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European Nintendo Releases for 2004

by Karlie Yeung - December 17, 2003, 6:57 am PST
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Nintendo of Europe's release schedule for 2004.

Nintendo of Europe have published their expected release schedule for GameCube and Game Boy Advance next year. Notable titles include:

GameCube

20th February 2004 - James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Electronic Arts

26th February 2004 - Kirby Air Ride – Nintendo

11th March 2004 - Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – Nintendo

March 2004 - Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – Konami

Q1 2004 - Sonic Heroes – SEGA

April 2004 - Pokémon Channel - Nintendo

Q2 2004 - Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour – Nintendo

Q2 2004 - Pokémon Colosseum - Nintendo

Q2 2004 - Phantasy Star Online III: C.A.R.D Revolution - SEGA

Game Boy Advance


16th January 2004
- Need for Speed Underground – Electronic Arts

30th January 2004 - Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards - Konami

18th March 2004 - Sword of Mana – Nintendo

March 2004 - Sabre Wulf – THQ

Q1 2004 - Sonic Battle – SEGA/THQ

April 2004 - Metroid Zero Mission - Nintendo

Q2 2004 - Donkey Kong Country 2 - Nintendo

Q2 2004 - F-Zero 2 - Nintendo

Please see below for the full press release.


GAME ON FOR NINTENDO IN 2004!

Nintendo Unveil 2004 Software Line Up

Nintendo reveals an exciting and eagerly anticipated software release schedule for early 2004, with games such as Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing for Nintendo GameCube and Sword of Mana for Game Boy Advance, among some of the incredible games soon to launch. Forget those winter blues, Nintendo will definitely chase them away. Check out the highlights…

2004 will see Nintendo GameCube owners everywhere enjoying even more hours of fun. There are games for players of all ages, including action-packed espionage missions, challenging adventures set in magical fantasy lands or classic platform action. Here is just a selection of what’s on offer to whet your appetite.

Nintendo GameCube

James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Electronic Arts 20th February 2004

The safety of the world rests in the hands of the world's greatest secret agent - you. Pierce Brosnan stars as Bond alongside a stellar cast of Shannon Elizabeth as Serena St. Germaine, Heidi Klum as Dr. Katya Nadanova, and Mya as Agent Starling. Employ the latest Q gadgets, drive Bond's Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, and fight villains with a new hand-to-hand combat system as you cover four continents on a journey to save the world.

Kirby Air Ride – Nintendo 26th February 2004

Exclusive to Nintendo GameCube

The little pink ball is back! This is Kirby’s first racing game, exclusive to the Nintendo GameCube and will definitely get hearts and pulses racing. The easy to manoeuvre controls ensure players can really speed round the tracks, or even glide through the air at top speed with no acceleration button. Kirby retains the special skill that allows him to steal enemy abilities and use them to his advantage. Players also have a choice of numerous different warpster vehicles, each with specialist racing properties. Three distinct play modes push the racing genre in new and exciting directions.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – Nintendo 11th March 2004

Exclusive to Nintendo GameCube

The blessed crystal is in severe danger of losing its sparkle and power and without this the people will die. Embark on a dark and dangerous adventure, into the depths of a far off dungeon, in search of the sacred Myrrh Droplets. Along with three friends players take on the long and perilous trek through a wilderness overrun by monsters, fighting through this epic role-playing game with the story and graphic quality fans have come to expect from the Final Fantasy series. With the exclusive new multiplayer connectivity with the Game Boy Advance, players can work together to solve the complex puzzles and defeat the fearsome enemies on their quest. This truly is a magical game for existing fans of the Final Fantasy franchise and newcomers to the wonderful world.

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – Konami March 2004

Exclusive to Nintendo GameCube

Metal Gear Solid®: The Twin Snakes thrusts players into a stunning 3D world of espionage and stealth action. The first Metal Gear® experience to debut on the Nintendo GameCube, Metal Gear Solid®: The Twin Snakes combines the thrilling story of the original Metal Gear Solid® with the spectacular graphics and extraordinary gameplay from Metal Gear Solid® 2: Sons of Liberty.

Playing as legendary videogame hero, Solid Snake, gamers will infiltrate an Alaskan nuclear missile disposal facility occupied by a terrorist organization called FOXHOUND. While the mission is simple – infiltrate the base, seize the terrorist cell and neutralize the weapons of mass destruction, a.k.a., Metal Gear, it is the gameplay that is unforgettable. Only in this game will players truly feel like they are in the heart of the action, as if every step taken leads them closer to danger. Metal Gear Solid®: The Twin Snakes is an exercise in stealth maneuvers, covert operations and special ops.

Metal Gear Solid®: The Twin Snakes will feature all-new CG sequences led by Japanese film director and writer Ryuhei Kitamura as well as new character voiceovers, including the voice of the renowned screenwriter (X-Men) and actor, David Hayter as Solid Snake.

