In addition to announcing the release date for Animal Crossing: City Folk, Nintendo today detailed what it believes are its key games for the 2009 holiday season. The key games span both the Wii and DS, and they’re not limited to retail releases; WiiWare is loaded as well.
Wii Music, which will ship Oct. 20, lets gamers play a variety of musical instruments by using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to mimic the motions used to play real instruments. Songs will range from classical favorites like Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and pop hits like “Material Girl” to Nintendo standards like the Super Mario Bros. theme song.
Animal Crossing: City Folk will also ship in mid-November, as we detailed in the news article linked above.
Meanwhile, WiiWare will be loaded with games in Q4, including Tetris Party (18 game modes, including 10 new single- and multiplayer variations — some of which will use the Wii Remote and Wii Balance Board), Strong Bad Episode 3, World of Goo (a physics-based puzzle/construction game in which players grab living globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins and giant tongues), Cave Story (an action-adventure game with content and features created exclusively for the WiiWare version), and Boingz (players use the Wii Remote to grab, stretch and fling the rubber-band bodies of the Boingz around the environments to find their way home).
On the Nintendo DS, the company plans to release Personal Trainer: Cooking on Nov. 24, the first game in Nintendo’s new Personal Trainer series. This first outing lets players learn how to cook more than 200 recipes from around the world. In 2009, the Personal Trainer series will expand with Personal Trainer: Math and Personal Trainer: Walking, which will introduce a wireless pedometer. On Nov. 10, Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia: will let players use the DS stylus to encircle and capture Pokemon in an effort to save nature and explore the vast new Almia region.