Nintendo Not Publishing Any Wii Games Until March

By Spencer . December 17, 2008 . 6:29am

pikminwii Like Animal Crossing: City Folk? That’s Nintendo’s last first party Wii title until March 2009 when Wii-makes of Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin arrive in stores under the “New Play Control!” label. Meanwhile, Nintendo of Japan spaces out releases so they release at least one game a month, not including “New Play Control” games. The drought is disappointing since Nintendo has games like Disaster: Day of Crisis, Another Code R, and Captain Rainbow (OK maybe not Captain Rainbow, the characters might be to obscure for a mainstream release here) but still Nintendo has games they could localize for North America.


Good thing third publishers are filling the void. In February zombies take over the Wii. Shoot them in The House of the Dead: Overkill and skewer them in Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers. March brings another wave of games like Madworld, Sonic and the Black Knight, and Rune Factory: Frontier.


Here’s what Nintendo has on the books for the first quarter of 2009. See if anything catches your eye.


Monsters vs. Aliens – March 24

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals™ – March
Solitaire & Mahjong – February
Puzzle Challenges and More! – February
Crayola Colorful World – March

Onechanbara™ Bikini Zombie Slayers™ – February
Coraline – January

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

Play the World – March

Electronic Arts
NASCAR® Kart Racing – Feb. 10
SimAnimals™ – Jan. 27
TRIVIAL PURSUIT – Early spring

Hudson Entertainment
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

Deer Drive™ – Jan. 20

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
We Ski™ and Snowboard – March

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™ – March
New Play Control! Pikmin™ – March

The House of The Dead: Overkill™ – February
SONIC™ and the Black Knight – March

Southpeak Interactive
Roogoo Twisted Towers™ – Feb. 17
Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball™ – March 17
Brave: A Warrior’s Tale™ – Feb. 17

Paws & Claws Pet Resort – Jan. 5
Neighborhood Games – Jan. 5

Tenchu™: Shadow Assassins – February
Broken Sword™: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) – March

XS Games
Super PickUps™ – Q1


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  • lostinblue

    I want Captain Rainbow!

  • Kuronoa

    Hopefully the games this year are good enough to make up for it. From that list it seems Marvelous and Sega will be valuble 3rd party for Wii gamers.

    Of Nintendo’s lineup, I just hope Another Code R, Captain Rainbow and Fatal Frame IV gets localized.

  • jeffx

    Rygar is supposed to be a February game now. Ultimate Shooting Collection was postponed to Q1. Also what the hell are Mastiff doing?

  • Spencer

    @Kuronoa – Fatal Frame IV is coming, but Nintendo isn’t handling it.

    @jeffx – Yeah Tecmo sent over that release to us too, but I guess Nintendo forgot about them. (?)

  • DoubleTrigger

    Hmmm, MadWorld is the only game I’m interested in. Not a good thing for me.

  • At least we have WiiWare and Virtual Console surprises to look forward too! :P

  • Nintendo’s dropping the ball all over the place. They could even quickly release the Wii Chess from Europe right after the Holidays.

  • jarrod

    LOL. I really feel for Monolith… maybe Atlus USA can swoop in and rescue Disaster and Soma Bringer? They’ve worked with Nintendo before (Polarium Advance, Cubivore, etc), so there’s at least some precedent. I’ve given up on getting any Skip/Vanpool games that aren’t downloadable or Chibirobo though…

    Marvelous, Sega and Hudson are really carrying Q1. Nintendo should be ashamed, especially after their amazing first half in 2008… hell, they can’t even get all the “Play on Wii” conversions, where’s Jungle Beat? :/

  • Just Speaking Japanese

    Well I’m happy. I see some good games on that list.

    Major Minor’s Majestic March, Little King’s Story (of course nobody cares about this game. that’s including siliconera.), Rune Factory: Frontier, New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis, New Play Control! Pikmin, Sonic and the Black Knight, MADWORLD.

  • Spencer

    @Just Speaking Japanese – Actually I’m pretty curious about Little King’s Story, but it wasn’t playable at E3 or Tokyo Game Show. So at this point we don’t know much about it. We’ll probably covering it more in the future though…

  • daizyujin

    I will never understand why anybody can talk about how great Nintendo is doing. It is funny that I actually am really excited about the Wii’s Q1 lineup but not a damn thing from Nintendo to speak of.

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