Sonic Heroes – SEGA Q1 2004

Sega's legendary mascot Sonic The Hedgehog makes his historic multi-platform debut and embarks on his biggest adventure ever, with his trademark blazing speed and a new gameplay twist in "Sonic Heroes." Sonic and his friends have evolved, adopting a configuration feature that lets gamers control three playable characters simultaneously, for example; Team Sonic comprises of Sonic’s speed, Knuckles' power, and Tails' ability to fly, to conquer huge, challenging new worlds. This team-based gameplay marks the next evolution in Sonic’s gaming career, taking platform gaming to a completely new level. Using the three formations and the powerful moves that each team member has, Sonic and his friends combine forces to battle the ultimate evil in an all-star cast.

Pokémon Channel - Nintendo April 2004

Exclusive to Nintendo GameCube

This is the ideal game for kids, introducing them to the wonderful world of Pokémon. This unique and original game allows kids to interact with the characters through a number of interesting and highly amusing Pokémon Channels. Kids can watch news shows, purchase items on the Shopping Channel or experiment with some new regimes on the fitness channel. Players can also tune into exclusive animations featuring the popular Pichu Bros, Pikachu plus many more.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour – Nintendo Q2 2004

Exclusive to Nintendo GameCube

Choose to play on a conventional course or an all-new course designed from the ground up to be all about Mushroom Kingdom! Players have to avoid warp pipes and beware of numerous all-new hazards like Piranha Plants, Chain Chomps and Thwomps when playing on Mario inspired courses. The multiplayer function in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour means that players can tee-off together and get ready for some friendly competition! Players can also connect up with the upcoming Mario Golf: Advance Tour for the Game Boy Advance and transfer characters back and forth.

Pokémon Colosseum - Nintendo Q2 2004

Exclusive to Nintendo GameCube

What do you get if you combine the most intense Pokémon battles ever witnessed, a full RPG adventure, and the awesome power of the Nintendo GameCube? Pokémon Colosseum, the next game in the multi-million selling franchise, thats what! Not only can players transfer their Pokémon from their Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games and battle on their TV screen, but now they can embark on an adventure every bit as detailed as the GBA titles, in full 3D! With the possibility of catching Pokémon, many not seen in Pokémon Ruby or Pokémon Sapphire, and featuring full connectivity between the GBA and GCN consoles, Pokémon Colosseum is the ultimate Pokémon game and must buy for fans everywhere.

Phantasy Star Online III: C.A.R.D Revolution - SEGA Q2 2004

Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution expands the Phantasy Star Online (PSO) universe, offering a new style of strategic combat, team-based battle tactics. PSO Episode III allows users to chat in the lobby about status upgrades and tactics, and then journey to the planet surface to engage in strategic combat using a turn-based Card system. The game continues the story arc of the previous PSO games, as players once again become Hunters and explore the mysteries of the planet Ragol. Featuring both online and offline play, as well as multiplayer modes, PSO Episode III adds new content and players to the ever-growing PSO community.

Gamers can also look forward to Puyo Pop Fever from Sega, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life from Natsume/ Ubisoft, World Racing from TDK, Spawn Armageddon and R: Racing from Namco/EA and Scoobi Doo! Mystery Mahem from THQ, all coming to stores near you in Q1 2004.

Game Boy Advance

Nintendo also has some treats especially for those that love gaming on go, whether this be on the train or waiting for a bus.

Need for Speed Underground – Electronic Arts 16th January 2004

Enter the world of urban street racing and high performance tuner cars with the latest title in the hit Need for Speed series: Need for Speed Underground. Take on today's most popular tuner cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and many more, building the ultimate street machine by earning cash to pay for custom body kits and a host of licensed car performance mods. But just creating a custom street racing machine will not get you to the top; it takes a certain amount of attitude and razor sharp driving skills to compete in the tough world of urban racing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards - Konami 30th January 2004

Yu-Gi-Oh! evolves into a card battling RPG with Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards, in which you join the fierce competition for the sacred “Egyptian God Cards”! Explore Battle City to gather information and challenge rivals to duels! Enjoy an evolved duelling system to experience fast and super-intense duels. Wager rare cards to win powerful new cards! Dive into a story full of unexpected twists, based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series. Three limited edition official game cards are included!

Sword of Mana – Nintendo 18th March 2004

Long ago, in a time of darkness, a mighty empire tapped its energy to dominate the world. In an effort to stop the use of such power for evil purposes, a woman from the Mana tribe transformed herself into the Mana Tree, locking the power away from anyone who would try to abuse it. The hero, the young leader of the Duchy of Grantz, has been raised and trained as a gladiator in the slave pits of Grants. The heroine in this story is a young woman from the Mana tribe who possesses deep ties to the goddess Mana. As the Shadow Knight is persecuting the Mana tribe, the heroine embarks on a journey to protect it. Sword of Mana, from the makers of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, allows you to swap magic and weapons quickly to find the best way to fight your enemies or fight as a team with the link mode for two-player cooperative game play.

