Nintendo is still the king of the game hardware world: although the Wii’s console sales aren’t what they were a year ago, they’re still handily outdoing the competition, and Nintendo’s DS handheld gaming systems have practically paid off the mortgage in the top slot of handheld gaming sales. Now Nintendo is focusing on milking the platform, and today teased its 2010 gaming lineup, while announcing that Wii remotes will be available in two new colors with MotionPlus accessories included.
“During the holidays, tens of millions of Americans are going to spend enjoyable hours with both Wii and Nintendo DS,” said Nintendo of America’s sales and marketing executive VP Cammie Dunaway, in a statement. “And the enjoyment will only grow in the early weeks of 2010, whether your taste in gaming comes from exploring ocean depths, catching, training and battling Pokemon or even designing your own micro-games.”
Just in time for Valentines day, Nintendo plans to release two new versions of the Wii remote—blue for boys, pink for girls—complete with Wii MotionPlus accessories. The new remotes will be available in addition to the existing white and black remotes, with an eye towards letting four-player households each have customized remotes.
Also coming in February will be Endless Ocean: Blue World, and expansion of the Endless Ocean franchise: while Endless Ocean kind of induces a trance-like state of relaxation, Blue World offers a plot-driven story line, Internet-based diving with another friend, compatibility with the Wii Speak microphone…in addition to exploring the ocean and helping ocean creatures stay healthy. Meanwhile, folks who hunger for a more aggressive Wii experience can check out Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, a series fighting title that enables Internet-based bouts.
The Nintendo DS will also see new Pokemon titles, along with The Glory of Heracles, a role-playing and combat game written by Final Fantasy’s Kazushige Nojima.