Nintendo is keen to have a jam-packed year for the Wii and DS in 2010, with an investor conference hosted by President Satoru Iwata outlining plans to release some big-hitting titles.
Chief of these announcements was the re-affirmation of a Pokémon refresh
, due to hit Nintendo DS handhelds later this year. “This totally new Pokémon
title will include new fields of adventure and a number of new Pokémons living there. As a totally new version, it will contain various unprecedented experiences,” said Iwata.
The new Golden Sun
game for DS, mentioned for the first (and last) time at E3 2009, will also be ready for launch in 2010.
Plenty more confirmations and teases for the Wii however – Metroid: Other M
has been given a release window of 'Summer 2010' by Iwata, and the company president also spoke of two large-scale RPG adventures in MistWalker's The Last Story
and Monolith Software's Xenoblade
(formerly known as “Monado: Beginning of the World
”. These will also launch in 2010.Super Mario Galaxy 2
will be launched this year, and Nintendo is preparing a software title that will demonstrate the uses of its bizarre new Vitality Sensor peripheral at E3 2010, alongside first details of the new Legend of Zelda
Iwata recapped the company's recent financial performance, and noted that while Wii and DS sales went through the roof in all territories during the November-December 2009 period, there was a significant drop in demand for the hardware from about March – October 2009.
The key cause of the slump, Iwata noted, was the lack of hard-hitting titles for both platforms. These announcements aim to create a 2010 where Nintendo hopes to keep a consistent sales sheet for the Wii and DS, so let's hope these games don't eventually get delayed, eh?
You can read the entire Investor Relations conference by clicking here
. There's some interesting info about lifetime hardware sales, with the Wii taking the Famicom's place as best-selling console at 67.45 million units (Famicom's lifetime sales stood at 61.91m); while the DS family outstripped its Game Boy cousins with the former's 125.13m units against the latter's 118.69m.