Sunday, January 4, 2009

Nintendo Previews Game Lineup for Early 2009

Jan 03, 2008 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- -- Nintendo of America has announced its list of new game titles for the first quarter of 2009.

Topping the list is the Pokemon Platinum version for Nintendo DS, a new entry in the Pokemon series, slated for a March 22 launch across North America.

Nintendo said its roster of more than 100 new games includes an 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 Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin for Wii, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Personal Trainer: 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."

The company said that Pokemon fans in particular will have plenty to cheer about as Pokemon Platinum is readied for its U.S. debut. Following Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, Pokemon Platinum is the newest in the core series of Pokemon games. Pokemon Platinum features a new story full of adventure, never-before-seen forms of Pokemon - 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 Pokemon Platinum up to 20 players can interact with other Pokemon fans from around the world in the new Wi-Fi Plaza, featuring mini-games and activities. Nintendo said that players can also enjoy the new features in the Global Terminal, such as posting battle videos using the new "Vs. Recorder." In addition, Pokemon Platinum features a new Battle Frontier, where the toughest Trainers can test their skills in new ways. Pokemon 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, the company noted.

Meanwhile, for the Wii console, Nintendo is offering up two classic Nintendo GameCube games: New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin enhanced for play using the Wii Remote 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 Nunchuk controller for additional precision. Both games are scheduled to launch next March.

In addition, the company noted, third-party publishers continue to bring creative games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time from Square-Enix for Wii and Nintendo DS. The games offer features that allow users to play multiplayer across Nintendo platforms. Madworld from Sega will be available exclusively for Wii, and the franchise Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars from Rockstar Games will be available for Nintendo DS.

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