DS Pokemon, Wii Pikmin, Among Nintendo's 100-Plus Early 09 Release List

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Perhaps rethinking their no new games for this holiday season policy, Nintendo just shot out a press release detailing all of the games hitting the Wii and DS early next year.

Among the titles is Pokemon Platinum for the DS, set for a March 22 release in North America, New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin for Wii, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Personal Trainer: Math and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Nintendo DS.

"Our fans expect a diverse selection of entertainment options, and we're eager to deliver exactly that," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We're building on the momentum of a strong holiday season by offering new and experienced players an even greater library of game titles in 2009."


Yes, they included math in their list. But what about that Pokemon game?

Pokémon Platinum features a new story full of adventure, never-before-seen forms of powerful Pokémon – including the legendary Giratina's Origin Forme – and the Distortion World, a mysterious new world that suddenly appears in the Sinnoh region. In addition, with Pokémon Platinum up to 20 players can interact with other Pokémon fans from around the world in the new Wi-Fi Plaza, featuring mini-games and activities. Players can also enjoy the new features in the Global Terminal, such as posting battle videos using the new "Vs. Recorder." In addition, Pokémon Platinum features a new Battle Frontier, where the toughest Trainers can test their skills in new ways. Pokémon Platinum already has broken previous Nintendo DS sales records in Japan, selling more than 1 million copies in its first two days of release.

For the portable Nintendo DS, Personal Trainer: Math builds on the new Personal Trainer™ series, which launched with Personal Trainer™: Cooking, now extending its reach beyond the stomach to the brain. Personal Trainer: Math introduces 40 fast-paced exercises to give players a fun way to improve their arithmetic skills. The Personal Trainer series is designed to help users enrich their lives and learn new skills in fun and interesting ways. Also for Nintendo DS, fans of the Fire Emblem franchise will enjoy the arrival of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, a revamped and re-imagined version of the NES™ classic, featuring touch-screen controls. Players with a broadband Internet connection can enjoy worldwide battles over Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo's online gaming service.

Meanwhile, for the Wii console, Nintendo is offering up two classic Nintendo GameCube™ games: New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin enhanced for play using the Wii Remote™ controller. The enhanced New Play Control! Pikmin game lets players point the Wii Remote controller at the screen and use it as a cursor, making it easy to select either a single Pikmin or an entire army. When a player tosses Pikmin, they fly wherever the cursor is pointing. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis lets players enjoy an afternoon on the court as their favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with motion-controlled serves and swings. With Wii controls, players can swing the Wii Remote controller to hit forehands and backhands and to apply spin. Experienced gamers can also attach a Nunchuk™ controller for additional precision. Both games are scheduled to launch next March.

Here's your full Nintendo shopping list:

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 Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year Winter
DreamCatcher Play the World March
NASCAR® Kart Racing Feb. 10
SimAnimals™ Jan. 27
Marble Saga Kororinpa™ Spring
DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves March
Escape the Museum January
Major Minor's Majestic March March
Little King's Story Feb. 17
Rune Factory: Frontier March
Mastiff Deer Drive™ Jan. 20
We Ski™ and Snowboard March
Nintendo 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
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


Nintendo DS
Monsters vs. Aliens March 24
Pimp My Ride 2™ March 24
Animal Planet™ March 10
My World, My Way™ Feb. 3
Legacy of Ys™: Books I & II Feb. 10
Trackmania™ DS March 17
Monster Pals ™ March
Puzzle Quest™: Galactrix™ Q1
Coraline January
USA TODAY Puzzle Craze January
DinoPets March
Phineas and Ferb Winter
Inkheart January
Learn Math January
Drivers' Ed Portable January
Monster Band January
Zoo Quest February
My Personal Diary February
Music Star: Pop Star February
Paint by DS March
Matchstick March
Dreamer: Top Model March
Sarah - Keeper of the Unicorn March
Learn Chess March
Dragon Master April
Zubo™ March
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure™ Q1
SimAnimals™ Jan. 27
Empire Interactive Jagged Alliance Feb. 17
American Popstar - Road to Celebrity March 9
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero™ Q1
Suikoden Tierkreis Q1
Little Magician's Magic Adventure™ Q1
WonderWorld Amusement Park™ January
Powerbike January
Our House™ Q1
Hot 'n' Cold March
Avalon Code February
Flower, Sun, and Rain March
Mastiff Moon™ Jan. 13
MumboJumbo Chicken Hunter Star Karts March 10
Nintendo Personal Trainer™: Math Jan. 12
Fire Emblem™: Shadow Dragon Feb. 16
Pokémon™ Platinum version March 22
ROCKSTAR GAMES Grand Theft Auto™: Chinatown Wars Winter
Big Bang Mini® Jan. 6
Roogoo Attack™ Feb. 17
Brave: Shaman's Challenge™ Feb. 17
THQ Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Jan. 5
My DoItAll™ February
Jake Power Fireman January
Jake Power Policeman January
Imagine™ Cheerleader February
JoJo's Fashion Show February
Petz® Horseshoe Ranch February
Imagine™ Family Doctor February
Imagine™ Ice Champions March
Jake Power Handyman March
My Fashion Studio Paris Collection Feb. 17
American Popstar - Road to Celebrity March 24
Broken Sword™: Shadows of the Templars (Director's Cut) March
Games Retro Game Challenge Jan. 6

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Mildly depressing. When I think about it there isn't a Nintendo game that has me really eager to have like Brawl did last year and Galaxy and Corruption the year before that. The only couple of games I'm looking forward to are Wii Sports Resort and Another Code, neither of which are on that list. There are of course Pikmin 3 and the rumoured Kid Icarus, but nothing is known about them so there's no point in getting excited yet.

There are a few 3rd party games to get though, Deadly Creatures is intreguing, but the fact The Conduit isn't on that list and Madworld is, is quite worrying given they're from the same publisher.

Also, Pikmin has a release date of 6th Feb in Europe, I'm assuming this is an American list.