It’s here, the Nintendo Wii U is here. Now with a fancy shmancy new GamePad, what fantastic titles will gamers get their paws on this holiday season? With 23 launch titles out today, and more games expected to come out before Christmas, how well will the successor of one of the best selling video game consoles perform? Let’s just hope we don’t have another GameCube on our hands.
In the world of consumerism, content is king. The only way the Wii U is going to stack up against its current gen competitors (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) is that Nintendo will have to offer a wider variety of games than ever before. Now with a few third party developers backing up the hardware, the Wii U might just have a fighting chance to reach more hardcore gamers and while still holding on to their large base of social gamers.
Never before have we see the likes of current Madden NFL games, Tekken or Call of Duty on a Nintendo console before, and it’s not a bad way to start off the launch. With bigger titles expected to come out later, like Mass Effect 3, the Wii U should be something to watch out for.
Below is the full list of the 23 titles you can expect to see on shelves today with the launch of the Wii U:
- Assassin’s Creed 3
- Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Darksiders 2
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- ESPN Sports Connection
- FIFA Soccer 13
- Game Party Champions
- Just Dance 4
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Nintendo Land
- Rabbids Land
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- SiNG Party
- Skylanders Giants
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition
- Transformers Prime
- Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
- Wipeout 3
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
The following titles are suggested to release during the “launch window,” but hold unconfirmed release dates (you might see them today or up through March 2013 (I have made some updates since posting):
- Chasing Aurora (Confirmed as launch title)
- Cloudberry Kingdom
- Little Inferno
- Madden NFL 13 (Confirmed as launch title. Thanks Danny for the tip)
- Mighty Switch Force HD
- Nano Assault Neo
- TANK! TANK! TANK! (Confirmed as launch title)
- Toki Tori 2
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut
I’m mostly excited to see how all of these games will integrate the usability of the GamePad. I’m curious how it will effect the gameplay with Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed. I’ve played Batman: Arkham City for the Wii U, and although it had the same look and feel with the controls, adding the new tech to interface with the GamePad was a bit jarring. It takes you out of the moment and slows down the pace of the game. Once you get the hang of it, I’m sure it will be more fluid. Nintendo better hope other games will have the right level of patience.
I really wish Nintendo had a few more of their franchises thrown in the mix. Thinking about how the GamePad would work with a new Star Fox bringsjoy to my imagination. Wishful thinking also includes a new Super Smash Bros. and Donkey Kong.But where is the updated versions of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? Hopefully we’ll see that soon. I also hope they will consider bringing a new concept game to the Super Mario universe like Super Mario 64 or another Super Mario RPG.
What titles are you looking forward to? What titles do you think Nintendo missed opportunities on?
The Wii U is now available in all of North America and has been out in Japan since November 8. Europe and Australia will see the Wii U on November 30.
Source: Game Rant