Nintendo Conference: New games rundown / Wii

Nintendo announced a ton of games at their Japanese conference today, here are some of the highlights.

Punch Out – The Wii version of Punch Out looks to be a revamped version of the NES original. It’s also probably safe to say that its title, along with Nintendo’s backing, will cause it to become a worthy contender to EA’s Facebreaker, which will arrive on the Wii in just over a month. Mike Tyson remains unconfirmed.

Sin & Punishment 2 – Younger gamers are probably lost on the excitement of this announcement, but it remains a bombshell none-the-less. N64 owners intrepid enough to import the original Sin & Punishment were treated to one of the system’s finest games, not to mention a gorgeous art style that pushed the N64 to its limit. If you’ve never had a S&P experience, we highly recommend downloading the localized version via the Wii Virtual Console.

Sengoku Musou 3 (Samurai Warriors 3) – A series that is largely lost on Western audiences, but remains relevant in the gaming landscape regardless. This one was clearly a focal point due to the fact the the conference itself was held in Japan.

Another Code (Trace Memory in the US)Trace Memory remains one of the best reasons to own a Nintendo DS, and as such it is increasingly hard to find a reasonably-priced copy of the game. It was a little-known classic that became a cult phenomenon among many early DS adopters. Being released nearly 3 years ago, it’s difficult to hunt down the game in stores and you’ll pay a premium if you manage to find one online. Not much is known about the newly announced title for the Wii, but whether it is an entirely knew adventure or merely a port of the excellent handheld version, gamers should be excited.

Monster Hunter 3 – The Monster Hunter franchise is often cited for being the main reason the PSP is as big of a success as it is in Japan. The announcement of the 3rd installment of the series making its way to the Wii is a sign that the name alone is a license to print money. It will be interesting to see the Western response to this announcement, or if they even know that they should care.

New “Tales Of” title – Not much to say on this one other than it’s a really popular series being released for a really, really popular system. Soon, Nintendo may be more wealthy than Japan itself.

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