Wii Music, Animal Crossing, Kirby hit Japan in '08

Nintendo confirms new launch windows on long-awaited, little-heard-from Wii and DS titles.

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In September of 2006, two months and change before the Wii launched in Japan, Nintendo released a list of upcoming games for the system, among them Wii Music and new installments of Animal Crossing and Kirby. The first of that group was given a 2007 release window, with dates for the latter two simply listed as TBA.

In Nintendo's latest supplement to its quarterly earnings report, the publisher updated those release windows, giving all three games expected Japanese launches sometime in 2008, and a "(Temp.)" designation next to their titles. A number of DS games received the same Japanese launch window and designation, including the superlatively named Hoshi no Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe, Fire Emblem, and Eternal Chronicle. Nintendo showed more certainly in the dates and titles for the Japanese Wii releases of Super Mario Stadium Family Baseball and Disaster: Day of Crisis, both of which were slated to launch by the end of the year.

As for American release dates, Nintendo pegged a May 5 launch for its DS Crosswords game, with the Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness flavors of its next DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game set for the second quarter. On the living room side of its business, Nintendo confirmed a second-quarter release for Wii Fit in the US, as well as a tentative 2008 launch in Europe.

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