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127 Nintendo Games for '08

See what you should be keeping an eye on in 2008

NGamer has picked out its hottest games of 2008. Over the coming days, we're going to highlight the 127 games that will make your Nintendo consoles shine. Here's the first 20.

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1) Mario Kart Wii (Q2 - April/June)

Nintendo never make the same Mario Kart twice, so we just know Ninty are still sitting on all the really good stuff.

We've seen bikes, mid-air spins and the familiar sight of plumbers and turtles thundering through the cascading Yoshi falls.

But what can it all mean? Will the aerial spins rely on SSX Blur-style wrist contort-ation? For our money (all £3.50 of it), it's got to be at least in part speed boost-related, because the thought of trying to 'snake' around tracks with the Wii controller has our aging arthritic joints creaking in fear.

As for the bikes, these wibbly-wobbly menaces must surely be the physical manifestation of the multiple control systems touted by our man Reggie.

The reappearance of golden oldie tracks shouldn't prove a concern - historically, old MK content doesn't come at the expense of new content, and we'd be blue shell on the final straight surprised if there wasn't a glorious Mario Galaxy-themed finale.

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2) Samba De Amigo (Summer)

The Dreamcast was already getting throttled by the PS2's tentacles when Samba De Amigo flew out of the Sega nest in December 2000, but hopefully now it'll get the audience it deserves, on a console with two shaky-shaky controllers that can mimic the maraca. Ole!

That Sega have delegated developmental duties to Gearbox suggests it'll be fairly true to the original (as when they're not working on Brothers In Arms titles, Gearbox earn a crust by porting titles), albeit with an updated track list which we're sure will include the Mario theme at some point.

Downloadable extra songs were available even 'back in the day' on DC, so hopefully we'll get them, too.

If the remote and nunchuk work half as well as the original's mat and maracas, we're convinced that Sega's return to the Copa Cabassa will give you the shakes.

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3) Sega Superstars Tennis (March)

So, we've got Sonic, AiAi the ball-monkey, Ulala of Space Channel 5, and Mr Grinny McGrinnington up there.

But who else are Sega going to pluck from their (let's be honest) pancake-thin batch of characters? You just know NiGHTS is going to roll up, and there's a shout for the likes of Toejam & Earl (possible), Flicky (why not?) and Alex Kidd (over Sega's dead bodies).

Whoever makes the cut, we're guaranteed a range of courts in settings more colourful than a docker's vocabulary.

Sumo Digital were responsible for the well received console versions of Virtua Tennis 3, you might recall, and this uses a modified version of VT's engine.

But Sumo haven't just scrawled over Tim Henman with their blue pen; it's very much its own game, packed with neat little touches (such as smashable TVs in Sonic's stage which combust to reveal unlockable extras).

We'd trust Sumo with our first-born children, so we've every confidence this will be a cracker.

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4) Wii Music (2008)

This one's undergone more image changes than Madonna's pet chameleon, but it looks like this rhythm game collection's finally going to blend in with the likes of Guitar Hero.

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