Nintendo announces summer line-up: no one’s getting a tan this year

The planet’s temperature is increasing. We all know this. Every Summer seems to be the new hottest on record, and we’re rapidly becoming mere space-burgers on the great cosmic barbeque of the sun. Thankfully though, there are games companies out there doing their best to protect us from flame-grilled crispiness by trying to ensure that we won’t see daylight for the entirety of the season.

Nintendo have announced their Summer Wii and DS lineup, firmly turning the mighty firehose of gaming justice onto the traditional dry period in the year’s release schedules. It’s a pretty damn hefty list (hefty like this), with over 40 games spread over both systems between July and September, and it seems that the Wii might finally be getting the momentum kick we’ve been waiting for.

While new EA Sports updates and a couple of licenses might not be overly exciting, Battalion Wars 2 and Mario Strikers Charged are very promising, and there’s also the small matter of this little game called Metroid Prime 3

Hit the jump for the full press release.

Whether you’re a longtime gamer who likes classic franchises or a newcomer aiming to keep your brain sharp, Nintendo’s summer lineup of games has something for you. Nintendo’s offerings are anchored by key Wii™ games like Metroid Prime® 3 Corruption and Mario Strikers™ Charged. Nintendo DS™ owners can challenge their minds with games like Brain Age™ 2: More Training in Minutes a Day and the new picture-based puzzle game, Picross DS™.

Licensees also are demonstrating a strong commitment to Wii and Nintendo DS by announcing more than 40 titles in all genres. The unique controls of Wii and Nintendo DS make the Nintendo platform versions of these games entirely new experiences. No matter what your taste or experience level, you’ll keep busy this summer!

Wii 

July 30 – Mario Strikers Charged, Nintendo
Aug. 20 – Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, Nintendo
September –  Battalion Wars 2, Nintendo
Aug. 14 – High School Musical: Sing It!, Disney Interactive Studios
Aug. 14 – Madden NFL ‘08, EA
August – Tiger Woods PGA Tour ‘08, EA
August – Space Station Tycoon, Namco Bandai
August – Brunswick Pro Bowling, Crave
August – Dave Mirra BMX Challenge, Crave
August – Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection, Crave
September – Brothers in Arms, Ubisoft
September – Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal, Warner Bros.
September – George of the Jungle, Crave
Fall – Boogie, EA

Nintendo DS

July 30 – Picross DS, Nintendo
Aug. 20 – Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day, Nintendo
Sept. 10 – DK Jungle Climber, Nintendo
Sept. 24 – Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol, Nintendo
July – SimCity, EA
Jul – Namco Museum DS, Namco Bandai
July – Drake & Josh, THQ
July – Glory Days 2, Eidos
Aug. 14 – Madden NFL ‘08, EA
Aug. 14 – High School Musical: Makin’ the Cut!, Disney Interactive Studios
Aug. 14 – Heroes of Mana, Square-Enix
August – I SPY: Fun House, Activision
August – Jewel Quest Expedition, Activision
August – Tiger Woods PGA Tour ‘08, EA
August – Worms: Open Warfare 2, THQ
August – Luminous Arc, Atlus
August – Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus, Capcom
August – Mega Man Star Force: Leo, Capcom
August – Mega Man Star Force: Dragon, Capcom
August – Operation: Vietnam, Majesco
August – Turn It Around, Majesco
August – The Wild West, Majesco
August – Fulllmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game, Destineer
September – Drawn to Life, THQ
September – Zoey 101, THQ
September – Crayola Teasure Adventures, Crave
September – Nancy Drew and The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park, Majesco
September – Holly Hobbie & Friends, Majesco
September – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations, Capcom
September – Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck, Warner Bros.
September – Pet Luv Spa & Resort Tycoon, Activision
September – Animal Genius, Activision
September – George of the Jungle, Crave
September – Jam Sessions, Ubisoft
September – Professor Brainium, Destineer
September – Indy 500 Legends, Destineer

David Houghton