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Nintendo announces Excitebots for Wii

"Trick racing", wheel bundle, April in US.

Nintendo of America announced a surprise new Wii game yesterday in a bumper list of release dates for the region. Excitebots: Trick Racing follows in the tradition of the Excitebike and Excite Truck arcade racers, and is out on April 20th in a bundle with the Wii Wheel accessory.

We contacted Nintendo of Europe to see if the mystery game would be coming out over here, but a spokesperson said they couldn't confirm anything at this time.

Despite its imminent release date, details on Excitebots are extremely scarce, which doesn't exactly bode well. Gamasutra says it will feature "unique and changing environments", minigames, and tricks.

Punch Out!!, the Wii revival of the NES and SNES cartoon boxing game, was also given a firm US release date in the list - 18th May. Other notable release dates include May 4th for the New Play Control! remake of the marvellous Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, and June for SEGA shooter The Conduit.

There was one notable omission - Wii Sports Resort, Nintendo's launch-pad for the Wii MotionPlus add-on, which had originally been scheduled for a second-quarter release too.

We'll bring you European release dates for these games as soon as we have them.