Metroid Prime 3 primed for August 20

Samus' next outing headlines Nintendo's Wii and DS release schedule for Q3 2007.

In recent years, the August release of Electronic Arts' annual Madden NFL installment has signaled the end of a slow period on the release schedule. It has also been the beginning of a gradual ramp-up in releases, culminating with a mid-November bounty of holiday launches.

However, this year could unfold differently, as Microsoft has already announced a late September arrival for Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, and Take-Two Interactive's Grand Theft Auto IV will follow in October. The gap between Madden and Halo 3 won't exactly be barren of highly anticipated releases, either. Nintendo today detailed its summer release schedule for first-party and third-party games, with Metroid Prime 3: Corruption set to arrive on the Wii August 20, less than a week after Madden NFL 08.

Nintendo gave release dates or windows for a dozen other summer Wii games, with a reiteration that Electronic Arts' Boogie will arrive in the fall. Of those, two more are first-party titles: arcade-style soccer game Mario Strikers Charged on July 30 and the action strategy sequel Battalion Wars 2 in September.

The Nintendo DS's new-release shelves will be much busier than their Wii counterparts for the summer season, as Nintendo gave release windows for 37 games on its portable. As predicted by retailers, Picross and Brain Age 2 are definitely getting North American releases. GameStop correctly pegged the Picross date as July 30, but only had the month right for Brain Age 2, which is now set for an August 20 release. As for Nintendo's other first-party DS releases, DK Jungle Climber (formerly DK: King of Swing) is set to arrive September 10, followed by Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol September 24.

[UPDATE] Gamers who might have been panicked at the omission of Rockstar Games' Manhunt 2 from the list below need not worry. A Rockstar Games representative blamed Manhunt 2's absence on a miscommunication, and has confirmed to GameSpot that the violent action-adventure game will be released in North America on July 10 for the Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable.

Wii
July 30--Mario Strikers Charged--Nintendo
August 20--Metroid Prime 3 Corruption--Nintendo
August 14--High School Musical: Sing It!--Disney Interactive Studios
August 14--Madden NFL 08--EA
August--Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08--EA
August--Space Station Tycoon--Namco Bandai
August--Brunswick Pro Bowling--Crave
August--Dave Mirra BMX Challenge--Crave
August--Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection--Crave
September--Battalion Wars 2--Nintendo
September--Brothers in Arms--Ubisoft
September--Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal--Warner Bros.
September--George of the Jungle--Crave
Fall--Boogie--EA

Nintendo DS
July 30--Picross DS--Nintendo
July--SimCity--EA
July--Namco Museum DS--Namco Bandai
July--Drake & Josh--THQ
July--Glory Days 2--Eidos
August 14--Madden NFL 08--EA
August 14--High School Musical: Makin' the Cut!--Disney Interactive Studios
August 14--Heroes of Mana--Square Enix
August 20--Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day--Nintendo
August--I SPY: Fun House--Activision
August--Jewel Quest Expedition--Activision
August--Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08--EA
August--Worms: Open Warfare 2--THQ
August--Luminous Arc--Atlus
August--Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus--Capcom
August--Mega Man Star Force: Leo--Capcom
August--Mega Man Star Force: Dragon--Capcom
August--Operation: Vietnam--Majesco
August--Turn It Around--Majesco
August--The Wild West--Majesco
August--Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game--Destineer
September 10--DK Jungle Climber--Nintendo
September 24--Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol--Nintendo
September--Drawn to Life--THQ
September--Zoey 101--THQ
September--Crayola Teasure Adventures--Crave
September--Nancy Drew and The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park--Majesco
September--Holly Hobbie & Friends--Majesco
September--Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations--Capcom
September--Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck--Warner Bros.
September--Pet Luv Spa & Resort Tycoon--Activision
September--Animal Genius--Activision
September--George of the Jungle--Crave
September--Jam Sessions--Ubisoft
September--Professor Brainium--Destineer
September--Indy 500 Legends--Destineer

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Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

What happend to Battalion Wars? Was it even at E3?

khaldwn
khaldwn

just my luck, i left my wii on the other side of the planet...why did i left it, why?!?

TEX-MEX
TEX-MEX

Now I enjoy the Metroid series like crazy, and this definitely looks good. But, graphically, I feel it's about the same as Echoes. The new controller should give it a nice new feel to it though.

Not-Quite-Dumb
Not-Quite-Dumb

FINALLY! I have waited for MP3: Corruption for such a LONG TIME! I am expecting great things from Retro because of their many delays- Hopefully an extreme storyline and some delicious Multiplayer, possibly some Wi-Fi if it works well-

gamboy131
gamboy131

Metroid Prime 3 is going to be awsome, Ive been waiting for this game since before Metroid Prime 2 came out. I really hope its WiFi!!

wii-g
wii-g

YES! metroid is comin out

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

Metroid is always released at the same time as Halo to help neutralize it's overwhelming power, and Retro is probably one of the most highly respected companies Nintendo has kept hold of. But yeah they are still completely different games.

lancetimes9
lancetimes9

"Samus' next outing headlines Nintendo's Wii and DS release schedule". What's with all these people inquiring about MP3 coming out on DS? It says that the game will be the HEADLINE of the release SHEDULE for Nintendo systems. Metroid Prime 3 is not coming out for DS.

Porshe911Turbo
Porshe911Turbo

I heard that Metroid Prime 3 may be released with Wi-Fi in it

lonewolf1661
lonewolf1661

Oh man... I think I'll buy a Wii just for this! Metroid Rocks!

twilight-X
twilight-X

it' only gonna get better from this point on

JAREDJR
JAREDJR

Wii and DS eh, you yanking me here Gamespot?

