What Wii can expect on Nintendo
The lights have brightened, the big shots have fled and it’s time to dry your eyes fanboys, because Nintendo’s E3 2006 press conference is over – and you're going to need those eyes to see this list! There weren’t as many answers as we might have hoped from the event concerning Nintendo’s next console (when and how much are still somewhat up in the air), but we do have a good idea of what we can expect so far as software. Just to recap Jared’s running blog from earlier, here’s a quick rundown of the games just announced (or, in the case of some speculated games, just officially announced) for the Nintendo Wii:
Wii Are Family: the First Party Titles
- Super Mario Galaxy – What Nintendo system would be complete without a Mario game? Well, certainly not the Nintendo Wii! In Super Mario Galaxy, Princess Peach has been kidnapped...by aliens? Mario gives chase, following her captor into space and across a series of planets, with players using the Nintendo Wii freehand remote and Nanchuk controller to shake, swing point and drag the Italian plumber to the rescue!
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – Another game many saw coming, this FPS Metroid looks to be a welcome addition to the series and to the console, especially considering the hardware. In Corruption, the Galactic Federation’s Base Sector Zero is under attack and, in order to save them, Samus Aran must boot up the generator that powers their defense system...but a shadow looms over her mission. Metroid Prime 3 has players destroying Phazon seeds before than can corrupt planets, taking-on Space Pirates and facing-off against her mortal enemy.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – It was announced long ago that the latest Legend of Zelda game would be compatible with Nintendo’s next-gen system, then codenamed Revolution, but only today did we learn that there would actually be two versions sold: one for the GCN and one for the Wii. If you don’t know what Twilight Princess is, then I’m sorry, you’re beyond all help.
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves – We only just learned about WarioWare: Smooth Moves’ existence (though we didn’t have a title) from the current issue of Time Magazine. We now know that when Wario and friends find the mystical Form Baton, it can only mean one thing: fun! Filled with around 200 fast-paced mini-games, Wii owners can use their remotes to swat flies, do squats, turn keys, fence and much, much more.
- Wii Sports – Also revealed in Time Magazine, alongside WarioWare: Smooth Moves, the unnamed Wii tennis game now has a name, and it isn’t a standalone game either. In Wii Sports, players can use the Wii remote to play tennis (1-4 players), baseball (1-2, one player pitches, the other hits) and golf (1 player). There was also a mention that more titles could be added to the Wii Sports group.
- Excite Truck – One of the three new franchises Nintendo showcased today, Excite Truck appears to be a spiritual successor of Excitebike. Players will hold the Wii remote like the classic NES remote of old, using the motion sensing capabilities to steer around tracks and, during jumps, helping them achieve that perfect landing and earn a boost. This time around, there will also be items which will alter the 3-D terrain in real time and add yet another layer of challenge!
- Disaster: Day of Crisis – In the second of Nintendo’s all-new franchises being created exclusively for the Nintendo Wii, a series of disasters have struck the United States in quick succession. During the chaos, a nuclear weapon is hi-jacked. Playing as Ray, once a member of an “elite rescue task force” players will out-run lava flows, dodge crumbling buildings and swim for dear life as they try to make a stand against the enemy.
- Project H.A.M.M.E.R. – The last of the new franchises (for today, anyway), Project H.A.M.M.E.R. is all about action! Robots have taken over the country, and the government doesn’t stand a chance – but you do. Using the Wii remote, just start swinging your giant hammer and crush every last robot.
Wii are Not Alone: the Other Guys
- One Piece
- Final Furlong
We don’t have much information on these other games, but as soon as we know, you’ll know! Keep in mind that these are just announced titles and that none of them have actually been confirmed as Nintendo Wii launch titles (with the exception of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Wii Sports).
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