Nintendo's E3 roster for the Wii is bursting at the seems which should make the fanboys extremely happy. Including the Virtual Console titles, the Wii already has more than 150 games. Nintendo plans to haveabout 350 available titles by the end of the year in just the United States. Check out what Wii has to offer:
[i]Mario Kart[/i] (name not final)- The new version of [i]Mario Kart[/i], due in early 2008, features new vehicles and lets players near and far compete using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s wireless gaming service.
[i]Mario Kart[/i] launches with the Wii Wheel (name not final), a steering wheel housing for the Wii Remote that brings new controls and challenges for veteran gamers, while making getting into a race easy and intuitive for newcomers.
[i]Super Mario Galaxy[/i]- The latest masterpiece by legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto puts a smile on the face of everyone who plays it.
Until now, no game has matched the sheer fun and sense of delightful awe produced by the groundbreaking [i]Super Mario 64[/i]. Using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, players navigate iconic hero Mario through a series of planets, each with its own gravity, chaotic challenges and power-ups. The game bursts through the screen in vivid artistic detail, and a second player can even provide some assistance along the way. It blasts off Nov. 12.
[i]Super Smash Bros. Brawl[/i]- Nintendo’s all-out smash-or-be-smashed franchise remains one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. Its predecessor became the No. 1 selling game of all time on Nintendo’s previous console. [i]Super Smash Bros. Brawl[/i] ups the ante with new characters, new moves and new arenas. The game smashes into North American stores Dec.
Wii Zapper (hopefully this name is not final)- This new accessory combines the accuracy of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in a single housing for a new experience for first-person shooters and targeting games. Players can hear the sounds of battle through the Wii Remote speaker when it is incorporated into the Wii Zapper. It arrives on store shelves later this year, packaged with Nintendo-developed software that shows off its versatility. The Wii Zapper also will be used with a host of third-party games, including [i]Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles[/i], [i]Ghost Squad[/i], and [i]Medal of Honor[/i].
Check Mii Out Channel (name not final)- Launching in 2007, this free new channel builds on the huge phenomenon of Wii owners creating fun caricatures of themselves, their friends and celebrities. The two main components of the free channel include an area where users can post Miis they have created to let others vote on their artistic abilities, and a competition element that lets users test their skills to create the most accurate likeness of individuals or other themes suggested by Nintendo. The Check Mii Out Channel joins the lineup of cool channels on the Wii Menu, which includes the Internet Channel, the Everybody Votes Channel and the Forecast Channel, among others.
[i]Metroid Prime 3: Corruption[/i]- This final chapter of the [i]Metroid Prime[/i] trilogy introduces unmatched first-person controls by letting players use the Wii Remote as an arm cannon for a feeling of complete immersion. Heroine Samus travels between planets to stop her nemesis, Dark Samus, from corrupting them. All the while Samus fights the spreading Phazon that is taking over her body while giving her incredible powers. It launches Aug. 27.
Third-Party Support- Third-party publishers are racing to see who can put
the most resources behind Wii. By the end of the year, about 100 new Wii
games will hit stores. EA brings [i]Boogie[/i] and [i]EA Playground[/i], as well as online action for its [i]Madden NFL[/i] and [i]FIFA Soccer[/i] franchises; Mario and Sonic team up for the first time ever in Sega’s [i]Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[/i]; Sega shows off dreamy aerial acrobatics with [i]NiGHTS Journey of Dreams[/i]; Activision jams with [i]Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock[/i]; Namco Bandai puts the battle blade into players’ hands with [i]Soul Calibur Legends[/i]; Disney Interactive belts out [i]High School Musical: Sing It![/i]; Square Enix brings [i]Dragon Quest Swords[/i] in early 2008 – and that’s just a taste of what’s to come.
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