Super Mario Galaxy 2 screenshot
Super Mario Galaxy 2 screenshot

Nintendo of America has announced dates for its line-up in the first half of 2010, confirming earlier than anticipated releases for Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor and many more.

The big news to come from Nintendo of America's media summit was the May 23 release date for Super Mario Galaxy 2. The title had previously been expected to form part of Nintendo's holiday 2010 line-up.

Following in June will be Sin and Punishment: Star Successor on June 7 and Metroid: Other M on June 27. Nintendo also confirmed an April 20 debut for Monster Hunter Tri and a summer launch for Dragon Quest IX.

There was also some talk of new hardware, although not the heavily rumoured DS2. The Nintendo DSi XL was handed a $189.99 price tag and a March 28 release date. The larger handheld will be available in Burgundy and Bronze colours.

Nintendo of Europe is hosting its own media summit today. For all the news as it breaks be sure to visit the VideoGamer.com live blog from around 10:20 GMT.

Extended release line-up:

Super Mario Galaxy 2: The sequel to the smash-hit galaxy-hopping original game, launches May 23 for the Wii console. The game includes the amazing gravity-defying, physics-based exploration from the first game, but is loaded with entirely new galaxies and features to challenge and delight players. On some stages, Mario can pair up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi and use his tongue to grab items and spit them back at enemies. Players can also have fun with new items such as a drill that lets our hero tunnel through solid rock.

Metroid: Other M: The incredible new Metroid game developed for Wii through a collaboration by Nintendo and the world-renowned Team Ninja, launches June 27. The game looks at the classic franchise from a new perspective: While much of the game is reminiscent of 2-D side-scrollers, players can switch the perspective into 3-D at any time as they explore the twisting passages of a derelict space station and delve deep into a cinematic, never-before-told story of bounty hunter Samus Aran’s past. This new approach uses a new control scheme in which players use the Wii Remote controller held sideways to battle enemies and navigate the expansive, gorgeous environments in classic Metroid fashion, then aim at the screen with the Wii Remote pointer to blast foes in first-person and hunt the world for clues and hidden passages.

Dragon Quest IX : In a unique partnership with Square-Enix, Nintendo of America will publish Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in the Americas when the game arrives in summer 2010. Dragon Quest IX has sold more than 4.15 million copies in the Japanese market. Nintendo and Square-Enix will now work together to bring this title to the Nintendo DS consumer base in the Americas.

Monster Hunter Tri: An epic action game for Wii, launches in the United States on April 20. The game lets players customize their character, armour and weapons in order to protect a town from majestic monsters as that town rebuilds following a devastating earthquake. Online play will be available for all players with broadband Internet access at no additional cost.

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor: The breakthrough shooter game for Wii from legendary developer Treasure, will launch across North America on June 7. The game features nonstop action with two playable characters and international online leaderboards to track high scores. Using the Wii Remote pointer functionality, the game offers unprecedented precision in the shooter genre.

FlingSmash: Will test players' Wii Remote skills as they bounce a ball-like hero through countless side-scrolling stages, combining the precision of racket sports with the unpredictable fun of pinball. Playable only with the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, the game will launch this summer.

Picross 3D: Poised to become a puzzle game phenomenon when it launches for the Nintendo DS family of products on May 3. In Picross 3D, players start with a cube and smash away smaller blocks to reveal an object, shape or symbol. Delivering more than 350 unique puzzles and more made available for download on a regular basis after launch via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet access required), the game takes the mind-bending fun of Picross into the next dimension.

100 Classic Books: Transforms the Nintendo DS family of products into a library of timeless literature when it launches on June 14 at a suggested retail price of $19.99, highlighted by 100 works from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Jane Austen, Mark Twain and more. Readers can adjust the size of text, place bookmarks and even download new content via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet connection required).

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands: Will launch May 18 on both the Wii and Nintendo DS platforms. Boasting amazing graphics with fantastic action and puzzle-solving game play, the Wii version will be the first in franchise history to feature a two-player cooperative experience. As an added bonus, the Wii version of the game will exclusively include the 1992 Super NES version of the original Prince of Persia game.

Disney Guilty Party: The official title of the highly anticipated first collaboration between Disney Interactive Studios and its recently acquired studio, Wideload Games. The fun and hilarious mystery party game is set for release in the second half of 2010, exclusively for Wii.

Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal: Majesco's Nintendo DSi exclusive uses incredible augmented reality technology through the Nintendo DSi Camera. Launching this October, the game lets players become a ghost hunter as they interact with the paranormal.

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Release Date: 27/08/2010
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 1,774 152
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