<P><STRONG>Nintendo </STRONG>has played a few of their proverbial cards, unveiling details on many of their big upcoming first-party titles. All of the games below are scheduled for release sometime in 2005, with the obvious exceptions of <EM>Super Mario 64 DS, Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt </EM>and <EM>PictoChat.</EM></P>
<P><EM>Super Mario 64 DS - </EM>SM64 is invading Nintendo's new handheld system, complete with fresh new functunality designed to take advantage of the portable's touch, dual screen and wireless capabilties. Besides Mario, eager players may now take Luigi, Yoshi and Wario on a wild romp through the Mushroom Kingdom, playing through the game in it's original single-player mode. Conversely, players may choose to take a jaunt through Adventure mode, engage in some mini-games or go head-to-head with up to three buddys using the wire-free Versus mode - which requires only one DS cartridge to engage in!</P>
<P><EM>Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt - </EM>This exclusive, pack-in demo of the full <EM>Hunters </EM>title allows gamers to test their battle prowess against their friends in Death Match levels via wireless play, or to get a taste of the explosive single-player campaign. Touch screen control should not be a problem, with multiple control schemes providing a way to play that should suit any gamer's taste. </P>
<P><EM>PictoChat - </EM>This built-in wireless chat program allows DS owners to keep in touch with friends by allowing hand-written words or doodles to be inputted onto the DS touch screen and then sent to the DS-toting target in question. Additional functionality allows gamer's to copy a friend's message, edit it as they see fit, and send it right back. Ah, the wonders of technology!</P>
<P><EM>Another </EM>(working title) - In this exclusive DS adventure title, gamer's are challenged to unveil clues that will lead to the uncovering of a family's painful mystery. The game's puzzles will require adept use of both the touch screen and the microphone.</P>
<P><EM>Advance Wars DS </EM>(working title) - <EM>Advance Wars</EM>, the well-known and celebrated strategy title for the Game Boy Advance (and soon to be GameCube), explodes onto the DS complete with a new battle system designed around the handheld's dual screens - players can now command ground and air forces simultaneously, on two separate screens! Additional game modes include the brand new "Combat" and "Survival", as well as, you guessed it, a wireless versus mode. </P>
<P><EM>One-Line Puzzle </EM>(working title) - This new stylized puzzle game requires the player to use nothing but the touch screen and the stylus. Three different game modes and a multiplayer wireless mode should make this puzzler, although simplistic in nature, an attractive title. </P>
<P><EM>Jam With The Band </EM>(working title) - A new DS-specific title in the vein of the recent GameCube hit <EM>Donkey Konga</EM>, this game will test your musical skills by challenging you to grab that stylus, select a song and interact with the moving dots on the touch screen with exact precision and timing. The creation of original compositions is supported by allowing gamers to hum into the DS' microphone, and as many as eight people can get down together in a crazy multiplayer session that requires only one game card.</P>
<P><EM>Puppy Times </EM>(working title) - The title once known as <EM>Nintendogs</EM> will delight players by allowing them to raise three different little pups; the game revolves around teaching your puppies tricks via speaking into the microphone. Over time, your pets will respond to your voice commands. <EM>Puppy Times</EM> is also set to include some form of wireless play.</P>
<P><EM>Yoshi's Touch & Go </EM>(working title) - Once known as <EM>Balloon Trip</EM>, this title features the irresistible team of Baby Mario and Yoshi; players will use Yoshi and the DS' touch screen to keep Baby Mario secure and safe from enemies. For example, on levels with a vertical, "climbing" theme, gamers must draw clouds to create a path for the upward ascent of the duo. As an additional feature, <EM>Yoshi's Touch & Go </EM>supports two-player wireless action.</P>
<P><EM>WarioWare, Inc. DS </EM>(working title) - <EM>WarioWare's </EM>DS iteration will offer up over 180 brand-new minigames sure to delight any gamer. Each "microgame" will feature the frenetic action we've all come to know and love, except each game now sports touch screen functionality - some games will even feature microphone capability!</P>
<P><STRONG>Nintendo </STRONG>surely seems to be offering up the DS goods; NNOW will keep our faithful readers up-to-date on any developments on their robust upcoming lineup.</P>
Thats a great line up, can't wait to see what the 3rd parties have to offer.
I just watched a clip of Hunters and Mario 64 DS.
Hunters moved very fast and looked great. I saw Yoshi eat a bomb from the big bomb omb on the hill and spit it back at him.
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