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Nintendo's Wii will boast 62 titles by year's end

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Posted by Allison on November 1, 2006 7:18 AM
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Many critics blame the less than stellar sales of the Nintendo Gamecube on its launch titles. It's not that they weren't great (in fact, 'Eternal Darkness' and 'Pikmin' are two of my favorite games). The problem was, between the Gamecube's November 2001 launch and the year's end, Nintendo only had eight titles. This time around Nintendo is coming out swinging, with 62 titles promised by year's end, one of them being, of course, a 'Zelda' title.

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As of today, Nintendo can only confirm two titles that will be ready on launch day, November 19th: 'The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess' and 'EXCITE TRUCK'. More "launch titles" are expected, but, really, who needs them as 'Zelda: TP' is sure to keep us all busy for a couple of weeks.

During that time, expect to see most of the Wii's 32 new titles to fall onto store shelves, and another 30 classic titles to become downloadable on Nintendo's Wii Connect 24 service. Those that don't make it by the end of November are promised to make it by the year's end. For those keeping track, that 62 titles to be launched within the first month and a half of the Wii's lifetime (nearly 8 times the number made available for the Gamecube).

LB's 'The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide (Coming Soon)

See below for the list of titles.

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 everyone.

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

Konami: Elebits(TM)

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.

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