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Nintendo's Q2 release schedule unleashed

And what's this? Killer 7 back out in June? Hmmm...

We could easily pick up on some of the lesser publicised titles. Like Care Bears casting their pixellated magic on GBA SP. Or Ultimate Card Games being dealt out on the sparkling new DS.

But wouldn't that be a bit na´ve, especially with all you ardent Nintendo-philes keen to get your fetid hands on the likes of Star Fox Assault, Killer 7 and WarioWare Twisted! as though they were a big, scaled-up pair of Jordan's knockers? Our point exactly.

The good news is that there appears to be a definite smidgen of happening across all the Nintendo formats in the months leading into Summer. The aforementioned and sweet-looking StarFox Assault finally crashlands onto GameCube on April 29, the sequel to super-addictive tub-thumper Donkey Konga arrives on June 3, and the stylus-enabled Yoshi Touch & Go is set to inject further quirkiness into the DS on May 6.

Other dates of note include Namco's Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GameCube) on April 1, Viewtiful Joe 2 (GameCube) on April 1, Need for Speed Underground 2 (DS) on April 29, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories (GBA SP) on May 6 and WarioWare Twisted! (GBA SP) on June 3.

However, also glowing out from the release schedule like a 3,000 Volt lightbulb set against a bottle of King Kong's zit concealer is the mooted June 27 date of Capcom's blood-tinged, cel-shader Killer 7. Only recently it was suggested the game had slipped all the way back to September, caused by a knock-on effect from delays in Japan.

Yet despite the rumours, Nintendo still has the game pencilled in for end-June. So just what is the truth? "To be honest, we couldn't say whether Killer 7 will release in June, July, August or September," a Capcom spokesman told us today. "There was talk of it releasing in September, but it's possible it may be knocked down. It should definitely release in the Summer though."

Hopefully, we will have some more official confirmation on this in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the full Nintendo Q2 release schedule below:

GameCube:

Baten Kaitos - 1 April 2005
Viewtiful Joe 2 (Capcom) - 1 April 2005
Star Fox Assault - 29 April 2005
Donkey Konga 2: Hit Song Parade (temporary title) - 3 June 2005
Batman Begins (EA) - June 2005
Madagascar (Activision) - June 2005
Killer 7 (Capcom) - 27 June 2005
Medal of Honor 4 (EA) - Q2 2005

GBA SP:

Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (Nintendo) - 22 April 2005
KINGDOM OF HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES (Square/Enix) - 6 May 2005
Herby Fully Loaded (Disney / Buena Vista Games) - May 2005
Care Bears (Game Factory/K.E. Media) - May 2005
Koala Brothers (Game Factory/K.E. Media) - May 2005
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Ubisoft) - May 2005
WarioWare Twisted! (Nintendo) - 3 June 2005
Mario Party Advance (Nintendo) - 24 June 2005
Batman Begins (EA) - June 2005
Madagascar (Activision) - June 2005

Nintendo DS:

Yoshi Touch & Go (Nintendo) - 6 May 2005
Need for Speed Underground 2 (EA) - 29 April 2005
Cocoto Card Racer (Neko) - April 2005
Space Invadors Revolution (Marvelous/Rising Star Games) - April 2005
Ultimate Brain games (Telegames) - May 2005
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Ubisoft) - May 2005
Madagascar (Activision) - June 2005
Ultimate Card games (Telegames) - June 2005
Pac-Pix (NAMCO) - Q2 2005

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