Wii Release Schedule – take your time, Nintendo

A lot has been said about the lack of top-quality Wii games and seemingly endless delays of Nintendo’s first party titles. Metroid Prime 3 was originally slated for release alongside the console back in November. Three months later and we still don’t know when we’ll see it, Smash Bros., or Mario Galaxy. And that’s just fine with me.

If every one of Nintendo’s major characters had a new game released by the end of this year, there would be such a tremendous amount of software rushed to market that it would hurt sales. A lot of them will end up being purchased at Players Choice prices, which for me is nice but is poor planning for Nintendo.

As of now, I own six titles for Wii. Every new game I get means less time playing the older ones. I still need to finish Zelda, go Pro on every event on Wii Sports, finish Rayman, complete the Z series on Trauma Center, and get platinum medals in each game on Wii Play (I destroyed WarioWare in the first two days I owned it). Elebits, Excite Truck, Red Steel, and Sonic are all still waiting for me at a store somewhere. I don’t need to have Pikmin 3, Animal Crossing, Nintendogs, Big Brain Academy, and Kirby staring at me from across the room as I play through Super Paper Mario.

So Nintendo should take it’s time. If Mario Galaxy comes out in 2008, I won’t complain. I already have plenty to keep me busy this year.