Could this be the end of the so-called Wii drought?

According to a Bloomberg report, President Satoru Iwata revealed today that Nintendo is currently developing 45 new Wii titles (as well as 79 Nintendo DS games!) that will start shipping in the summer of this year. And doth mine eyes deceive me? It looks like it will all be first-party stuff. Could this really be true? If so, wow.

Personally, I have not really cared that Nintendo and Sony have been trickling out the new releases in the last few months; using the word “drought” never seemed right. Granted, I am pretty behind in playing some games and welcome a little catch-up time, but the Wii and the PlayStation 3 are newly released systems. It took the Nintendo DS about six months to really ramp up and find its groove, and look where that system is now.

Regardless, this is exciting news for Nintendo fans. While the end of 2007 already looked sufficiently covered (Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, etc.), having this many games in development predicts a bright 2008 as well. Not only that, for the love of the Lord, what could these games be? There have to be some new IPs in that huge pool, right? The anticipation alone is killing me.

What do you think? Good news? Or are you holding back an opinion until you start seeing something more tangible?

[Thanks, Adam!]

Chad Concelmo