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Nintendo Unveils New Wii Titles

Tower of Pandora, Rhythm Heaven, Kirby and more shown at earnings briefing.


3DS may be a few weeks from release, but Nintendo isn't putting all its focus on the new portable. At an investors briefing today, Nintendo announced new titles for the Wii console.

First up is Pandora no Tou: Kimi no Moto e Kaeru Made, roughly "Tower of Pandora: Until I Return To Your Side." This new title is nearing completion, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed during the briefing, and will be released in the first half of this year. He didn't reveal any information on the game, but said to expect details to be released gradually shortly.

Iwata had more to show for two previously announced Wii titles: Rhythm Heaven and Kirby. You can see video clips of the two here.

Rhythm Heaven is the latest entry in the critically acclaimed portable rhythm gaming series. The game will be playable solo and with other players. This will be released some time this year.

For Kirby, Iwata apologized for the long waits. HAL has been working away the game, which based off the video looks like a side scroller. This will also be released this year.

Nintendo will also be localizing two overseas third party titles for the Japanese market: Just Dance 2 and 007 Godeneye.

Zelda Skyward Sword is still on the way, of course. The game is in the final phases of development, said Iwata. It will be released this year, but he said to expect 3DS's Ocarina of Time release to come first.

For the DS, Iwata didn't announce any new titles. However, he did give a April release time frame for Pokemon Typing DS, a typing tutorial. This will ship with a bluetooth keyboard. The game can communicate with the keyboard because the cartridge has a built-in bluetooth reader.

Pokemon Typing DS isn't the only Pokemon on the way. Iwata said that Nintendo is currently progressing with a variety of Pokemon developments for Wii and Nintendo 3DS. He did not go into specifics.

Pokemon Typing DS.

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