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  • Via Gamasutra, an interview in USA Today with Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime confirms that the Wii's online component will be free to play. The outspoken Nintendo advocate says "We will offer online-enabled games that the consumers will not have to pay a subscription fee for. They'll be able to enjoy that right out of the box. The Wii console is going to be Wi-Fi enabled, so essentially, you'll be able to plug it in and go. It won't have hidden fees or costs."
    With the Wii launch hiding somewhere in the next 3 months, we can't help but to brim with excitement while thinking about what we'll be playing on Wii-day (which is our favorite term for the day the Wii launches). If your worried about the Wii suffering from the lackluster launch day the DS did, you can put all those fears to rest.
    We went back to count just how many games had been confirmed for the Wii so far, and were wonderfully surprised to find 27 confirmed launch titles coming to the Wii. Can you say 'biggest game console launch in history'? This isn't a little collection of obscure third-party games nor two-thirds of sports titles either, we're talking a list with some serious big-hitters. Metroid Prime 3, Zelda, and Red Steel top a list of widely diverse and interesting titles.

    Some quick comparisons. The Xbox 360 launched last year with 18 games in the US, although only a handfull were exclusive, and 11 of them were sports games. The Wii counters with it's games spanning numerous genres (maybe even inventing some new ones) and over 20 exclusive titles. The PS3 is currently sitting at 15 confirmed games on it's November 17th launch day. Of course, this is expected to increase in the next few months. That said, the current Wii launch list (which you can see below) is far from final, and we wouldn't say it's a stretch to expect to see at least 30 games on launch day. If that doesn't get you excited about the Wii, you have no soul.

    Title Publisher
    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
    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
    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

    One last note of interest. Worried about that post-launch drought? Well, if we don't see 'em at launch, remember Super Mario Galaxy, WarioWare, Fire Emblem, Prince of Persia, Sonic, and of course Super Smash Bros. Brawl aren't very far behind.
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