Sabre Wulf – THQ March 2004

A mysterious stranger has arrived in the tranquil village of Blackwyche and done the unthinkable: shattered the fabled Sabre Wulf amulet, releasing the savage ’Wulf itself from long years of imprisonment and bringing fear and panic to the world. Both of these villains must be stopped. Once more it falls to veteran explorer Sabreman to track and recapture his most fearsome nemesis. Experience a completely unique and amazing gaming experience combining multiple gameplay types, including exploration, action and adventure! Help Sabreman to collect treasures, recover the pieces of Sabre Wulf amulet spread throughout numerous levels and overcome the obstacles and traps set by his enemies and Sabre Wulf itself!

Sonic Battle – SEGA/THQ Q1 2004

"Sonic Battle" brings furious combat action to the Game Boy Advance, as Sonic and his friends set out to determine which one of them is really the best fighter! Choose from eight characters such as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Choose the arena, set the rules, customize your special attacks, and then engage in non-stop battles. With three types of special attacks, as well as Ground, Aerial, and Defence fighting techniques, you can customize your character to suit your fighting style. Up to four friends can link their systems together using the Game Boy Advance Game Link cable for team battles, and then combine special attacks into devastating combos! If you prefer to battle solo, work through the Story Mode to develop your own AI fighting partner. Either way, Sonic Battle is the ultimate showdown between Sonic and his friends.

Metroid Zero Mission - Nintendo April 2004

Samus is making an eagerly anticipated come back in 2004, this time on the Game Boy Advance. Gamers can again accompany the legendary Samus as she explores Planet Zebes in an attempt to defeat the evil Mother Brain and Space Pirates. Players can explore numerous secret and exciting paths and areas, each one leading to either extra power-up items or even important locations. Samus can only gain entry to new areas after acquiring one of the many weapons or abilities. With amazing weapons, enemies, environments and puzzles gamers are guaranteed an action packed adventure.

Donkey Kong Country 2 - Nintendo Q2 2004

The all-new exciting story follows Diddy Kong and his girlfriend Dixie as they battle with the nasty King K. Rool who has kidnapped Donkey Kong! Other friends of Donkey Kong will lend a hand throughout the journey, including Rambi the rhino, Expresso the ostrich, Enguarde the swordfish, Squawks the parrot and the intriguingly monickered Winky the frog, all of whom will display their own special capabilities at various points. Donkey Kong Country 2 boasts over 30 levels in which to enjoy the company of these fine animal friends. The DK Attack mode is a brand new feature which challenges players to complete each level from the main game in as quick a time as they can. In addition to this, there are 2 mini games, Funky’s Fishing & Candy’s Dance Studio, which can be played either solo or with a friend using the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable.

F-Zero 2 - Nintendo Q2 2004

This unique game takes place in an all-new futuristic setting, with over 30 different characters to choose from. Each character has an individual story told through exciting anime style cut scenes before and after each thrilling mission. Different stories all interweave and relate to one another creating a truly intriguing narrative that becomes more interesting the further into the game players get. More characters and relationships are revealed as players get more involved in the game, each with their own particular motives and ambitions for winning the race. Speed through mist, snow, mines and power plants with this exclusive Game Boy Advance game and get the blood racing!

This is just a selection of some the excellent software games due out in 2004. Fans of the Game Boy Advance SP can also look forward to games such as Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town from Natsume/Ubi Soft coming out in Q1. Later on in 2004 comes Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand from Konami and Shining Soul 2 from SEGA/THQ all coming out in Q2 2004.

Watch this space!

Nintendo GameCube Release Date

World Racing – TDK January 2004

James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing – EA 20th February 2004

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life – Natsume/ Ubisoft 15th February 2004

Kirby Air Ride – Nintendo 26th February 2004

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – Nintendo 11th March 2004

Spawn Armageddon - Namco/EA 5th March 2004

R: Racing – Namco/EA 19th March 2004

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – Konami March 2004

Scooby Doo! Mystery Mahem – THQ March 2004

Sonic Heroes – SEGA Q1 2004

Puyo Pop Fever – SEGA Q1 2004

Pokémon Channel - Nintendo April 2004

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour – Nintendo Q2 2004

Pokémon Colosseum - Nintendo Q2 2004

Phantasy Star Online III: C.A.R.D Revolution – SEGA Q2 2004

Game Boy Advance

Need for Speed Underground – EA 16th January 2004

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards – Konami 30th January 2004

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town – Natsume/ Ubisoft 15th February 2004

Sword of Mana – Nintendo 18th March 2004

Sabre Wolf – THQ March 2004

Sonic Battle – SEGA/ THQ Q1 2004

Metroid Zero Mission – Nintendo April 2004

Donkey Kong Country 2 - Nintendo Q2 2004

F Zero 2 - Nintendo Q2 2004

Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand – Konami Q2 2004

Shining Soul 2 - SEGA/THQ

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