Following the successful launch of Wii at the backend of last year, 2007 could be vital in deciding the success of the console. A good start it may have had, but can Nintendo and its third parties support the console with enough releases to keep that momentum going?
1. Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo â€“ Adventure): Brilliant though Twilight Princess was, it had all the hallmarks of GameCube title ported, albeit very well, onto Wii. Super Mario Galaxy has no such stigma with a control scheme designed specifically for using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Galaxy once again sees Mario out to save Princess Peach, though this time heâ€™ll be travelling to outer space to do so and the game utilises the remote in a number of ingenious ways to help him navigate the solar system. We just canâ€™t wait.
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo â€“ Fighting): An early title for the GameCube, Super Smash Bros. Melee remained the best selling game throughout the lifetime of the console. As such, we should fully expect Super Smash Bros. Brawl to be an eagerly anticipated title. The Wii debut will feature an expanded cast of characters, with the notable addition of Solid Snake of Metal Gear Solid fame joining the traditional favourites such as Mario, Luigi, Pikachu and Link. Itâ€™ll also be one of the few games not to use the Wii remote, opting to use the classic controller instead.
3. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Retro Studios â€“ FPS/Adventure): Despite being two of the best games of the last generation, both Metroid Prime 1 and 2 were cruelly ignored at retail. Thankfully, Nintendo arenâ€™t prone to dumping good games because they donâ€™t sell well so the series returns on Wii to conclude the Prime trilogy. Many have speculated the Wii ideal for the FPS genre, and though Red Steel and Call of Duty 3 proved a mixed bag, early signs indicate Corruption could turn this potential into a reality.
4. Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Atlus â€“ Medical Simulation/Drama): Trauma Center: Second Opinion, which was a launch title in North America, wonâ€™t be arriving in UK and Europe until March. A remake of Trauma Center: Under the Knife on the DS, Second Opinion adds a whole raft of control enhancements and extra gameplay features and should be a must buy for all Wii owners.
5. WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo â€“ Mini-Game Collection): WarioWare is one of those game concepts that Nintendo seem to specialise in. Off the wall, surreal and entirely insane, Smooth Moves is bound to be a hit with anyone who plays it. Much like Wii Sports, itâ€™s a format that works effortlessly with the remote making it instantly accessible to even the uninitiated. Fun for all the family, alone and for parties, Smooth Moves will be landing on Wii this week.
Also Look Out For: Animal Crossing, Excite Truck, Battalion Wars 2, Dragon Quest Swords, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers and Wii Music.