Nintendo Wii Prepares Stunning Launch

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Nintendo Wii Prepares Stunning Launch
Nintendo's Wii, although not strictly a next-generation gaming machine, is piecing together the one of the most impressive launches of any console in history, with the sum total of 27 (to date) titles being readied for the machine's launch.

Nintendo, under the guidance of president Satoru Iwata, can also shed the stigma of being unable to attract decent third-party support, with a massive 23 of the titles coming from its publishing partners, partners desperate to reach a mass-market with minimal research and development risks.

The list to date reads:


Avatar: The Last Airbender - THQ
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII - Ubisoft
Blitz: The League - Midway
Call of Duty 3 - Activision
Cars - THQ
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 - Atari
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors - Square Enix
Elebits - Konami
ExciteTruck - Nintendo
Far Cry - Ubisoft
GT Pro Series - Ubisoft
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - Square Enix
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Nintendo
Madden NFL 07 - EA
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - Activision
Metal Slug Anthology - SNK
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - Nintendo
Monster 4×4 World Circuit - Ubisoft
Need for Speed: Carbon - EA
Open Season - Ubisoft
Rayman Raving Rabbids - Ubisoft
Red Steel - Ubisoft
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab - THQ
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz - Sega
Tony Hawk?s Downhill Jam - Activision
Trauma Center: Second Opinion - Atlus
Wii Sports - Nintendo



It is expected that this roster will expand to 35 before the Wii hits the streets, with the potential for hundreds of product launches during the first year the Wii goes on sale. SPOnG very much hopes Nintendo quality assurance procedures, often a cause for some serious head-clashing with third-parties in the past, will weed out any titles seeking a quick cash-in on the technology afforded by the new home platform.

Companies:

Comments

Whatleydude 11 Aug 2006 08:52
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I was about to say:
"Yippee - 27 titles - I wonder how many will be sheer GUFF though?!"

But reading through, I should start saving now!

ExciteTruck
Far Cry
Final Fantasy
Twilight Princess
Marvel - UA
Metroid Corruption
Red Steel
Wii Sports..

All of which seem to be appealing to me..
Jeez man - its gonna be a long next couple of months.
OptimusP 11 Aug 2006 09:03
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It's like the world has gone tipsy turvy...this is a launchset that Nintendo-fans have been dreaming about since the SNES and Playstation fans have been accustomed too. Now the first group gets it and the former group gets it shoved.

Also...7 launchgames from 1 third-party, isn't that like a record? Also, there is stilll a chance Mario Galaxy is going to be launch-title or a launchwindow title...that would be completetly overkill.

Good thing i have been saving money from the start of the year.
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Joji 11 Aug 2006 09:49
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That's so sweet and true, this is will be the best launch for Nintendo yet. There's a good selection of games, that you can have enough for xmas and the new year.

I like the look of Excite Truck too, so that'll be on my list. Hopefully we'll see Twilight Princess for xmas too. Overall a Wii under my xmas tree will be the best present this year, if not sooner.
jadnice 11 Aug 2006 12:35
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MICROSOFT... PAY CLOSE ATTENTION (SINCE YOU GUYS CLAIM THE 360 WOULD HAVE THE BEST LAUNCH EVER IN THE HISTORY OF GAMING). THIS IS HOW IT?S DONE AND NINTENDO WILL HAVE THE BEST LAUNCH IN THE HISTORY OF GAMING... AND GUESS WHAT, WE NOT EVEN BEGUN LOOKING THAT THE VC LAUNCH GAMES...
RP 11 Aug 2006 12:41
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"SPOnG very much hopes Nintendo quality assurance procedures, often a cause for some serious head-clashing with third-parties in the past, will weed out any titles seeking a quick cash-in on the technology afforded by the new home platform. "

You mean you also hope Downhill Jam never sees the light of day?

That game is going to be atrocious.
ozfunghi 11 Aug 2006 13:00
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I need to get an extra job:

Call of Duty 3 - Activision
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors - Square Enix
Elebits - Konami
ExciteTruck - Nintendo
Far Cry - Ubisoft
GT Pro Series - Ubisoft
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - Square Enix
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Nintendo
Metal Slug Anthology - SNK
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - Nintendo
Need for Speed: Carbon - EA
Rayman Raving Rabbids - Ubisoft
Red Steel - Ubisoft
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz - Sega
Trauma Center: Second Opinion - Atlus
Wii Sports - Nintendo


Maybe i can strike a few more from that list...
Svend Joscelyne 11 Aug 2006 13:35
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That is a rather tasty list. I better get saving, myself.

Nintendo need to ensure that there is plenty of quality product flowing well into the first year of launch though, not just the first couple of weeks. As far as I recall Nintendo always do a pretty impressive launch, where people flock to buy it, then six months down the line people start losing interest because nothing of interest is released.

Let's hope that's just as nailed down as the nicely prepared launch lineup.
RiseFromYourGrave 11 Aug 2006 13:38
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Trauma Center: Second Opinion - Atlus
Wii Sports - Nintendo
Metal Slug Anthology - SNK
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Nintendo
Elebits - Konami
ExciteTruck - Nintendo
Far Cry - Ubisoft

I'd have a hard time just getting those, and im sure a few others in that list will be superb

maybe nintendo will quietly lower the bar for quality so it can get a huge library? i hope not
LUPOS 11 Aug 2006 13:42
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Svend Joscelyne wrote:
As far as I recall Nintendo always do a pretty impressive launch, where people flock to buy it, then six months down the line people start losing interest because nothing of interest is released.


