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32 Wii Titles For 2006

We all know just how tenuous launch line-ups can be; we turn your attention to last year's Xbox 360 supposedly "officially announced" line-up that continually changed up until a few days before launch. Highly anticipated titles like Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion kept bouncing in and out of the list, much to the confusion of prospective 360 consumers.

Well, Nintendo is preparing for the Wii launch in just a few weeks time, and their line-up is also going through a bit of shuffling (although the launch game alterations aren't quite as drastic as the 360's). As of now, Nintendo expects 32 Wii games to be available in North America by the end of December. Back in September, the company announced there would be 30 titles before the end of the year.

But soon after that announcement, a couple new publishers decided to jump on board, and have since included four games apiece from THQ and Midway games. Confirmed for 2006 are Metal Slug Anthology, Dragon Ball Z Budokai: Tenkaichi 2, and Super Swing Golf. At the same time, one of Ubisoft's promised 2006 titles - Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII - has apparently disappeared from the list.

Nintendo did not reveal exactly how many Wii games would be available directly on November 19; the only confirmed three are The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Excite Truck, and Wii Sports. Nintendo cited some last-second polishing and fine-tuning as the reason for not nailing down exact dates for third-party titles, but they insist those games will "soon be locked down, though most will launch by the end of November." We do know that one third-party game, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, will be available on November 14.

The following is the list of Wii titles expected to be released in 2006:

  • Excite Truck
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Wii Sports (bundled with the Wii console)
  • 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 4x4: World Circuit
  • Open Season
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Red Steel
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

11/1/2006 Ben Dutka

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