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by Mike Zazaian November 1, 2006 - 12:21pm, 4 Comments

Toe Jam and Earl, one of the many classic titles available for the Wii

While the list of Wii launch games that Nintendo announced today is impressive, the dirt-cheap offerings on classic console downloads may be equally enticing to some.

Nintendo officially announced today that it will have 33 new titles available for its upcoming Wii console when it launches on November 19th. Even though not every title is a best seller, the sheer variety of the lineup should make for the most appealing array of launch titles out of any of the next-generation consoles. By comparison Sony’s upcoming Playstation 3 will have only 22 games available at launch, while the Xbox 360 offered only 18 titles when it became available last year. Launch titles for the Wii include:

Wii launch titles
  • Wii Sports
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • EXCITE TRUCK
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance
  • Rapala
  • Tournament Fishing

  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
  • World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion
  • Madden NFL ‘07

  • Need for Speed: Carbon
  • Elebits
  • Happy Feet
  • Rampage: Total Destruction
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
  • The Ant Bully
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Super Swing Golf

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Barnyard
  • Cars

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The 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

In addition Nintendo will make available a number of classic games for the NES, SNES, N64, Genesis and Turbografx systems of old, available for download directly through the Wii’s Virtual console. Games for the virtual console can be purchased with Wii points, which equate to $1 per hundred points. NES games will sell for 500 points, Turbografx games for 600 points, SNES and Genesis games for 800 points, and N64 games will sell for a reasonable 1000 points. Granted, these aren’t exactly flee market prices, but the ability to store and organize games that were once only available on bulky, fragile cartridges should bring a new playability to some of these old favorites:

Virtual console titles
  • Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Ice Hockey

  • Pinball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Urban Champion
  • Wario’s Woods
  • Baseball

  • Solomon’s Key
  • F-Zero
  • SimCity

  • Super Mario 64
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Altered Beast
  • Golden Axe
  • Columns
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Space Harrier II
  • Toe Jam & Earl
  • Ristar
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Super Star Soldier
  • Victory Run
  • Bomberman ‘93
  • Dungeon Explorer

Via ars technica
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