons. And the Wii hardware package comes with two great games, Wii Sports™ and Wii Sports Resort™, plus a Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller and the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, which makes specially designed games even more precise - all for a suggested retail price of $199.99. The console even features the ability for Netflix members, who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month and a broadband Internet connection, to stream movies and TV shows directly to their televisions at no extra charge.
Remember that Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about Nintendo, visit www.nintendo.com.
* - I took these dates off of Amazon.com because the press release was not specific enough.