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19 Reasons to Buy a Wii: #17

The Nintendo Wii is about to launch on November 19, 2006. Between now and then, Game Freaks 365 is going to list 19 reasons each day for why you should buy a Wii.

#17 Superior third-party support – The GameCube wasn’t all that well known for its third party support. Neither was the Nintendo 64. Ever since Sony brought out the PlayStation, Nintendo has been playing second or third fiddle to Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo is notorious for putting their first-party lineup before third parties. They tried to change that with the GCN when they announced that Capcom would release games exclusively on the system, such as Viewtiful Joe, P.N. 03, Killer 7 and Resident Evil 4. Except for P.N. 03, all of those games made their way to the PS2 eventually.

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The Nintendo DS launched with the weight of strong third-party support for a Nintendo system and only Super Mario 64 DS as a first-party title, but the launch was highly mediocre. Wii’s trying to change that with it’s estimated 30 or so games by the end of the year, a bulk of which are third party. Major publishers Ubisoft, Activision and THQ are all putting their chips into the pile with games like Red Steel, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Call of Duty 3, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, SpongeBob and Cars. Untraditional support comes from Konami, who is putting out Elebits and Atlus is releasing Trauma Center: Second Opinion.