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Nintendo of Europe Unveils Summer Release Dates

by Greg Leahy - June 24, 2008, 1:36 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

Software line-ups for Wii and DS include a number of late arrivals as well as some new additions, with Wario Land: The Shake Dimension set for launch on September 26.

Nintendo of Europe has announced the launch dates for upcoming Wii and Nintendo DS software throughout the summer. At the top of the list for Wii are Guitar Hero Aerosmith and the long-awaited arrival of Super Smash Bros Brawl at the end of this week (both launch June 27). But aside from Brawl, there is only one other first party Wii title coming this summer. Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, the recently revealed two-dimensional platformer, is set to finish off the season with a September 26 release.

For the DS, Nintendo will publish the latest extension of the hugely successful Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness (July 4), and Make 10: A Journey of Numbers (September 26). Make 10 aims to help younger players improve their mental arithmetic skills in a fantastical setting.

It is clear from the list that the summer will be dominated by third party games. There are a number of Wii titles arriving late from other regions, such as Super Swing Golf (July 25), Soul Calibur Legends (August 28), and Rockstar's controversial Manhunt 2 (August). Sega's Samba De Amigo will be coming to Wii in September, along with THQ's de Blob, a stylised action-adventure involving colorising a world gone monochrome (September 26). World of Goo, one of WiiWare's most promising upcoming projects, is pencilled in for a release sometime in the third quarter of this year.

Nintendo DS sports a robust line-up of third party games this summer, covering a wide range of genres with a number of new entries into prominent franchises such as Guitar Hero, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, Ace Attorney, and Sonic the Hedgehog. The season will also see something of a renaissance for the shoot 'em up genre on DS with the release of BangaiO Spirits (August 22), Nanostray 2 (September), and Space Invaders Extreme.

The complete schedule can be seen below:



Wii Software 2008

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo) 27th June 2008
  • Bejing 2008 (SEGA) 27th June 2008
  • Big Beach Sports (THQ) 27th June 2008
  • Wacky Races – Crash and Dash (Eidos) 27th June 2008
  • Guitar Hero Aerosmith Bundle Pack on Wii (Activision) 27th June 2008
  • Kung Fu Panda (Activision) 27th June 2008
  • Radio Helicopter (505 Games) 27th June 2008
  • Okami (Capcom) June 2008
  • We Love Golf! (Capcom) June 2008
  • Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour (Disney Interactive Studios) June-Sep 2008
  • Pool Party (SouthPeak Games) 4th July 2008
  • Wall E. (THQ) 4th July 2008
  • Cocoto Kart Racer (Neko Entertainment) 11th July 2008
  • Baroque (Rising Star Games) 18th July 2008
  • Margot´s Word Brain (ZOO) 18th July 2008
  • Yamaha Supercross (ZOO) 18th July 2008
  • CID The Dummy (Oxygen Games) 25th July 2008
  • Super Swing Golf (Rising Star Games) 25th July 2008
  • Table Football (505 Games) 31st July 2008
  • Pimp My Ride (Activision) July 2008
  • The Incredible Hulk (SEGA) July 2008
  • Jeep Thrills (ZOO) 8th August 2008
  • Legend of Sayuki (505 Games) 8th August 2008
  • BROTHERS IN ARMS : EARN IN BLOOD (Ubisoft) 14th August 2008
  • BROTHERS IN ARMS: ROAD TO HILL 30 (Ubisoft) 14th August 2008
  • Calvin Tucker´s Redneck Jamboree (ZOO) 22nd August 2008
  • Clever Kids: Farmyard Fun (Ghostlight) 22nd August 2008
  • Clever Kids: Pirates (Ghostlight) 22nd August 2008
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (EA) 26th August 2008
  • Runaway The Dream of the Turtle (Focus Home Interactive) 28th August 2008
  • Soul Calibur Legends (Namco Bandai/Ubisoft) 28th August 2008
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Vivendi Games) 29th August 2008
  • Brave: A Warrior's Tale (SouthPeak Games) August 2008
  • Carnival Games: Mini Golf (2K Play) August 2008
  • Manhunt 2 (Rockstar Games) August 2008
  • Space Chimps (Brash Entertainment) August-October 2008
  • Chess Crusade (ZOO) 5th September 2008
  • TNA impact (Midway Games) 5th September 2008
  • Pipe Manja (Empire Interactive/ Kochmedia) 14th September 2008
  • Bratz: Girls Really Rock ! (THQ) 19th September 2008
  • Order Up (ZOO) 19th September 2008
  • Sim City Creator (EA) 19th September 2008
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts/Activision) 19th September 2008
  • Counter Force (505 Games) 26th September 2008
  • De Blob (THQ) 26th September 2008
  • Wario Land: The Shake Dimension (Nintendo) 26th September 2008
  • Family Trainer (Namco Bandai) September 2008 (EU)
  • Samba De Amigo (SEGA) September 2008
  • Wild Earth: African Safari (Majesco/Codemaster) September 2008
  • All Star Cheer (THQ) Q3 2008
  • Rockband (EA) Q3 2008
  • Jeep Let's Off Road (ZOO) Q3 2008
  • World of Goo (RTL Playtainment) Q3 2008
  • WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 (THQ) Q3 2008
  • Skate It (EA) 2008
  • Top Spin Tennis (2K Sports) 2008
  • Sonic Unleashed (SEGA) Late 2008

