Nintendo of Japan was kind enough to update their release schedule for the DS and Wii yesterday, with quite a bit of exciting news for those owning either of the Japanese giant's current systems.
For starters, the popular Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (which came out on this side of the pond as Elite Beat Agents) will be getting a sequel this year with the name Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Tamashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2. (IGN.com kindly shared that the first part of the title translates to "Burn! Hot Blooded Rhythm Soul!")
Ninty also announced the release of Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training Motto Eigo Zuke. Doesn't ring a bell? That's probably because it wasn't released in the U.S. (and deservedly so--it helps Japanese folk learn English.Why can't we get a Japanese trainer here in America? I'd snap that up in a second!).
Panel de Pon DS popped up as well--an updated version of a wildly popular puzzle game first released on the SNES/Super Famicom (it made its way to the U.S. as Tetris Attack). The first screens appearing on Famitsu.com show a much more elegant interface than the original, which was full of cute girls and pastels.
Nintendo's update didn't include just good news--a bit of bad news snuck in, too. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has been bumped from "TBD in 2007" to "unknown release date." At least we know Nintendo hasn't lost it's touch for delaying Zelda games (ouch!).
The list of upcoming Wii games (for our Japanese friends, at least) is even more impressive. Promised in the next few months are:
Fire Emblem: Goddess of Dawn
Super Paper Mario
Yawasaka Ataka Juku (a.k.a. Big Brain Academy)
Games set to be unleashed on the Wii-obsessed public at some point in 2007 include:
Disaster Day of Crisis
Mario Party 8
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Battalion Wars 2
DK Bongo Blast
Mario Strikers Charged
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
The highly-anticipated Wii versions of Animal Crossing and Kirby were officially unveiled as well, though with undetermined release dates.