Punch-Out!! will hit your hot little hands by July

It’s been a while since we talked about the new Punch-Out!! around these parts, but thankfully Nintendo has updated its 2009 release list, giving us a legitimate reason to revisit the conversation (I had proposed a weekly feature to editorial entitled “How I Love you, Glass Joe, Let Me Count the Ways,” but it was deemed “not news-worthy.” C’est la vie).

In addition to the announcement that Punch-Out!! Wii is slated to arrive in the first half of 2009, the first two titles in the New Play Control series, Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis, have been given March release dates in the US. Other anticipated titles, such as Sin & Punishment 2 and Mario and Luigi RPG 3, unfortunately have a more nebulous 2009 release window. Find more titles and dates after the break.

Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir
(Feb 2 Europe)
Walk with me! Do you know your walking routine? (Feb 20 Europe, 2009 US as Personal Trainer: Walk with Me!)
Pokemon Platinum (2009 Europe, March 22 US)
Rhythm Paradise / Heaven (2009, Europe and US)
Mario and Luigi RPG 3 (2009, Europe and US)
Kirby Super Star Ultra
(2009 Europe)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Feb 16 US)

New Play Control! Pikmin (Feb. 6 Europe, March US)
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis (March 3 Europe, March US)
Punch Out!! (First half 2009, Europe and US)
Wii Sports Resort (2009 Europe, first half 2009 US)
Sin & Punishment 2 (2009, Europe and US)
Another Code R and Endless Ocean 2 (2009 Europe)
New Play Control! Pikmin 2 (First half 2009, Europe)