Nintendo DS Software 2008

  • Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword (Ubisoft) 26th June 2008
  • FINAL FANTASY TACTICS® ADVANCE 2: Grimoire of the Rift (SquareEnix) 27th June 2008
  • Kung Fu Panda (Activision) 27th June 2008
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth (THQ) 27th June 2008
  • Shining Star Super Starcade (ZOO) 27th June 2008
  • Evolution GT (Lago Srl) June 2008
  • Sid Meier´s Civilization Revolution (2K Games) June 2008
  • The Incredible Hulk (SEGA) June 2008
  • Top Spin 3 (2K Sports) June 2008
  • Asterix Brain Trainer (ATARI) June-October 2008
  • Animal Genius (Ubisoft) 3rd July 2008
  • Farm Life (Ubisoft) 3rd July 2008
  • Puzzler (Ubisoft) 3rd July 2008
  • Bakushow(Rising Star Games) 4th July 2008
  • Cory in the House (Disney Interactive Studios) 4th July 2008
  • Mahjong-Eine Reise um die Welt (dtp young entertainment) 4th July 2008
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Nintendo) 4th July 2008
  • Road to Vegas (Ghostlight) 4th July 2008
  • Super Speed Machines (Ghostlight) 4th July 2008
  • Wall E. (THQ) 4th July 2008
  • Guitar Hero: On Tour (Limited Edition Buindle) (Activision) 18th July 2008
  • Rythmn & Notes (505 Games) 18th July 2008
  • Brico Utile (Neko Entertainment) 18th July 2008
  • Déco Tendances(Neko Entertainment) 18th July 2008
  • International Athletics (Ghostlight) 18th July 2008
  • Margots Word Brain (ZOO) 18th July 2008
  • Yamaha Supercross (ZOO) 18th July 2008
  • Crazy Labyrinth (DTP/Eidos) 25th July 2008
  • Mazes of Fate DS (Neko Entertainment) 25th July 2008
  • Tennis Elbow (Neko Entertainment) 25th July 2008
  • The Mummy Tomb of the Emperor (Vivendi Games ) 25th July 2008
  • The Woodleys - Summer Sports (dtp young entertainment) 25th July 2008
  • City Life (Monte Cristo Multimedia) July 2008
  • Dream Pinball 3D (SouthPeak Games) July 2008
  • Jewel Quest (Astragon) July 2008
  • My Make-Up (Oxygen Games) July 2008
  • Pirates: Duels on the High Seas (Oxygen Games) July 2008
  • Zoo Hospital (Eidos/Majesco) July 2008
  • Die Reitakademie (dtp young entertainment) 1st August 2008
  • Jeep Thrills (ZOO) 8th August 2008
  • Lissy Horse Life mit Carry Case (Deep Silver/Kochmedia) 9th August 2008
  • BangaiO Spirits (D3Publisher of Europe) 22nd August 2008
  • Clever Kids: Pirates (Midas) 22nd August 2008
  • Clever Kids: Farmyard Fun (Midas) 22nd August 2008
  • IMAGINE FIGURE SKATER (Ubisoft) 28th August 2008
  • Brave: Shaman's Challenge (SouthPeak Games) August 2008
  • Gauntlet (Eidos) August 2008 (tbc)
  • Space Chimps (Brash Entertainment) August-October 2008
  • Chess Crusade (ZOO) 5th September 2008
  • Spellbound (505 Games) 5th September 2008
  • Spore Creatures (EA) 5th September 2008
  • Mein Beautyhotel für Tiere (dtp young entertainment) 12th September 2008
  • Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (Rising Star Games) 12th September 2008
  • Shin chan e i colori magici (505 Games) 12th September 2008
  • Subbuteo (505 Games) 12th September 2008
  • Blended (505 Games) 19th September 2008
  • Bratz: girls Really Rock ! (THQ) 19th September 2008
  • Dungeon Explorer (Rising Star Games) 19th September 2008
  • Ontamarama: Music Maniacs (505 Games) 19th September 2008
  • SimCity Creator (EA) 19th September 2008
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts/Activision) 19th September 2008
  • De Blob (THQ) 26th September 2008
  • Drawn to Life: Spongebob Squarepants Edition (THQ) 26th September 2008
  • Make 10: A journey of numbers (Nintendo) 26th September 2008
  • Shaun the Sheep (D3Publisher of Europe) 26th September 2008
  • 8Ball Allstars (Oxygen Games) September 2008
  • Bratz Ponyz 2 (Game Factory) September 2008
  • Code Lyoko 2 (Game Factory) September 2008
  • Cosmetic Paradise (505 Games) September 2008
  • Element Girls (a.k.a Magic Diary) (DTP) September 2008
  • History™ Great Empires: Rome (Lago Srl) September 2008
  • Lock´s Quest: Construction Combat (THQ) September 2008
  • My Dress-Up (Oxygen Games) September 2008
  • Nanostray 2 (Majesco/Codemaster) September 2008
  • Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (SEGA) September 2008
  • Super-Bikes Riding Challenge (Lago Srl) September 2008
  • Toy Shop Tycoon (Majesco/Codemaster) September 2008
  • Zenses Ocean (Game Factory) September 2008
  • Zenses Rainforest (Game Factory) September 2008
  • Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations (Nintendo / Capcom) 3rd October 2008
  • Naruto Ninja Council 2 (Nintendo / TAKRA TOMY) October 2008
  • Arkanoid (Ubisoft) Summer 2008
  • Space Invaders ExtremeTM (SquareEnix/Ubisoft) Summer 2008
  • Crossword Challenge (The Games Company) Summer 2008
  • AMF Bowling Pinbusters! (ZeniMax Europe Ltd.) Summer 2008
  • Ducati Moto (ZeniMax Europe Ltd.) Summer 2008
  • Skate It (EA) 2008
  • Sonic Unleashed (SEGA) Late 2008
  • I Love Beauty and Sushi Academy (City Interactive S.A.) Q3 2008
  • RUBIKS Classic (working title) (Game Factory) Q3 2008
  • All Star Cheer (THQ) Q3 2008
  • Sokoban DS (RTL Playtainment) Q3 2008
  • Time Hollow (working title) (Konami) Q3/4 2008

