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Though there's still no official list from Nintendo, several publishers have commented on their potential Wii launch lineup. If all the claims are to be believed, we could be looking at 28 games within the first month or so. Remember that "launch" doesn't necessarily mean "Day One," and some of these games aren’t going to make it by the end of the year, let alone launch (Crystal Chronicles, we're looking at you). Regardless, here's a tentative list we've pieced together:

Avatar: The Last Airbender (THQ)
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (Ubisoft)
Blitz: The League (Midway)
Call of Duty 3 (Activision)
Cars (THQ)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (Atari)
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Square Enix)
Elebits (Konami)
Excite Truck (Nintendo)
Far Cry (Ubisoft)
GT Pro Series (Ubisoft)
Codename: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Square Enix)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo)
Madden NFL 07 (EA)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Activision)
Metal Slug Anthology (SNK)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo)
Monster 4x4 World Circuit (Ubisoft)
Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
Open Season (Ubisoft)
Rampage: Ultimate Destruction (Midway)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft)
Red Steel (Ubisoft)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab (THQ)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Sega)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (Activision)
Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Atlus)
Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Sadly missing from this list: Super Mario Galaxy and WarioWare: Smooth Moves, two games that'd practically eject Wiis through every checkout line in the country. The Leipzig Games Convention kicks off next week in Germany, and word is every major Wii question you have will be answered there - so keep your eyes and ears sharp, especially on the 23rd, when Nintendo delivers its press conference.

August 15, 2006

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