Wii

The Twenty Wii Launch Games

by Steven Rodriguez - November 15, 2006, 10:22 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Press Release

Add in thirteen more by the end of the year, and Wii will have 33 games to choose from.

Nintendo has finally announced a definitive list of launch games that will be available this Sunday, and the weeks following it. The launch titles launch are:

WiiSports - Nintendo (Included with Wii console)

Excite Truck - Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Nintendo

Call of Duty 3 - Activision

Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam - Activision

Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Activision

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 - Atari

Trauma Center: Second Opinion - Atlus

Madden NFL '07 - Electronic Arts

Rampage: Total Destruction - Midway

Happy Feet - Midway

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy - Midway

Avatar: The Last Airbender - THQ

Cars - THQ

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Creature from the Krusty Krab - THQ

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz - Sega

GT Pro Series - Ubisoft

Monster 4X4 World Circuit - Ubisoft

Rayman Raving Rabbids - Ubisoft

Red Steel - Ubisoft

The rest of the games that will be released by the end of the year are (listed by publisher, not release date):

Rapala Tournament Fishing - Activision

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions - Activision

Chicken Little: Ace in Action - Buena Vista Games

Need for Speed: Carbon - Electronic Arts

Elebits - Konami

The Ant Bully - Midway

Metal Slug Anthology - SNK

Super Swing Golf - Tecmo

Barnyard - THQ

Far Cry: Vengeance - Ubisoft

Open Season - Ubisoft

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent - Ubisoft

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown - Vivendi

The full press release is below.

Nintendo Changes the Way You Play Games - Wii Arrives Nov. 19

20 New Games Available on Launch Day, 13 More by Year's End; 30 Virtual Console Classics Bolster Huge Launch Library

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sound revolutionized movies, color reinvigorated television and now Wii™ transforms video games forever. History's most interactive home video game system launches Nov. 19 in the Americas with 20 new games that reinvent and reshape the gaming experience. Wii Sports™, a collection of five sports games, comes with the system. A total of 33 new Wii games will be available before the end of the year, along with downloadable access to another 30 Virtual Console™ classics.

Pop-culture authorities already are singling out Wii as a "must-have" gift of the holiday shopping season, and Nintendo is mobilizing to meet the huge demand. At an MSRP of just $249.99, it's priced affordably, and its focus on fun brings gaming to the masses.

"The most important advance for video games in the last 10 years was the introduction of Super Mario 64, which ushered in the era of true 3-D gaming," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Wii will have the same effect on how players connect to their games, and it is made for everyone. Simply said, games have never felt like this before."

Wii makes use of a remarkable motion-sensitive controller called the Wii Remote™, which resembles a TV remote control. It's designed to be more inviting and comfortable for non-gamers to use, unlike button-heavy controllers. It contains a speaker, which makes the experience all the more real. The Wii Remote can be swung like a racket in a tennis game or like a sword in an adventure game. One launch-day game, EXCITE TRUCK™, will have players using the Wii Remote like a steering wheel. The Wii package comes with a Wii Remote, a Nunchuk™ controller, an AC adapter, a sensor bar, a Wii AV (standard composite) cable and Wii Sports™, a collection of five sports games players can understand how to play instantly, even if they've never played a video game.

For longtime gamers, The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess delivers an unprecedented experience. It's the first time a new game from this storied Nintendo franchise has been available on launch day. Early reviews herald this epic adventure as one of the greatest games of all time. Bryn Williams of GameSpy writes that: "Nintendo has once again crafted a video game that will be remembered for years to come. ... an instant classic," while Ryan Jones of GamePro says simply: "Zelda is freaking awesome."

Third-party publishers have announced strong support for Wii on launch day and beyond. The upcoming torrent of games represents a diverse lineup, with all the classic genres -- and more than a few new ones -- represented. In addition to the three Nintendo titles, the 17 third-party games available on Nov. 19 include Call of Duty® 3, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam™ and Marvel™ Ultimate Alliance from Activision; Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai Tenkaichi™ 2 from Atari; Trauma Center™: Second Opinion from Atlus; Madden NFL '07 from Electronic Arts; Rampage®: Total Destruction™, Happy Feet™ and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy™ from Midway; Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cars and SpongeBob SquarePants™: The Creature from the Krusty Krab from THQ; Super Monkey Ball™: Banana Blitz from Sega; and GT Pro Series, Monster 4X4 World Circuit, Rayman Raving Rabbids™ and Red Steel™ from Ubisoft.

