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All Peachy for Nintendo

Princess Peach goes it alone on the DS and Nintendo break out Q1 release schedule

It's up there with the suffragette movement and giving women the vote, but Nintendo are about to join the modern age allowing Princess Peach to break free of Mario's shackles and star in her own game.

Maybe the first lady of the Mushroom Kingdom has gotten tired of being rescued or perhaps she's jealously watched the attention lavished on Mario, Luigi, Wario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong, who've all starred in their own titles for Nintendo.

Well, chalk the lady of all our affections onto that same list because Nintendo have just announced Super Princess Peach as being in development for the Nintendo DS. Only two tiny details are known about the game at present, it's a 2D side-scroller and the Princess will be armed with an umbrella to fend off enemies. No word on what the touchscreen will be used for, but speculation is rife that you'll be able to attack enemies with your brolly by sweeping the stylus across the screen.

If that's not enough to keep you a confirmed Nintendaholic for the coming weeks, Nintendo have also unveiled a European GameCube and GBA release schedule for the first quarter of 2005. There's no dates for the European Nintendo DS launch, but don't read too much into that. We suspect Nintendo are just playing their cards close to their chest for the moment.

Here's the Q1 schedule in full:

GAMECUBE:

The Legend of Zelda Four Swords (Nintendo) - 7th January 2005
Megaman X Command Mission (Capcom) - January 2005
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Nintendo) - 4th February 2005
Mario Power Tennis (Nintendo) - 25th February 2005
Jimmy Neutron Attack of the Twonkies (THQ) - February 2005
Spongebob Squarepants The Movie (THQ) - February 2005
TimeSplitters Future Perfect (EA) - 11th March 2005
Mario Party 6 (Nintendo) - 18th March 2005
Resident Evil 4 (Capcom) - March 2005
Viewtiful Joe 2 (Capcom) - March 2005
Fairly Odd Parents: Shadow Showdown (THQ) - March 2005
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams (THQ) - March 2005
Killer 7 (Capcom) - Q1 2005
Disney's Winnie the Pooh Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (Ubisoft) - Q1 2005
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (Ubisoft) - Q1 2005
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 (Ubisoft) - Q1 2005

GBA:

NES Classics (Nintendo) - 7th January 2005
- Metroid
- Zelda II The Adventure of Link
- Dr. Mario
- Castlevania
Smashing Drive (ZOO Digital) - 21st January 2005
It's Mr Pants (THQ) - January 2005
Banjo Pilot (THQ) - February 2005
Jimmy Neutron Attack of the Twonkies (THQ) - February 2005
Spongebob Squarepants The Movie (THQ) - February 2005
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories (Disney/Square Enix) - March 2005
Bionicle 2 (THQ/LEGO) - March 2005
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams (THQ) - March 2005
Advance Guardian Heroes (Ubisoft) - Q1 2005
Disney's Winnie the Pooh Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (Ubisoft) - Q1 2005

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