The Nintendo Wii is a console that may have been forgotten amidst the sea of triple-A titles that have launched this year, but Nintendo is aiming to change that with their Spring lineup for the Wii. Approximately 18 games will be released this Spring on the console, and while several of them are indeed movie tie-ins, there are a few exclusives as well.
Unfortunately, none of these games are exclusives that the masses have been holding their breath for. In fact nearly 25% of the Spring Wii lineup consists of Reader Rabbit games, so it's certainly not geared towards the hardcore gaming crowd.
Nintendo has announced that blockbusters like Wii Play: Motion and Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust would indeed be releasing this Spring, right into the hands of mass mobs of fans in North America. Wii Play: Motion is the follow up to Nintendo's extremely successful Wii Play, and it bring 12 new mini-games into the player's house. It also comes packaged with a nice sleek black wii remote plus, which adds a very solid layer of precision to the game.
Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust is sure to tickle the fancy of wannabe detectives everywhere. Sega's Conduit 2 is probably the biggest game of interest on this release list, and it promises online multiplayer and plenty of action in the form of explosions and cool guns.
You can judge the Wii's lineup yourself by reading the list below.
- The Conduit 2 - April 12
- Rio - April 12
- SpongeBob Squigglepants - April 12
- Exerbeat - April 26
- Reader Rabbit Preschool - April
- Reader Rabbit Kindergarten - April
- Reader Rabbit 1st Grade - April
- Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade - April
- Thor: God of Thunder - May 3
- Kung Fu Panda 2 - May 24
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game - May
- Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters - June 7
- Wii Play: Motion - June 13
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon Stealth Force Edition - June 14
- Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust - June 27
- Get Fit with Mel B - Spring
- Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 - Spring
- Cars 2: The Video Game - Summer
Overall, the Nintendo Wii's lineup is certainly lacking to say the least. Aside from the collection of Reader Rabbit games, I can't really think of a single title in that list that I am going to purchase. Of course, the Wii Play: Motion package is a great deal for anyone looking to add another controller to their collection, and Conduit 2 is sure to be a decent title as well. Hopefully Nintendo can pick up the slack in the latter half of the year, but it seems they are completely focused on the Nintendo 3DS for the time being.
Maybe rumors are true and Nintendo is focusing on preparing a Wii 2 of sorts, and that's why there's a lack of blockbuster titles coming out in the near future. Only time will tell, and we should find out more about what the Big N has up its sleeve at this year's E3.
What do you think about the Wii's Spring lineup? Will you be purchasing any of these?
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