Nintendo Japan opens up 101-game Wii catalog

[UPDATE 2] Nintendo names Japanese releases for launch and beyond; Super Paper Mario headed for Wii along with new Animal Crossing, Kirby, Big Brain Academy games; Resident Evil gets subtitled.

The rush of Wii launch information today keeps coming, as Nintendo of Japan has updated its official Web site with a lineup of release dates for 101 games. While a lot of the dates are vaguely listed as "tba," Nintendo was very specific when it came to the system's day-one titles.

When the Wii drops in Japan on December 2, purchasers will have at least 16 games to choose from on their new systems, including a quartet of Nintendo games, according to the publisher. Joining expected first-party launch titles Wii Sports and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess are WarioWare: Smooth Moves and Hajimete no Wii: Your First Step to Wii. The other dozen launch titles feature new Tamagotchi, Gundam, and Super Monkey Ball games, as well as original properties like Necro-Nesia and Red Steel.

It also appears as if Nintendo might avoid the postlaunch drought of new releases that typically affect new systems. Another 10 titles are scheduled to hit Japanese shelves by the end of the year, including Western imports Need for Speed Carbon and Rayman Raving Rabbids. Nintendo will also release Pokèmon Battle Revolution in Japan sometime in December, before starting 2007 off with the US launch title Excite Truck in January, and a new Fire Emblem game in February.

[UPDATE] Among the 101 games are a few eyebrow-raising entries. First of all, Super Paper Mario (working title) is listed among the Wii games. Originally announced as a GameCube game, Super Paper Mario takes the aesthetic of Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario and places it in a platform game. Nintendo has not yet returned GameSpot's request for a status update on the GameCube version of the game.

Nintendo itself included a number of previously unannounced games it will be publishing, most of them new entries in successful franchises, and all saddled with working titles. Wii Yawaraka Atama Juku, is a next-gen version of the popular Nintendo DS brain training game Big Brain Academy. Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race should be the rhythmic platforming primate's first outing for the system. Hoshi no Kirby apparently stars the pink puffball Kirby, while the Animal Crossing brand is being brought to the system as Doubutsu no Mori. Cash cow Mario also had a new title slipped into the mix in Mario Party 8, which won't arrive until 2007, making 2006 the first off year for the long-running franchise.

However, Nintendo's also going beyond its firmly established franchises. It will publish a Wii game based on Eyeshield 21, the football-themed manga that spawned a DS game earlier this year. Finally, the company is working on a new game called Forever Blue. While Nintendo didn't detail exactly what Forever Blue would be, it's a safe bet it has nothing to do with the Chris Isaak album of the same name.

Nintendo games aren't the only interesting entries on the list. It appears the Wii debut of the Resident Evil series has been given the Japanese name Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles. In the Resident Evil series (known as Biohazard in Japan), Umbrella is the name of the evil corporation whose sinister research is more often than not behind apocalyptic zombie invasions.

It appears Sega is down for a gun-shooting game on the Wii, but the listing gives no hint as to which of the company's existing gun games franchises--if any--the game is based on. Sega created the successful Virtua Cop and House of the Dead franchises, as well as less memorable offerings like Confidential Mission, The Ocean Hunter, and The Maze of the Kings. There's also a listing for Pac-Man Carnival from Namco Bandai, although again, no details have been given about the title.

JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLES:
TITLE / PUBLISHER / RELEASE
Elebits / Konami Digital Entertainment / 12/02/2006
Ennichi no Tatsujin / Bandai Namco Games / 12/02/2006
Hajimete no Wii: Your First Step to Wii / Nintendo / 12/02/2006
Kororinpa / Hudson / 12/02/2006
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess / Nintendo / 12/02/2006
Machi-Kuru Domino (Working Title) / Success / 12/02/2006
Necro-Nesia / Spike / 12/02/2006
Red Steel / Ubisoft / 12/02/2006
SD Gundam Revolution (Working Title) / Bandai Namco Games / 12/02/2006
Super Monkey Ball: Ukiuki Party Daisuugou / Sega / 12/02/2006
Swing Golf Pangya / Tecmo / 12/02/2006
Tamagotchi no Pikapika Daitouryou / Bandai Namco Games / 12/02/2006
Trauma Center: Second Opinion / Atlus / 12/02/2006
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves / Nintendo / 12/02/2006
Wii Sports / Nintendo / 12/02/2006
Wing Island / Hudson / 12/02/2006

