It has been a difficult summer for new releases on the Wii. Its premium titles were a physics tech demo that simulated falling blocks and a retro-roguelike staring a flightless bird. Add this to the fact that this is the first Christmas that Nintendo isn't delivering a new entry in one of its revered, long-established franchises--No Twilight Princess or Mario Galaxy--and it may seem like Wii gamers will have to postpone their dreams of software salvation until the debut of promising third party titles, particularly MadWorld and The Conduit, in the early months of next year.
But there's a potential period of relief between a summer that has been more dry than hot and a holiday season of uncertain gifts. What's more, this period is days, not months, away. September, also known as "next month," may very well be the Wii's most promising month yet with no fewer than eight titles that have a very real chance of earning both critical praise and commercial success. And not one of them is a mini-game collection.
Included is a list of these titles, along with an analysis of why they have the potential to be great, how they could fall short of that potential, and a (probably unreliable) prediction of whether they are fated for success or failure.