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Nintendo Announces Software Release Dates for European Territories

by Matthew Blundon - April 12, 2011, 12:32 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Nintendo abandons the Wii for the second quarter of 2011 and instead focuses on its portables.

Fresh off of the heels of announcing Solatorobo: Red the Hunter for a European release yesterday, Nintendo of Europe has announced a slew of other titles that European gamers can look forward to in the coming months.

Leading the pack of new titles is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. The game, which is a re-mastered version of the 1998 classic, will be localized in 5 European languages which include English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Steel Diver, also for the Nintendo 3DS, will arrive on May 6, while Dead or Alive Dimensions will arrive two weeks later on May 20.

On the Nintendo DS side, gamers can look forward to playing Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie on May 20th and Solatorobo: Red the Hunter on July 1.

While not currently given a solid release date, Nintendo has promised 2011 releases for Wii Play: Motion, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Xenoblade Chronicles.

[EU] A 3D - Glasses Free Spring Ahead for All

Nintendo announces the software line up of upcoming games for the spring/summer of 2011.

12th April 2011: Hot on the heels of the European launch of the Nintendo 3DS system, which launched with thirteen full-3D games on 25th March, the next few months are going to prove just as busy for 3D gaming fans!

 

17th June 2011 sees one of the most acclaimed instalments in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series making its way onto Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3Dis a re-mastered version of the classic Nintendo® 64 title. Originally released worldwide in 1998, the game has sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide and is considered one of the most critically acclaimed games in history.

 

This new edition features enhanced graphics that depict the adventures of the heroic Link in captivating detail. Fans of the series can once again help Link on his quest to save Hyrule from the evil Ganondorf, by exploring many dungeons, temples and using the titular ocarina to aid him on his quest but this time all in 3D and all without the need for special glasses. The game also now takes advantage of the gyro functionality of the Nintendo 3DS console, by physically moving the Nintendo 3DS console players are enabled to explore and look around with a first person view. This edition has been localised into 5 European languages which includes English, French, German and for the very first time ever the game has also been localised into Spanish & Italian.

 

If you fancy some underwater action then 6th May 2011 will see the debut of Steel Diver across Europe which will bring a captivating, yet novel strategy action game to Nintendo 3DS. This game is sure to have you hooked from the start as you take control and guide your submarine through three different game modes, avoiding obstacles and dodging attacks from enemy ships. By using the inbuilt Nintendo 3DS gyro sensor in Periscope Strike, enjoy spinning around in a swivel chair and watching the 3D horizon of the sea move with you – it really is like looking through a submarine periscope, but make sure you don’t forget to use your torpedoes to take out any enemy ships you encounter! 

 

The Nintendo 3DS system will also be the first ever Nintendo platform to be home to an instalment of the world-famous fighting game franchise, DEAD OR ALIVE.

DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions is due for European release on 20th May 2011 and exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Containing over 25 playable characters, you also will be able to use the StreetPass feature to fight with AI controlled fighters. Make enough use of this function and you will be able to unlock prize character figurines as rewards. Fans of the DEAD OR ALIVE series will be pleased to know that they can intuitively perform complex fighting combinations utilising the Touch Screen to create an exhilarating new DEAD OR ALIVE experience – all of which performed within a fully 3D rendered environment.

 

If you do not have a Nintendo 3DS yet then do not fear, owners of Nintendo DSi & Nintendo DSi XL (as well as those who own a Nintendo 3DS) will be able to experience DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Reverie, as it launches across Europe on 20th May 2011, followed by the launch of Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, when it becomes available later in the year on July 1st 2011.

 

DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Reverie is the sixth instalment in the long running Dragon Quest series which is a remake of a SNES turn-based role-playing game which has been translated and exported out of Japan to Europe for the very first time. You play a hero sent to defeat Murdaw, the Demon lord of Darkness, and will pit your battle across large mystical worlds.  Whilst travelling across the lands, explore new towns and wander through dungeons, but look out for the many enemies which will attack you without warning.  Also, look out for the Slippin’ Slime mini-game, available to you in certain inns and bars in various cities you travel through. Use the Nintendo DS Touch Screen to play the slime curling mini-game and score points by sliding the stylus in front of slime to make it change direction or go faster.

 

In Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, players enter a world of epic fantasy action in a role-playing game set on the mythical floating islands of the Shepherd Republic. Take on the story of Red Savarin, an anthropomorphic dog with the ability to take a human form, as he does battle with giant robotic “mecha” and other enemies as he explores the floating islands. This engrossing quest is set in picturesque anime graphics produced by some of the world’s leading animator and manga names.

 

Owners of Wii are in for a treat this year as games such as Wii Play: Motion - 12 new motion-controlled games packaged with a Red Wii Remote Plus controller, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident - a hidden-object adventure game,Xenoblade Chronicles – an epic RPG adventure, and the ultimate motion controlled adventure - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be making their way onto Wii in 2011.

