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Pikmin's title screen on the Wii.

The New Play Control! franchise (known as Play on Wii in Japan) is a program by Nintendo that takes GameCube titles, and reconfigures them for play on the Nintendo Wii. The games will feature graphical improvements, widescreen support, and new controls to fit the Wii Remote. Some games will feature even more improvements; for example, Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat has new levels and Pikmin has a much better save system. Additionally, all New Play Control! titles came with reversible cover art that featured the full size original art with the regular Wii case-logo on the top instead of the "framed" artwork that basically explained the New Play Control! concept to the onlooking customer. All of these games will also be offered at a budget price.

Several games were scheduled for release under the New Play Control! banner. The first was Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, released on December 11, 2008 in Japan. New Play Control! Pikmin was released in Japan under New Play Control! on December 25, 2008. Other games in the New Play Control! series are Pikmin 2, Chibi-Robo!, Mario Power Tennis, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. All of them were released in Japan in 2009.

For the western release, Nintendo repackaged the New Play Control! versions of Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes along with the Wii game Metroid Prime 3: Corruption into the Metroid Prime Trilogy collection and did not release the two Metroid Prime games separately as they did in Japan. Out of the remaining games, only Mario Power Tennis was released globally in a timely fashion after the release of the Japanese version. The New Play Control! version of Chibi-Robo! was never released outside of Japan and while coming out in Europe and Australia in 2009, Pikmin 2 was announced for a North American release in Nintendo Power's May 2012 issue, a full three years after it's release in the rest of the world (presumably to tide gamers over until the impending release of Pikmin 3 on the Wii U). This makes Chibi-Robo! the only NPC title not available worldwide.

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