Official Nintendo Press Release: Nintendo Reveals Strong Second-Quarter Lineup for Wii, Nintendo DSREDMOND, Wash., March 7, 2007 â€“ Wiiâ„¢ owners of all ages have discovered the fun of playing with a group of friends in the same room. Now for the first time players can compete with one another near and far with PokÃ©monÂ® Battle Revolution, a game of remarkable firsts:
- the first Wii game to include NintendoÂ® Wi-Fi Connection play
- the first PokÃ©mon game for Wii
- the first game to link Wii and the hand-held Nintendo DSâ„¢
- and the first Wii game that can be controlled using Nintendo DS
When Wii and Nintendo DS are linked, players can use their Nintendo DS units as controllers or import characters from the upcoming Nintendo DS games PokÃ©monÂ® Diamond Version or PokÃ©monÂ® Pearl Version. PokÃ©mon Battle Revolution launches on June 25 exclusively for Wii and brings a dramatic new chapter to the PokÃ©mon franchise, which has sold more than 155 million units worldwide. PokÃ©mon Battle Revolution also serves as one of the standouts in Nintendo’s second-quarter launch lineup, which the company revealed today in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
PokÃ©mon Battle Revolution will be joined by Super Paper Marioâ„¢, the first Marioâ„¢ game for Wii; Mario PartyÂ® 8, a multiplayer party game; and Big Brain Academyâ„¢, a brain-training game that builds on the phenomenal success of the Nintendo DS brain games. These will add to the ever-growing library of Wii games, which will total more than 50 by the end of June. Nintendo DS fans will see the arrival of PokÃ©mon Diamond Version and PokÃ©mon Pearl Version, two surefire smash-hits.
“With strong third-party support, Wii and Nintendo DS have games on the way for both casual and veteran gamers,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “Our new ways to play have attracted millions of players around the world. This lineup demonstrates our commitment to leading the industry with the future of video gaming.”
Third-party publishers also have stepped up their support of both Wii and Nintendo DS, recognizing these systems as the hottest things going in the video game industry. The list of games for April, May and June includes the following:
Wii April 9 Super Paper Mario Nintendo April Prince of Persia Rival Swords Ubisoft April Bust-A-Move Bash Majesco April Bioncle Heroes Eidos May 15 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon Midway May 29 Mario Party 8 Nintendo May Tamagotchi Party On Namco Bandai May Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End Disney Interactive May Escape from Bug Island Eidos May Spider-Man The Movie 3 Activision June 11 Big Brain Academy Nintendo June 25 PokÃ©mon Battle Revolution Nintendo June Cosmic Family Ubisoft Spring Heatseeker Codemasters Q2 Legend of the Dragon American Game Factory Summer Shrek the Third Activision Summer Transformers the Game Activision
April 22 PokÃ©mon Diamond and PokÃ©mon Pearl Nintendo May Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Buena Vista May Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu Atari May Pony Friends Eidos May Diner Dash Eidos May Touch the Dead Eidos June 4 Nintendo DS browser Nintendo June 4 Planet Puzzle League Nintendo June 11 Touchmaster DS Midway June Zendoku Eidos Spring Naruto Ninja Council 3 Tomy Spring Time Ace Konami Spring Death Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom Konami Q2 Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Natsume Summer Shrek the Third Activision Summer Transformers: Autobots Activision Summer Transformers: Decepticons Activision
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Summer Shrek the Third Activision
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wiiâ„¢, Nintendo DSâ„¢, Game BoyÂ® Advance and Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 387 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Marioâ„¢, Donkey KongÂ®, MetroidÂ®, Zeldaâ„¢ and PokÃ©monÂ®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com.
PokÃ©mon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The PokÃ©mon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing, the PokÃ©mon Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, home entertainment, the official PokÃ©mon Web site and an online retail center www.pokemoncenter.com. Just coming off its 10th worldwide anniversary in 2006, PokÃ©mon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo’s Game BoyÂ® and has since evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. PokÃ©mon was introduced in North America in September 1998 and today is one of the most popular toy and entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.