Nintendo has released a list of WiiWare games due out between now and July, as well as a list of DSiWare games due "in the coming months".
There are 12 WiiWare games listed in total and six for DSiWare - the latter set to join the five games and web browser released on 3rd April.
Big-name developers already signed up for DSiWare include Vicarious Visions and Gameloft, and Nintendo has a slice of Brain Training to offer with DSi enhancements, too. WiiWare, meanwhile, welcomes Crystal Defenders this month for sure.
Nintendo's marketing director Laurent Fischer said of DSiWare: "We hope that the same principles of WiiWare will follow suit on the new handheld console, allowing a greater and diverse range of software and applications to be made available for users on the go."
WiiWare games due between April and July, with Nintendo's descriptions:
- Bonsai Barber (Nintendo)
The village residents are hungry for the latest in foliage fashion and it's up to you - the new barber - to fix them up. Use the tools of your trade: scissors, clippers, spray can and more in this humorous, first-of-its-kind "first-person-groomer" game.
- Cave Story (Nicalis)
Cave Story is an action-adventure game overflowing with unmatched charm and character. Cave Story takes you into a unique world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimigas, run free. Your task is to learn the origins of this world's power and stop a delusional villain to save the Mimiga!
- ColorZ (Exkee)
ColorZ is an original action/puzzle game that takes place in an alternate reality full of round and colourful elements. A terrible event disturbs the citizens; a new virus has polluted the universe and created thousands of microbes. You must drive your UFO friends through the microbes - absorbing them and cleaning all the different planets as you go.
- Crystal Defenders R1 (Square Enix)
Crystal Defenders R1 is a tower defence simulation game in which players deploy characters from the FINAL FANTASY TACTICS series onto a variety of different maps to battle wave after wave of encroaching monsters.
- Icarian: Kindred Spirits (Over The Top Games)
In ICARIAN: KINDRED SPIRITS, Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl, descends from heaven in search of her missing friend Icarus. Use your hand movements and the Wii Remote to raise Nyx, flap her wings and fly over awesome ancient Greece scenery.
- Lit (Wayforward Technologies)
LIT is a 3D horror action puzzle game that follows Jake, a typical apathetic teenager, who's trapped in his high school when it's overrun by dark creatures. Players must guide Jake through 30 unique classrooms, using the available light sources to create paths to each exit. The goal is to reunite Jake with his girlfriend Rachael, who's also trapped in the school and calls Jake from time to time on the school's phone system. Stay in the light and Jake's safe. Step into the darkness and he's pulled under.
- Overturn: Mecha Wars (Studiozan and Gamebridge)
Overturn: Mecha Wars is a tournament-based game where two challengers go head to head within closed battle fields. Contestants control futurist machines that are equipped with a host of 19 high tech weapons. The aim of the game is to blast your opponent using your available weapons, while trying to avoid their incoming attacks and be the last one standing.
- Robocalypse - Beaver Defense (Vogster)
Robocalypse - Beaver Defense offers madcap weaponry and uproarious destruction in a tower defense style game. Set in a world of wise-cracking, battling robots, players must create and strategically position static and mobile defences to stop the waves of enemies that are intent on destroying their HQ.
- Spaceball: Revolution (Virtual Toys)
Fight your way through fifteen challenging levels in which you’ll have to reconstruct impossible shapes by shooting energy balls. Race against the clock and avoid enemy defences to complete the pattern. Spaceball: Revolution will push your ability and concentration to the limit. Are you brave enough to take up the challenge?
- Squibs Arcade (Alten8)
SQUIBS ARCADE is a collection of games, which initially were based on the old style of LCD games. Alten8 Limited distilled the gameplay to its most fundamental form, and re-imagined them with the style and passion of the classic LCD games. The titles within SQUIBS ARCADE are - Clown, Gun Cogs, Crowd Wader, Button Basher, Fantasy Turn Base, Call of Honour, Jack-a-motor, Lots of Levelling, Cardboard Axel Mush, We're Fat, and Regret the Fist.
- Swords & Soldiers (Ronimo Games)
Swords & Soldiers is the first side-scrolling strategy game on Wii, allowing for a clear overview of the battlefield, coupled with accessible and deep gameplay. Players can choose from three powerful and unique factions as they let loose their armies and cast awesome spells to destroy the enemies' castle.
- Water Warfare (Hudson)
Water Warfare is a fast-paced non-violent game, where players can run around playgrounds and beaches soaking each other with squirt guns. With different types of weapons, bonus items, and offline and online multiplayer, there’s tons of squirt gun fun to be had!
DSiWare games due out "in the coming months":
- A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Maths Edition (Nintendo)
Train your brain with Dr Kawashima's new Nintendo DSiWare game, enhanced with Nintendo DSi features in the new Themes section. Use the inner camera to capture your impersonations, try your hand at illustrating and share them with friends later. Alternatively try out some new maths exercises and flex your brain.
- Art Style: Picopict (Nintendo)
An exciting action puzzle game using the Nintendo DSi Stylus and Touch Screen, moving colour pixels in order to build up pictures of classic NES Nintendo characters. With immersive 8-bit music and warm NES style graphics, you can experience a world where the old and the new coexist.
- Mighty Flip Champs (Wayforward Technologies)
In the exciting action/puzzler Mighty Flip Champs players control Alta on her journey to escape a stack of mazes which are displayed two at a time like pages of a book. By flipping though multiple Maze Pages, players can travel over, under and around obstacles in mind-boggling new ways as they search out their fellow Champs and ultimately the exit! But be warned! As each new maze slams into place, you'll either come one step closer to victory or be smashed to pieces!
- Mixed Messages (Vicarious Visions)
Mixed Messages is a unique and raucous pass along and play multi-player game for two to twenty-one players. Mixed Messages turns your Nintendo DSi into a canvas for creativity and social gameplay. Friends take turns writing sentences and drawing pictures with the Nintendo DSi. There are no winners and losers in Mixed Messages: it's all about having fun seeing what your friends create, and watching the message change with each player. Mixed Messages turns gameplay on its head, delivering a creative, humorous and truly unique multiplayer experience for hours of hilarious fun with your friends and family.
- Pop Superstar: Road to Celebrity (Gameloft)
Evolve into the greatest Pop Superstar! The enthralling and interactive success story of a young hopeful in the music milieu evolving into the greatest pop star in the world! Talk, share activities and be friendly or unfriendly with numerous characters. Customise your character's name and appearance and develop skills and personality through your actions. There are 4 musical mini-games: Guitar, Singing, Drums, and Dance. Record your voice, take your own photos, and sign autographs! Two multiplayer modes for 2-4 players.
- Real Football 2009 (Gameloft)
Live the football season to the max with Real Football 2009 on Nintendo DSiWare. It will offer you a never-before-seen football experience with revolutionary yet accessible Touch Screen controls. Take photos of anything you want and turn them into your own custom ball, team flag or make yourself into your favourite player. With 198 teams using real players’ names, realistic opponent behaviors and advanced 3D graphics, you will feel like a real professional football player. Take your best shot!