Get ready, Nintendo (OTC BB: NTDOY.PK) Wii fans. You've got a lot of cool games to look forward to.
At this week's E3 conference, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime said that by the end of the year, the Wii should hopefully have a library of 350 games. Right now, there are 150 games available to all the Donkey Kong disciples out there.
Judging by the games showcased at E3, the video game pioneer won't let its Mario franchise rest anytime soon. Super Mario Galaxy will take the iconic plumber (and nemesis of giant apes) into space in a sci-fi adventure. Super Smash Bros. Brawl -- a very popular game where various Nintendo characters square off in no-holds-barred slugfests -- will certainly add further value to the platform. It may not be up my alley, but the go-cart racing franchise Mario Kart will get the Wii treatment as well. Meanwhile, the first-person shooter Metroid Prime 3: Corruption also has a good chance of being a hit. And if you long for the days of Donkey Kong, the big ape's new Barrel Blast will debut in early October.
Another key game, dubbed Wii Fit, is Nintendo's latest effort to get gamers up off the couch. Players stand on a special controller, currently dubbed the Wii Balance Board, which measures shifts in their weight and center of gravity. The Balance Board allows the Wii to log pushups, lead yoga and aerobics routines, track dance moves, or let players swing virtual hula hoops or block onscreen soccer balls.
Out of all these titles, I think Wii Fit holds the most promise in appealing to casual gamers. It'll probably have a short, gentle learning curve, and it fits perfectly with the Wii's image of a system that actually makes users burn calories while playing games. As my Foolish colleague Jack Uldrich mentioned in a piece on virtual competition, people do become awfully excited while interacting with the Wii. Plus, given the popularity of Konami's
Let's not forget that major third-party releases will excite Wii owners, too. Electronic Arts
The next several months should herald great business for Nintendo. Sony
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