Talkback

Wii:

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BROTHERS IN ARMS : EARN IN BLOOD (Ubisoft)      14th August 2008
BROTHERS IN ARMS: ROAD TO HILL 30 (Ubisoft)    14th August 2008

What the? TWO?!?!?!

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Runaway The Dream of the Turtle (Focus Home Interactive)        28th August 2008

Hubba hubba! Hope this comes stateside!

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Pipe Manja (Empire Interactive/ Kochmedia)      14th September 2008

Guh?!? A Wii version of this?

DS:

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Farm Life (Ubisoft)    3rd July 2008

These days I'm almost afraid to ask given it's from Ubisoft.

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Puzzler (Ubisoft)      3rd July 2008

Great title!

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City Life (Monte Cristo Multimedia)    July 2008

Any chance it's like Miami Nights: Singles in the City?

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Pirates: Duels on the High Seas (Oxygen Games)  July 2008

This has a WiiWare prequel of similar name coming, so I'm curious.

YoshidiousGreg Leahy, Staff AlumnusJune 24, 2008

It appears that Nintendo's list may have some significant errors in it:

http://www.videogamer.com/news/24-06-2008-8628.html

Sega have said that there are no plans for Sonic Unleashed on DS or Beijing Olympics on Wii despite them being listed in  Nintendo's press release for those systems.

KDR_11kJune 25, 2008

I SEE NO BLAST WORKS!

PlugabugzJune 26, 2008

Are you surprised?

KDR_11kJune 27, 2008

Not really.

That Legend of Sayuki game is quite late considering it came out for the PS2 already.

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