Nintendo serves up more of the same in ’09 — literally

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Mario Power Tennis from Nintendo

Pokémon fans will have plenty to cheer about in 2009 as Pokémon Platinum makes its U.S. debut March 22 on Nintendo DS.

The rest of us? Well, Nintendo is also digging up a couple of GameCube titles, Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin, adding Wii Remote functionality and slapping “New Play Control!” in front of their names (their exclamation point, believe me — not mine). Other Wii games include Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time from Square-Enix and MADWORLD from Sega.

Other DS titles include Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, (yay, NES ports!) Personal Trainer: Math (Yay, math!) and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Yay, next-gen console environments crammed onto a DS cart!).

To be fair, I’ll probably pick up Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. It’s a “revamped and reimagined version of the NES classic, featuring touch-screen controls. Players with a broadband Internet connection can enjoy worldwide battles over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s online gaming service.” I never played the original but that’s one of the nice things about these re-releases for the DS and Wii Virtual Console — discovering games you may have missed the first time around.

Below is a partial and tentative list of upcoming Wii and DS games, listed alphabetically by publisher. But I’m still waiting for word on the next big Zelda or Mario.

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Wii

Activision
Monsters vs. Aliens – March 24

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals – March
Solitaire & Mahjong – February
Puzzle Challenges and More! – February
Crayola Colorful World – March

D3Publisher
Onechanbara Bikini Zombie Slayers – February
Coraline – January

Destineer
WordJong Party – January
Battle Rage – February
Cradle of Rome – February
Cate West: The Vanishing Files – March
Burger Island – March

Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Winter

DreamCatcher
Play the World – March

Electronic Arts
NASCAR® Kart Racing – Feb. 10
SimAnimals – Jan. 27
TRIVIAL PURSUIT – Early spring

Hudson Entertainment
FISHING MASTER WORLD TOUR – Jan. 6
Marble Saga Kororinpa – Spring

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves – March

Majesco Entertainment
Escape the Museum – January
Major Minor’s Majestic March – March

Marvelous Entertainment USA
Little King’s Story – Feb. 17
Rune Factory: Frontier – March

Mastiff
Deer Drive – Jan. 20

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
We Ski and Snowboard – March

Nintendo
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis – March
New Play Control! Pikmin – March

Sega
The House of The Dead: Overkill – February
SONIC and the Black Knight – March
MADWORLD – March

Southpeak Interactive
Roogoo Twisted Towers – Feb. 17
Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball – March 17
Brave: A Warrior’s Tale – Feb. 17

THQ
Paws & Claws Pet Resort – Jan. 5
Neighborhood Games – Jan. 5

Ubisoft
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins – February
Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) – March

XS Games
Super PickUps – Q1

Nintendo DS

Activision
Monsters vs. Aliens – March 24
Pimp My Ride 2 – March 24
Animal Planet – March 10

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
My World, My Way – Feb. 3
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II – Feb. 10
Trackmania DS – March 17

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals – March

D3Publisher of America
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix – Q1
Coraline – January

Destineer
USA TODAY Puzzle Craze – January
DinoPets – March

Disney Interactive Studios
Phineas and Ferb – Winter

DreamCatcher
Inkheart – January
Learn Math – January
Drivers’ Ed Portable – January
Monster Band – January
Zoo Quest – February
My Personal Diary – February
Music Star: Pop Star – February
Paint by DS – March
Matchstick – March
Dreamer: Top Model – March
Sarah – Keeper of the Unicorn – March
Learn Chess – March
Dragon Master – April

Electronic Arts
Zubo – March
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure – Q1
SimAnimals – Jan. 27

Empire Interactive
Jagged Alliance – Feb. 17

Gameloft
American Popstar – Road to Celebrity – March 9

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero – Q1
Suikoden Tierkreis – Q1
Little Magician’s Magic Adventure – Q1

Majesco Entertainment
WonderWorld Amusement Park – January
Powerbike – January
Our House – Q1
Hot ‘n’ Cold – March

Marvelous Entertainment USA
Avalon Code – February
Flower, Sun, and Rain – March

Mastiff
Moon – Jan. 13

MumboJumbo
Chicken Hunter Star Karts – March 10

Nintendo
Personal Trainer: Math – Jan. 12
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – Feb. 16
Pokémon Platinum version – March 22

ROCKSTAR GAMES
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – Winter

Southpeak Interactive
Big Bang Mini® – Jan. 6
Roogoo Attack – Feb. 17
Brave: Shaman’s Challenge – Feb. 17

Square Enix, Inc.
FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: Echoes of Time – Spring

THE GAME FACTORY
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES – Jan. 19

THQ
Paws & Claws Pampered Pets – Jan. 5

TOMY Corporation
My DoItAll – February

Ubisoft
Jake Power Fireman – January
Jake Power Policeman – January
Imagine Cheerleader – February
JoJo’s Fashion Show – February
Petz® Horseshoe Ranch – February
Imagine Family Doctor – February
Imagine Ice Champions – March
Jake Power Handyman – March
My Fashion Studio Paris Collection – Feb. 17
American Popstar – Road to Celebrity – March 24
Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) – March

XSEED Games
Retro Game Challenge – Jan. 6

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