Sega Wii News Tidbits

First off, Sega has announced that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, the company’s lone 2006 Wii offering, has gone gold and will begin shipping to retailers nationwide on November 14th. This makes it one of the very few confirmed day-one launch titles for the console thus far. For an early taste of what Banana Blitz will bring to the Wii, check out our recent posting of the new game trailer here.

As I also pointed out in my previous post regarding the Wii’s launch window lineup, Sega has now confirmed its 2006 lineup of Sega Genesis titles that will be available for downloadable purchase on the Wii’s Virtual Console. These titles will include Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Columns, Ecco the Dolphin, Gunstar Heroes, Space Harrier II, Toe Jam & Earl, Ristar and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.

“Nintendo has offered a great gateway in bringing classic SEGA titles such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast and Toe Jam & Earl to Wii console owners,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. “This is only the beginning though, as you can expect to see more announcements regarding other legendary titles from SEGA’s catalog coming to the Wii Shop Channel in the coming months.”

These Sega Genesis games will be available via the Wii’s Shop Channel, priced starting at 800 Wii Points apiece.

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