US release schedule - First half of 2011
Earlier today, we promised you the full release schedule. Due to some heavy traffic and a non-responsive computer, that schedule took a little longer than originally planned. Nonetheless the full US release schedule for the first half of 2011 can be found inside, with a few surprises like Wii Play: Motion.
Nintendo of America today revealed a diverse lineup of new video games set to launch during the second quarter of 2011. Whether they're playing at home on the Wii, having fun on the go with the Nintendo DS or discovering the new Nintendo 3DS, consumers will have a wide variety of engaging, inclusive experiences to choose from as Nintendo and its publishing partners unleash more than 50 games in the coming months.
A June 19 launch date has been set for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a re-mastered edition of one of the most acclaimed installments in The Legend of Zelda series, created exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. Wii owners, meanwhile, can look forward to the June 13 launch of Wii Play: Motion, which includes 12 new motion-controlled games and will be packaged with a black Wii Remote Plus controller. Upcoming games also include Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust for Wii, which combines the seek-and-solve fun of the puzzle-based series with adventuresome story elements, multiplayer modes and the intuitive motion control of the Wii Remote controller.
"Following a tremendous launch for Nintendo 3DS, our roster of upcoming games for Wii and all of our hand-held systems will keep the momentum going strong into summer," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America's director of Public Relations. "Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Wii Play: Motion offer exciting additions to some of Nintendo's most popular franchises, while our third-party partners continue to provide blockbuster gaming experiences for Nintendo systems."
With the June 13 launch of Wii Play: Motion, Wii owners will be twisting, turning and enjoying themselves like never before, whether they're newcomers to the console or have already discovered the fun of the popular Wii Play game. From catching a gust of wind by tilting an umbrella to fending off garden pests by swinging a mallet, each of the 12 included games will have players smiling wide as they use their Wii Remote Plus controller (or Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus accessory) in a variety of interesting, sometimes unexpected ways. Wii Play: Motion comes packaged with a Wii Remote Plus controller - which combines the original Wii Remote controller with the precision of Wii MotionPlus - to deliver great value, precise motion control and immersive social fun that anyone in the household can pick up and instantly enjoy.
Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust brings the intrigue and sleuthing of Big Fish Games' Mystery Case Files series to the Wii system for the first time. The game transports players to the enigmatic Malgrave Island, where they must hunt for hidden objects and solve puzzles to collect a magically powerful dust scattered across the island. Anyone can delve quickly and easily into the game's rich seek-and-solve action, using the Wii Remote controller to examine multi-layered hidden-object scenes, locate cleverly concealed items and obtain inventory items that will help to overcome brain-teasing obstacles. Multiplayer features allow players to team up and crack the case together or face off in a competitive hunt for hidden objects. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer features and are sold separately.) No matter who's playing, it'll take sharp eyes and a keen mind to get to the bottom of Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust.
Third-party publishers will offer a spectacular range of new software for Nintendo systems in the months to come. Among the upcoming games for the Wii console are Konami Digital Entertainment's Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 and Disney Interactive Studios' LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. Nintendo 3DS users can look forward to a May launch for TECMO KOEI's Dead or Alive Dimensions, while Warner Bros. Interactive's Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is set to launch simultaneously for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family of systems on June 7.
Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change:
Wii April 12 - Rio (THQ) 12 - SpongeBob SquigglePants (THQ) 12 - The Conduit2 (SEGA) 26 - ExerBeat (NAMCO BANDAI Games America) XX - Reader Rabbit1st Grade (Graffiti Entertainment) XX - Reader Rabbit2nd Grade (Graffiti Entertainment) XX - Reader RabbitPreschool (Graffiti Entertainment) XX - Reader RabbitKindergarten (Graffiti Entertainment)
May 03 - Thor: God of Thunder (SEGA) 24 - Kung Fu Panda2 (THQ) XX - LEGOPirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios)
Spring XX - Get Fit with Mel B (Deep Silver) XX - Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 (Konami Digital Entertainment)
June 07 - Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) 13 - Wii Play: Motion (Nintendo) 14 - Transformers: Dark of the MoonStealth Force Edition (Activision) 27 - Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust (Nintendo)
Summer XX - Cars 2: The Video Game (Disney-Pixar)
Nintendo 3DS April 10 - RabbidsTravel in Time (Ubisoft Entertainment) 10 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell3D (Ubisoft Entertainment) XX - Dream Trigger3D (D3 Publisher)
May 17 - SpongeBob SquigglePants (THQ) 24 - BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (Aksys Games Localization,) 24 - Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion (Crave Games) XX - DEAD OR ALIVEDimensions (TECMO KOEI AMERICA CORP.) XX - DualPenSports (NAMCO BANDAI Games America) XX - LEGOPirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios)
Spring XX - DriverRenegade (Ubisoft Entertainment)
June 07 - Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) 07 - James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (Ubisoft Entertainment) 14 - Transformers:Dark of the MoonStealth Force Edition 3D (Activision) 19 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time3D (Nintendo) 28 - Cave Story 3D (NIS America) XX - PAC-MAN& GalagaDIMENSIONS (NAMCO BANDAI Games America)
Nintendo DS April 12 - Paws & Claws Pampered Pets 2 (THQ) 12 - Rio (THQ) 12 - Squinkies (Activision)
May 03 - Match 3 Madness (Easy Interactive) 03 - Thor: God of Thunder (SEGA) 10 - Loving Life with Hello Kittyand Friends (Bergsala Lightweight LLC) 10 - Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011 (Konami Digital Entertainment) 17 - Picture Puzzle Collection (Easy Interactive) 24 - Kung Fu Panda2 (THQ) XX - Cake Mania Main Street (Majesco Entertainment) XX - LEGOPirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios)
Spring XX - LEGOBattles: Ninjago (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
June 07 - Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) 14 - Hollywood Files (Easy Interactive) 14 - Transformers: Dark of the MoonAUTOBOTS (Activision) 14 - Transformers: Dark of the MoonDECEPTICONS (Activision)
Q2 2011 XX - Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (Deep Silver)
Summer XX - Cars 2: The Video Game (Disney-Pixar)