POSTLAUNCH 2006 JAPANESE TITLES:
TITLE / PUBLISHER / RELEASE
Bleach Wii / Sega / Dec-06
Cooking Mama: Minna to Issho ni Oryouri Taikai! / Taito / Dec-06
Crayon Shin-chan / Banpresto / Dec-06
Furifuri (Working Title) / Taito / Dec-06
Mahjong Wii (Working Title) / Koei / Dec-06
Need For Speed Carbon / EA / Dec-06
Pokemon Battle Revolution / Pokèmon / Nintendo / Dec-06
Rayman (Working Title) / Ubisoft / Dec-06
Sengoku Musou Wave / Koei / Dec-06
Sudoku / Hudson / Dec-06
Tsuri Master (Working Title) / Hudson / Dec-06

FUTURE WII RELEASES:
TITLE / PUBLISHER / RELEASE DATE
3D Action game (Working Title) / Takara Tomy / TBA
3D Boxing Action game (Working Title) / AQ Interactive / TBA
Action Game (Working Title) / ASNetworks / 2007
Action Game (Working Title) / Epoch / TBA
Action game (Working Title) / Takara Tomy / TBA
Action Game (Working Title) / Banpresto / TBA
Action Game (Working Title) / From Software / TBA
Action RPG (Working Title) / From Software / TBA
Bachindaa / Hudson / Feb-07
Barnyard (Working Title) / THQ Japan / TBA
Baseball Game (Working Title) / Konami Digital Entertainment / TBA
Battle Action game (Working Title) / Takara Tomy / TBA
Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles (Working Title) / Capcom / TBA
Bokujou Monogatari Wii (Working Title) / Marvelous Interactive / TBA
Bomberman Land (Working Title) / Hudson / Mar-07
Call of Duty 3 / Activision / TBA
Cars (Working Title) / THQ Japan / TBA
Crossword / Hudson / Mar-07
Dairantou Smash Bros. X / Nintendo / 2007
Densha de Go! (Working Title) / Taito / TBA
Disaster (Working Title) / Nintendo / Spring 2007
Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Doubutsu no Mori (Working Title) / Nintendo / TBA
Downhill Jam (Working Title) / Activision / TBA
Dragon Ball Z Sparking! NEO / Bandai Namco Games / Jan-07
Dragon Quest Swords / Square Enix / Spring 2007
Excite Truck / Nintendo / Jan-07
Eyeshield 21 (Working Title) / Nintendo / TBA
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearer (Working Title) / Square Enix / TBA
Fire Emblem: Akatsuki no Megami / Nintendo / Feb-07
Fishing Game (Working Title) / ASNetworks / Summer 2007
Forever Blue (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
GT pro series / MTO / TBA
Gun Shooting game (Working Title) / Sega / TBA
Harry Potter (Working Title) / EA / 2007
Heroes / Spike / 2007
Horce Racing Action game (Working Title) / Koei / TBA
Hoshi no Kirby (Working Title) / Nintendo / TBA
Java / Spike / Spring 2007
Jigsaw Puzzle / Hudson / Mar-07
Kawano Nushi-Tsuri Series (Working Title) / Marvelous Interactive / TBA
Mario Party 8 (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Mario Strikers Charged (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Marvel Ultimate Alliance / Interchannel-Holon / TBA
Metroid Prime 3 Corruption (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Mobile Suit Gundam (Working Title) / Bandai Namco Games / TBA
Music simulation game (Working Title) / Konami Digital Entertainment / TBA
New Action Adventure Game 1 (Working Title) / Konami Digital Entertainment / TBA
New Action Adventure Game 2 (Working Title) / Konami Digital Entertainment / TBA
New RPG (Working Title) / Koei / TBA
Noumiso Konekone Puzzle Takoron / Compile Heart / Summer 2007
One Piece: Unlimited Adventure / Bandai Namco Games / TBA
Original Action game (Working Title) / D3 Publisher / 2007
Original Simulation game (Working Title) / Marvelous Interactive / TBA
Pac-Man Carnival (Working Title) / Bandai Namco Games / TBA
Princess Company / Starfish SD / TBA
Project Hammer (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
RPG (Working Title) / Konami Digital Entertainment / TBA
San-X Allstar for Wii (Working Title) / MTO / TBA
Shooting Game (Working Title) / ASNetworks / Summer 2007
Simple series (Working Title) / D3 Publisher / 2007
Soccer Game (Working Title) / Konami Digital Entertainment / TBA
Sonic and the Secret Rings / Sega / 2007
Soothing character action game (Working Title) / MTO / TBA
Sponge Bob (Working Title) / THQ Japan / TBA
SSX (Working Title) / EA / 2007
Super Mario Galaxy / Nintendo / 2007
Super Paper Mario (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Sword Fighting Action game (Working Title) / Interchannel-Holon / TBA
Sword of Legendia (Working Title) / Bandai Namco Games / TBA
The Dog Island (Working Title) / Yukes / 2007
Tiger Woods PGA Tour (Working Title) / EA / 2007
Totsugeki Famicom Wars W (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Wii Music (Working Title) / Nintendo / 2007
Wii Yawaraka Atama Juku (Working Title) / Nintendo / Spring 2007

