We Annotate Nintendo's Q1 2009 Line-Up, Topped With GameCube Remakes, Pokemon

Nintendo has released a long list of games slated for the Wii and DS for the first three months of 2009. And I've annotated it, hopefully in a manner that's helpful to you.

How do we feel about this line-up?

Which games are you most excited about?

Mine are "Madworld," "Zubo," "Retro Game Challenge," "Henry Hatsworth," and "GTA: Chinatown Wars." You?

Wii Q1 2009 Line-Up


Monsters vs. Aliens March 24 [Uh-oh The world's self-proclaimed biggest "pure-play" publisher has one game for the world's most popular gaming console in the first quarter of 2009.]

Crave Entertainment

Monster Pals March [No offense to Crave, but it's a bit unsettling that Capcom wasn't listed here. Could they have no games for the Wii for the winter?]

Solitaire & Mahjong February

Puzzle Challenges and More! February

Crayola Colorful World March


Onechanbara Bikini Zombie Slayers February

Coraline January

Destineer Word

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

Electronic Arts

NASCAR Kart Racing Feb. 10

SimAnimals Jan. 27

Trivial Pursuit Early spring

Hudson Entertainment

Fishing Master World Tour Jan. 6

Marble Saga Kororinpa Spring

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

DanceDanceRevolution Disney Grooves March

Majesco Entertainment

Escape the Museum January

Major Minor’s Majestic March March [One to watch: This is a marching-band music game from the makers of Parappa The Rapper, albeit one that's had very tricky Wii remote baton control in the demos I've tried of it in the summer and fall.]

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 [Interesting prospect here as this can be considered the first second-generation balance board game. What did Namco learn from the first "We Ski," which was released at the same time as "Wii Fit"?]


New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis March

New Play Control! Pikmin March [Yes. You're reading this right, hardcore Wii fans. The only games Nintendo is releasing for you from January ot March are tweaked versions of games you probably played on the GameCube. Bear in mind that Nintendo's got nothing new on the Wii for their expanded audience either.]


The House of The Dead: Overkill February

SONIC and the Black Knight March [It seems like we just got a Wii "Sonic" game, no?]

MADWORLD March [This is it: the hardcore gamer's Wii game of the season, a Sin-City-looking brawler that will test the tolerance of the ESRB.]

Southpeak Interactive

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

XS Games

Super PickUps Q1

Nintendo DS Q1 2009 Line-up


Monsters vs. Aliens March 24

Pimp My Ride 2 March 24 [No, I didn't know about this game. Yes, it's interesting that Activision is publishing a game based on an MTV brand, given that MTV's "Rock Band" is an Activision competitor..]

Animal Planet March 10

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

My World, My Way Feb. 3

Legacy of Ys: Books I & II Feb. 10

Trackmania DS March 17

Crave Entertainment

Monster Pals March

D3Publisher of America

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix Q1 [I may not be into the "Puzzle Quest" games, but I'm sure many gamers will consider this a major release.]

Coraline January


USA TODAY Puzzle Craze January

DinoPets March

Disney Interactive Studios

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 [Yes!!!!]

Learn Chess March

Dragon Master April

Electronic Arts

Zubo March [One to watch: This music-battle role-playing game has the best graphics I've seen in a DS game.]

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure Q1 [Also one to watch: Dare I make the comparison, but EA's DS games for this winter remind me of EA's recent push for original Xbox 360 / PS3 games this fall. Will "Zubo" and "Hatsworth" be the "Mirror's Edge" and "Dead Space" of the DS?]

SimAnimals Jan. 27

Empire Interactive

Jagged Alliance Feb. 17


American Popstar - Road to Celebrity March 9

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero Q1 [Can't knock Konami for trying. The publisher consistently brings well-made games to the DS. This winter continues that trend.]

Suikoden Tierkreis Q1

Little Magician’s Magic Adventure Q1

Majesco Entertainment

WonderWorld Amusement Park January

Powerbike January

Our House Q1

Hot ’n’ Cold March

Marvelous Entertainment USA

Avalon Code February

Flower, Sun, and Rain March [This is from Suda 51. That makes it worth watching.]


Moon Jan. 13 [One to watch: A hyped but delayed first-person shooter with a supposed "Metroid"-style design.]


Chicken Hunter Star Karts March 10


Personal Trainer: Math Jan. 12 [Two million Wiis in November multiplied by $250 equals....]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Feb. 16 [Fact: "Fire Emblem" games are always good; always have good stories and gameplay.]

Pokémon Platinum version March 22


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Winter [Rockstar recently narrowed down the release date to March 17. I'm dying to know how they're going to do a "GTA"-caliber soundtrack for this game. Every other aspect from the fanchise seems, from previews, like it will translate well.]

Southpeak Interactive

Big Bang Mini Jan. 6

Roogoo Attack Feb. 17

Brave: Shaman’s Challenge Feb. 17

Square Enix, Inc.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Spring [Not sure why Nintendo included a spring game in their winter press release]

The Game Factory

World Championship Games Jan. 19


Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Jan. 5

TOMY Corporation

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 [See a trend here?]

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


Retro Game Challenge Jan. 6 [One to watch: Sort of an adventure game wrapped around several newly-made 8-bit-style games. Seems realy cool.]