It is just a matter to share with you guys about Nintendo's current situation in general and the Wii specifically. As you can see, there is no doubt that the company is not planning to release a new HD hardware any time soon due to the huge success gained from both the Wii and DS. So naturally, I expect a longer life for Wii, because the GameCube's life was almost 4 years and I don't think Nintendo won't support their money-printing console. The year 2007 was arguably a Nintendo year due to strong first party games, but no one can deny that 2008 was so weak and I spent most of the time playing lower quality products from third party companies as well as virtual console games. I never complained I don't have games (I have PS2 and DS), but I bought the Wii specifically for Nintendo games. Also in 2009, some of the good games were released like Wii Sports Resort, Punch-Out and Excite Bots in addition to few third party support, but what about the deep and addictive adventures from Nintendo? Mario Galaxy 2 , a new Zelda and Metroid: Other M are to be released in the upcoming year, but what other things the company and its close partners developing for the console?! It has been a long time since we heard something from Retro Studios, Intelligent Systems, HAL, Nintendo Tokyo and Nintendo Kyoto itself. Here are some expectations:
Does anyone remember Miyamoto when he said he wants to re-create the Zelda experience? Also, in one of the interviews he said they wanted to develop a first-person Zelda! Now to think about it, the American developer has not shown us any project during the past years, which may indicate that they're working on a new Zelda and it might be released in the US even before Japan, because basically Retro has the experience to develop a first-person game. Also, chances that the new first-person Zelda will support the Wii motion plus.
There is a chance that they're making a totally new game or as usual a new Paper Mario, or Fire Emblem on the Wii.
I do not think the cancelled Kirby game for GameCube is totally cancelled, so I expect this one to be re-appeared soon.
The division responsible for Mario Galaxy is probably not only developing the sequel, but entirely new Donkey Kong adventure too and I really have high expectations for the game since they announced it in 2005. Galaxy2 maybe during the final stages and I expect it to be released as soon as Q1 2010.
This one is really hard to predict, but I still believe they are working on Kid Icarus, a new Pikimin and Zelda Spirit Tracks for the DS. As you know, Miyamoto said that both Mario and Zelda team are united to make new IPs as well as revival of at least 2 old games. Now to think about it, they already revived Punch Out but what about the other game?? Kid Icarus? Maybe :D However, I would love to see new things from the big N. They truly never disappointed me in games but delays. I'm sure they want to surprise us with things and true fans (like me :lol:) know what quality Nintendo can produce. So all I can say is to wait and see, but patience is killing us and the release of games like Wii Fit makes some people think that the company abandoned their fans.
Again, just few things to share and it is up to you to comment.