'Punch-Out!' Wii Coming In May, Wii and DS Spring Line-Ups Revealed

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Nintendo just dumped a huge amount of Wii and DS release info in an press release about the platforms' spring line-ups. Look below for news on dozens of titles, including dates for "Punch-Out" on Wii, a new Nintendo "Excitebike" spin-off called "ExciteBots," a "Starfy" game coming to DS and -- wait for it -- "Horoscope DS." What do you want to play?

Press release from Nintendo:

Nintendo’s Video Game Lineup Demonstrates Gaming Diversity

New Games Announced for Nintendo Systems

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- While everyone is still buzzing about the upcoming April 5 launch of the Nintendo DSi system, video game fans will have plenty of great games and experiences to keep them busy. Nintendo has an extensive, diverse library of about 120 games on the way for both the Wi and Nintendo DS systems. Upcoming Nintendo-published video games for Wii include:

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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, originally made for the Nintendo GameCube system, launches May 4 with newly added motion controls.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’s downloadable WiiWare service continues to be a showcase for new games, new concepts and new ideas. A selection of upcoming titles includes:

* BIT.TRIP BEAT, developed by Gaijin Games and published by Aksys Games: BIT.TRIP BEAT is what you get when you mix classic video gaming with modern gaming sensibilities. What may seem like a simple “paddle” game turns into a psychedelic trip down memory lane which has you hitting “beats” in rhythm to Chiptune style music. While the game can be difficult, if you crank up the tunes and get in the zone, you’ll have a great time. Performing perfectly isn’t required to experience all the game’s content, but the extra challenge will keep score-hunters coming back in search of each level’s elusive “PERFECT” score.

* Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, developed and published by Semnat Studios LLC: Fight your way through 13 diverse locations on your own or with up to three friends in this frenetic and stylish side-scrolling action game. Play as Eduardo and his fellow toaster buddies as you fire an assortment of pastries at all kinds of dastardly food products. Hop onto laser-mounted scooters and fly across the screen in rocket packs, and learn to cooperate with your teammates or simply annoy each other in an awesomely fun way by throwing each other around the screen. The choice is up to you.

* Night Game, developed and published by Nicalis: Exclusively for WiiWare, Night Game (working title) is part action game and part puzzler. It invites players into a beautifully atmospheric world, where they must use real physics to maneuver a mysterious, glowing sphere through vastly different locales. Night Game pushes the boundaries of design with its unique art style, and professionally produced music score. This title is a 2009 Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Award nominee and from the same developers responsible for Cave Story on Wii.

* Swords & Soldiers, developed and published by Ronimo Games: Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling real-time strategy game, in which three distinct factions battle for the powers of the gods. The goal is to destroy the enemies’ castle on the other end of the level, while protecting your own. This can be done by training powerful units or casting devastating spells. The game will feature a single-player campaign and a competitive split-screen multiplayer mode as well as several other game modes.

Great titles are also on the way for the portable Nintendo DS system. Some Nintendo-published video games for Nintendo DS include:

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.

In recent weeks, multiple third-party publishers have announced plans to boost their support of Nintendo systems. Between now and June, Nintendo fans will enjoy games like: The Conduit, a first-person shooter from Sega that pits players against a terrifying group of alien invaders intent on taking over a futuristic Washington, D.C.; EA SPORTS Active, a Wii exclusive from Electronic Arts that offers players fun, easy-to-learn exercises and activities that users can do with family and friends; and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10, the newest iteration of the popular golf game from Electronic Arts that lets players hit the links to prove their driving and putting prowess.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Wii and Nintendo DS. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Wii

Publisher

Game

Available

2K Sports

Major League Baseball® 2K9

March 3

Don King Boxing

March 31

Activision

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May

Ice Age 3

June 30

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

June

Aksys Games

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

May 12

Atari

Ready 2 Rumble Revolution

March 17

Backyard Baseball 10

March 31

Capcom Entertainment Inc.

MotoGP

Spring

Codemasters Inc

Overlord Dark Legend

Summer

Conspiracy Games

Real Heroes: Firefighter

April

Deep Silver, Inc.

Professor Heinz Wolff’s Gravity

April

Fritz Chess

May

Disney Interactive Studios

Hannah Montana The Movie

April

Electronic Arts

TRIVIAL PURSUIT

March

MySims Party

March

EA SPORTS Active

May 19

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10

June

BOOM BLOX Bash Party

Spring

MySims Racing

Summer

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Summer

G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra

Summer

EA SPORTS Tennis (working title)

Summer

Hudson Entertainment

Help Wanted

Summer

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves

April 2

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Wheelie Breakers

May 19

LucasArts

Indiana Jones® and the Staff of Kings

Late Spring

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc

Klonoa®

Q2

Nintendo

New Play Control! Pikmin

March 9

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis

March 9

Excitebots: Trick Racing

April 20

New Play Control!