Indeed, by the time the 360 hit MS was already showing early glimpses of Gears and Mass Effect and Too human. Nintendo has alot of launch stuff on show (i assume they will hol donto mario for a bit and let link and samus carry this launch initialy) but i am concerned about future games. Of course with there recent secrecy about all things Wii its also not suprising that we dont knwo much about hwat the future holds.

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OptimusP 11 Aug 2006 15:37
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Let's see...they's got this launch...then Mario Galaxy and SSBB covering the next six months... i'm worried they have nothing for xmas 2007 or the Wii has to be really dirt-easy to work for...what kinda gets proven with this launchlist...where does most of these game suddenly come from!
Svend Joscelyne 11 Aug 2006 16:45
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OptimusP wrote:
i'm worried they have nothing for xmas 2007 or the Wii has to be really dirt-easy to work for...

I wouldn't be worried about Christmas, to be honest. November/early December is usually the latest a game is released, as it's the last chance it has to get any real bonus festive sales for Christmas Day.

If Wii and PS3 launch in November, I'd say the lack of games for the next month or so wouldn't really be an issue. Having said that, Smash Bros. Brawl is (well, was supposed to be, don't know the actual status on that anymore) a launch title so technically why would you need to buy another game outside the launch lineup over Christmas?

It's basically January onwards regarding new titles I'm worried about with the Wii. But then as LUPY said (term of endearment, darling. :)) Nintendo's being a sneaky ferret with this one. We may have some corkers just round the corner yet.

I think Sony will have a harder time with keeping consumers busy over the Christmas period. Particularly since, if OOT is anything to go by, the Legend of Zelda is a sure-fire #1 chart smash.
LUPOS 11 Aug 2006 17:05
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um... svendy?... er... anyway... i think MR. Prime is reffering to xmas '07... as his post says, which you also covered, sort of. But just so ya know.

I also agree with you on the PS3 front. Like nintendo, sony hasnt shown much of anything for beyond laucnh except for the already expect FF and MG sequels. Difference beign Sony has been so much secretive as they have been playign cover up and stall.

"er um yes we uh.. totaly have an awsoem online component.. thing. Of course itll be ready for launch and even um, be way better than that uh MS alive garbage!!"

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RP 11 Aug 2006 18:46
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I imagine the likes of Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Pilotwings, Nintendogs (and perhaps a new ip?) will be propping up the 1st party offerings in late 2007.

It's also likely that you'll be getting the first wave of games from all these publishers that supposedly "missed the boat" with the launch by then as well.
BlackSpy 11 Aug 2006 19:49
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If they had Animal Crossing in there as a launch title it would be even easier to smuggle one into the marital home...
Ditto 11 Aug 2006 19:56
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Who was it who said the Tony Hawks game looks awful?

I haven't bought a newly released game in almost 10 months now.

I like the sound of Mr Hawk's Wii outing - the first of Mr Hawk's games I've ever coonsidered to have any merit. Most of the other games on there don't excite me much.

Here's my list of potentials:
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - Square Enix
Red Steel - Ubisoft
Tony Hawk?s Downhill Jam - Activision

None of the other games look any good to me, frankly. Note the absence of any Nintendo titles. I'll get Zelda on my Gamecube with good control, thanks very much Ninty. I don't want another Prime sequel; I think this series is going downhill. And I don't want to fork out up to £40 for a load of gimmiks either.
RP 11 Aug 2006 20:20
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Adam M wrote:
Who was it who said the Tony Hawks game looks awful?


That would be me. The concept is so contrived that it's almost hard to believe that isn't the product of a poor joke.

It's as if THQ figured a downhill racer would be a no-brainer for the console, and decided to slap on the Tony Hawk name to guarentee it some sales, regardless of its quality. Because that's exactly what it looks like.

The TH "brand" seems so poorly implemented in the title. Instead of your usual band of pro skaters, you've got Hawk and a collection of "zany", clichéd characters. The locations are painfully OTT with the courses looking incredibly sparse, given that you're on a skateboard and not something less trick focused (like a snowboard or skiis, for instance).

And as if that wasn't enough, the art style sucks.
majin dboy 11 Aug 2006 21:32
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im rite bang in the middle of moving house,no internet at the minute,its doing my head in as i cant check spong daily.HELP
TwoADay 12 Aug 2006 14:14
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Are all these potentially great games becoming launch titles a bad thing?

I think it may be - the 360 might be a good example of this. Lots of games up front, then lots of waiting. Many of the early games aren't picked up, because most people want "new" games.

Perhaps having Nintendo Stagger a few (2 or 3) of its first party titles for say 3 months, and encourage a few of the less stellar 3rd party titles to do the same (again, just for at most 3 months) would help ensure a steady supply of games.

Like you all, it seems like there are a lot of games that could be excellent. however, even with all those great games, I might only buy 1 or 2 within the first month or two at launch. By the time I'm ready to buy another game, Super Mario might be ready. I know I'll buy that one. Then perhaps another new release comes out, and I forget to pick up one of the launch games.

In short, with that many games, some of the 3rd party developers may get burned, and less enthusiastic about the Wii.
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