Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Other M, More Announced At Nintendo Summit

Nintendo announced a number of new release dates for upcoming releases, as well as pricing and release date for the DSi XL today at the Nintendo Summit in San Francisco.

  • The WiiWare remake of Cave Story will be released next month, March 22.
  • Metroid: Other M (Wii) will be released June 27.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) will be out May 23.
  • The DSi XL will retail for $189.99 and be out next month, March 28.
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (Sin & Punishment 2, Wii) will be out June 7.
  • Picross 3D (DS) release date is May 3.
  • Dragon Quest IX (DS) will be out this summer (no specific date) and be published by Nintendo in North America.
  • Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) will be released April 20th. There is a bundle with the game and a classic controller for $59.99, which is a good deal considering the classic controller typically sells for $20 alone.

Lots of good stuff coming, sooner than expected, for the Wii and DS.

Cave Story Coming to Wii

Nintendo recently announced their holiday 2008 line-up and, along with a bunch of other stuff, Cave Story was announced as a WiiWare release:

Cave Story: This title is an action-adventure game with new, exclusive content and features created only for the WiiWare version.

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monotagari) is currently a freeware game for the PC that was originally released on December 20, 2004. Developed by Studio Pixel (Studio Pixel is actually just one guy, I guess, Daisuke Amaya), it’s a 2D non-linear platformer somewhat similar to Metroid or the newer Castlevania games. I had not heard about it until now, and since it’s currently free, I decided to try it out since I love the classic Metroid games.

I was honestly amazed, I haven’t played a game that has the same atmosphere as Cave Story since…I don’t know, maybe Shadow of the Colossus. I can’t explain what aspect of the game play made me feel that way, but with everything combined it truly feels like a masterpiece. Doukutsu Monotagari spent five years creating the game, and it shows in all areas.

The first thing that stuck out to me was the music, which is amazing. It reminds me of no game in particular but at the same time still evokes Super Nintendo era feelings. The soundtrack alone just brought back these great memories of games gone by, it was really impressive. I’d almost compare it to Chrono Trigger, maybe…not that the music sounds the same or even similiar, but the level of musical quality. Songs that stick in your head long after you’ve finished playing the game.

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