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Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About the Wii, Don't Worry

Posted by Trevor Chan

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Gamers might be forgiven to assume the DS is reaching the end of its lifespan since the 3DS is almost available worldwide, but perhaps we should be a bit more optimistic about the Wii?

In terms of titles that are developed or published by Nintendo, things are looking rather quiet for this coming year; with Europe finally getting Kirby's Epic Yarn last month, and Mario Sports Mix serving up some multiplayer fun, 2011 seems to have got off to a relatively low-key start. There are some Wii titles that seem to have slipped off the radar, and the next big release that gamers know for sure won't get canceled is probably The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is due sometime this year.

Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-Aime wants to assure us that everything is fine though. According to Fils-Aime, the reason why we haven't seen much of upcoming Wii titles is because the company doesn't want to put too much on its plate too quickly. Speaking to IGN, the stateside boss explained:

We have had to effectively prepare for the launch of 3DS as well as effectively prepare for the launch of Pokémon Black and White... Candidly, we've pushed out some Wii launches so we can focus on our handheld business. We're already juggling two big balls [3DS and Pokémon]. To add a third would be a little bit challenging. Or a fourth or a fifth.

Regarding what gamers can expect to see more of this year, Fils-Aime spoke about the pace at which titles will be revealed and elaborated on:

We're waiting to space things out and let Pokémon Black and White and 3DS live and breathe out there. But there's content coming and we'll be sharing more in the weeks ahead. We'll be bringing some content out before E3 and then certainly at E3 we'll be sharing some news.

Hopefully, that means we'll get to hear/see more of that mysterious title that's currently known as Pandora's Tower. Although any information on the new Kirby platformer, Pikmin 3, Rhythm Heaven, or even the announcement that Japanese titles like Last Story or Xenoblade will be localised will also be welcomed with open arms. As will other brand new titles, of course!


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pixelman said:

Hopefully we'll get The Last Story this year. Plus there's a new traditional Kirby game coming out, and of course Skyward Sword. I imagine Mario will be returning in some form again too.
Mario Tennis with MotionPlus plz

E3 will be interesting this year.



Yosher said:

I don't mind a little break, to be honest. I still want to get many retro games as well (original, preferably not on VC), so that gives me a chance to do so. Still, hopefully we'll get an announcement of some more nice games soon!



LoopyLuigi said:

really, the only franchises Nintendo has left out for a while are F-Zero and Starfox. I'm really hyped about (hopefully) the reveal for Dragon Quest X at E3. As for my crazy fan-boy-never-gonna-happen game, I want to see Final Fantasy VI on 3DS! **fingers crossed really tight**



bboy2970 said:

I don't know why people think the Wii is fading this year. I mean this year will see Skyward Sword for sure. Very likely this year we'll also see that new Kirby game, Rhythm Heaven, Pikmin 3, and possibly Xenoblade and or Last Story. Plus a couple third party things. PLUS I would bet they probably have at least a few surprise game reveals lined up for E3. Remember when 2010 looked bleak then E3 came along and it was suddenly arguably the Wii's best year? I won't count the Wii out this year until over half the games mentioned above get canned and E3 brings nothing new. Reggie says there is more coming and I believe him. He may be president of the company but he isn't gonna straight up lie about something like that!



TKOWL said:

What Nintendo should REALLY focus on is WiiWare and Virtual Console, the things that need the most support.



rwq said:

give us a console that doesn't look like crap on a modern tv. Current graphics are fine just get us hdmi. Please?



citizenerased said:

"Remember when 2010 looked bleak then E3 came along"

Nope. No More Heroes 2, Capcom vs Tatsunoko, Sin & Punishment 2, Red Steel 2, Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean 2, Fragile Dreams and Super Mario Galaxy 2 by the time E3 kicked around were enough, strangely enough. In fact everyone was incredibly hyped for 2010. They just weren't sure about the second half. This year we've had... er...

As for the games you've talked about, literally the only one confirmed is Skyward Sword. The rest are just guesses.



AlexSays said:

What Nintendo should REALLY focus on is WiiWare and Virtual Console, the things that need the most support.

The things that make the least money need the most support? If I ever have a business, you're not running it. lol

Mario Tennis with MotionPlus plz

You got your Mario Tennis. Remember when I told everyone that having that game would be a bad thing?

Yeah.. you're not getting two tennis games, they released that one while Motion Plus was right around the corner for a reason. Have fun with your waggle NPC tennis.

I don't know why people think the Wii is fading this year.

Because they've already released most of their biggest games this gen? The next, and perhaps only, huge release is going to be Zelda. There's not a sign of having any more landmark games or system sellers at the moment, and third party games are looking bleak as usual.



Nintendo-is-my-love said:

well i think the wii needs more nintendo published games which will make the wii look alot more lively instead of all these disney games coming out more and more often. Yet i do understand ofcourse right now they just need to focus on the 3ds on its realise nto the world so its obvious they were going to have to forget about the wii for a while but thats fine it hasnt died hehe



NintyMan said:

It won't be forgotten with Skyward Sword and Kirby Wii coming around the corner. I keep saying it, but E3 might reveal even more big games that have yet to see the public spotlight.



