Punch-Out enters ring May 18

Nintendo updates Wii and DS release lists, tagging dates to boxing revamp and New Play Control line; Excitebots, Legendary Starfy announced.

As the publisher is wont to do, Nintendo today rattled off the plethora of games coming to its best-selling hardware in the next few months. Along with reaffirming a number of release windows, the publisher provided more specific dates on a few of its key first-party and third-party titles.

On the Wii, May 18 will see the arrival of Punch-Out, the long-awaited remake of the classic NES boxing game, with Glass Joe getting a current-generation graphical makeover. In June, Sega will deliver two titles that have generated a measure of buzz: High Voltage's first-person shooter The Conduit and Let's Tap, the cardboard-box-based rhythm game from Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka.

Nintendo also attached dates to a number of titles in its New Play Control line, which adds motion controls to classic GameCube games. Namely, both New Play Control Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis are due March 9, with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat following on May 4. The publisher also used the opportunity to announce Excitebots: Trick Racing, a Wii Wheel-compatible racing game that serves as an extension to the Excitebikes and Excite Truck family of racers.

Most notably on the DS, Nintendo said that it would be bringing The Legendary Starfy to the US for the first time on June 8. Developed by Tose, the action platformer was originally released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance in 2002.

Wii
Major League Baseball 2K9 (2K Sports)--March 3
New Play Control! Pikmin (Nintendo)--March 9
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis (Nintendo)--March 9
M&M's Beach Party (Zoo Games)--March 10
Ready 2 Rumble Revolution (Atari)--March 17
Backyard Baseball '10 (Atari)--March 31
Don King Boxing (2K Sports)--March 31
Puzzle Kingdoms (Zoo Games)--March 31
Trivial Pursuit (EA)--March
MySims Party (EA)--March
DanceDanceRevolution Disney Grooves (Konami)--April 2
Garfield Gets Real (Zoo Games)--April 7
Roogoo Twisted Towers (Southpeak)--April 7
Pennzoil's Build-N-Race: Speed Demons (Zoo Games)--April 14
Excitebots: Trick Racing (Nintendo)--April 20
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans (Zoo Games)--April 21
Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball (Southpeak)--April 21
Smiley World Island Challenge (Zoo Games)--April 28
Hannah Montana The Movie (Disney)--April
Real Heroes: Firefighter (Conspiracy Games)--April
Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity (Deep Silver)--April
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Nintendo)--May 4
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (Aksys Games)--May 12
Punch-Out (Nintendo)--May 18
EA Sports Active (EA)--May 19
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers (Konami)--May 19
Fritz Chess (Deep Silver)--May
Virtua Tennis 2009 (Sega)--May
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision)--May
Garfield's Pet Force (Zoo Games)--June 9
Let's Tap (Sega)--June
The Conduit (Sega)--June
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10 (EA)--June
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Activision)--June
Boom Blox Bash Party (EA)--Spring
MotoGP (Capcom)--Spring
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (LucasArts)--Late Spring
EA Sports Tennis (EA)--Summer GI JOE: The Rise of Cobra (EA)--Summer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (EA)--Summer
Help Wanted (Hudson)--Summer
MySims Racing (EA)--Summer
Overlord Dark Legend (Codemasters)--Summer
Klonoa (Namco Bandai)--Q2

