Today’s news roundup looks at the announced release dates for all Nintendo games hitting this holiday season. In other news, HBO files a trademark for a True Blood video game, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot predicts Q1 2010 will see a lot of game delays.
Nintendo Confirm Release Dates For All Things Nintendo This Holiday Season
Nintendo has recently announced their plans and release dates for the holiday season. Among the many releases The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was confirmed for a release on September 7th, and Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth was officially announced for WiiWare. Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing claimed “this extensive line-up will keep players busy throughout the fall and into 2010. Shoppers know that Nintendo offers fun for everyone in the household.”
Other games worth a mention include a October 20th release date for Space Invaders Extreme 2, Phantasy Star Zero for the DS on November 10th, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex on November 10th (a Call of Duty 4 Wii Port), and a surprise announcement of New Super Mario Bros appearing on the Wii this “holiday” season, considering the game was only announced at E3. [BusinessWire]
HBO Trademark True Blood Video Game
In a move sure to please all you blood suckers out there, HBO seem to be planning a game based on their popular show True Blood. The show is currently in its second season, based on a world where vampires live alongside humans as part of normal everyday society. The fact that True Blood is proving to be one of HBOs most popular shows currently on TV perhaps inspired the decision for a game.
HBO filed the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “television receivers or with video or computer monitors, video games, computer games, game programs, video game discs, video game cartridges, video game CD-ROMs, video game cassettes, handheld video game devices, games, online games and electronic games.” Otherwise there has been nothing else to suggest a game is in development, so it may be possible HBO are trademarking the property for games just in case. Hopefully we’ll know more soon. [Supererogatory]
Ubisoft CEO Predicts More Game Delays In Q1 2010
The sheer amount of quality games headed for a late 2009 release forced many publishers to delay their games until early 2010, with the intention of avoiding bigger and more popular games that may overshadow their own. Now Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is predicting many more delays will ensue, as Q1 2010 has ended up becoming very crowded. “We now have a situation where there are a lot of good games due for release in the first half of next year, but I think some publishers will move again,” said Guillemot.
“The first quarter of 2010 is looking pretty crazy. So I expect some movement from the other players - some of those delayed games will be moved again.” Ubisoft currently have Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 slated in for an early 2010 after being shifted from 2009. Perhaps he’s hinting these games may be seeing an even later release date. Heavy Rain, Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2 and Bayonetta are all part of the early 2010 release list, but maybe not for long if Guillemot’s prediction turns out to be true. [MCVUK]