Nintendo of America’s summer schedule

By Spencer . June 25, 2008 . 8:28am

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Between the launch of Wii Fit and August Nintendo of America isn’t releasing anything. Their next game will be Mario Super Sluggers, a compilation of Wii Sports baseball motion control with Mario Superstar Baseball, scheduled to come out on August 28. A two month turnaround is hardly a wait. Mario Super Sluggers just came out in Japan last week.

 

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On September 8 Nintendo will publish Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, a detective adventure game where you search for items in painted scenes to get closer to a million dollar inheritance. The title is based on an existing series of PC mystery games by Big Fish Games, but it isn’t a port. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir and its logic puzzles solved with the microphone is only for the Nintendo DS.

 

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Later in the month Nintendo will revisit some of their franchises like Wario Land with Wario Land: Shake It! We discussed this before, but if you haven’t heard Wario Land: Shake It! is a 2D platfomer where you shake the remote to empty treasure bags and attack enemies. I think Europe got the best title, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, out of the three names for the game. Europe also gets to search for coins with Wario three days before North America. We get it on September 29.

 

kirbyss.jpgOn the same day as Wario Land: Shake It!, Nintendo will release Kirby Super Star Ultra for the Nintendo DS. The Super Nintendo mini-game collection, Kirby Super Star, has been updated with animated cutscenes and extra mini-games for the remake. Revenge of the King, which sounds similar to Revenge of Metaknight, and Meta Knight Ultra are the two announced additions. Kirby Super Star Ultra also has three touch screen controlled mini-games that can be transferred with single cart download play and a local wireless mode.

 

To sum it up, here is a quick cheat sheet with Nintendo of America’s pre-E3 game plan.

 

Super Mario Sluggers – August 28
Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir – September 9
Wario Land: Shake It! – September 29
Kirby Super Star Ultra – September 29

 

Images courtesy of Nintendo.


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  • jeffx

    Euro name for Wario Land is lots better. I’m buying this for sure, either way.

  • http://www.endblock.com/ CRIMExTHINK

    So the new Kirby game is just a collection of mini-games? Not a “real” platformer like old-school Kirby games?

  • EvilAkito

    @CRIMExTHINK: It’s a port of Kirby Super Star for SNES with added games. In case you haven’t played it, Super Star is a collection of Kirby-related minigames, but there is also a full-fledged 2D platformer in there. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

    Anyway, I feel kind of strange saying this, but Wario Land: Shake It looks pretty cool. I’ve never been a Wario fan, but I’m always happy to see a 2D action game on a console this day and age. Plus, the art style is pretty appealing.

    I think it’s pretty likely that we’ll also see Fatal Frame 4, and possibly even the rumored Factor 5 developed Kid Icarus at E3.

  • R

    I wouldn’t call the old game a collection of “minigames” Rather, it’s collection of excellent but shorter-than-average platforming bits, and a number of minigames thrown in as icing on the cake.

    It had more abilities than any Kirby game prior to Squeak Squad, and the best cooperative play of any Kirby game prior to the GBA games — some of the best co-op play EVER, I’d say.

    Therein also lies the rub. This game is meant to be played 2P; you can beat it alone, but it’s not nearly as fun and very difficult to get 100% completion. The second player can be CPU-controlled, but the CPU is awful and will make you hate the game undeservedly.

    Get it. Then find a friend and make them get it too, or buy it for them. Neither of you will regret it.

  • Me

    Sweet, Superstar Ultra is being released on my birthday! Sept. 29th the Japanese release, or EU / NA one, too?

    The Wario game looks interesting, might rent it and try it out.

  • RiceBoi

    Darn, I was hoping for more releases. Where’s my Fire Emblem DS, damnit?

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