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Nintendo's 08 release schedule

Posted by: Sean Colleli at 1/21/2008 12:10 PM
Here's the 2008 lineup from Nintendo and their various third parties, along with the typical bragging about how well the Wii and DS are doing.  08 looks to have some good games, with Mario Kart Wii, Smash Bros. Brawl, Okami and Star Wars Force Unleashed.  That said, I'll probably be spending more time on my 360, unless Nintendo gives up the gimmicks and delivers a killer app.


 Strong Lineup of Games Continues Nintendo's Momentum in 2008
 
     Bold 2007 Set the Stage for Broad 2008 Software Lineups for Wii and
                                 Nintendo DS
 
    REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- With their focus on fun for
everyone, Nintendo's Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) systems are leading a new
movement in the world of video games. Games based on brain exercises. ... New
experiences that surprise even core gamers. ... Grandparents buying video game
systems -- for themselves! Surely, these are unprecedented times.
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    "The video game industry has never had so many new players, and they've
never had so much fun," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive
vice president of sales & marketing. "Our momentum is not limited to one
system or one game. We're going broad and bold in 2008, with something for
every member of the family."
    Nintendo DS and Wii finished as the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling systems
of the year, respectively. Nintendo continues its momentum into 2008 with a
strong lineup of games. In the first half of 2008 alone, more than 65 new Wii
games will add to the current library of more than 195 and 80 new Nintendo DS
games will add to the current library of nearly 500. Nintendo DS opens the
first half of the year with games that demonstrate the breadth of the Nintendo
DS library. Advance Wars(R): Days of Ruin is a treat aimed squarely at core
gamers, while Crosswords DS(TM) is for all consumers, whether they currently
play games or not.
    Likewise, the first half of 2008 brings a diverse array of Wii games from
Nintendo, including core games like Super Smash Bros.(R) Brawl; games with
universal appeal for gamers old and new with Mario Kart(R) Wii, which uses the
easy-to-pick-up Wii Wheel(TM); and Wii Fit(TM), which comes with the Wii
Balance Board and has appeal for new consumers well beyond the traditional
video game audience. On top of all that, new downloadable WiiWare(TM) games
will make their debut. These unique games have much lower entry barriers for
developers and let consumers enjoy an incredibly diverse selection of content.
    Third-party publishers also continue their strong support for Wii and
Nintendo DS. Some of the innovative Wii games for the first half of 2008
include Ninja Reflex from Electronic Arts, No More Heroes(TM) from Ubisoft,
DeBlob from THQ, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed from LucasArts and Okami from
Capcom, in addition to compelling Nintendo DS games like FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL
CHRONICLES: Rings of Fate from Square Enix, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword from
Tecmo and Quick Yoga Training from Ubisoft.
    The following is a partial list of Wii and Nintendo DS software for the
first half of 2008. Note that details are subject to change.
 
