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Nintendo Announces 2007 Wii Lineup- Japan and maybe America

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Gaming' started by Wiitime, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. Wiitime

    Wiitime the guy below- HES BACK!!

    Oct 15, 2006
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    it could be good news for US since the games we want are on this list for Japan and are coming out this year


    April 30, 2007 - Last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata held a conference to talk about company financials and to outline its plan for the year. At the Japan-hosted event, Iwata noted that the Big N had 45 Wii games and another 79 DS titles in development. Now, through officially released financial documents, we've gained a much deeper understanding of which titles players can look forward to this year - both in Japan and in America.

    Nintendo officially states that the following games will be coming out for Wii in Japan in 2007:

    Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race (DK Jet or DK Bongo Blast, US) - June 28, 2007
    Wii Health Pack -- 2007
    Disaster: Day of Crisis - 2007
    Mario Party 8 - 2007
    Project H.A.M.M.E.R. - 2007
    Wii Music - 2007
    Super Mario Galaxy - 2007
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 2007
    Battalion Wars II - 2007
    Forever Blue - 2007
    Mario Strikers Charged - 2007
    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - 2007
    Mario and Sonic at the Olympics - 2007

    In a word, wow. The list confirms that, at least in Japan, Nintendo is planning to release all of its big Wii guns, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, this year. In addition, the list reaffirms that the company is underway with Wii Health Pack and Wii Music, two games destined to follow in the footsteps of the ultra-popular Wii Sports. Wii Health Pack is allegedly an exercise-focused game that rates players' health scores in the same way that Nintendo's brain titles rank brain ages. Meanwhile, Wii Music will very likely include both Wii Orchestra and Wii Drums, as demonstrated or shown at previous events, such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

    While skeptics may argue that Nintendo carelessly listed all of its major games for 2007 without much thought, or to remain vague, it is important to note that it also made a distinction for two projects. Both Animal Crossing Wii and Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby Adventure) Wii are listed in the same documents as "TBA," or to be announced. Clearly, some separators were set for the official list and Nintendo still chose to define the majority of its Wii projects for the 2007 time frame.

    Of the games listed, only four have been officially confirmed to debut this year in America. Mario Party 8 is set for May 29 in the States; Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree for June 11; Pokemon Battle Revolution for June 25; and Mario Strikers Charged for this summer. SEGA has revealed that Mario and Sonic at the Olympics will ship this year, but no specific date has been set. However, readers should remember that titles like Metroid Prime 3 are set for 2007 in Japan and these games have always shipped in America first, suggesting that Corruption is certain to debut in the US before the end of the year. In addition, we have to think that fans would riot if Japan got Smash and Galaxy in 2007 and the Americas did not.

    Nintendo has historically shied away from releasing too many major games during a single year and as a result fans have become accustomed to bracing themselves for software delays. Beyond the second quarter, though, this year's Wii release schedule is anybody's guess and there is now real hope that the company could actually debut many of its biggest games before the holiday season.

    While PlayStation 3 may not yet be a threat to Wii, Xbox 360 sales are continuing at a steady pace with no visible signs of slowing. The house that Mario built could choose to counter some of Microsoft's kings with aces of its own - Smash, Galaxy and Metroid can certainly compete with titles like Mass Effect, Halo 3 and Too Human. And Nintendo may be able to do this without losing sight of the mainstream crowd, dishing out efforts like Wii Health Pack and Wii Music.

    Furthermore, Nintendo's 2007 Wii schedule consists of only 13 titles -- a far cry from the 45 projects the company has in development.

    For now, the release schedule is not speculation, but truth - at least overseas. What remains to be seen is whether or not Nintendo will stick to the schedule or delay one or more projects to next year. If it does indeed move ahead as currently planned, 2007 may prove to be one of the biggest years in company history.

    In separate, but semi-related news, rumors began to circulate late last week that Nintendo was interested in hiring former Sony head Ken Kutaragi, who, having fathered the PlayStation and its predecessors, is leaving the company. But speaking with the Japanese press, Nintendo's president said that such rumors were unfounded.
  2. elmo_999

    elmo_999 Wii launch Owner

    Nov 28, 2006
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    Nice find. can't wait.
  3. WiiBad

    WiiBad Member of Wiichat

    Feb 2, 2007
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    Come on Galaxy and Metroid! I can wait till November though, these sound like end of the yearers to me.
  4. markmanuel18

    markmanuel18 WiiChat Member

    Apr 9, 2007
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    I really want all this games this year but I think they should have tried to spread them out evenly (but i totally understand if some titles where not completed on time) I hope after they release all this this year they also give us something to look foward to in 2008.
  5. Skorp

    Skorp WiiChat Member

    Dec 17, 2006
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    If they have 45 titles in development I'm sure there are going to be a good amount of things to look forward to in 2008 as well. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though, its still not halfway through 2007.
  6. miiplaywii

    miiplaywii WiiChat Member

    Nov 22, 2006
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    Great games are coming but it seems like bad timing. I'm bored with my Wii right now, but Corruption, Galaxy, Brawl, HAMMER, and Day of Crisis are all coming out no earlier than mid summer. I just think the should have spaced them out like originally planned. You can bet that some of those games are completely done and Nintendo is just waiting for the perfect time to release them.
  7. Adios

    Adios A Forgotten Anomaly

    May 1, 2007
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    Man... I just know that half of these games, if not all, will be released much, much, much, much later in Australia compared to America and Japan. I'm expecting 2008 for some of these titles in Australia. It wouldn't suprise me if it did happen, judging by the ridiculous wait for Elebits AKA Eledees to be released here in Australia, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl coming out almost 2 months after the US release, Super Paper Mario without even a release date set in Australia... The list goes on.

    I hate you Nintendo of Australia. So much.
    #7 Adios, May 1, 2007
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