According to online reports, Nintendo of Japan has revealed its line-up of first party releases for 2007 on the Wii, with the majority of the company’s currently announced titles all still scheduled for this year, including Super Mario Galaxy
, Super Smash Bros. Brawl
and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
The Japanese documents were first obtained by consumer website IGN
and although only one title is given a specific release date, the rest are all specified as 2007 releases, with some, such as Animal Crossing Wii
, listed as “TBA”. The full 2007 line-up is as follows:
Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race
(aka DK Bongo Blast
) – June 28th, 2007
Wii Health Pack
Disaster: Day of Crisis
Mario Party 8
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Battalion Wars II
Mario Strikers Charged
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Mario & Sonic at the Olympics
The only titles confirmed for release so far in the West this year are Mario Party 8
, Mario Strikers Charged
and Mario & Sonic at the Olympics
, although many of the others have been implied to be 2007 releases.
The list will come as some comfort to observers worried at the lack of new first party releases so far this year – as the format endures the usual post-launch lull common to every new console.
Although the list is specifically for Japan only, few of the titles are likely to require extensive localization. Indeed, the Metroid
series’ relatively unpopularity in Japan, compared to its large following in the West, is likely to see it released in North America first.
If the equally eagerly awaited Super Mario Galaxy
and Super Smash Bros. Brawl
are also released this Christmas, then it will provide Nintendo with one of its strongest winter line-ups for many years.