Reports claim Wii to slap down 16 at launch

Internet alive with "official" list of Nintendo's forthcoming next-gen launch line-up

Following Sony's announcement that it expects roughly fifteen titles to be available at the PS3's launch, 'net reports suggest Nintendo's lucky Wii launch number could be sixteen. However, it looks like the list has been compiled based on hearsay and information revealed at this year's E3, rather than being the official Nintendo-sanctioned definitive line-up.

Many sites are currently listing the following games as primed for release come the Wii's launch later this year and - based on what we know so far - it seems more or less accurate, if not conclusive:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Wii Sports
  • Red Steel
  • Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
  • Madden NFL 2007
  • Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion
  • Elebits
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Blitz: The League
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
  • Disney/Pixar's Cars

However, we put in word to Nintendo Europe who responded thusly: "Nintendo has not announced its launch line up and will not until closer to launch. All that has been said is that titles available in the launch window could include Zelda, WarioWare and Mario."

Furthermore, Nintendo revealed that reports of the Classic controller and light gun add-on arriving at launch are incorrect. However, there's further news on what we can expect to be unpacking when we pick Wii up on launch day: "We have not confirmed which controller attachments will be available at launch either, other than we plan to include one Wii Remote and one Nunchuk controller [in the Wii bundle]."