Gameday said:

the wii should never get fogotten about they need to keep em coming reguardless of a new system. the wii has online not saying that it couldnt be inproved but that only leaves the system with some hidden treasures



Token_Girl said:

I think we'll be seeing it's successor soon enough. Can't say I mind the much to catch up on!



Azikira said:

I would gladly buy The Last Story over Legend of Zelda, or pretty much any game announced this year for Wii, so here's praying Nintendo will localise it to America



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

F Zero Wii please. You've given us our other beloved franchises in some shape or form, now give us a massive online F Zero!

That, and show us some Pikmin 3.



PSICOffee said:

Every E3 I hope Reggie will mention something about Mother 3, Earthbound, or the entire series being localized in general in the West. It probably won't happen, but I still like to hope.

Also thanks to last years best Nintendo E3 of recent years, the only franchises I still hope to hear from that haven't been mentioned on the Wii or anything is a new Star Fox, F-Zero, and Pikmin (which is confirmed but never seen). Anything is welcome of course.



WaveBoy said:

I'm dieing for a Punch-Out!! 2 But aside from Skyward Sword. I'm realllllllly looking forward to Pikmin 3 and Miyamoto's long awaited and rumered 'new' IP. The new Kirby looks pretty awesome as well, along with Rythem Heaven.



WiiLovePeace said:

Yeah E3 is going to be another awesome one this year for Wii, if they try to repeat the awesomeness of last years E3, heh, just seemed like yesterday... AND I simply cannot wait for LoZ: Skyward Sword!!!



Crunc said:

@rwq - HDMI isn't going to make the Wii look any better then it does with a component video cable. Now if you don't have a component input, that's a problem. Otherwise, just get a component cable. has good, cheap one.



JimLad said:

Seriously though one thing I hope to see from Nint before the Wii is done is a second New Super Mario Bros.

OR an expansion for Brawl containing an online mode that WORKS. That would silence about 50% of the voices straight away.



bboy2970 said:

@AlexSays: Yes, Zelda is surely the biggest game coming to the Wii this year and perhaps the last "epic" release for the system. Things like Rhythm Heaven, new Kirby game, Pikmin 3, Xenoblade, Pandora's Tower, and Last Story may not be system sellers because of their relative obscurity when compared to Zelda or Mario but they are sure as hell powerful enough to keep the system going if only for the people who already own it. Plus I'm almost certain something big is gonna come out of E3. Also, Pikmin 3 might just be the absolute biggest release for the Wii for me (More so than Zelda, Mario, Metroid, etc...) and probably for some others so don't count the Wii out yet.



EdEN said:

You know what you can do Nintendo? Release Disaster: Day of Crisis and Fatal Frame 4 over here since they're already fully translated and that way you can say "hey, we ARE launching new and exciting Wii games!". Print 300k copies of each game, include a soundtrack and artbook, charge us $40-50, call it a CE and we're all happy!



1080ike said:

I'm pretty much convinced this year's gonna be the Wii's swansong, and that they're going to reveal its sucessor in 2012. So, by that logic, 2011 and 2012 will most likely have some of the best releases for the Wii yet, however, most people will pass them by because of the new console right around the corner, and these brilliant games will fade either into obscurity or cult classic status, so that Nintendo will not be convinced to make a sequel. With a few exceptions, of course. Skyward Sword and Pikmin 3 being the most likely examples.



GamerZack87 said:

Titles I'd like to see on the Wii:

-A new F-Zero game
-The supposed 'true' ending to Star Fox Command
-Something with Mario in it
-No, I mean something else with Mario in it!
-Mario Party 3

Anything else is just extra topping on an otherwise delicious frozen dessert. : d



rjejr said:

I'ld completely give up on the Wii except last years E3 did have a couple of surprises in Kirby and DK and Epic Mickey is good. So, maybe this years E3 will have some surprises as well. They need to.

As for Nintendo juggling balls - in a week they'll be selling 4 iterations of the DS - lite, i, iXL and 3 - yet they coudln't come up with a WiiHD Pro Elite or Slim or something, with HDMI and more memory and a NIC and optical out? How many devices hooked up to TVs don't have Netflix in HD? They could cut a deal with them or Google or Amazon Prime and treat it as a media hub. WiiHub? WiiTV?

By this point Zelda isn't going to sell a lot of Wiis b/c anybody who wants a Wii has 1 by now. If they really want to make money, announce WiiHD, make Zelda HD, boom, immediate console sales.



Capt_N said:

Like Token Girl, I'm pretty sure the Wii's successor will be here soon enough. My guess is probably in the next 2 years, we will @ (the very) least hear of the console.

I know I'm gonna sound like a record, but I have a feeling Skyward Sword is gonna be the Wii last big hurrah.

I have already sold off my copy of Brawl on eBay, while I could @ least get 1/2 of the price of a new copy. Besides, after all the complaining about the game, I think most ppl kept it for it's online, &/or Wii homebrew exploit. Once the next system comes out, why would Nintendo choose to back-support Wii's online, when they stand to make more money out of making newer next-console-specific iterations of their franchises? Should they not, Brawl, & other online-centric games lose their monetary value.

Edit: Besides, my online for the game wasn't generally ever even decent, for the majority of the time I had ownership of the game, & played online.



thesignpainter said:

pikmin*! last story*! skyward sword! pokemon*! kirby*! pandoras tower with any luck! how come your heads haven't EXPLODED yet? my did.

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