Nintendo DS 1st Quarter 2009 Games

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Pokémon Platinum Tops Nintendo’s Diverse Game Lineup for Early 2009

New Releases Also Include New Play Control! Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis for Wii, Fire Emblem for Nintendo DS

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Continuing its commitment to create fun and engaging experiences for everyone, Nintendo of America Inc. today unleashes a broad list of exciting new games for the first quarter of 2009. Topping the list is Pokémonâ„¢ Platinum version for Nintendo DSâ„¢, a remarkable new entry in the beloved Pokémon series, slated for a March 22 launch across North America. Nintendo’s roster of more than 100 new games includes an impressive array of challenges and experiences for new players and loyalists, as well as everyone in between. Notable titles include the enhanced New Play Control! Mario Power Tennisâ„¢ and New Play Control! Pikminâ„¢ for Wiiâ„¢, and Fire Emblemâ„¢: Shadow Dragon, Personal Trainerâ„¢: 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 extending 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 GameCubeâ„¢ games: New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin enhanced for play using the Wii Remoteâ„¢ 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 Nunchukâ„¢ 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.


Publisher   Game   Available
Activision   Monsters vs. Aliens   March 24
Crave Entertainment   Monster Pals™   March
  Solitaire & Mahjong   February
  Puzzle Challenges and More!   February
  Crayola Colorful World   March
D3Publisher   Onechanbara™ Bikini Zombie Slayers™   February
  Coraline   January
Destineer   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
DreamCatcher   Play the World   March
Electronic Arts   NASCAR® Kart Racing   Feb. 10
  SimAnimals™   Jan. 27
  TRIVIAL PURSUIT   Early spring
Hudson Entertainment   FISHING MASTER WORLD TOUR   Jan. 6
  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
Mastiff   Deer Drive™   Jan. 20
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.   We Ski™ and Snowboard   March
Nintendo   New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™   March
  New Play Control! Pikmin™   March
Sega   The House of The Dead: Overkill™   February
  SONIC™ and the Black Knight   March
  MADWORLD™   March
Southpeak Interactive   Roogoo Twisted Towers™   Feb. 17
  Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball™   March 17
  Brave: A Warrior’s Tale™   Feb. 17
THQ   Paws & Claws Pet Resort   Jan. 5
  Neighborhood Games   Jan. 5
Ubisoft   Tenchu™: Shadow Assassins   February
  Broken Sword™: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut)   March
XS Games   Super PickUps™   Q1

Nintendo DS

Publisher   Game   Available
Activision   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
Destineer   USA TODAY Puzzle Craze   January
  DinoPets   March
Disney Interactive Studios   Phineas and Ferb   Winter
DreamCatcher   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
Gameloft   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
Mastiff   Moon™   Jan. 13


Chicken Hunter Star Karts  

March 10

Nintendo   Personal Trainer™: Math   Jan. 12
  Fire Emblem™: Shadow Dragon   Feb. 16
  Pokémon™ Platinum version  

March 22

ROCKSTAR GAMES   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.   FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: Echoes of Time™   Spring
THQ   Paws & Claws Pampered Pets   Jan. 5
TOMY Corporation   My DoItAll™   February
Ubisoft   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
XSEED Games   Retro Game Challenge   Jan. 6

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About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.8 billion video games and more than 480 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii and Nintendo DS, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as 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

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