Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Party 9, more coming in Q1 2012


Nintendo dropped its Q1 lineup on us this morning, offering highlights like the inexplicably GameStop-exclusive Circle Pad Pro and the best news of the year. But there's a lot more in the lineup than those two items -- for example, we now have a specific release date for Masahiro Sakurai's 3DS Kid Icarus: Uprising: March 23.

On the 3DS eShop, Nicalis's ports of indie hits VVVVVV and NightSky are scheduled for eShop sometime in Q1, as is WayForward's Mighty Switch Force, a port of Zen Pinball, and Mutant Mudds. Nintendo will bring Kirby's Block Ball to the Virtual Console in the quarter as well.

Mario Party 9 will launch on Wii March 11, preceded on February 27 by PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond. The only listed WiiWare title is, again, from Nicalis: La-Mulana sometime in the quarter. The DS lineup is ... light, with only the February release of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 really worth mentioning. But you can see the full list of announced releases on all three platforms, after the break.%Gallery-141688%
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Nintendo Unveils Deep and Diverse Software Lineup for Early 2012

New Kid Icarus, Pokémon, Rhythm Heaven and Mario Party Games Are on the Way

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As some people hunker down for a long winter's nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DS™ system and the Wii™ console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.

On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom's Resident Evil® Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses. METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus™: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.

The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon's Rolling Western™ brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy's attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSky from Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds™ from Renegade Kid™ round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.

Nintendo is also introducing an optional accessory that gives Nintendo 3DS owners a second analog stick to control compatible games. The Circle Pad Pro will launch in the United States on Feb. 7. It will be sold through GameStop stores and online at http://www.gamestop.com at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system's right side. The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers. It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater.

On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven™ Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in the United States. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they've got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark™ 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu™ and his Pals - Oshawott™, Snivy™ and Tepig™ - as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario™ and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party™ 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.

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

Nintendo 3DS

Publisher Game Available
2K Play Nicktoons MLB 3D March
Capcom Resident Evil® Revelations Feb. 7
Konami Digital
Entertainment, Inc.
METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater Q1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 January
NAMCO BANDAI
Games America Inc.
TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition™ February
Tales of the Abyss® Feb. 14
Nintendo Kid Icarus: Uprising March 23
Published by SEGA® of America Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ Feb. 14
SEGA® of America CRUSH™3D Q1
Ubisoft NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series) March 6
Horses 3D March 6
Funky Barn Q1
Rayman® Origins Q1


Nintendo eShop

Publisher Game Available
Collecting Smiles Colors! 3D Q1
Nicalis VVVVVV Q1
NightSky Q1
Nintendo Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword Q1
Dillon's Rolling Western Q1
Kirby's Block Ball™ Q1
Renegade Kid Mutant Mudds Q1
Shin'en Multimedia Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH Q1
Jett Rocket Super Surf Q1
WayForward Mighty Switch Force Q1
Zen Studios Zen Pinball Q1


Wii

Publisher Game Available
2K Sports MLB 2K12 March 6
GameMill Entertainment Country Dance™ Special Edition Feb. 1
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Karaoke Joysound Q1
Nintendo Rhythm Heaven Fever Feb. 13
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Feb. 27
Mario Party 9 March 11


WiiWare™

Publisher Game Available
Nicalis La Mulana Q1


Nintendo DS™ Family

Publisher Game Available
2K Sports MLB 2K12 March 6
ATLUS Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor™ 2 February
GameMill Entertainment Silverlicious™ March 20
Xia Xia™ March 20
Gogo's Crazy Bones™ March 20
Mentor Interactive Chess for Kids Feb. 14
NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light Feb. 21
NARABA: The Mysterious Palace Feb. 21


Nintendo DSiWare™

Publisher Game Available
Cosmigo Box Pusher Q1
Cypronia Cake Ninja Q1

Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.8 billion video games and more than 610 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.