Release Date: Early 2009
Developer: Studio Pixel, Nicalis
While Cave Story has been available for free as a PC title since 2004, many who've played through it -- or heard the rave recommendations of people who've played through the charming game -- think highly enough of it not to mind paying for a WiiWare version.
Nicalis' port improves on the acclaimed 2D Metroidvania title with additional save slots, new character designs, enhanced graphics and music (users can also choose to play the game with the original visuals and soundtrack), and more.
Release Date: Spring
Developer: High Voltage Software
With the exception of Metroid 3 and maybe Red Steel, few Wii games have delivered a compelling first-person shooter experience. High Voltage, using its Quantum3 engine, seeks to fill that void and offer a full-featured, graphically impressive FPS comparable to a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 shooter.
Along with its single-player campaign, the title will feature online multiplayer for up to 16 players, promising voice chat via the Wii Speak accessory and at least three game modes -- Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture The Flag. The Conduit will also use the Wii MotionPlus attachment for capturing player gestures more accurately.
Release Date: February
Developer: Rainbow Studios
In Deadly Creatures, players take on the unfamiliar roles of a scorpion and a trantula, both with completely different play styles, as they crawl around in the desert fighting a number of bugs and even reptile bosses, like a rattle snake and a Gila monster.
Actors Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton voice two of the villainous humans in this game, their storyline running parallel with the scorpion and tarantula's as they search for buried gold from the American Civil War.
Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Release Date: No date announced for U.S. (Already available in Japan)
Developer: Tecmo, Grasshopper Manufacture
Renowned designer Goichi "Suda51" Suda (No More Heroes) joins series director Shibata Makoto to co-direct this latest entry to Tecmo's survival horror franchise, Fatal Frame's first appearance on a Nintendo console.
As with previous installments, players unravel the mystery behind a past tragedy by exploring haunted areas and fighting off hostile spirits with an antique soul-capturing camera, except they will aim their shots with a Wii Remote instead of a directional pad this time around.
Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Release Date: No date announced for U.S. (January 22nd in Japan)
Developer: Namco, tri-Crescendo
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which almost the entire population has vanished, Fragile follows a boy named Seto as he searches for survivors in abandoned cities. Ghosts and demons make up the enemies in this RPG, attacking the exploring hero.
Several tools controlled with Wii Remote gestures will help Seto in his efforts, such as a flashlight, a metal detector, and a device that picks up sounds and plays them through the controller's speaker.