News: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has also been pushed back a week.
Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the DS is nearing completion and that it should be in stores on October 1st.
This new Zelda brings a unique control scheme to the series that enables it to be played entirely with the stylus. Nintendo explains it like this:
You can play the entire game with only the Nintendo DS touch screen. Walk up to characters and tap them to start a conversation. Slash your stylus across the touch screen to swing Link's sword. If players touch an enemy with the stylus, Link attacks. Players can even navigate their ship or set a route for their boomerang simply by drawing a path on the touch screen.
"Since 1987 The Legend of Zelda franchise has sold more than 52 million units worldwide," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass stays true to the richness of the console Zelda franchise while introducing new controls that allow veterans and first-time gamers to become fully immersed in the adventure."
In honor of this news, Nintendo has said that anyone who registers their copy of Phantom Hourglass at MyNintendo.com will receive a "special Nintendo DS stylus that looks like an old-fashioned quill pen, modeled after an item in the game." While supplies last of course.
In other Nintendo-related release date news, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has been pushed back a week to August 27.
We'll have more on both titles soon.