Nintendo is really dishing up the software on Wii. Before January 07, you'll have 62 games to choose from, new and old. 32 Wii games will be on shelves for the holiday, and a whopping 30 virtual console titles will be up for download. I'm a little concerned that only 4 of the Wii titles are first party, but I'll be perfeclty satisfied with Zelda for a month or two. I just hope Nintendo's servers can handle all those downloads...hit the jump to see all of the old-school games, with Sega and TG-16 classics in there too.
Nintendo's Wii Will Boast 62 Titles and Countless New Ways to Play
32 New Wii Titles and 30 Classics Form Huge Launch Library
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Within the first five weeks of
launch, Wii(TM) owners can pick from up to 62 games, representing the most
diverse, and most exciting, console video game library available. Licensees
and developers have lined up to support the Wii launch in unprecedented
numbers. Wii and its Wii Remote(TM) completely change the way people play and
experience video games by making every motion of the controller translate into
action on the screen. All at once, Wii makes games both easier to play and
more immersive. In the five weeks after Wii launches in the United States on
Nov. 19, gamers of all ages and abilities will be telling their friends and
family: "You've got to play this!"
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By year's end, Wii owners will have 32 new titles to play, including
industry powerhouse games like The Legend of Zelda(R): Twilight Princess,
Madden NFL '07, Need for Speed(TM): Carbon and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam(TM);
category-redefining adventures like Red Steel(TM), Elebits(TM) and Trauma
Center(TM): Second Opinion; and Hollywood favorites like Cars, SpongeBob
SquarePants(TM): Creature from the Krusty Krab and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Some of these games might be familiar, but if you haven't played them on Wii,
you're only getting half the experience.
Wii owners also will return to their youth with 30 classic games available
for download to play on Wii's Virtual Console(TM). These include games for the
NES(R), Super NES(R), Nintendo(R) 64, Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx16 consoles.
Players redeem Wii Points in the Wii Shop Channel and download their games.
And that's not to mention the entire library of more than 530 Nintendo
GameCube(TM) games that can be played on the Wii console from day one because
Wii is directly backward compatible.
"Developers worldwide have enhanced Wii's launch library of new games with
countless new ways to play," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's
senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Whether you
pick a completely new property or a classic franchise, the Wii experience
draws you in."
Every Wii owner starts off with Wii Sports(TM), which comes packed in with
the console itself. The sporting collection of bowling, tennis, baseball,
boxing and golf lets players literally swing the Wii Remote like a bowling
ball, racket, bat, boxing glove and golf club. The games are easy for anyone
to try and they dramatically demonstrate how Wii makes video games fun for
For avid gamers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess emerges as this
season's video game masterpiece. The epic adventure lets players swing the Wii
Remote as a sword and can play in a 16:9 aspect ratio with beautiful visuals
and glorious sound. Have you ever tilted your controller while playing a
driving game, hoping in vain that extra oomph would help you land a huge jump?
Now EXCITE TRUCK(TM) translates those movements of the Wii Remote as players
hold it sideways and turn it like a steering wheel.
Wii's launch library contains games of all genres, and each one gives
gamers a new way to play. While Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight
Princess and EXCITE TRUCK will be ready to go on launch day, last-minute
polishing by third parties means their exact dates will soon be locked down,
though most will launch by the end of November. A complete list of launch-day
titles will be announced in the near future. Visit www.Wii.com for updates.
Third-party publishers have created an impressive list of launch titles for
Wii, and their backing will continue steadily into the new year. Before the
end of December alone, the following titles will be available:
Activision: Call of Duty(R) 3, Marvel(TM) Ultimate Alliance, Rapala(R)
Tournament Fishing, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam(TM), World Series of
Poker(R): Tournament of Champions
Atari: Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi(TM) 2
Atlus: Trauma Center(TM): Second Opinion
EA: Madden NFL '07, Need for Speed(TM): Carbon
Midway: Happy Feet(TM), Rampage(R): Total Destruction(TM), The Grim
Adventures of Billy & Mandy(TM), The Ant Bully
Sega: Super Monkey Ball(TM): Banana Blitz
SNK: Metal Slug(TM) Anthology
Tecmo: Super Swing Golf
THQ: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Barnyard(R), Cars, SpongeBob
SquarePants(TM): The Creature from the Krusty Krab
Ubisoft: Far Cry(R): Vengeance, GT Pro Series, Monster 4X4 World Circuit,
Open Season(TM), Rayman Raving Rabbids(TM), Red Steel(TM), Tom Clancy's
Splinter Cell Double Agent(TM)
Vivendi: Ice Age 2(TM): The Meltdown
In addition to these new titles, Nintendo is making the greatest video
game archive in history available for download to its Virtual Console. NES
games start at 500 Wii Points, Super NES games start at 800 Wii Points and
Nintendo 64 games start at 1,000 Wii Points. Sega Genesis games start at 800
Wii Points and TurboGrafx16 games start at 600 Wii Points. Wii Points can be
purchased online or at retail at an MSRP of $20 for 2,000 points. Before the
end of December, the following titles will be available:
NES: Mario Bros.(R), The Legend of Zelda(R), Donkey Kong(R), Donkey Kong
Jr. (R), Ice Hockey, Pinball, Soccer, Tennis, Urban Champion(R), Wario's
Woods(TM), Baseball, Solomon's Key
SNES: F-Zero(R), SimCity(TM)
N64: Super Mario(R) 64
Sega Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Columns, Ecco
the Dolphin, Gunstar Heroes, Space Harrier II, Toe Jam & Earl, Ristar, Dr.
Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
TurboGrafx16: Bonk's Adventure, Super Star Soldier, Victory Run, Bomberman
'93, Dungeon Explorer
As previously announced, Wii contains built-in parental controls that let
adults set the console to play only games of a certain rating and lock their
selection with a PIN code.
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment,
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and
software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo
GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) console. Since 1983, Nintendo has
sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 375 million hardware units
globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R),
Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo,
visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.