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Which game are you looking forward to the most?

Fallout 4
Super Mario Maker
Halo 5: Guardians
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Star Wars: Battlefront

 Written by John Scalzo  on October 20, 2006

Special: I got your MEGATON right here

PlayStation 3 (46)

Unreleased (39)
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War
Coded Arms: Assault
DC Universe
Devil May Cry 4
Driver 5
Eight Days
Fatal Inertia
Fifth Phantom Saga
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Fomula One 06
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Genji: Days of the Blade
Gran Turismo HD
Heavenly Sword
Hot Shots Golf 5
Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier
L.A. Noire
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
Monster Kingdom: Unknown Realms
NBA 07
Ratchet & Clank Next-Gen
Resistance: Fall of Man
Ridge Racer 7
Tekken 6
The Eye of Judgement
The Getaway 3
Unreal Tournament 2007
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
Virtua Fighter 5

Non-US (7)
Angel Rings (Japan)
Eyedentify (Japan)
Mahjong Fight Club (Japan)
My Summer Vacation (Japan)
Railfan (Japan)
Sega Golf Club (Japan)
White Knight Story (Japan)

Wii (53)

Unreleased (35)
BWii: Battalion Wars 2
Big Brain Academy
Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting
Bust-A-Move Revolution
Disaster: Day of Crisis
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
Excite Truck
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers
Fire Emblem
GT Pro Series
Mario Strikers Charged
Metal Slug Anthology
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Monster 4x4 World Circuit
Pokemon Battle Revolution
Prince of Persia Wii
Project H.A.M.M.E.R.
Red Steel
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Sonic and the Secret Rings
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Mario Galaxy
Rapala Tournament Fishing
Rapala Trophies
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
Tramua Center: Second Opinion
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
Wii Music
Wii Sports

Non-US (18)
Bleach (Japan)
Cooking Mama (Japan)
Crayon Shin-Chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King (Japan)
Dragon Ball Z Sparking NEO (Japan)
Ennichi no Tatsujin (Japan)
Final Furlong (Japan)
Forever Blue (Japan)
Heroes (Japan)
Kororinpa (Japan)
Mobile Suit Gundam Revolution (Japan)
Naruto (Japan)
One Piece Unlimited Adventure (Japan)
Samurai Warriors Wave (Japan)
Super Swing Golf (Japan)
Tamagotchi's Sparkling President (Japan)
Wii Motor Sports Airplane (Japan)
Wii Play (Japan)
Wing Island (Japan)

As you can see, the three lists are further subdivided into Released, Unreleased, and Non-US games. Among unreleased games the three consoles are pretty close, with the Xbox 360 leading with 43, followed closely by the PS3 (39) and the Wii (35). It was the 360's one year head start that has really filled its exclusive pile (with 25 titles), as no doubt many of its exclusives would have gone multiplatform if there were more than one next-gen system available at the time.

The 360 has made its mark thanks to Microsoft's PC/Xbox 360 initiative. By making PC to Xbox 360 porting easy, Microsoft can expose console gamers to genres and titles they might never have considered before while still building on distinctly console-based titles like the PGR series, Ninety-Nine Nights and Dead or Alive 4.

It's also important not to forget games only coming to Japan in this race. While it is the hardest part of the list to keep updated, the PS3 and Xbox 360 each have seven Japanese-only exclusives, while the Wii has a whopping 18. What does this mean for American gamers? Well, great success in Japan might lead to a company taking a chance on a previously Japanese-only series in America (for example: Katamari Damacy, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, etc).

Of course, as Silconera themselves mentioned, the unique control scheme of the Wii essentially makes every game an exclusive. But that might be an unfair advantage for this list. Plus, I imagine third-parties will eventually make use of the Classic Controller for more standard game playing.

It's also important to note that exclusivity is a fluid thing. Up until a few weeks ago, The Elder Scrolls IV was exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Assassin's Creed was exclusive to the PS3. How long will it be before games like Mercenaries 2, L.A. Noire or Castle Wolfenstein start two-timing their exclusive partners? Then there's the constant rumors of games being dropped from one console for exclusivity on another. I don't know how many times I've heard ?Resident Evil 5 will only come to the Xbox 360!? Then the next day I hear ?Resident Evil 5 will only come to the PS3!? For a game that's really far away (and still officially coming to both), we'll probably be hearing these rumors forever.

And to that end, I hope to make this a living document that can be updated every once in a while. The real test of a list like this is what it looks like a year or two years from now. What will it look like at the end of the next generation? As I said, that's the real test. Because as we all know, the PS2 is the undisputed king of exclusives this generation and, while I haven't run the numbers, it will definitely have see more exclusive games in 2006 than all three next-gen consoles combined. It remains to be seen if any console that dominate like that ever again. This generation is going to be fun.

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