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126 comments
OldWiseBob
OldWiseBob

101 sounds like a good number to me. Freakin awesome.

mindcry1988
mindcry1988

i'm surprised Mario Party 8 isn't coming out this year. Didn't they have 1 out every christmas.

kunbish
kunbish

lol same goes for me man it's so close im gonna pop i can't wait

DanxNad
DanxNad

"Dairantou Smash Bros. X / Nintendo / 2007" Is that supposed to be SSBB? Well I hope it comes out soon like early 2007.

fred_for_brains
fred_for_brains

Ho ho! The big N returns for one more valiant round, along with it's coragious crew of good games! Lets hope for 2nd place or better!

hgadson
hgadson

i want pokemon battle revolution

dodgyd55
dodgyd55

OMG I CANT WAIT ANY LONGER!!!!! I Think i might put my self in a comma just to pass time, hhhmmmm risky might over shoot it :H

X-7
X-7

Can't wait for RE: UC Already got info on it.

neonevaxp
neonevaxp

It's great the Zelda will be out on launch day, allready for it pre-ordered and paid for, just wish Super Mario Galaxy was out soon, does not seem like it will be out before march from retailers and web searching for a estimated release date -.-

el_polloloco
el_polloloco

raunchy i think the wii is the best thing to happen to nintendo in a long time

walkerctranger
walkerctranger

yeah the wii is actually getting me excited about video games that arent resident evil games or devil may cry for the first time in years, and why is there no blood in a game called RED steel( but still looks awsome any way

firebladedx
firebladedx

I really love the Wii and im gonna be first in line to get one, although I really wish they'd bring out more adult games, i mean wtf is with sponge bob and Dragon Ball Z.

olthof
olthof

Rofl, "Batman-like precision". and man, thats a lot of games, unlike the gamecube... which probarly have 101 total. Nintendo will go a heap better this time around, good on em

Nawras
Nawras

That's a pretty big list.. I'm gonna have to rob a bank for this

Dunan
Dunan

Dustopants: I was just thinking the same thing!

dustopants
dustopants

i'd love to see a Wii version of Virtua Cop, hehe

bxgt
bxgt

o mazing

dashizy666
dashizy666

I taking a a wait a see approach to this system. However, If I do buy the Wii I'm goining to look at reviews. I do love that you can buy NES, SNES, N64 Genesis,and TG 16 as well. It looks intresting but I'm not all about it like i am with the xbox 360 because the 360 rocks. Also im concerned about the graphical capibilities besause it it look alot like a gamecube game only slightly better. Overall if I get another I'll get a Wii only is the games match uo to the hype.

Van_Cleef
Van_Cleef

Where's Katamari Damawii and Time Crisis 4, Namco-Bandai?????

