Nintendo's 2012 release schedule looking barren for Wii and DS owners

Nintendo has put out its 2012 release schedules for Europe and America and things are looking decidedly barren for Wii and DS owners. Admittedly this dearth of games is not exactly a surprise given that 3DS is Nintendo's handheld du jour and Wii U is on the way. But still, it's never nice to see the inevitable 'thinning out' of a retiring console's release schedule. It reminds me of that bit in The Beach when one of the Swedish dudes gets bitten by a shark and they leave him to die in a tent because nobody can be assed to look after him. Have a look:

Nintendo DS (Europe)

Hidden Object Show (Intenium Console GmbH): January 2012

Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Inazuma Eleven 2 Blizzard (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Nintendo DSiWare (Europe)

Antipole (Saturnine Games): 5th January 2012

Doodle Fit (Gamelion Studios): January 2012

Amoebattle (Grab): Q1 2012

Flip the Core (Engine Software): Q1 2012

Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut (Namco Bandai Games): Q1 2012

Nintendo DS (USA)

MLB 2K12 (2K Sports): March 6 2012

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (Atlus): February 2012

Silverlicious (GameMill Entertainment): March 20 2012

Xia Xia (GameMill Entertainment): March 20 2012

Gogo's Crazy Bones (GameMill Entertainment): March 20 2012

Chess for Kids (Mentor Interactive): February 14 2012

Naraba: The Labyrinth of Light (Mentor Interactive): February 21 2012

Naraba: The Mysterious Palace (Mentor Interactive) February 21 2012

Nintendo DSiWare (USA)

Box Pusher (Cosmigo): Q1 2012

Cake Ninja: (Cypronia): Q1 2012

So not really a whole lot of DS love going on. Sure there's a couple of Inazuma's for Europe and Shin Megami Tensei in the US. But if RPGs aren't your thing, well, you're a bit screwed. Unless you're really optimistic and positive, things really aren't any better on Wii:

Wii (Europe)

Boom Street (Nintendo/Square Enix): 6th January 2012

The Last Story (Nintendo): 24th February 2012

Mario Party 9 (Nintendo): March 2012

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (Nintendo): March 2012

Winter Sports 2012 (PQube): Q1 2012

We Sing Pop (Nordic Games Publishing AB): Q1 2012

We Sing 80's (Nordic Games Publishing AB): Q2 2012

Pandora’s Tower (Nintendo): Q2 2012

Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise (Nintendo) 2012

Wii (USA)

Mario Party 9 (Nintendo): March 11 2012

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (Nintendo): February 27 2012

Rhythm Heaven Fever (Nintendo): February 13 2012

Karaoke Joysound (Konami): Q1 2012

Country Dance Special Edition (GameMill Entertainment): February 1 2012

MLB 2K12 (2K Sports): March 6 2012

WiiWare (Europe/USA)

La-Mulana (Nicalis): Q1 2012

Obviously another Mario Party is going to please some people and Hironobu Sakaguchi's (aka Mr I Made Final Fantasy) RPG The Last Story will be something a lot of European gamers are going to be looking forward to. Personally, I can't see much of a future for my Wii once I'm done with Skyward Sword. Although, that said, Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise/Rhythm Heaven Fever looks entertaining in a kind of 'look at me I'm playing a crazy Japanese music-based mini-game button hitter game because I like crazy games' sort of way.

So, from the information Nintendo has released, it doesn't exactly look like Wii and DS gamers are going to be spoilt for choice in 2012. But it's not all doom and gloom. Things are - thankfully - a tad more fruitful for 3DS:

Nintendo 3DS (Europe)

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom): 27th January 2012

Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro: 27th January 2012

Crush 3D (Sega): January 2012

3D Game Collection (Mastertronic): January 2012

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega): February 2012

One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special (Namco Bandai Games): 10th February 2012

Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo): March 2012

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (Konami): Winter

Pac-Man Party 3D (Namco Bandai Games): Q1 2012

Ben 10 Galactic Racing (Namco Bandai Games): Q1 2012

Tekken 3D Prime Edition (Namco Bandai Games): Q1 2012

Crash Time 4 (PQube): Q1 2012

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (Sega): Early 2012

Mario Tennis (Nintendo): 2012

Luigi’s Mansion 2 (Nintendo): 2012

Professor Layton 5 (Nintendo): 2012

Nintendo 3DS eShop (Europe)

VVVVVV (Nicalis): January 2012

SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle (Nintendo): February 2012

3D Classics: Kid Icarus (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles): Q1 2012

Dillon's Rolling Western (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia): Q1 2012

Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid): Q1 2012

Nintendo 3DS (USA)

Nicktoons MLB 3D (2K Play) March 2012

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom) February 7 2012

Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater (Konami)  Q1 2012

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Konami) January 2012

Tekken 3D Prime Edition  (Namco Bandai Games) February 2012

Tales of the Abyss (Namco Bandai Games) February 14 2012

Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo): March 23

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega): February 14 2012

Crush 3D (Sega):  Q1 2012

NCIS The Video Game (Ubisoft): March 6 2012

Horses 3D (Ubisoft): March 6 2012

Funky Barn (Ubisoft): Q1 2012

Rayman Origins (Ubisoft): Q1 2012

Nintendo 3DS eShop (USA)

Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles): Q1 2012

VVVVVV (Nicalis): Q1 2012

NightSky (Nicalis): Q1 2012

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Dillon's Rolling Western (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Kirby’s Block Ball (Nintendo): Q1 2012

Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid): Q1 2012

Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia): Q1 2012

Jett Rocket Super Surf (Shin’en Multimedia): Q1 2012

Mighty Switch Force (WayForward): Q1 2012

Zen Pinball (Zen Studios): Q1 2012

A bit disappointing that Paper Mario and Animal Crossing are absent from the list, but on the positive there are some big releases to get excited about. Resi Revelations, Kid Icarus, Metal Gear, Luigi's Mansion 2, Professor Layton, Mario Tennis... a decent early line-up.

