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Pokémon Platinum Tops Nintendo's Diverse Game Lineup for Early 2009

Pokémon Platinum New Releases Also Include New Play Control! Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis for Wii, Fire Emblem for Nintendo DS

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 17, 2008 – Continuing its commitment to create fun and engaging experiences for everyone, Nintendo of America Inc. today unleashes a broad list of exciting new games for the first quarter of 2009. Topping the list is Pokémon™ Platinum version for Nintendo DS™, a remarkable new entry in the beloved Pokémon series, slated for a March 22 launch across North America. Nintendo's roster of more than 100 new games includes an impressive array of challenges and experiences for new players and loyalists, as well as everyone in between. Notable titles include the enhanced New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™ and New Play Control! Pikmin™ for Wii™, and Fire Emblem™: Shadow Dragon, Personal Trainer™: Math and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Nintendo DS.

"Our fans expect a diverse selection of entertainment options, and we're eager to deliver exactly that," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We're building on the momentum of a strong holiday season by offering new and experienced players an even greater library of game titles in 2009."

Pokémon fans in particular will have plenty to cheer about as Pokémon Platinum is readied for its U.S. debut. Following the vast popularity of Pokémon® Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum is the newest in the core series of Pokémon games. Pokémon Platinum features a new story full of adventure, never-before-seen forms of powerful Pokémon – including the legendary Giratina's Origin Forme – and the Distortion World, a mysterious new world that suddenly appears in the Sinnoh region. In addition, with Pokémon Platinum up to 20 players can interact with other Pokémon fans from around the world in the new Wi-Fi Plaza, featuring mini-games and activities. Players can also enjoy the new features in the Global Terminal, such as posting battle videos using the new "Vs. Recorder." In addition, Pokémon Platinum features a new Battle Frontier, where the toughest Trainers can test their skills in new ways. Pokémon Platinum already has broken previous Nintendo DS sales records in Japan, selling more than 1 million copies in its first two days of release.

For the portable Nintendo DS, Personal Trainer: Math builds on the new Personal Trainer™ series, which launched with Personal Trainer™: Cooking, now extends its reach beyond the stomach to the brain. Personal Trainer: Math introduces 40 fast-paced exercises to give players a fun way to improve their arithmetic skills. The Personal Trainer series is designed to help users enrich their lives and learn new skills in fun and interesting ways. Also for Nintendo DS, fans of the Fire Emblem franchise will enjoy the arrival of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, a revamped and re-imagined 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.

Meanwhile, for the Wii console, Nintendo is offering up two classic Nintendo GameCube™ games: New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin enhanced for play using the Wii Remote™ controller. The enhanced New Play Control! Pikmin game lets players point the Wii Remote controller at the screen and use it as a cursor, making it easy to select either a single Pikmin or an entire army. When a player tosses Pikmin, they fly wherever the cursor is pointing. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis lets players enjoy an afternoon on the court as their favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with motion-controlled serves and swings. With Wii controls, players can swing the Wii Remote controller to hit forehands and backhands and to apply spin. Experienced gamers can also attach a Nunchuk™ controller for additional precision. Both games are scheduled to launch next March.

Third-party publishers continue to bring diverse, creative games like FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: Echoes of Time™ from Square-Enix for Wii and Nintendo DS. These games offer unique features that allow users to play multiplayer across Nintendo platforms. MADWORLD™ from Sega will be available exclusively for Wii, and the highly acclaimed franchise Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars from Rockstar Games will be available for Nintendo DS.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Wii and Nintendo DS. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.



    Monsters vs. Aliens - March 24

Crave Entertainment

    Monster Pals™ - March
    Solitaire & Mahjong - February
    Puzzle Challenges and More! - February
    Crayola Colorful World - March


    Onechanbara™ Bikini Zombie Slayers™ - February
    Coraline - January


    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


    Play the World - March

Electronic Arts

    NASCAR® Kart Racing - Feb. 10
    SimAnimals™ - Jan. 27
    TRIVIAL PURSUIT - Early spring

Hudson Entertainment

    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


    Deer Drive™ - Jan. 20

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

    We Ski™ and Snowboard - March


    New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™ - March
    New Play Control! Pikmin™ - March


    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


    Paws & Claws Pet Resort - Jan. 5
    Neighborhood Games - Jan. 5


    Tenchu™: Shadow Assassins - February
    Broken Sword™: Shadows of the Templars (Director's Cut) - March

XS Games

    Super PickUps™ - Q1

Nintendo DS


    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


    USA TODAY Puzzle Craze - January
    DinoPets - March

Disney Interactive Studios

    Phineas and Ferb - Winter


    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


      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


      Moon™ - Jan. 13


      Chicken Hunter Star Karts - March 10


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


      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




      Paws & Claws Pampered Pets - Jan. 5

    TOMY Corporation

      My DoItAll™ - February


      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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