SoraTheExtreme
SoraTheExtreme

I must agree with Valen_Ca... quality before quantity... only because a console has many games does'nt make it a good console... I'd rather have a machine with a few really good games than one with a whole lot of bad or mediocre games. and I don't agree that quality is about graphics, since graphics ain't that important really. It's all about gameplay for me. Oh and GrimBee, "Nintendo has won year in and year out in qualitygames people remember"? Do you mean all these stinking Mariomilking crap like Mario Party, any Mario sportsgame or one of the oh so bad Pokémon games that has nothing to do with traveling around the world catching pkmn's and so on... Nintendo just keeps on milking and fanboys keep on following blindly. When will you all wake up and smell the bull. But for the first time in two generations of consoles thirdpart developers seem to be willing to really give Nintendo a chance. And Wii seems interesting.

mhder
mhder

nintendorocks, Resident evil seems to span Re1-4 playing RE4 style. And a trailer is due at TGS.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

I saw Super Paper Mario for the Wii coming. Animal Crossing and Kirby are always welcome. And Big Brain Academy could do very well on the Wii. Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles....Hmm...sounds good to me. I guess Resident Evil is going back to zombies.

mhder
mhder

Smash Bros is on there. It's in Japanese: Dairantou Smash Bros. Animal Crossing, Resident Evil, Harvest Moon, Brain Training, Fishing Master: heck there's 2 fishing games on there... I want Densha de Go - Driving trains around Japan is gonna be fun.

mhder
mhder

The japanese list has Sengoku Basara series listed as well. I think I saw a couple of other games not listed here. A reasonably impressive line up - here's hoping none get cancelled.

meimnobody
meimnobody

JAWA grimbee is how most release lists have listed it from day one. Nothing is known on the game however. Also most of the games are brand new and unique to the wii. Most PS3 games will be on the xbox 360 and vice versa.

dEaThAwAiTs013
dEaThAwAiTs013

I hope they don't rename Resident Evil in the States...

SolidFear
SolidFear

To many of the same games from the current-gen. I want some original, next-gen games. PS3 for me. Screw the Wii, and I'm done supporting Nintendo.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Wait wait.. whats this?? JAVA?? Well, i guess i will be playing java games then? probably not, but it would be sweet for the wii to have a java system you can put on it, and play java games from your sd card.. And yea i REALLY wanna know what ACTION GAME is haha

GrimBee
GrimBee

"secondly it's quality, not quantity when it comes games" WRONG!! People bought the ps2? why? because it had a higher rate of quality games? Err.. no, the gamecube beats the ps2 on quality games, hands down beats it. The xbox then has the second upper hand over quality games (if its quality youre after.. eat riddik.. eat it! Eat same ps2 games but consisten frame rate.. eat iiiittt! SO, quality does count yes, but for the gaming majority... quantity rules the roost. You see, even though the xbox had a high amount of quality games, as in, games to really remember.. because people didnt buy it because there were more GAMES being released at any one time for the ps2.. gamecube and xbox didnt have a chance. And thus beginneth the death of a console, and the devs move to that console (ala resident evil 4). The xbox 360, will have LOADS of awesome games. The wii, will have equally as many games. But i would never challenge nintendo over a quality test... Nintendo basically have won, year in, year out with quality games that people remember. If sega had a console out this generation, i would expect high quality memorable games from them too. But not so much xbox. The only memorable game out for that right now is DEAD RISING imo. Until fable 2, halo 3, resi 5.. until those come out, we shall see whos got quality over quantity. Quality means, not graphics, not gameplay.. but BOTH. PACMAN in its day had excellent graphics, not the best, but did the job. And basically pacman is a QUALITY GAME. Daytona USA for the ARCADE was a quality game, the saturn version was a CRAPPY game. You can see what im getting at right? Even though the quality is better than quantity.. because of the quantity that is where the quality will exist. haha i sound like the press event.. "we have a wii and then you creat a mii to put in your wii remote from your wii, then you transport the mii from the wii to the other wii in your friends house. Then everyone can have their mii's on any wii" LOL :P

NextGenAdam
NextGenAdam

While Sony keep us on a drip feed of information, Nintendo has the habit of bombarding the reader with obscene amounts of news before returning to their infamous silence, Oh Nintendo...

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Chris Isaak! W00t! Anyhow, some info about Super Paper Mario would be nice, considering that the game is supposed to be out in a month.

Enrak16
Enrak16

Wow, what a list and it´s just the begining

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

jj4 Xbox 360 has over 300 games already in the making Bow down Nintendo The Xbox 360 has also been out for almost a year, secondly it's quality, not quantity when it comes games.

slyfoxmccloud
slyfoxmccloud

jj4 do think that is becuase they came out this time last year......duh but Wii have more games on launch so Wii own and you can kiss the ring

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

hopefully one of the 3 major systems lowers their price by christmas so i can buy it.