In a recent interview with Nintendo’s Senior Director of Public Relations Beth Llewelyn, the company executive released the final dates for Wii’s Q2 line-up, simultaneously confirming the date Nintendo loyals will finally have a chance to get online for some friendly Wii competition.
As expected, the first game to show off Wii’s online functionality will be Pokemon Battle Revolution. One of Nintendo’s top franchises, Pokemon was given the chance to lead Japanese Wii gamers into the age of online during the system’s release last November, and US fans can now expect the same introduction on June 25.
Pairing with the Nintendo DS hardware and a copy of either Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearl (DS), Battle Revolution uses the DS-to-Wii connectivity as a touch-enabled controller, bringing your trained pocket monsters to the big screen, and online. In addition, Pokemon Battle Revolution offers a more robust online mode, allowing the ability to battle with non-friends online through leaderboards, in addition to the classic friend-vs-friend play on DS.
With Pokemon Battle Revolution paving the way just four months from now, Wii gamers can expect the previously announced lot of online-enabled games (such as Mario Strikers and Battalion Wars) to follow shortly after. We’ll have more on Nintendo’s online plan, as well as future Wi-Fi enabled games as news develops.