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

May 4

Punch-Out!!

May 18

SEGA of America

Virtua Tennis 2009

May

The Conduit

June

Let’s Tap

June

Southpeak Interactive

Roogoo Twisted Towers

April 7

Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball

April 21

Zoo Games, Inc.

M&M’s Beach Party

March 10

Puzzle Kingdoms

March 31

Garfield Gets Real

April 7

Pennzoil’s Build-N-Race: “Speed Demons”

April 14

Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans

April 21

Smiley World Island Challenge

April 28

Garfield’s Pet Force

June 9

Nintendo DS

Publisher

Game

Available

2K Sports

MLB® 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars

March 3

Don King Boxing

March 31

Activision

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May

Ice Age 3

June 30

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

June

Activision/RedOctane

Guitar Hero® On Tour: Modern Hits

June

Aksys Games

Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past

May 26

Rockin’ Pretty

June 23

Aspyr Media, Inc.

Treasure World

June

Atari

Backyard Baseball ’10

March 31

My Horse and Me Riding For Gold

March 31

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

TrackMania® DS

March 17

Tokyo Beat Down

March 31

The Dark Spire

April 14

Dokapon Journey

April 14

Steal Princess

April 21

101 in 1 Explosive Megamix

April 21

Super Robot Taisen® OG Saga:

Endless Frontier

April 28

Knights in the Nightmare

June 2

Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor

June 23

Capcom

Mega Man Starforce 3 Black Ace

June

Mega Man Starforce 3 Red Joker

June

Codemasters Inc

Overlord Minions

Summer

Deep Silver, Inc.

Pet Vet: Down Under

March

Professor Heinz Wolff’s Gravity

April

Elite Forces: Unit 77

April

DJ Star

May

Fritz Chess

May

The Humans

May

Horoscope DS

May

Disney Interactive Studios

Hannah Montana The Movie

April

DreamCatcher

Dreamer: Shop Owner

April 21

Dreamer: Babysitter

April 21

Dreamer: Teacher

April 21

Prank’d

May 19

Electronic Arts

Zubo

March 10

Henry Hatsworth

in the Puzzling Adventure

March 17

MySims Party

March

SCRABBLE

March

LITTLEST PET SHOP Spring

March

MySims Racing

Summer

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Summer

Hudson Entertainment

Miami Law

Summer

KOEI

Monster Racers

June

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times

May 5

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Stardust Accelerators World Championship 2009

May 19

LucasArts

Indiana Jones® and the Staff of Kings

Late Spring

Majesco Entertainment

Puffins: Island Adventure

April 14

Powerbike

April 28

Drama Queens

May

Marker Man Adventures

May

Hot ’n’ Cold

May

Dawn of Heroes

June

MumboJumbo

Crazy Chicken Star Karts

March 31

Crazy Chicken Atlantis Quest

April 28

Crazy Chicken The Pharaoh’s Treasure

June 2

7 Wonders II

June 30

Nintendo

Rhythm Heaven

April 5

Personal Trainer: Walking

May 25

The Legendary Starfy

June 8

PopCap Games, Inc.

Peggle Dual Shot

March 3

Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

March 17

Southpeak Interactive

Roogoo Attack

April 7

THQ

Desktop Tower Defense

April 29

Ubisoft

Imagine® Makeup Artist

May 5

Imagine® Music Fest

May 5

Imagine® Boutique Owner

May 26

My Healthy Cooking Coach

June 2

Petz® Fashion: Dogz and Catz

June 9

Jake Power Soccer Club

June 16

Valcon Games

History Channel: Great Empires: Rome

March 17

Zoo Games, Inc.

Yamaha Supercross

March 10

Hands On!: Tangrams

March 24

Puzzle Kingdoms

March 31

Garfield Gets Real

April 7

Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans

April 21

Smiley World Island Challenge

April 28

Readers, note the absence of "Wii Sports Resort," the former Spring 2009 title now listed for "2009" on Nintendo's press site. That game is supposed to be the title that comes with the Wii MotionPlus add-on, which is supported by some games in the above list. I'm checking with Nintendo to find out what's going on with that game and peripheral.