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Chibi-Robo (GC) announced for US release, Q1 2006... Odama (GC) scheduled for US release, Q1 2006... Super Princess Peach (DS) scheduled for US release, Q1 2006...

I was wondering about Chibi-Robo, given that it didn't really show up at E3 and Giftpia (the previous game from that developer) never came out in English.. great to see it's coming. :) And Odama... seems like that one's been taking a while. Let's hope it makes that date...

But ... wow... look at the middle of the press release here... buried in it is none other than the fact that we're finally getting a US release of Tales of Phantasia! Awesome! And completely unexpected, coming years after the Japanese release... :) :)

Oh yeah, and, for some bizarre reason, it looks like the US is getting the Famicom GB Micro? Huh?

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6137182.html
Quote:Odama, Metroid lead Nintendo's Q1 2006 lineup
Chibi-Robo makes US 'Cube debut; Princess Peach, Electroplankton come to DS. Famicom-themed Micro also headed to US shores.

REDMOND, Washington--With just under two months of 2005 left, Nintendo today decided to give gamers their first taste of 2006. At the company's North American press event today, the Japanese game giant took the wraps off their line-up for the first quarter of next year.

Leading the charge is a quartet of DS titles, with Electroplankton arriving first on January 9. Billed as a "new form of expression" by Nintendo executive vice president of sales and marketing Reggie Fils-Amie at E3 2005, Electroplankton is more an artistic music program than a straight-forward game, allowing users to generate a vast variety of harmonics and melodies in 10 different modes of gameplay. In North America, the game will only be purchasable online.

Next out of the gate is True Swing Golf, due on January 23. The game will feature diminutive golf pros putting away time on Lilliputian greens. Nintendo is making much of how the game has the "most realistic golf swings ever possible" via the DS's touch screen, which will re-create the tactile sensation of swinging a very small golf club.

The third DS title of 2006 belongs to one of Nintendo's long-time leading ladies. Super Princess Peach, featuring the damsel in distress from several Mario games, reverses the character's role in a striking display of girl power. The side-scrolling action game sees the skirted one rescuing the portly plumber for a change. To see how Princess Peach will accomplish this, check out GameSpot's hands-on with an imported version of the game.

The last DS title of Q1 2006 is one of the most anticipated games yet for the handheld, Metroid Prime: Hunters. Once slated to go on sale next week alongside the launch of Nintendo's Wi-Fi network, the game, now schdeuled for release March 20, will see intergalactic superheroine Samus conquer yet another Nintendo platform. GameSpot's previous coverage has more details about the sci-fi first-person shooter.

Owners of Nintendo's other handheld, the Game Boy Advance--recently revamped as the Game Boy Micro--will be able to add two new titles to their library in Q1 2006. On February 6, Drill Dozer will burrow into the already crowded market of side-scrolling GBA adventures, while March 6 will see a revamped version of Tales of Phantasia, originally released for the NES.

Gamers who held off on buying a DS or GBA, but are excited about the upcoming game lineup, might not want to rush to stores just yet--a few colorful Nintendo handhelds will be released in the US soon. In addition to the previously announced red-colored DS being bundled with the Mario Kart DS special edition bundle (scheduled to hit stores sometime "near the release of Mario Kart DS"), the Famicom-themed Game Boy Micro will also come to North America.

The handheld, already released in Japan, is skinned to look like the Famicom, the Japanese version of the NES. It will retail for $99.99 and include a $10 voucher for select Game Boy Advance games when it is released on November 28.

Nintendo's current-generation console, the GameCube, will see two new titles in the first quarter. First on the market will be the short-statured star of Chibi-Robo, an-action adventure about a three-inch robot. The game is being developed by the relatively unknown studio Skip Ltd., which made the 2004 role-playing game Giftpia (not available in the US). Chibi-Robo is already available in Japan.

Much more anticipated is Nintendo's other Q1 GameCube title--Yoot Saito's Odama. Bearing the name of its eccentric-but-celebrated creator, the game is a first, combing real-time strategy with fast-paced pinball action and--believe it or not--vocal recognition. It was certainly one of the more unique games on display at E3 2005, where GameSpot's own Jeff Gertsmann got some hands-on time with the game.
By Tor Thorsen, Tim Surette -- GameSpot
Posted Nov 3, 2005 6:03 pm PT
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I love your descriptive thread titles.
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Wasn't Odama a PS2 game?
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No, that's Okami.

Quote:I love your descriptive thread titles.

This is a descriptive thread title: shock at ToP getting an english release.

I didn't notice that paragraph at first, since they don't mention it beforehand, so originally the thread was just about Super Princess Peach / Odama / Chibi-Robo releases/dates... (I had a perfect title too, "yes!" ... :) ... then I noticed ToP. And was somewhat amazed.)
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In other news, Mr. Itoi has announced that Mother 3 for the GBA is nearing completion and will actually be released very soon, but without revealing too much about it. We still don't have any screens, but supposedly he wants it that way so that people won't get any spoilers.
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So I imported a Famicom Micro, and now they are bringing it to the US for some strange reason? Damn you Nintendo!
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Sounds good to me.
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I'm still not sure why you went to the effort to get one. However, the Gameboys are region independant, so you pretty much got the same thing. That is, unless they "translate" the US version to look like an NES.
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That's what I would expect, a NES GB Micro...
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Though they haven't said as much. The other possibility is a number of Nintendo's most dedicated fan base know all about the Famicom and the Famicom styled SPs, and some may have been asking for an American release of that particular model. I must confess I always have looked at that white red and gold bit of wonder and said "that is so campy I just have to have one.... sum dai...
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http://media.cube.ign.com/media/683/683046/vids_1.html

I want Odama... I mean, I already did, but it's looking great... :)]

I'd seen the trailers, but in addition to two 'new' trailers (11/04) there's also a 13 minuite presentation video of the game (from the recent Nintendo conference). Cool!

I mean... "Odama is an extremely Japanese pinball RTS that uses the Gamecube microphone. That's coming out in the US." ... I mean, right there you've got all the makings for a very unique title... and, from the looks of things, a pretty good one too.
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Yeah, Odama is gonna be sweet.
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