Nintendo of Japan updated its 2010 release list today, adding Xenoblade and The Last Story to its upcoming Wii slate and dating Metroid: Other M for "Summer 2010." The Nintendo and Team Ninja game was previously "TBA" in Japan.
So what the hell are Xenoblade and The Last Story? Well, considering that Nintendo also dropped two titles from its release schedule, Monado: Beginning of the World and Cosmic Walker, we're guessing the games could have simply be renamed. Nintendo did the same with Dynamic Zan, now known in Japan as Zangeki no REGINLEIV.
If we're going to keep guessing, we'll get that Xenoblade is the new name for Monado. The game comes from Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos creators Monolith Soft. Plus, of all the games that might feature a Xenoblade, based on the screen shots Nintendo released at E3 2009, Monado is it.
How Cosmic Walker could become The Last Story, we're not sure, because we really don't know that much about the spacebound sci-fi adventure.
Kirby fans will be delighted to know that Hoshi no Kirby for Wii is still on the list. Keep hope alive!
Outside of Japan, there isn't much news for the Nintendo fan. Metroid: Other M is still listed as "2010" for the U.S. and Europe, the same for Super Mario Galaxy 2. There's a listing for The Legend of Zelda for the Wii in Japan—with a TBA date—but no similar listing for other territories.
Update: Guess we were wrong on one account! The Last Story is not the game formerly known as Cosmic Walker. It is Blue Dragon developer Mistwalker's newest creation.