Nintendo held a media summit in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, so this week’s blog will get you up to speed on the announcements Nintendo made and some of the exciting things they have in store for fans in the coming months.
The biggest news of the day was the announcement of release dates for two highly anticipated Wii games. First, Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be available Sunday, May 23! It had been highly speculated that this game wouldn’t be out until the big holiday shopping season, so if you are a Mario fan, the spring release date should come as good news and a pleasant surprise. To get an idea of what the game looks like, here is a screen shot:
In case you are not aware, Mario is Nintendo’s flagship mascot, and nearly every game in the Super Mario series is considered a classic. If you have not tried the first Super Mario Galaxy game, released for the Wii in 2007, you should definitely give it a shot because it is a fun and highly accessible game. Click here to learn more about that game.
The second release date announcement was for a game called Metroid: Other M, which will be available on Sunday, June 27. Though nowhere near the popularity of Nintendo’s more well known franchises such as Mario, the Metroid games definitely have a large and devoted set of fans, so the June 27 release date is fairly big news. Here is what the game looks like:
Those of you that grew up playing the original Nintendo Entertainment System in the ‘80s and ‘90s may remember the original Metroid game was launched on that system, so, as you can see, that series has been around for a long time!
The other big news of the day was the announcement of a North American release date for the Nintendo DSi XL, which is the newest iteration of Nintendo’s ultra-popular handheld gaming device. What makes the DSi XL different from the DSi? Well, as the “XL” name implies, the device’s dual screens are much larger than earlier versions of the DS. More specifically, the 4.2-inch screens are 93% larger than those on the DSi. This will make the onscreen action much easier to see, and it also opens up the possibility to market the DS as both a gaming device and an eReader. The DSi XL will be available in North America on Sunday, March 28, and it will cost $189.99. Click here to visit Nintendo’s site introducing the DSi XL.
Clearly, Nintendo has a lot of exciting stuff planned for the first half of 2010, so it’s definitely a good time to be a Wii owner and a Nintendo fan.
Until next time, this is a Wii Blog For You.