    Wii
    Jan. 7: Kidz Sports Ice Hockey from Destineer
    Jan. 8: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law from Capcom
    Jan. 15: SAMURAI WARRIORS: KATANA from KOEI CORPORATION
    Jan. 15: Furu Furu Park from Majesco Entertainment
    Jan. 21: Endless Ocean(TM) from Nintendo
    Jan. 22: One Piece(TM): Unlimited Adventure(TM) from Namco Bandai Games
             America Inc.
    Jan. 29: Bomberman Land from Hudson
    January: No More Heroes(TM) from Ubisoft
    January: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(TM): Hard Evidence from Ubisoft
    Feb. 8: Kawasaki Jet Ski from Destineer
    Feb. 11: Go Diego Go!: Safari Rescue from 2K Play
    Feb. 12: WWII Aces from Destineer
    Feb. 12: Dream Pinball 3D from SouthPeak Games
    Feb. 18: MX vs. ATV Untamed from THQ
    Feb. 25: Agatha Christie And Then There Were None from DreamCatcher Games
    Feb. 26: Baroque from Atlus USA
    Feb. 26: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors from Square Enix
    Feb. 27: Kidz Sports Soccer from Destineer
    Feb. 27: London Taxi: Rush Hour from Destineer
    February: Garfield(R) Gets Real from DSI Games
    February: Yamaha Supercross from DSI Games
    February: Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore from Konami
    February: Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30(TM) from Ubisoft
    February: BALLOON POP from UFO INTERACTIVE GAMES
    March 3: Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed from THQ
    March 9: Super Smash Bros.(R) Brawl from Nintendo
    March 10: Worms: A Space Oddity from THQ
    March 25: Okami from Capcom
    March 25: OPOONA from KOEI CORPORATION
    March: MiniCopter: Adventure Flight from Aksys Games
    March: Alone in the Dark from Atari
    March: Ninja Reflex from Electronic Arts
    March: Obscure: The Aftermath from Ignition Entertainment
    March: Target: Terror from Konami
    March: Nitro Bike(TM) from Ubisoft
    March: Emergency Heroes(TM) from Ubisoft
    March: HEAVENLY GUARDIAN from UFO INTERACTIVE GAMES
    March: Rebel Raiders from XS Games
    April 15: Castle of Shikigami III from Aksys Games
    April: Pro Evolution Soccer from Konami
    April: Wild Earth: African Safari from Majesco Entertainment
    April: THE MONKEY KING-THE LEGEND BEGINS from UFO INTERACTIVE GAMES
   April: Super Pick Ups from XS Games
    May 6: Speed Racer from Warner Bros. Games
    May 13: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian from Disney Interactive
            Studios
    May: BlastWorks: Build, Trade, Destroy from Majesco Entertainment
    May: King of Fighters: The Orochi Saga from SNK Playmore
    May: THE DOG Island(TM) from Ubisoft
    June 8: Wonderworld Amusement Park from Majesco Entertainment
    June: Catch of the Day from Electronic Arts
    June: Ford Racing Off Road from Empire Interactive
    June: Cooking Mama Cook Off 2 from Majesco Entertainment
    June: Rygar: The Battle of Argus from Tecmo, Inc.
    June: DeBlob from THQ
    June: Wall-E from THQ
    Spring: Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel from Nintendo
    Spring: Major League Baseball(R) 2K8 from 2K Sports
    Spring: Don King Presents: Prizefighter from 2K Sports
    Spring: Top Spin 3 from 2K Sports
    Spring: Kung Fu Panda from Activision
    Spring: LEGO: Indiana Jones from LucasArts
    Summer: Deca Sports from Hudson
    Summer: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed from LucasArts
    Summer: Active Life(TM): Outdoor Challenge(TM) from Namco Bandai Games
            America Inc.
    Q2: Wii Fit from Nintendo
 