There's also a few eShop offerings that should be worth a look. In particular there's VVVVVV, last year's acclaimed indie PC puzzler which we awarded an 8, and Mutant Mudds, an old-school platformer from promising developer Renegade Kid (who made the DS games Dementium and Moon).

Oh, and whatever you do, don't let Sega's Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure escape your attention. I'm not entirely sure what's happening in this Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure video, but it makes me want to play the game:

So that's how next year is shaping up for Nintendo's machines so far. All things considered, it's a bit shit if all you've got to play games on are Wii and DS.




  • fanfundy - January 9, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Years ago Nintendo was great. The Wii marked the beginning of the end. I was always a huge Nintendo fan, but I honestly want this company to fail and just become a third party publisher like Sega. Wii was terrible, and Wii U will probably be even worse.
  • TheMariner - December 29, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    I'm not sure if this article was written before the announcement or not, but there is at least one big US Wii release not listed here; Xenoblade Chronicles has been slated for a US release April 2nd.
  • titleofusername98 - December 27, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    Well, um... I guess MP9 looks like fun. I'll pick that up when I get the chance.
  • SteelCity - December 13, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    How can any Nintendo fanboy honestly make any kind of comment about a company milking a franchise? Seriously, MW3 is called milking a franchise, but Super D Duper Mario 52 Land Extreme is not milking, even though it has been basically the same game since the N64 days. How many Mario games have been made? Countless and mostly the same through all these years. Keep buying all these re-hashes and Nintendo will not make any innovative or fresh games. Why should they, when all they have to do is give you basically the same "classic" (tired and old) graphics and gameplay and slap a new word or two on the cover and Nintendo fanboys buy it like hotcakes! Smarten up or never get fresh or innnovative games!
  • wheresmymonkey - December 16, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    Yes because brining out a new game in series generally once in a generation of consoles maybe 2 if you're really lucky is mulking. there's been a grand total of 8 mario games excluding spin offs in 25 years with a development time of 2-5 years the game play has changed pretty dramatically since the n64 days. Sunshine on the GC is totally different to 64 likewise although galaxy has more in common with 64 the level design is probably one of the greates tleaps forward in the denre since super mario 64 showed the world you could make a convincing game in 3d. As apposed to Modern warfare which has had 8 games in 8 years. All of which have had the bar minimum of improvements. Just more of the same with a tiny tweeks here and there. So yeah. CoD is a franchise which is milked. Nintendos franchises are not. they're just incredibly long running.
  • TheFabricOfTime - December 13, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    I hope to get a 3DS for Christmas. Don't want to be left in the no-release zone with my DS. Yeah, Nintendo gave birth to Sony with its CD port idea and Microsoft got the idea that if they're succeeding, then so would they and Bill Gates created the Xbox. Yeah, don't be hating on Nintendo, because Nintendo got the gaming world out of the Game Crash of '83.
  • ludicololvr - December 13, 2011 3:25 p.m.

  • n00b - December 13, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    i saw the last story and pandora's tower for wii and was like YESS!! then i saw it was only in Europe and was like NNOOOOOOO!!!
  • Linktoreality - December 13, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    My list of games I gotta get- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Tales of the Abyss Kid Icarus: Uprising Crush 3D VVVVVV NightSky Also, since they damn well better be coming out in the US, Professor Layton and Rhythm Thief.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - December 13, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Brother Panda.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - December 13, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    *Poor Brother Panda.
  • comaqi - December 13, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    I think I'm going to buy a used Wii next year!
  • FanofSaiyan - December 13, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Am I the only one that thinks this is a good thing? Dry release schedules give gamers the chance to catch up on the plethora of titles they have either missed or haven't had the chance to play.
  • soggysage - December 13, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    Totally buying Silverlicious for the name alone. And at least the 3DS is getting a lot of love next year.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - December 13, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    Kid Icarus and RE: R are the only things that I find interesting here.
  • Boonehams - December 13, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Well, if Nintendo released The Last Story and Pandora's Tower over in the U.S., I'd get a little more mileage out of my Wii in 2012. Oh well. Let's see if at least Xenoblade Chronicles is worth the hype.... Wait a minute, it's not listed in the U.S. release schedule up there. It's still going to be available in April, right? Right?
  • SomeOddGuy - December 13, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    According to the quarterly periods, April is considered to be the beginning of the Q2 period while this release schedule purely reflects the Q1 release forecast for the following systems.(at least That's what I know is going on with the US list. The UK list is really throwing me off, confusing me) Probably going to have to wait till March to see the next schedule including Xenoblade Chronicles, which I'm hoping some of those titles listed on the Europe release to be coming to the states by then.
  • db1331 - December 13, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    I thought we all knew that Skyward Sword would be the last real game for the Wii.

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