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Mario and Link to Warm Your Winter

Posted by James Newton

Nintendo Europe announces their full Winter line-up, and there's some crackers in there

Winter is the perfect time to bombard gamers with great titles - the freezing cold weather makes them even less likely to go outside, meaning they'll spend even more time gaming. Nintendo seems to agree, as they've just sent us a list of their complete Winter line-up, with confirmed release dates for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks, Wii Fit Plus and much more.

Arguably the biggest title is New Super Mario Bros. Wii, confirmed to launch across Europe on 20th November 2009.

Of course, this is a fully-fledged Mario adventure if played alone, but a million miles more exciting is the ability for up to four players to join in the fun at the same time, playing as Mario, Luigi or either one of the Toads in a mission to save Princess Peach. Like Zelda: Four Swords Adventure on Gamecube, New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers a mix of cooperative and competitive play, meaning players can choose whether to work together to rescue Princess Peach or use their solo skills to battle for the best ranking. Kindly souls will no doubt want to cooperate by saving their friends from danger, but everyone else will probably get rid of the competition by tossing them straight into it!

The game also makes full use of the motion control capabilities of Wii to enhance gameplay – tilting the Wii Remote to control a see-saw platform could let you reach secret areas, for example. There's also a brand new propeller suit, which, by shaking the Wii Remote, allows your character to fly and hover – great for reaching secret areas. You can also use your suit to help your fellow players, taking them as passengers to wherever you want - most likely a death fall in our mind. Of course there's a new penguin suit too which enables you to throw ice balls at your enemy, jump onto your stomach and slide with incredible speed across icy sections of a stage. Players can even ride different Yoshis, using their tongues to swallow enemies – or their fellow players!

A little earlier than all this multiplayer Mario mania is the follow-up to everyone's favourite fitness 'em up in the lithe shape of Wii Fit Plus, due to yoga its way into shops on 30th October. Improvements over last year's title include the ability to personalise your own yoga routines and strength-training exercises to create a continuous exercise plan to suit your individual fitness goals, as well as a new caloriemeter to estimate the amount of oxygen used by the body during physical activity. Helpfully for those chilly times ahead, Wii Fit Plus can even warm your hands and feet to ease tension.

In addition to all the original Wii Fit features, Wii Fit Plus now brings you 50% more content, including 15 new trainings and six new strength training and yoga activities, meaning you can relax and ease away the stresses of daily life from those aching muscles.

For DS fans, the big title is surely The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, due to launch on December 11th. The sequel to the stunning Zelda: Phantom Hourglass features a new mode of transport as you must control a train to navigate Link’s world, charting a course to the end of the line past all manner of obstacles and enemies that will try to thwart your plans.

What’s more, Link has a new companion in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: the Phantom. This giant suit of armour now responds to commands, helping Link by battling enemies and walking through fire and lava. Whether working the tracks on the train or battling through the dungeons, the new Zelda adventure will keep your stylus tapping this winter as you crack its fiendish new storyline.

That's not all - Nintendo all sent through their entire Autumn/Winter line-up, from first-party behemoths to some rather smaller titles. We'll update the relevant games so you'll know exactly when to leave your warm, cosy gaming lair and pick up your most anticipated titles from your favourite gaming retailer.

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User Comments (19)

LEGEND_MARIOID

#1

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

We haven't had snow like that in donkey's years. When we do it melts super fast (thankfully in all honesty).

Its going to be a cracking winter games wise. Bring it on.

James

#3

James said:

@Legend Marioid - that photo was taken in March 2006. The rather handsome male model in it is my father-in-law!

It should be an awesome time of year for games - I can't wait!

Reala

#4

Reala said:

Think I'll wait for some reviews on Mario, just want to be sure that its worth getting for single player mode, Zelda probably get that on day one.

JamieOStaff

#5

JamieO said:

'New Super Mario Bros' ice stages are going to provide the background imagery for my winter! I hope it reviews well, I want to be playing it with my family as a Christmas Day multiplayer treat (I'll wait until after its Nov release to buy it).
I look forward to reading Nintendo Life's review of this one.
Cracking, snow packed photo, James. Come on then Winter 2009, hit us with a flurry of great Wii games and lashings of snow. :)

FATEM

#6

FATEM said:

I'm definitely going to pre-order Zelda as soon as I can without a second thought..

Luigi-La-Bouncy

#10

Luigi-La-Bouncy said:

I don't know why but when I saw that heading I thought of Mario Galaxy 2 and Wii Zelda, not New Super Mario Bros. and DS Zelda. I think I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself.

RevolverLink

#14

RevolverLink said:

lol, that picture looks like just another day in February where I live. The first snow is usually very nice, but it always gets old real quick.

Anyway, it'd be nice if someone was kind enough to buy me Muramasa and/or NSMBW for Christmas. But I think I'd rather get a slew of DS games, like last year.

Omenapoika

#17

Omenapoika said:

That pic makes me proud. Sometimes it is like that when you're shuffling to the nearest gamestore here <3
Spirit tracks will surely end up in my christmas stocking!

LEGEND_MARIOID

#18

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

@Prosody ...gosh, thanks for putting a "family photo" up for the benefit of the site, lol. I've checked out the release list in detail now....banging....pre-order list looking healthy. Royal Mail, Play and amazon, don't frack up!

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