 

Below is just a taster of some of the games which will launch on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS family of consoles and Wii during Spring / Summer 2011

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 Nintendo 3DS – Spring / Summer 2011

Release Date

PUZZLE BOBBLE UNIVERSE (Square Enix)

21-April

Steel Diver (Nintendo)

6-May

LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios)

13-May

DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions (Nintendo)

20-May

Naruto Shippuden 3D The New Era (505 Games)

21-May (Italy & France)

SUDOKU -The Puzzle Game Collection- (HUDSON SOFT (distributed by KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbH)

26-May

Sports Island 3D (HUDSON SOFT (distributed by KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbH)

2-June

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo)

17-June

Naruto Shippuden 3D The New Era (505 Games)

17-Jun (Europe (apart from Italy & France)

Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions (NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe SAS)

Q2

 


 Nintendo DS family of consoles  - Spring / Summer 2011

Release Date

Valet Parking 1989™ (Nintendo DSiWare – Zordix)

22-April

Thor™: God of Thunder (SEGA)

29-April

Cradle of Rome / Cradle of Egypt Double Pack

April (UK - Mastertronic/Advantage Distribution)

Cradle of Rome / Cradle of Egypt Double Pack

 April (Nordic - Nordic Game Supply)

Cradle of Rome / Cradle of Egypt Double Pack

April (Italy - Shardan)

Cradle of Rome / Cradle of Egypt Double Pack

April (Spain - Namco Bandai Partners)

Cradle of Rome / Cradle of Egypt Double Pack

 April (ANZ - All Interactive Distribution)

Plants vs. Zombies (Mastertronic Games Ltd.)

6-May (UK/Ireland only)

Plants vs. Zombies (Nintendo DSiWare – PopCap)

6-May

LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios)

13-May

DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Reverie (Nintendo)

20-May

Pucca Power Up (Rising Star Games)

May (France and Benelux - CLD Distribution)

Pucca Power Up (Rising Star Games)

May (Germany - dtp Entertainment)

Pucca Power Up (Rising Star Games)

May (Italy - Shardan)

Pucca Power Up (Rising Star Games)

May (Spain - Namco Bandai Partners)

Pucca Power Up (Rising Star Games)

May (Nordic - Nordic Game Supply)

Pucca Power Up (Rising Star Games)

May (UK - Mastertronic/Advantage Distribution)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games)

17-June

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by F+F Distribution)

17-June (Germany)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by Tradewest)

17-June (France, Spain)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by Gameworld)

17-June (Benelux)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by Shardans)

17-June (Italy)

Zhu Zhu Classic (Activision Publishing)

Q2 (FIGS, Benelux)

Kung Zhu (Activision Publishing)

Q2 (FIGS, Benelux)

Tituef (Deep Silver)

Q2 (France)

Miffy's World (Pan Vision (distributed by Mastertronic)

Q2 (UK/Ireland only)

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (Nintendo)

1-July

 

Wii - Spring / Summer 2011

Release Date

Spongebob Squigglepants (THQ) (uDraw compatible)

15-April

Conduit 2 (SEGA)

22-April

DanceDanceRevolution hottest party 4 (KONAMI)

28-April

Virtua Tennis™ 4 (SEGA)

29-April

National Geographic Challenge! (Black Bean Games)

April

Greg Hastings Paintball 2 (505 Games)

06-May

Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 (Activision Publishing)

06-May

LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios)

13-May

Let's Dance with Mel B (Black Bean Games)

May

We Dance (Nordic Games)

May

FAST – Racing League (WiiWare - Shin'en Multimedia)

May

Champion Jockey  (TECMO KOEI EUROPE LTD.)

May-June

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

10-June

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games)

17-June

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by F+F Distribution)

17-June (Germany)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by Tradewest)

17-June (France, Spain)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by Gameworld)

17-June (Benelux)

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 (O-Games (distributed by Shardans)

17-June (Italy)

MotoHeroz (WiiWare – RedLynx)

June

Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 (KONAMI)

Q2

Attack at the Movies (505 Games)

Q2

Dance Sensation (505 Games)

Q2

ExerBeat (NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe SAS)

Q2

CHRONO TRIGGER® (Virtual Console – SQUARE ENIX)

Q2

 

Talkback

MiyamotoApril 12, 2011

I see there's no mention of Wii Play Motion or Case Files for Europe yet?

KDR_11kApril 12, 2011

MCF is the kind of shovelware that's all over the bargain bins here. Wouldn't surprise me if that specific game has already been released and nobody gave a damn.

JasonMaiviaApril 12, 2011

In my eyes, the Wii is done.

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