By Spencer . December 17, 2008 . 6:29am
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
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
NASCAR® Kart Racing – Feb. 10
SimAnimals™ – Jan. 27
TRIVIAL PURSUIT – Early spring
FISHING MASTER WORLD TOUR – Jan. 6
Marble Saga Kororinpa™ – Spring
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves – March
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
MADWORLD™ – March
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
Super PickUps™ – Q1
Images courtesy of Nintendo.