Nintendo DS
MLB 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars (2K Sports)--March 3
Peggle Dual Shot (PopCap)--March 3
Yamaha Supercross (Zoo Games)--March 10
Zubo (EA)--March 10
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar)--March 17
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure (EA)--March 17
History Channel: Great Empires: Rome (Valcon)--March 17
TrackMania DS (Atlus)--March 17
Hands On!: Tangrams (Zoo Games)--March 24
Backyard Baseball '10 (Atari)--March 31
Crazy Chicken Star Karts (MumboJumbo)--March 31
Don King Boxing (2K Sports)--March 31
My Horse and Me Riding For Gold (Atari)--March 31
Puzzle Kingdoms (Zoo Games)--March 31
Tokyo Beat Down (Atlus)--March 31
Littlest Pet Shop: Spring (EA)--March
MySims Party (EA)--March
Pet Vet: Down Under (Deep Silver)--March
Scrabble (EA)--March
Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo)--April 5
Garfield Gets Real (Zoo Games)--April 7
Roogoo Attack (Southpeak)--April 7
The Dark Spire (Atlus)--April 14
Dokapon Journey (Atlus)--April 14
Puffins: Island Adventure (Majesco)--April 14
101-in-1 Explosive Megamix (Atlus)--April 21
Dreamer: Babysitter (DreamCatcher)--April 21
Dreamer: Shop Owner (DreamCatcher)--April 21
Dreamer: Teacher (DreamCatcher)--April 21
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans (Zoo Games)--April 21
Steal Princess (Atlus)--April 21
Crazy Chicken Atlantis Quest (MumboJumbo)--April 28
Powerbike (Majesco)--April 28
Smiley World Island Challenge (Zoo Games)--April 28
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier (Atlus)--April 28
Desktop Tower Defense (THQ)--April 29
Elite Forces: Unit 77 (Deep Silver)--April
Hannah Montana The Movie (Disney)--April
Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity (Deep Silver)--April
Imagine Makeup Artist (Ubisoft)--May 5
Imagine Music Fest (Ubisoft)--May 5
Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times (Konami)--May 5
Prank'd (DreamCatcher)--May 19
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerators World Championship 2009 (Konami)--May 19
Personal Trainer: Walking (Nintendo)--May 25
Imagine Boutique Owner (Ubisoft)--May 26
Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past (Aksys Games)--May 26
DJ Star (Deep Silver)--May
Drama Queens (Majesco)--May
Fritz Chess (Deep Silver)--May
Horoscope DS (Deep Silver)--May
Hot 'n' Cold (Majesco)--May
The Humans (Deep Silver)--May
Marker Man Adventures (Majesco)--May
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision)--May
Crazy Chicken The Pharaoh's Treasure (MumboJumbo)--June 2
Knights in the Nightmare (Atlus)--June 2
My Healthy Cooking Coach (Ubisoft)--June 2
The Legendary Starfy (Nintendo)--June 8
Garfield's Pet Force (Zoo Games)--June 9
Petz Fashion: Dogz and Catz (Ubisoft)--June 9
Jake Power Soccer Club (Ubisoft)--June 16
Rockin' Pretty (Aksys Games)--June 23
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (Atlus)--June 23
7 Wonders II (MumboJumbo)--June 30
Ice Age 3 (Activision)--June 30
Dawn of Heroes (Majesco)--June
Mega Man Starforce 3 Black Ace (Capcom)--June
Mega Man Starforce 3 Red Joker (Capcom)--June
Monster Racers (Koei)--June
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Activision)--June
Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits (Activision/RedOctane)--June
Treasure World (Aspyr Media)--June
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (LucasArts)--Late Spring
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (EA)--Summer
Miami Law (Hudson)--Summer
MySims Racing (EA)--Summer
Overlord Minions (Codemasters)--Summer

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cool_modine
cool_modine

It turned out to be pretty good. Not as stellar as all the reviews say (it only took me 2 days to unlock everything and achieve all medals) but still much better than I had expected.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

chess is not boring lol, anf cool modine, nintendos not just rehashing, they have other teams , disaster day of crisis, punchout wii sports resort and excitbots trick racing so far, e3 will probably bring new announcments like usual ,

cool_modine
cool_modine

I seriously hope the end product is more than just this... Who decided to ruin punch-out with this half-assed lazy looking garbage? And I'm not referring to the graphics.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

PS for all of the people saying they're looking forward to "New Play Control!!" games like Pikmin and Donkey Kong Jungle beat, are you kidding? Have you even read the story?? I quote from the above article: "[Nintendo's] New Play Control line... adds motion controls to classic GameCube games" In other words, these are just re-hashed games from GameCube! Man-o-man... at first it was just 3rd parties making rehashes of games that have been out on other systems (but with worse graphics) such as Dead Rising, but now even Nintendo themselves are rehashing games! Everyone should be disgusted. If Nintendo is that LAZY and doesn't want to make NEW games, why wouldn't they just release a motion control system for the GameCube instead of making people shell out hundreds of dollars for a system and accessories?! And what about the people who already owned those games for GC who'll have to re-purchase it just for the controls (even though other things like graphics will be virtually the same)? Oh right, money. It's sickening.

