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Wednesday March 7, 2007 11:55 pm

Nintendo’s Second Quarter Titles Announced

Super Paper Mario Nintendo announced today their second quarter line-ups for both the Wii and the DS today, and while there are a lot of titles listed, unfortunately the latest Metroid didn’t make the list. Still, there seems to be a lot to offer, including the arrival of Super Paper Mario on April 9th, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and Mario Party 8 in May, and Big Brain Academy and Pokemon Battle Revolution in June. Pokemon Battle Revolution will be the first online-enabled game for the Wii. On the DS side, gamers can look forward to the latest RPG entry in the Pokemon series for handhelds, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. It looks like the DS browser will also finally hit the US DS in June as well.

The full press release and release list continues below.

UPCOMING POKÉMON BATTLE REVOLUTION NAMED AS FIRST WI-FI GAME FOR WII

Nintendo Reveals Strong Second-Quarter Lineup for Wii, Nintendo DS

REDMOND, Wash., March 7, 2007 – Wii™ owners of all ages have discovered the fun of playing with a group of friends in the same room. Now for the first time players can compete with one another near and far with Pokémon® Battle Revolution, a game of remarkable firsts:

  * the first Wii game to include Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection play
  * the first Pokémon game for Wii
  * the first game to link Wii and the hand-held Nintendo DS™
  * and the first Wii game that can be controlled using Nintendo DS

When Wii and Nintendo DS are linked, players can use their Nintendo DS units as controllers or import characters from the upcoming Nintendo DS games Pokémon® Diamond Version or Pokémon® Pearl Version. Pokémon Battle Revolution launches on June 25 exclusively for Wii and brings a dramatic new chapter to the Pokémon franchise, which has sold more than 155 million units worldwide. Pokémon Battle Revolution also serves as one of the standouts in Nintendo’s second-quarter launch lineup, which the company revealed today in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Pokémon Battle Revolution will be joined by Super Paper Mario™, the first Mario™ game for Wii; Mario Party® 8, a multiplayer party game; and Big Brain Academy™, a brain-training game that builds on the phenomenal success of the Nintendo DS brain games. These will add to the ever-growing library of Wii games, which will total more than 50 by the end of June. Nintendo DS fans will see the arrival of Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version, two surefire smash-hits.

“With strong third-party support, Wii and Nintendo DS have games on the way for both casual and veteran gamers,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “Our new ways to play have attracted millions of players around the world. This lineup demonstrates our commitment to leading the industry with the future of video gaming.”

Third-party publishers also have stepped up their support of both Wii and Nintendo DS, recognizing these systems as the hottest things going in the video game industry. The list of games for April, May and June includes the following:
Wii

April 9Super Paper MarioNintendo
AprilPrince of Persia Rival SwordsUbisoft
AprilBust-A-Move BashMajesco
AprilBioncle HeroesEidos
May 15Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonMidway
May 29Mario Party 8Nintendo
MayTamagotchi Party OnNamco Bandai
MayDisney’s Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s EndDisney Interactive
MayEscape from Bug IslandEidos
MaySpider-Man The Movie 3Activision
June 11Big Brain AcademyNintendo
June 25Pokémon Battle RevolutionNintendo
JuneCosmic FamilyUbisoft
SpringHeatseekerCodemasters
Q2Legend of the Dragon American Game Factory
SummerShrek the ThirdActivision
SummerTransformers the GameActivision

Nintendo DS

April 22Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon PearlNintendo
MayPirates of the Caribbean 3Buena Vista
MayDragon Ball Z: Harukanaru DensetsuAtari
MayPony FriendsEidos
MayDiner DashEidos
MayTouch the DeadEidos
June 4Nintendo DS browserNintendo
June 4Planet Puzzle LeagueNintendo
June 11Touchmaster DSMidway
JuneZendokuEidos
SpringNaruto Ninja Council 3Tomy
SpringTime AceKonami
SpringDeath Jr. and the Science Fair of DoomKonami
Q2Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest MoonNatsume
SummerShrek the ThirdActivision
SummerTransformers: AutobotsActivision
SummerTransformers: DecepticonsActivision

Game Boy® Advance

SummerShrek the ThirdActivision

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 387 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com.

Pokémon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, home entertainment, the official Pokémon Web site and an online retail center www.pokemoncenter.com. Just coming off its 10th worldwide anniversary in 2006, Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo’s Game Boy® and has since evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokémon was introduced in North America in September 1998 and today is one of the most popular toy and entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.

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