Punch-Out Wii Release Date, Excitebots Announced as Nintendo Unveils Q2 Wii and DS Release List

by Chris Faylor, Feb 26, 2009 7:58am PST

Nintendo today issued a partial list of the Wii and Nintendo DS games slated to hit North American retailers by the end of July, revealing release dates and new games.

Punch-Out!!, the Wii entry in the long-dormant boxing series, arrives on May 18. Excitebots: Trick Racing, an Excitebike and Excite Truck-esque family-friendly racing game that uses the Wii Wheel controller shell, will hit stores on April 20.

May 4 will see the arrival of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for Wii, a GameCube platforming game retrofitted with Wii motion controls. And on June 8, The Legendary Starfy--think Kirby, but without the ability-absorbing part--will finally debut in North America via DS.

WiiNintendoNew Play Control! Pikmin - March 9New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis - March 9Excitebots: Trick Racing - April 20New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - May 4Punch-Out!! - May 182K SportsMajor League Baseball 2K9 - March 3Don King Boxing - March 31ActivisionX-Men Origins: Wolverine - MayIce Age 3 - June 30Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - JuneAksys GamesGuilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus - May 12AtariReady 2 Rumble Revolution - March 17Backyard Baseball 10 - March 31Capcom Entertainment Inc.MotoGP - SpringCodemasters IncOverlord Dark Legend - SummerConspiracy GamesReal Heroes: Firefighter - AprilDeep Silver, Inc.Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity - AprilFritz Chess - MayDisney Interactive StudiosHannah Montana The Movie - AprilElectronic ArtsTRIVIAL PURSUIT - MarchMySims Party - MarchEA SPORTS Active - May 19Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 - JuneBOOM BLOX Bash Party - SpringMySims Racing - SummerHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - SummerG.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra - SummerEA SPORTS Tennis (working title) - SummerHudson EntertainmentHelp Wanted - SummerKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.DanceDanceRevolution Disney Grooves - April 2Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers - May 19LucasArtsIndiana Jones and the Staff of Kings - Late SpringNAMCO BANDAI Games America IncKlonoa - Q2SEGA of AmericaVirtua Tennis 2009 - MayThe Conduit - JuneLet's Tap - JuneSouthpeak InteractiveRoogoo Twisted Towers - April 7Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball - April 21Zoo Games, Inc.M&M's Beach Party - March 10Puzzle Kingdoms - March 31Garfield Gets Real - April 7Pennzoil's Build-N-Race: "Speed Demons" - April 14Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans - April 21Smiley World Island Challenge - April 28Garfield's Pet Force - June 9

Upcoming WiiWare Games

  • 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.

Nintendo DSNintendoRhythm Heaven - April 5Personal Trainer: Walking - May 25The Legendary Starfy - June 82K SportsMLB 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars - March 3Don King Boxing - March 31ActivisionX-Men Origins: Wolverine - MayIce Age 3 - June 30Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - JuneActivision/RedOctaneGuitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits - JuneAksys GamesJake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past - May 26Rockin' Pretty - June 23Aspyr Media, Inc.Treasure World - JuneAtariBackyard Baseball '10 - March 31My Horse and Me Riding For Gold - March 31Atlus U.S.A., Inc.TrackMania DS - March 17Tokyo Beat Down - March 31The Dark Spire - April 14Dokapon Journey - April 14Steal Princess - April 21101 in 1 Explosive Megamix - April 21Super Robot Taisen OG Saga:Endless Frontier - April 28Knights in the Nightmare - June 2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor - June 23CapcomMega Man Starforce 3 Black Ace - JuneMega Man Starforce 3 Red Joker - JuneCodemasters IncOverlord Minions - SummerDeep Silver, Inc.Pet Vet: Down Under - MarchProfessor Heinz Wolff's Gravity - AprilElite Forces: Unit 77 - AprilDJ Star - MayFritz Chess - MayThe Humans - MayHoroscope DS - MayDisney Interactive StudiosHannah Montana The Movie - AprilDreamCatcherDreamer: Shop Owner - April 21Dreamer: Babysitter - April 21Dreamer: Teacher - April 21Prank'd - May 19Electronic ArtsZubo - March 10Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure - March 17MySims Party - MarchSCRABBLE - MarchLITTLEST PET SHOP Spring - MarchMySims Racing - SummerHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - SummerHudson EntertainmentMiami Law - SummerKOEIMonster Racers - JuneKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times - May 5Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerators World Championship 2009 - May 19LucasArtsIndiana Jones and the Staff of Kings - Late SpringMajesco EntertainmentPuffins: Island Adventure - April 14Powerbike - April 28Drama Queens - MayMarker Man Adventures - MayHot 'n' Cold - MayDawn of Heroes - JuneMumboJumboCrazy Chicken Star Karts - March 31Crazy Chicken Atlantis Quest - April 28Crazy Chicken The Pharaoh's Treasure - June 27 Wonders II - June 30PopCap Games, Inc.Peggle Dual Shot - March 3Rockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - March 17Southpeak InteractiveRoogoo Attack - April 7THQDesktop Tower Defense - April 29UbisoftImagine Makeup Artist - May 5Imagine Music Fest - May 5Imagine Boutique Owner - May 26My Healthy Cooking Coach - June 2Petz Fashion: Dogz and Catz - June 9Jake Power Soccer Club - June 16Valcon GamesHistory Channel: Great Empires: Rome - March 17Zoo Games, Inc.Yamaha Supercross - March 10Hands On!: Tangrams - March 24Puzzle Kingdoms - March 31Garfield Gets Real - April 7Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans - April 21Smiley World Island Challenge - April 28Garfield's Pet Force - June 9