Holiday Goodness from Nintendo

Nintendo has been bringing out the Holiday goodness for as long as anyone can remember. And this Holiday season will be no different. Nintendo’s 3rd party publishers are preparing to bring the heat. Titles with names like James Bond, Mickey Mouse, and Sonic make for a blockbuster line-up. Wii and DS owners are going to be very happy.

“Third-party publishers realize the wide appeal of Nintendo systems and come up with creations that challenge veteran gamers and invite new ones to play,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing. “We’re constantly amazed at the creative ways these talented developers continue to push the boundaries of our hardware. We thank our partners for their continued support.”

Other key third-party Wii games available this fall and holiday season include:

  • Just Dance 2, Ubisoft’s sequel to the hit original, which includes more than 40 new music tracks, plus dance moves choreographed by experts in all types of music. Just Dance has sold more than 4 million units worldwide. Just Dance 2 launched on Oct. 12. (ESRB Rating: Everyone 10 and Older)
  • GoldenEye 007 for Wii, Activision Publishing’s new game based on the legendary GoldenEye movie. The game stars Daniel Craig’s James Bond and lets players take charge of the gritty action as they try to outwit, outmaneuver and overtake an arms syndicate that threatens the world. GoldenEye 007 supports classic four-player split-screen modes and up to eight players can play together online. The game launches Nov. 2 and is also available in a special bundle with an ultra-cool gold-colored Classic Controller Pro. (ESRB Rating: Teen)
  • SEGA’s Sonic Colors, which launches Nov. 16. Sonic The Hedgehog takes on a wild new adventure as he attempts to defeat the diabolical Dr. Eggman. Sonic collects and uses new power-ups derived from the colored energy of an alien race called the Wisps. The game blends 3D and classic 2D perspectives, and includes heavy doses of the nonstop, high-speed action that Sonic is known for. (ESRB Rating: Everyone)

On the portable Nintendo DS family of systems, some key third-party games include:

  • Super Scribblenauts from WB Games, the sequel to the award-winning Scribblenauts. The game, which launched Oct. 12, introduces a new adjective system that lets players change the color, size and behaviors of objects. Players can create any object that comes to mind to help Maxwell find a way to claim his Starite on 120 new levels. (ESRB Rating: Everyone 10 and Older)
  • Rock Band 3 from MTV Games, the hand-held exclusive version of this beloved music franchise. The game includes 25 songs from top recording artists, with eight play modes. Players can watch their bands rise from local legends to world-famous rock stars, or even compete in head-to-head multi-player battles. Rock Band 3 launched Oct. 26. (ESRB Rating: Everyone 10 and Older)
  • GoldenEye 007, a new first-person action game. The Nintendo DS version of GoldenEye 007 offers all of the epic action of James Bond’s greatest adventure in both single- and multi-player modes and is available on Nov. 2. (ESRB Rating: Teen)
  • Sonic Colors from SEGA. The portable version makes use of both Nintendo DS screens, and includes power-ups not found in the Wii version. It has all the same great Sonic action but players can take it with them on the go. The game launches Nov. 16. (ESRB Rating: Everyone)
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Josh Wright

Josh resides in VA and enjoys spending time with his wife Lena, two wonderful kids Peyton and Bailey, and their puppy Marley. He moonlights as an Xbox Ambassador and someday hopes to rule the galaxy. Favorite Games: Mega Man, Tecmo Bowl, Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

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