rattamierda
rattamierda

Its so good to see Punch Out, that will be one of the best for the wii (i hope so), and about the long long list of the wii games, we see a lot of "new control..." nice nintendo you are going to release games previosly releleased for the NGC, but in the list we see maybe 2 or 3 good games, as the conduit, and the others, dance dance revolution?? garfield??? hanna montana??? (she is hot but not for the games or the tv show) fritz chess????????????????????? we are going to play chess with the wii mote??????????????????????????????? thats absoluty stupid, its a shame that i see in the list a chess game, i like the chess, but chess for wii?????? the wii has the best control of all the consoles, you can do everything, but chess???????? i am loosing like a 100 bucks of the wiimote for a stupid chess game, men, that absoluty sucks

zaveline
zaveline

Oh Damn Thats Alot Of Games But Hannah Montanna The Movie Game That is going to be total Crap!

Rekunta
Rekunta

Boy oh boy......I can just hear myself already: "No, JAB not uppercut!!! Now hook!! Uppercut again ^%#&@*%#!!!!"" *throws controller in corner*

lanmanna
lanmanna

Oops I forgot Boom Blox 2. And you guys DO know this is a list only for March-June? Go complain about the PSP. It is worse off than all the systems combined.

lanmanna
lanmanna

Sooooo much goodness on the list. Punch-Out Excite-Bots Klonoa The Conduit Ready 2 Rumble New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Starfy

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

This game might make me shell out the $$ for a Wii. I mainly want one for their first party games like Metroid, Zelda, and Mario. Spend 249 for a Wii or buy my girlfriend a birthday present? Ah, I'll buy her the Wii.

gameking5000
gameking5000

You can't say anything about a game unless you try it. One game that was problary lowest selling and all of you thought was bad got a Gamespot award, it was also rated 9.5.

Hoodstock
Hoodstock

Thank god for Call of Duty: World at War. I only care about the Wii list and after looking at it the only game I will buy is The Conduit. - it better not suck! By the way, who do you fight at the end of Punch Out if it isn't Mike Tyson? That will be the only suprise of the game.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

After looking at that list I am so glad that the Wii isn't my only console.

tasthomas
tasthomas

Zelda? Metroid? Advance Wars? Why the overload of sports and racing games?

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Punch-Out The Conduit Those ^^^^ are the only games on that list I'm really interested in. Let's Tap Boom Blox Bash Party Those ^^^^ I'm curioius about. That's not a lot to get excited about. It's funny that I'm looking forward to playing New Play Control Pikmin 2 more than most Wii games. Pretty telling really.

Leonagard
Leonagard

I have to agree that the Wii this time is going downhill too the abyss ... I'd like to say it is the revolution but my hopes are gone... im predicting that this is the last year of wii... mine is just a pile of dust and im using the wiimote on PC!!! lol to play MAME!!!!! lot better!!... im a gamer regartless of witch title hardcore softcore core boring thing... but I still have some kind of hope... after that ill just throw it away forever and buy a ps3 becouse of bluerays movies... darnit... :(

Atari_7200
Atari_7200

Oh gee wiz! Mommy, can you buy me "petz fashion:dogz and catz" and "Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans" please please please! *sigh* Who would buy these and actually enjoy them for more then 1 hour? The only one I would RENT on this list is Punch-out. You got to love this one, " Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball - (WII)." What kind of retarded monkeys they got making this crap? What ever happened to a little thing I like to call quality? If games like this just keep popping up, we're gonna have another "video game crash".

thunderhorse55
thunderhorse55

And nobody cares about Guitar Hero On Tour. they should just stop making them.

thunderhorse55
thunderhorse55

Wow. just wow. This looks like a load of crap. Fritz cheese? Smiley world island challenge? HANNA MONTANA THE FREAKIN MOVIE?! I am so interested in most of these games. NOT!

gameking5000
gameking5000

You can't say anything about a game unless you try it.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

P.S. I think the people I might feel the most sorry for are the GameSpot editors who have to play through and review all this shovelware. P.P.S. Punch Out looks like one of about 3 games on the list that even looks decent (looks better than that I'm just saying there's a big quality gap). But even then, sure it'll likely be fun for a while, but how deep can it be? Will it entertain you for real long (like COD 4) and allow you to wait another year-plus for another solid game to come out (like what has happened with Super Smash Bros)??