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Interesting game lineup ... but still to kiddy for my tastes :?

mattjr05
mattjr05

I really can't wait for Zoey 101 on DS!!!!!!!

Sig12047
Sig12047

It'll be out in no time at all.

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

i loved the first super metroid. I hope this one get better then the other

rusty_13
rusty_13

i think it's a gamespot error.. they never said mp3 was for the ds and there is no mp3 on the list of ds games above

Grinder86
Grinder86

And... what about the online play?

jerm1403
jerm1403

wii-ds connection for metroid!!!!!

Digital-Hero
Digital-Hero

Blue Dragon, Metroid Prime 3, Halo 3, GTA IV. GAMING OVERLOAD FROM AUGUST-OCTOBER! Buying all of them.

Darm0k
Darm0k

colt2007 don't post anything ever again

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koin999
koin999

August release means January release for anyone outside of Japan and America. We're still waiting for Super Paper Mario here in Australia for pete's sake!

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

metroid prime 3:coruption in august......this is very good to believe it.yeahhhhhhhhhhh.ok.but what hapens with europe;when will europe get metroid prime 3:coruption;;;;

HavQ-san
HavQ-san

AT LAST!!! A RELEASE DATE!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!1 Mwahahahaha! No, seriously though. I've been waiting for this from christmas.

1357900
1357900

yodamendez: It's probably for some type of connectivity. Then again, maybe not. Who kows? I'm definitely getting Super Mario Galaxy{SMG}, Metroid Prime 3{MP3}, & Super Smash Bros. Brawl{SSBB}! And here's to the best of hopes that all of you 360, &/or Ps3 owners, as well as Wii owners, can get your favorite games this year, maybe even for this Christmas, if not for any other time than the rest of this year.

yodamendez
yodamendez

are they releasing the game for both the ds and the wii?! is that a smart move?

lamprey263
lamprey263

I never played Metroid Prime 1 or 2 because I never owned a GameCube, but when I got a Wii I loved the fact that not only could I play Wii games, but I could go back and get GameCube games I never got to play. I'm definately getting Medroid Prime 3, but it's a little tough getting a hold of Metroid Prime 1 & 2 for the GameCube. I hope Nintendo doesn't abandon its GameCube games, because some of them are great and they're still playable on the Wii. Also, I hope Metroid Prime 3 allows for use of the GameCube controller. I've heard lots of bad things about controls for Call of Duty 3 and Red Steel; I'd hate for Metroid Prime 3 to suffer the same frustrating gameplay.

monty_4256
monty_4256

Bwii and mp 3 should both be great, Battalion wars suffered from no online, or multiplayer... and yet it still got 80's! now it's got em I wanna play it!

Cool_Cat44
Cool_Cat44

I got my Wii a few weeks back after ordering off of Air Miles. It arrived the day after I used my gift card to get a Nintendo DS!!! So far the only game I have played is Zelda, which has been relatively enjoyable. I'm looking forward to more great games and will definitely be getting Metroid Prime 3.

Acyberexile
Acyberexile

Metroid Prime is the game Wii needs, it's a FPS (and it's going to be a GREAT FPS.) and it has the "Nintendo style" fun. So expect high sales, even in summer.

EDOG
EDOG

I dont know about you guys but it seems that Metroid Prime 3 will have a graphics leap, for some sources such as GamePro and others has already played the almost final versions. I was reading the story out of the Nintendo Power book and it said the graphics will look better than Halo 2 and be way better than Mp 1 and 2.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Not a good list, Metroid Prime 3 should be good & maybe Battalion Wars 2 might be ok. But nothing on the DS here, well maybe Megaman or Heroes of Mana, but that is a big maybe. Interested if Metroid Prime 3 comes out on the DS...probably the most interesting news. @Ghetto_ninja try these titles, Dawn of Sorrow, Mario Bros, Advance Wars, Mario Kart, Puzzle Quest, Age of Empires, Portrait of Ruin, Yoshi Island.. The DS has some good games already.. Then again we all need more and for the Wii..

ragin_massaih
ragin_massaih

CAN SUM1 PLZ TEL ME why my newsletter said MPC is coming out on the ds as well as WIi????????

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

that's a long list but only mp3 and some other nintendo made games that really interest me. i foresee a few more months of 3rd party developer games not selling well for the wii. i hope this will give them a wake up call to not just make games but make good quality games. drake and josh, zoey 101 ... wtf!

rogermao
rogermao

the wii, has many games coming out, thats good, i'm planning to buy a few of those

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

Bad for EA.... Just a week after MP3.. EA number one chart spot is a goner. Hahaaa.. Now Big N put down their card to Halo3, what will Sony do with KillZone2? Christmas or around Halo?

10054254
10054254

Does anyone else only play their Wii at parties or to play Wii Sports? Im so sick of badly done ports, i blame the developers.

WalterPaladines
WalterPaladines

Man that's a lot of kiddie games with mediocre gimmick ports coming for the Wii. I'm bored from these gimmicky games they put out once the novelty of the Wii controller wears off we get stuck with last generation graphics in these garbage games. I am gonna sell or trade my Wii for a PS3 and get Ninja Gaiden Sigma and LAIR (that awesome looking dragon game).

larumba
larumba

Drake and Josh.... how the f. are we supose to play that thing. metroid will be mine.

Superion74
Superion74

Very excited about this news. Even since I saw a demo trailer for MP3, I knew that I will buy this game, but I was concerned that I have to wait until 2008 since Nintendo has a reputation for delaying games. This is a game that I will definitely buy on its release date.