Nintendo’s New First Party Lineup Has Starfy, Introduces Excitebots

By Spencer . February 26, 2009 . 6:01am

po Nintendo of America got off to a slow start this year with no first party releases for the Wii until next month, but titles are trickling in. Spring is where Nintendo picks up the pace starting with Rhythm Heaven on April 5 and later a totally unexpected surprise — a Starfy game.


Stealth developer Tose started making Starfy games on the Game Boy Advance, but none of the games were published overseas. The first Starfy game comes to North America on June 5 under the name The Legend of Starfy. Given the description with a bunny eared visitor this sounds like the most recent Starfy game which lets players transform Starfy into a seal and other creatures with suits. If you haven’t heard about Starfy before take a look at the Legend of Starfy 4.


Wii owners have Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat with shaking instead of bongo beating, Punch Out, and Excitebots, a new intellectual property racing game, to look forward to.


Read more about the line up before and post a comment if you think Nintendo is or is not moving in the right direction.



Excitebots™: Trick Racing has elements that make it one of the more unique racing games on the market. It launches April 20 and lets everyone in the family use the Wii Wheel™ accessory in unique and changing environments, play fun minigames and perform crazy tricks in a game that builds on the Excitebike™ and Excite Truck™ franchises.


Donkey Kong® Jungle Beat™, originally made for the Nintendo GameCube™ system, launches May 4 with newly added motion controls. It’s the latest in Nintendo’s New Play Control! series of games.


Punch-Out!!™ launches May 18 and brings back all of the fun of the beloved, classic NES® game that thrilled players in the early 1990s. Boxers battle as iconic hero Little Mac as they fight their way through a cast of new and familiar boxing opponents on their quest to win the coveted WVBA (World Video Boxing Association) Championship Belt.


Nintendo DS

Rhythm Heaven™ is an infectious video game that has been a huge hit in Japan. Players tap and slide the stylus on the touch screen in time to the beat. This fun, stylized game launches April 5.


A new entry in the Personal Trainer series is Personal Trainer™: Walking, which launches May 25. Personal Trainer: Walking tracks users’ progress and makes going for a walk a little more fun. It comes with two pedometers that users can wirelessly connect to their Nintendo DS system when they return home.


In The Legendary Starfy™ game, which launches June 8, players dive into a spectacular undersea adventure with Starfy, the legendary hero of Pufftop. Players swoop into enemies like a shooting star, glide over bottomless chasms and transform into powerful creatures to help a mysterious, bunny-eared visitor find his lost memory.

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  • MadMirko

    Starfy, at long last. What the hell took so long? :/

    But there is Punch-Out, so all is well again.

  • pressstart

    Starfy? Does that mean I’ve been reading it wrong the whole time? I thought it was Stafi (no r)!

    • We called him Stafi before too. Other times he was “Stafy” it all depends how you romanize the katakana, but after Smash Brothers Brawl his official name is “Starfy”. Confusing, right?

      • Zefiro Torna

        Tose has officially called him “Starfy” prior to the release of Smash Bros. Brawl:

        Of course, before Smash Bros. Brawl Nintendo had yet to give him an official romanized name.

        • daizyujin

          Unless you count the poster in Mario and Luigi on GBA.

          • Zefiro Torna

            Ah thanks, I forgot about that. I believe that poster identified him as “Stafy” now that I try to think back to it…

  • I never understood why Starfy never made it overseas considering he’d have a similar fanbase that of Kirby.. still nice that they actually give it a shot.

    *inb4 angry starfy boxart*

    btw Is Another Code R getting picked up or what? It’s getting an Euro release..

    • It wasn’t on the list. Might be too early for Nintendo to announce it, but I would imagine it’s coming out here since it is being localized.

  • Another Excite game! Is this what Monster Games was working on? Also, they don’t specify what exactly you’ll be driving…I hope it’s not a bunch of R.O.Bs or something. Going to be a tough sell for me personally because Burnout Paradise has caused my expectations of racing games to skyrocket.

    Rhythm Heaven will be bought with much <3 of course.

    And Punch-Out in May is awesome. Holy hell, look at the early line-up: Deadly Creatures, Tenchu 4, MadWorld, HotD, Punch-Out, The Conduit, Overlord: Dark Legend…

    My poor, poor wallet…


    • lol I know. Atlus alone makes me broke. This is quite a happy year imo.

    • EvilAkito

      Soma Bringer is over there, sitting right next to Mother 3.

      But yeah, this is looking like a pretty good year for Wii (so far, at least). Mad World, Muramasa, Punch Out, and Sin & Punishment 2 have peaked my interest. Now if only we could get Fatal Frame…

  • But where is Mario And Luigi 3?

  • OK, Excitebots is starting to scare me.

    For anyone who’s interested:

    Take with a pinch of salt of course. But yea, colour me slightly cautious.

  • Mikael

    Stafy is however not much of a special game, bought the 2005 game for the ds for just 15 dollars and it was midly entertaining and didn’t feel like it justified the purchase even with such a low price…

    Punch Out may be good who knows..

  • jarrodand

    Guess this means Trace Memory 2, Sin & Punishment 2 and Mario & Luigi 3 get pushed to late summer or fall. Not a bad lineup really, more EXCITE and Starfy are surprising.

    Soma Bringer. :(

  • Stafi is a fun little Kirby-esque platformer. Glad to see that Nintendo is finally bringing it overseas.

    But yeah, where’s Soma Bringer?!

  • I’m surprised that Punch-Out is retail, I thought for sure it was going to be WiiWare. I’m usually not in favor of downloadable titles but this is one situation where I thought it made sense. How big can Punchout possibly be that it requires a DVD? I also expected Sin & Punishment 2 to be WiiWare, not so much anymore.

    Stafi announcement sorta makes me happy, but will totally skip this game until it hits bargain bins. Too little, too late. I still can’t believe we’re not getting Disaster. All they need to do are slight modifications to the cover, PAL2NTSC, ship it around NA and BANG! they’ve got my 40$.

    • jarrodand

      Punch-Out!! and Sin & Punishment 2 were both announced as retail. WiiWare games have a 40MB ceiling, that’s like a late term N64 game… with voice, possibly cinemas, lots of textures, etc, I can see how it’d be too much for WiiWare. Plus this way they can charge $50.

  • Nekobo

    I’m still waiting for Fatal Frame IV. :(

    • daizyujin

      Don’t hold your breath for Nintendo to publish it. As long as it has been our best bet is probably for it to get picked up by another publisher.

  • Anon

    Starfy, yes!

    But where is Trace Memory R? We better be getting that in North America.

  • daizyujin

    This is great but considering how great 1 and 3 were, it is sad that they are skipping all the way to the 5th game.

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