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Baahahahaha! ...oh, my, word. Nearly every one of those games sounds like total garbage! Why do people continue to buy this system?! For games like "Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans"? Oh wait, it must be for "Fritz Chess." Or how about "Let's Tap" and "Smiley World Island Challenge"? You can't make this stuff up! Hahaha, oh man, well thanks Wii. This is the first time I've ever laughed out loud at a release list. Still not planning on picking up a system anytime soon though ;) If you need me I'll be playing Killzone 2 and Street Fighter IV.

werc96
werc96

Oh yea. Glass Joe is gonna get it.

Razlses
Razlses

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jadefury27
jadefury27

there's actually a great deal of hardcore games coming for the wii! i'm impressed!

teknicz
teknicz

There's no way I'm reading through that entire list.

Archon_basic
Archon_basic

Super Robot Taisen DS!!! I had given up on ever seeing that ported, but lo and behold Atlus came through. Good old Atlus. I've always regretted missing out on the GBA games - which won a system game of the year award from Gamespot. I'll be picking this one up for sure. Well, at least there was one good surprise is those massive lists of shovelware. I guess we'll have to wait for the fall and winter for the good releases, as usual.

jazilla
jazilla

punch-out will sell a bazillion copies...i know i am really going out on a limb with that prediction :P

frylock2194
frylock2194

I wonder why pokemon platinum isn't on the list? That's coming out in march isn't it?

InfinityMugen
InfinityMugen

Punchout is being outsourced by another dev. Nintendo is only publishing the game. Eh I'm reserving judgement on this one...

birdninja624
birdninja624

I'm so glad nintendo finally got a tensei

M-Mehl
M-Mehl

Actually No More Heroes for the wii system is a quite good game, still playing it from time to time, but the replay value is not that great. just an adition to you list firehawk

firehawk998
firehawk998

This shovelware trend will end when Nintendo brings back the seal of quality. Madworld, Conduit , Punch out on the Wii = good. Rest of stuff on the list = bad.

suffering-evil
suffering-evil

So excited about Punch-out, also can't wait for the Conduit and the New Guilty Gear

kemar7856
kemar7856

what a lame list lol only 2 games I would actually play punchout and madworld

isaacmj
isaacmj

Madworld, Monster Hunter 3, Arc Rise Fantasia???? Someone tell me what happened with them

jadefury27
jadefury27

i am extremely excited for punch-out! can't say how i feel about guilty gear for the wii. i guess those who don't have it for any other console will like it.

PrincePwnStar
PrincePwnStar

What the....if it wasn't for my gamecube resident evil games, RE 4, umbrellla chronicles, and my mario galaxy game I would sell my Wii toward more Xbox games.

puablo
puablo

I don't know, it's a toss-up between Punch Out and Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans for me.

wahyudil
wahyudil

can't wait to play mario tenis and pikmin .... where is Monster Hunter 3????

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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Freezing_Knight
Freezing_Knight

Id like to see that Punch Out, hope it takes proper advantage from the wii-mote this time, unlike the horrible boxing in wii-sports

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@nintendokid So how many PS3 and X360 games will outsell Wii Play or, WiiFit

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

I'll pass on all of these except for Klonoa (Maybe, Edge magazine gave it a 6, gotta see some more reviews). And nothing against Punch-Out, but I just don't buy $50 mini games, which is my guess for the price seeing as how they charged that much for WIi Music.

nintendokid
nintendokid

$10 says none of those games will break NPD top ten monthly charts and/or won't outsell Wii Play/Fit. And before you go defending Punch-Out as a top-tier seller, your beloved Metroid Prime 3 still has not even hit 1,000,000 yet. I suggest you wait until your eggs have hatched before you count your chickens.

jjr10
jjr10

Punch Out is a remake? I dont think it is...

squidracerX
squidracerX

I forgot Klonoa is on the list and that is a good game, or at least it WAS when I bought it about 10 years ago!! What is with the remake fetish for the Wii? This is just getting lazy... (Gamecube Games with motion control - WTF? I own the games already, just make a patch for them if you think they need the lame controls so bad and make it free SINCE I OWN THEM ALREADY!)