While the announcement of a third version of the ever-popular DS Lite is still on our minds, let's not forget the other announcement of games that have been swept under the news radar. Let's review, shall we?
Punchout!! (Wii, tentative release date: Winter 2008 or later)
A game that has, no doubt, been on the minds of players since the Wii was released, Punchout will finally see a Wii installment later this year. All I can say is, bone up on those Wii Boxing/Wii Fit workouts, cuz you're gonna need them to really take down the likes of King Hippo and Bald Bull.
Sin and Punishment 2 (Wii, tentative release date: Winter 2008 or later)
The first installment of this rail shooter never saw the light of day in the US until not too long ago on the Virtual Console, to which it has received much belated praise. And to see a game like this suddenly get a sequel is quite a feat of fans and gaming. I guess those cameos in Super Smash Bros Brawl weren't just for show, eh?
Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii, release date: November 16)
The one game that my wife is looking fowards to, Animal Crossing for the Wii is one of the last few titles that are highly anticipated for the Wii, and this installment will not disappoint. The introduction of Wii Speak, venturing away from the town to the city, DS uploads from Animal Crossing: Wide World to the Wii version, online interactivity? Next to Pokemon, Animal Crossing will be a hit upon release.
Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (DS, tentative release date: 2009)
What does Nintendo do to these games that make them so damn addicting?? I've played through the first two games with such a vigor and passion that I'm just absolutely excited for the third installment. And now that there's no GBA slot on the new DS, you guys better play the first game while you still can.
Rhythm Heaven (Rhythm Tengoku Gold, DS, tentative release date: 2009)
Until recently, I haven't played either the GBA or DS game and was not aware of how purely awesome this music game was. After several dance-pad iterations and guitar and rock-band controls, it's nice to buckle down to something much more simpler and way more amusing.