Nintendo Summit News Round-Up

The Nintendo Summit in San Francisco is positively bursting with news, with release dates for the Nintendo DSi XL, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M, and plenty of information on the games coming in the first half of 2010.

Nintendo of America's Cammie Dunaway kicked off today's festivities with the long awaited pricing and release date details for the bigger and arguably better Nintendo DSi XL.

With the hardware announcement out of the way, Cammie then shifted focus on the other side of Nintendo's business, the games, first doling out release date information for one of the company's biggest games of the year, Super Mario Galaxy 2, with a new trailer and a batch of fresh screens to help get the excitement flowing.

Following the Super Mario Galaxy 2 news came release dates for several smaller yet still eagerly anticipated titles. Sin & Punishment 2 is finally making it to North America as Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, while news of Picross 3D's release had our own Michael McWhertor typing excitedly in all caps. He's a bit of a fan.

Fans eagerly awaiting the WiiWare version of PC adventure game Cave Story received good news as well, with the game slated for release next month.

Then Nintendo announced they would be taking over publishing rights for Square Enix's Dragon Quest IX in North America, talked about multiplayer co-op in Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Wii, dropped a release date and multiplayer details for Capcom's Monster Hunter Tri, and laid out plans for DSiWare and WiiWare over the coming months.

Nintendo also revealed Disney's Guilty Party, a series of whodunit mini-games for the Wii, scheduled for release in the second half of 2009.

Finally, saving the best for last, Nintendo finally put a date on Metroid: Other M, Tecmo's take on the classic franchise, delivering new screens and story details to boot.

"Nintendo finished 2009 with a bang, and we're continuing our momentum into 2010," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "With Nintendo DSi XL, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M coming in the first six months of the year, we're making sure all our fans have great game content to enjoy year-round."

Be sure to stay tuned to Kotaku throughout the rest of the day, with hands-on impressions of Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid: Other M coming your way around 10PM Kotaku time.