Wii Launch Lineup Release List

Wii's official release date in North America is tomorrow, but for those of you planning on picking one up at midnight, here's what should be available alongside the system, along with a few titles that aren't quite making launch but will be on shelves within three days. About two thirds of the calendar 2006 games are making it out this week; expect a dozen more or so by the end of the year. A few titles previously expected to ship at launch, such as Elebits, Metal Slug Anthology, Super Swing Golf, and some others are now going to be here late this month or early next.

It's looking like this system should be fairly easy to come by as far as launch systems go, with Nintendo sending out enormous quantities. It should be a little more low key than the events surrounding PS3's launch yesterday.

Based on what I've been playing, I would recommend considering Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz and Trauma Center: Second Opinion, both exclusives which haven't really been getting the attention they should be. I still haven't gotten my hands on Rayman, but I'm really looking forward to it. Wii Sports is a lot of fun, but if you pick up a system, you're getting that whether you want it or not. Zelda, of course, is a given.

Edit: Though it was previously stated to be coming in the weeks following launch, EA just announced that EA Black Box/EA Canada's Need for Speed Carbon will also be available on launch day.

Wii Launch Titles

Avatar: The Last Airbender (THQ Australia | Wii; also PS2, Xbox, GCN, NDS, PSP, GBA, PC in Oct. '06)
Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch | Wii, also PS2, Xbox, PS3, X360 this month)
Cars (Rainbow Studios/Incinerator Games | Wii; also PS2, Xbox, GCN, NDS, PSP, GBA, PC in Jun. '06; X360 this month)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (Spike | Wii; also PS2 this month)
Excite Truck (Monster Games | Wii)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Midway | Wii; also PS2, GCN in Sep. '06; GBA in Oct. '06)
GT Pro Series (MTO | Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nitendo | Wii, also GCN in Dec. '06)
Madden 07 (EA Tiburon/EA Canada | Wii; also PS2, Xbox, GCN, X360, NDS, PSP, GBA, PC in Aug. '06; PS3 this month)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Vicarious Visions/Raven | Wii; also PS2, Xbox, X360, PSP, GBA, PC in Oct. '06; PS3 this month)
Monster 4x4: World Circuit (Ubisoft | Wii; also Xbox in Mar. '06)
Need for Speed Carbon (EA Canada/EA Black Box | Wii; also PS2, Xbox, GCN, X360, PC in Oct. '06; PS3 this month)
Rapala Tournament Fishing (Activision | Wednesday | Wii)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft Montpellier | Wii; also GBA this week; PS2 in Dec. '06; X360, PC in Mar. '07)
Red Steel (Ubisoft Paris | Wii)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab (Blitz Games | Wii; also PS2, GCN, NDS, GBA in Oct. '06; PC TBA)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Sega | Wii)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (Toys for Bob | Wii; also NDS in Oct. '06)
Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Atlus | Wii)
Wii Sports (Nintendo | Wii)
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions (Left Field | Wednesday | Wii; also PS2, X360, PSP in Sep. 06; PC in Oct. '06)