After a weak 2008 showing, and an average 2009 (with highlights) showing, Nintendo has apparently lost their minds and provided a software lineup that has the potential to crush everything out there.

Since the Wii took off, we’ve seen a handful of mini-game compilations, tech demos meant to push hardware accessories, and the bone thrown here and there to the old fans. I’m not going to shield that I’ve had a love/hate affair with Nintendo of late (especially after my multiple Wii debacle this year), but after seeing their 2010/2011 lineup….

I’d have to have a heart of stone not to fall in love with both the Wii’s and 3DS lineup.

This title has sold me on a 3DS. Day 1:

I’m not going to lie: I teared up with retro-nostalgia glee. There’s also talk of updating classic Nintendo 64 games, like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, plus, a new Nintendogs game (please, cairn terriers this time), which was the only other virtual pet sim I’ve genuinely liked outside of Seaman. That’s nothing to say of a new 3DS Resident Evil or Metal Gear.

And then Nintendo had to just go crazy with my weaknesses: Franchise revival mixed with retro 2D gameplay:

Nintendo could make the rest of their games 2D, and I could care less. Actually, I’d fully support it.

In the category of “Old news is GREAT news”:

Third-parties are also stepping up their game with some genuinely solid Wii exclusives:

I… have a feeling Goldeneye‘s retro N64 look was more than a little intentional.

If Nintendo’s 2010 E3 doesn’t silence the “Wii has no game” comment, then people are just grasping at straws at this point. Nintendo wasn’t even this “hardcore” during the Nintendo 64 or Gamecube days.

Which got me thinking: Nintendo’s been going on and on about keeping it simple and going back to basics. The Wii has one of the highest User ownership rates out there. I can’t help but wonder if they’ve spent all of the previous years just luring in gamers: Old, new, relapsed, male, female, kids, adults…. And then when they got to a certain point, it’s time to reward the people who stood by them, and bring a software line-up that eclipses anything they’ve done in years, exposing this user base to all new experiences, now with all new fans.

Of course, they could have spaced it out a little more evenly. I’m going into brainmelt mode looking at this line-up. That’s not even mentioning Telltale Games doing new Jurassic Park and Back to the Future games on WiiWare.

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