We’re now in the middle ground between E3 2006 and the Wii launch day. With the combination of the already dominant Nintendo DS handheld and newcomer Wii console, the Japanese hardware manufacturer and gaming enterprise has made one of the biggest splashes in company history this year, and it’s beginning to show.
Across the Net and in stores nationwide, the Nintendo Wii is beginning to receive recognition. Market analysts are beginning to count Nintendo as a worthy contender once again, rather than the all-too-familiar ugly duckling treatment fans are used to. In fact, the recent buzz has managed to kick-start retailer interest, as select areas are now allowing for pre-release tracking of Wii hardware and software. IGN has spotted more than 45 titles listed in major gaming retailers, as well as a few interesting additions to the list.Ã‚Â Since we just recently got wind of many of the titles for Wii, there’s a bit of confusion as to certain games and franchises, as well as grouping issues which can account for the amazingly high number of listed titles. Some retailers, for instance, are listing alongside Mario Wii, or Wii Sports: Airplane next to Pilotwings. There is some obvious confusion still happening as media outlets are still receiving mixed messages as to marketing plans, specifically for the Wii Sports franchise and many of the playable demos at E3, but the huge list of soon-to-be-available titles is still staggering.
In addition, we’ve noticed a few interesting listings for games we’ve yet to confirm as announced. Again, this may simply be a listing error due to post-E3 confusion, or they could in fact be the beginnings of even more franchises on the way to Wii in the coming months. Games such as Duck Hunt, and Medal of Honor Airborne are now being spotted on release lists, along with EA’s newest addition to underground racing .
As an interesting side-note, we’ve seen price listings as low as $49.99, and as high as $59.99. In addition, release dates for software can be found as early as October of 2006, or as late as June of 2007. While it is still unconfirmed by Nintendo, the majority of games featured on our launch list fall between late October and early to mid-November of this year, which may hint at a target launch date for the Wii hardware.
We’ll have more as it develops. Be sure to keep checking back with IGN Wii as we near the launch of Nintendo’s latest home console.
Need For Speed would be interesting for the Wii: http://revolution.ign.com/articles/709/709636p1.html