* the image is bit blurry—but the game really does look pretty solid, graphically

The latest issue of Nintendo Power has the first Wii screen and snippet about Tomb Raider: Underworld for the Wii.

“It’s Lara against the world as gaming’s first lady journeys to some of her most treacherous destinations yet in Tomb Raider: Underworld.”

‘Later this year, everyone’s favorite tomb-raiding heiress returns to the Wii with an all-new adventure that places the focus on Lady Croft’s sometimes-contentious relationship with her surroundings.  In Tomb Raider: Underworld (developed by the franchise’s recent stewards at Crystal Dynamics), the terrain is a hostile and unpredictable adversary far more dangerous than any living creature.  Platforming and puzzle-solving remain at the heart of the adventure, but the aim is to have everything feel more organic than in previous games.  That includes how the environment affects Lara; our heroine will get dirty as she crawls through the mud then be rinsed clean as a rain shower passes by.  Wii-specific features have yet to be revealed…”

I really like that part in bold in the game’s description!  Lara Croft + mud + rain = pure gaming bliss ; )  Hopefully we’ll get more screens in the coming weeks.