Nintendo Officially Confirms Wii Launch Window Game Lineup

NintendoWii.jpgNintendo has made the Wii launch window game lineup official, and man is it loaded! By the end of 2006 and within the first five weeks of its launch alone, the Wii will offer an astounding 62 games to choose from: 32 original Wii productions and 30 Virtual Console titles (though the number of games available on day one is still yet to be announced). Now that’s a lot of games, especially considering many console launch periods offer maybe half that amount best case scenario. What’s even more amazing is the anticipated quality of the lineup- it looks like Nintendo is going to have both quality and quantity to back up its new system. But enough chit chat… here’s the official lineup:

Nintendo Wii Launch Window Titles:
Excite Truck
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Wii Sports
Call of Duty 3
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Rapala Tournament Fishing
Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
World Series of Poker
Dragon Ball Z Budokai: Tenkaichi 2
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Madden NFL 07
Need for Speed: Carbon
Elebits
The Ant Bully
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Happy Feet
Rampage: Total Destruction
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
Metal Slug Anthology
Super Swing Golf
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Barnyard
Cars
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
Far Cry: Vengeance
GT Pro Series
Monster 4×4: World Circuit
Open Season
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Red Steel
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Continue reading for the Virtual Console lineup.

Virtual Console Launch Window Titles:
Mario Bros. (NES)
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Donkey Kong (NES)
Donkey Kong Jr. (NES)
Ice Hockey (NES)
Pinball (NES)
Soccer (NES)
Tennis (NES)
Urban Champion (NES)
Wario’s Woods (NES)
Baseball (NES)
Solomon’s Key (NES)
F-Zero (SNES)
SimCity (SNES)
Super Mario 64 (N64)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Genesis)
Altered Beast (Sega Genesis)
Golden Axe (Sega Genesis)
Columns (Sega Genesis)
Ecco the Dolphin (Sega Genesis)
Gunstar Heroes (Sega Genesis)
Space Harrier II (Sega Genesis)
Toe Jam & Earl (Sega Genesis)
Ristar (Sega Genesis)
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Sega Genesis)
Bonk’s Adventure (TurboGrafx16)
Super Star Soldier (TurboGrafx16)
Victory Run (TurboGrafx16)
Bomberman ’93 (TurboGrafx16)
Dungeon Explorer (TurboGrafx16)

On the Virtual Console, NES games will start at 500 Wii Points, SNES games at 800, N64 at 1,000, Sega Genesis at 800 and TurboGrafx16 at 600. Wii Points will be available at retail and online with an MSRP of $20 for 2,000 Wii Points.

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