 
    Nintendo DS
    Jan. 21: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin from Nintendo/Intelligent Systems
    Jan. 21: Mazes of Fate DS from Graffiti Entertainment, LLC
    Jan. 22: Mega Brain Boost from Majesco Entertainment
    Jan. 24: Aquarium by DS from Bold Games
    Jan. 24: Fantasy Aquarium by DS from Bold Games
    Jan. 29: Pet Pals: Animal Doctor from Majesco Entertainment
    January: N+ from Atari
    January: Barnyard Blast from DSI Games
    January: Command & Destroy from DSI Games
    January: Miami Nights: Singles in the City(TM) from Ubisoft
    January: Brain Challenge(TM) from Ubisoft
    Feb. 4: Paws & Claws: Pet Resort from THQ
    Feb. 5: Homie Rollerz from Destineer
    Feb. 5: Nanostray 2 from Majesco Entertainment
    Feb. 10 (street date): Professor Layton and the Curious Village(TM) from
                           Nintendo/LEVEL-5
    Feb. 12: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney from Capcom
    Feb. 12: New Zealand Story Revolution from Ignition Entertainment
    Feb. 12: Dream Pinball 3D from SouthPeak Games
    Feb. 19: Spitfire Heroes: Tales of the RAF from Destineer
    Feb. 19: Zoo Tycoon II from THQ
    Feb. 25: Bratz: Super Babyz from THQ
    Feb. 26: Bubble Bobble Double Shot from Ignition Entertainment
    February: My Horse and Me from Atari
    February: M&M'S(R) Kart Racing from DSI Games
    February: Garfield(R) Gets Real from DSI Games
    February: Yamaha Supercross from DSI Games
    February: Insecticide from Gamecock Media Group
    February: Anno(TM) 1701: Dawn of Discovery from Ubisoft
    February: Assassin's Creed Altair's Chronicles(TM) from Ubisoft
    February: Petz(R) Wild Animals: Tigerz from Ubisoft
    February: Puppy Palace(TM) from Ubisoft
    February: Real Soccer(R) 2008 from Ubisoft
    March 1: Project Exile from Graffiti Entertainment, LLC
    March 3: Let's Ride: Friends Forever from THQ
    March 4: Diary Girl from Konami
    March 4: Go Pets from Konami
    March 4: Disney Friends from Disney Interactive Studios
    March 4: Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest from Majesco Entertainment
    March 8: Plushees from Destineer
    March 8: River King: Mystic Valley from Natsume Inc.
    March 8: Harvest Moon DS Cute from Natsume Inc.
    March 11: FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Rings of Fate from Square Enix
    March 11: Lost in Blue 3 from Konami
    March 11: Pro Evolution Soccer from Konami
    March 25: Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword from Tecmo, Inc.
    March: Alone in the Dark from Atari
    March: Drone Tactics from Atlus USA
    March: Double Sequence from DSI Games
    March: Ninja Reflex from Electronic Arts
    March: Myst from Empire Interactive
    March: Naruto(TM): Ninja Destiny from Tomy Corporation
    March: Petz(R) Bunnyz(TM) from Ubisoft
    March: Imagine(TM) Figure Skater from Ubisoft
    March: Commando from XS Games
    April 15: Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys from
              Ignition Entertainment
    April: Super Dodgeball Brawlers from Aksys Games
    April: Rondo of Swords from Atlus USA
    April: Quick Yoga Training from Ubisoft
    May 5: Crosswords DS from Nintendo
    May 6: Speed Racer from Warner Bros. Games
    May 8: Organize It from Summitsoft Corporation
    May 13: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian from Disney Interactive
            Studios
    May: Winx Club: Mission Enchantix from Konami
    May: Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles from Aksys Games
    May: Garfield(R) Fun Fest from DSI Games
    May: 1 vs. 100 from DSI Games
    June 8: Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness from Natsume Inc.
    June: Shining Stars(R) from DSI Games
    June: Catch of the Day from Electronic Arts
    June: PipeMania from Empire Interactive
    June: Wall-E from THQ
    Spring: Sid Meier's Civilization(R) Revolution(TM) from 2K Games
    Spring: Don King Presents: Prizefighter from 2K Sports
    Spring: Top Spin 3 from 2K Sports
    Spring: Kung Fu Panda from Activision
    Spring: LEGO: Indiana Jones from LucasArts
    Spring: The World Ends with You from Square Enix
    Summer: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed from LucasArts
    Summer: Tamagotchi Connection(R): Corner Shop(R) 3 from Namco Bandai Games
            America Inc.
    Q2: Bangai-O Spirits from D3 Publisher of America
    Q2: PREY THE STARS from KOEI CORPORATION
    Q2: Pokemon(R) Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time from Nintendo
    Q2: Pokemon(R) Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness from Nintendo
 
 
    About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance
and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly
2.5 billion video games and more than 430 million hardware units globally, and
has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R),
Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). 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 http://www.nintendo.com.