Nintendo reveal some European general releases
Fans of Donkey Kong will be pleased to hear that Donkey Kong Country Returns, the newest game in the Donkey Kong Country series, is to be released before Christmas. The game follows Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong as they attempt to get their banana stash back from the Kremlings. The game seems to use similar mechanics to Donkey Kong Country, which will excite fans.
Wii Party is also set to come out before Christmas. The game is a typical party game a la Mario Party, with a board and a variety of mini-games such as balancing on a ship and pairing up with another player to paddle down a stream. It follows such other games as Wii Sports and Wii Play, so will be good for parties and playing against friends. The final Wii game Nintendo announced for before Christmas is FlingSmash, an action game where you hit the main character, Zip, at obstacles and items while trying to maneuver him around obstacles.
As for the DS side of things, the most exciting news for many people is that Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is to be released before Christmas. It’s the third game in the Golden Sun series, with the original pairing up with the sequel, letting you transfer characters and items over. The third game in the series is set 30 years after the original game and focuses on the children of the previous characters. Golden Sun was considered one of the best handheld RPG’s ever, and fans are getting excited for the long-awaited DS version, so the news that it will be out before Christmas should satisfy them.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future has also been announced, but for an October 2010 release. This game is the final game in the Layton trilogy and follows Layton and Luke as they travel into the future after recieving an alarming letter from a future version of Luke. The game boasts over 165 puzzles and will conclude a lot of mysteries present in the first two Layton games. Fear not though, Layton fans: 3 more Layton games are to come after this trilogy, with the first, Specter’s Flute, having been released for DS in Japan already and the second, Mask of Miracle, to be released on 3DS. There’s also the movie to look forwards to!
Finally, we have Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs, the third game in the Pokemon Ranger series, set to be released in November. This installment is set in Oblivia, and follows another Ranger, someone who protects Pokemon, people, and wildlife. The evil team, the Pokemon Pinchers, are causing trouble in Oblivia and the Ranger, along with his sidekick, a ukulele-playing Pichu, must stop them. The Pokemon Ranger games have been popular with many fans, so they should enjoy this new installment.
So, what games are coming out in 2011 as opposed to 2010? As expected, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a 2011 release, but slightly less expected is Mario Sports Mix and Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which are likely to be Q1 2011 releases. Over on the DS, Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini Land Mayhem! is set to be released in Q1 2011.
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