The first three months of the year are filled with games for everyone, from sure-fire favorites like Wii Play to SSX Blur and The Godfather Blackhand Edition from EA and a new Prince of Persia Rival Swords game from Ubisoft. Fans can enjoy the classic Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and the upcoming Mario Kart 64 for the Wii Shop Channel. And on Jan. 27, the News Channel goes live with global coverage provided by the Associated Press.
"Our tremendous worldwide launch shows people, from experienced players to non-players, are hungry for the kinds of entertainment only Wii provides," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Wii hardware production continues full bore, and every week we're delivering more incredible content to further expand the experience."
Casual game players who recently discovered or rediscovered the thrills of video games through games like Wii Sports and WarioWare: Smooth Moves will be glad to know Wii Play, a collection of nine new games in the Wii Sports style, will be available Feb. 14. Wii Play includes games like Billiards, Fishing and Shooting Range, a target-practice game in the style of Nintendo's classic Duck Hunt. Wii Play comes packaged with a Wii Remote to highlight the fun multiplayer aspects of Wii, and to provide an incredible value.
Veteran gamers who spent countless hours playing through The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will find new challenges by entering worlds populated by everyone from Tiger Woods to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, thanks to a deep list of new offerings from third-party publishers.
Beyond the current library of 34 new Wii titles, the schedule for upcoming Wii releases includes:
- Feb. 14 Wii Play with Wii Remote (Nintendo)
- March 27 Disney's Meet the Robinsons (Buena Vista)
- March Bust-A-Move Bash (Majesco)
- March Prince of Persia Rival Swords (Ubisoft)
- March Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Ubisoft)
- March Bionicle Heroes (Eidos)
- March Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII (Ubisoft)
- Q1 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (EA)
- Q1 SSX Blur (EA)
- Q1 The Godfather Blackhand Edition (EA)
- Q1 Medal of Honor Vanguard (EA)
- Q1 Sonic and the Secret Rings (Sega)
But new titles don't begin to describe the array of game action available on Wii. With yesterday's Virtual Console release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from the NES, the library of downloadable Wii titles grows to 42. Also, next week will see the addition of an all-time favorite, Mario Kart 64. Nintendo will continue to make weekly announcements to update Wii owners about upcoming releases.