Nintendo's "New Play Control!" Series Launches With 'Mario Power Tennis' And 'Pikmin'


Posted March 9, 2009 - By r_pad


Nintendo has launched two games in its "New Play Control!" series: New Play Control! Pikmin and New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis. Originally released for the GameCube, these games have been updated to take advantage of the Wii's motion-sensing controls and are presented in 16:9 widescreen format. While some would argue that Nintendo is just going to the well and rehashing its old hits, Nintendo of America executive vice president Cammie Dunaway has stated that these remakes offer a new experience. In today's press release, Dunaway said:

"On all of its platforms, Nintendo has consistently delivered irresistible games that fans can enjoy for years on end. With the New Play Control! series, we’re giving Wii users new ways to tap into some great titles using the latest and greatest controls."

Both games are available now for a suggested retail price of $29.99

Nintendo is the master at getting consumers to pay for the same game five times (or more). This time around, it's hard to justify $29.99 if you've already played these games. While the new controls definitely add another layer of interactivity, I'm still put off by the price. To me, it's $10 too much. They're goodies, but they're also oldies. However, if the games are new to you then the price is more reasonable (though still expensive in my mind). All that aside, it wouldn't surprise me if both these titles sold over a million copies. The Wii's installed base is ridiculous and owners are starving for quality content -- better to have a great, old game than a new, crap game, right?

What do you ladies and gents think of these New Play Control! releases? Will you be buying either of them? Do the new controls add enough? Or do you think that Nintendo is hosing people with these games? Why does Nintendo feel the need to scream, "New Play Control!"?

Tags: Videogames, Wii
Nintendo's "New Play Control!" Series Launches With 'Mario Power Tennis' And 'Pikmin'


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