Additional Wii games available during the five weeks after launch include Rapala® Tournament Fishing and World Series of Poker®: Tournament of Champions from Activision; Chicken Little: Ace in Action from Buena Vista Games; Need for Speed™: Carbon from Electronic Arts; Elebits™ from Konami; The Ant Bully from Midway; Metal Slug™ Anthology from SNK; Super Swing Golf from Tecmo; Barnyard® from THQ; Far Cry®: Vengeance, Open Season™ and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent™ from Ubisoft; and Ice Age 2™: The Meltdown from Vivendi.

The main Wii Menu interface contains a variety of interactive and informational channels that serve as a convenient gateway to entertainment and information. They appeal to a broad range of consumers and enhance game play. Users can come here to create a Mii™ caricature of themselves to use in games, to download classic games from the Wii Shop Channel or to develop a photo slide show.

Nintendo is shipping 4 million Wii systems globally through the end of 2006. While shipments will be sent to retailers continuously, Nintendo cautions shoppers to act early because demand is so high. As previously announced, Wii contains built-in parental controls that let adults set the system to play only games of a certain rating and lock their selection with a PIN code. More information about the new Wii system can be found at Wii.com.

Talkback

TJ SpykeNovember 15, 2006

The only one i'm dissapointed by is Metal Slug Anthology, I planned on getting that on launch day.

DAaaMan64November 15, 2006

hmm I was under the impression that wario ware was a launch title, ahh well ignorance is bliss.

TJ SpykeNovember 15, 2006

It's a launch title in Japan, it comes out in North America on January 17th.

Magus19November 15, 2006

I also wanted Metal Slug on launch day, but the 3 other games I'm getting(zelda, monkey ball, trauma center) + Wii sports will have to do.

CyrianNovember 15, 2006

So what ever happened with Wii Play?

TJ SpykeNovember 15, 2006

That's never even been announced for North America yet, for some reason.

White MageNovember 15, 2006

Is it just me or does it seem like the "end of the year" group isn't all that interesting outside of Metal Slug? Twilight Princess really must be 60 hours.

What? Metal Slug not launch?

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DAaaMan64November 15, 2006

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Originally posted by: White Mage
Is it just me or does it seem like the "end of the year" group isn't all that interesting outside of Metal Slug? Twilight Princess really must be 60 hours.


It's just you all these sound at least moderate:

Far Cry: Vengeance - Ubisoft - Seen the trailer for this? It looks good.

Elebits - Konami - We gotta give this one more time.

Super Swing Golf - Tecmo - Maybe they'll get WiiGolf on track.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent - Ubisoft - If you like this kind of game, interesting to see how it will work.

ssj4_androidNovember 15, 2006

Honestly, not too much that I'm interested in. Just Zelda, Excite Truck, and Red Steel.

steveyNovember 15, 2006

Boo, no Metal Slug Anthology/loli golf for launchface-icon-small-sad.gif

UniversalJuanNovember 15, 2006

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Originally posted by: White Mage
Is it just me or does it seem like the "end of the year" group isn't all that interesting outside of Metal Slug? Twilight Princess really must be 60 hours.


Loli Golf (Super Swing) says yo...fail to recognize its brilliance again and me and/or Bill will have to visit your home...in Kooh ninja gear.

Bill AurionNovember 16, 2006

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Originally posted by: UniversalJuan
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Originally posted by: White Mage
Is it just me or does it seem like the "end of the year" group isn't all that interesting outside of Metal Slug? Twilight Princess really must be 60 hours.


Loli Golf (Super Swing) says yo...fail to recognize its brilliance again and me and/or Bill will have to visit your home...in Kooh ninja gear.

ROAR! >=O

vherubNovember 16, 2006

Is there an official announcement for VC titles available at launch and by the end of the year?
Maybe I missed it competely.

MaleficentOgreNovember 16, 2006

no metal slug at launch kills me

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