Wii U – Release Date and Launch Games Revealed


Nintendo’s next console – the Wii U, promises to be a step towards the “hardcore” gamer for Nintendo, while still offering the family-friendly and party games that the Wii has become inextricably associated with. As has become the staple, the Japanese developer have tried to offer innovation to their new console, offering a new control mechanism that seems more akin to a tablet computer that will allow the player to interact with their games in new ways.

At long last, (the console was first announced at the E3 Expo in 2011!), a release date has been confirmed along with a list of launch and launch window games. Read on after the break to discover more!

 The console’s release date has been announced as the 30 November 2012, giving a three week pre-Christmas sales for the console to exploit. Mario and Zelda creator and top-man at Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto reasoned that one of the reasons the Nintendo 3DS handheld console did not sell so well was a lack of First-Party, Nintendo licenced games, and with the Wii U launch seeks to address this.

Twelve titles will launch on the same day as the console itself, and a quarter of these are Nintendo titles. The others are titles that may already be out on other consoles, but may offer something new by way of the Wii U controller. Here’s the Launch and Launch window list for Europe:

Launch Day

  • FIFA 13
  • Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • NintendoLand
  • Rayman Legends
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Toki Tori 2
  • ZombiU

Launch Window

  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Darksiders 2
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Game & Wario
  • Game Party Champions
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego City: Undercover
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers 3 Ultimate
  • NBA 2K13
  • Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • SING Party
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
  • Transformers Prime
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013

As can be seen, there are a range of game genres covered here – from fitness to fun / party to first person shooters.

For me, I think the main problem that Nintendo will have will be drawing existing “hard-core” gamers from their other consoles. Many of the titles listed are either already out on the competitors hardware, or will be arround the same time.

What do you guys think of the line up? Is anyone lining up to pre-order the console (I’m undecided, myself) or does it hold no interest? Let us know in the comments.

Source: computerandvideogames
Reporter: WedgeDoc

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