EA and Maxis have announced that Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena will be released in Europe on October 9, 2009.

Built from the ground up exclusively for the Wii and Nintendo DS, Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena promise to introduce a new level of action-packed adventure and combat to the acclaimed Spore franchise.

"Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena give Spore and Nintendo fans a new, dynamic and engaging way to interact with their customised creature heroes," said Lucy Bradshaw, VP and General Manager at Maxis. "Players' heroes take centre stage as both games, distinctly tailor-made for its Nintendo platform, infuse creativity, combat and adventure to create a unique gameplay experience on the Wii and Nintendo DS."

In Spore Hero on Wii players become the hero and embark on an epic quest to save their creature's home planet from destruction. In Spore Hero Arena on Nintendo DS, players enter a galaxy filled with fun and intense arena-based combat.