Earlier this year, UbiSoft released a sequel to Anno 1701 for the Wii and DS in Europe, titled "Anno 1404: Create a New World." Much like its predecessor, it gained some acclaim from the European sites. Next week, Ubi plans to release it in North America, though they will be dropping the Anno connection for some reason, re-branding it simply as Dawn of Discovery.
Dawn of Discovery for the Wii takes the standard console city-builder route of streamlining and simplifying the experience (Think Civilization Revolution or SimCity Creator), removing some of the micro-management aspects. The developers also changed the graphical style, giving characters and environments a sort of colorful, cartoony 3D look. According to the impressions, IGN UK's for instance, these changes don't take away from the game.
The DS version seems to contain improvements too, though the graphical style of the buildings is closer to its predecessor. I could only find one review of the DS version online, and it seems positive.
The Wii and the DS versions both have an MSRP of $29.99.
About the last part of the topic title: Yesterday, when I went to a local GameStop, I saw the Wii version of Dawn of Discovery sitting on the shelf, gutted and bearing a price tag. While I didn't pick it up to confirm, it seems that like with Klonoa, some B&M GameStop stores may have put it out early.
Edited by Cao Cao, 09 July 2009 - 10:32 PM.