2012-09-26

Wii U – The Complete Lanch Games List

by Yo Snyder

So the final pieces for Nintendo’s launch of the Wii U are
falling into place. We recently found out how much the system will cost, what will
be included with it, and exactly when it’s releasing (you can catch up on those
details here). Some of the remaining questions included exactly what games
would release on launch day and in the launch window (which extends to March
2013), and what exactly is Nintendo’s online strategy and how the Miiverse will
function as a part of that. We’re still not clear on the online stuff, but now
we do know what games we can play starting November 18th.

Nintendo announced there are 23 games that will be available
on launch day, which really isn’t too bad. We already knew that Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U were going to be available, but here are
the rest: Call of Duty: Black Ops II,
Skylanders Giants, Transformers Prime, Wipeout 3, Disney Epic Mickey
2: The Power of Two
, FIFA Soccer 13,
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition,
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, SiNG Party, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Darksiders
II
, Assassin’s Creed III, ESPN Sports Connection, Just Dance 4, Rabbids Land, Your Shape:
Fitness Evolved 2013
, ZombiU, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Game Party Champions, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.

So when you wade through that list, there are some pretty
impressive titles. The fact that both Assassin’s
Creed III
and Black Ops 2 will
debut on the Wii U is a pretty big deal. The ZombiU game is one in particular that looks like it will take full
advantage of the unique possibilities provided by the Wii U’s gamepad. All in
all, it’s not a bad launch line-up. It has some strong third-party games
(although convincing players that Black
Ops 2
and ACIII are better on the Wii U might be tough, as will convincing
people to pick up Batman: Arkham City
again a year later), and Nintendo was smart enough to launch Mario with the
system, but I wonder if it’s strong enough. I just can’t shake the feeling that
they might need one more towering, triple A, killer app title to launch this
system. If Pikmin 3 had been
available on November 18th, that might have done the trick.

Speaking of which, when will Pikmin 3 hit the Wii U? Well, along with those 23 launch day
titles, Nintendo also revealed 29 games will hit the system between the launch
date and March 2013. Those titles include: Game
& Wario
, Lego City: Undercover,
Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, The Wonderful 101,
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Nano Assault Neo, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune,
Little Inferno, Toki Tori 2, Marvel Avengers:
Battle for Earth
, Rayman Legends,
Funky Barn, NBA 2K13, 007 Legends, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing, Chasing Aurora, Cloudberry Kingdom, Rise of
the Guardians: The Video Game
, Ben 10
Omniverse
, Family Party: 30 Great
Games: Obstacle Arcade
, Madden NFL 13,
Mass Effect 3, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Runner2:
Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
, Mighty
Switch Force HD
, and Tank!Tank!Tank!.

Honestly, that list is a bit more underwhelming. Again, it’s
going to be tough to convince players to either repurchase Madden and Mass
Effect on the Wii U, or convince new purchasers that this the console on which
they should finally play those games. Pikmin
3
, Wii Fit U, The Wonderful 101 and Lego City: Undercover all look like
must-haves at this point, but over all I’d say this “launch window” list is
about fifty-fifty. I think about half are pretty strong titles, even if some
are rehashes or available on other systems (Nintendo really needs to start
establishing why theirs is the console of choice in those cases), and the other
half seems a bit too reminiscent of the Wii’s penchant for having a high
quantity of low quality games.

So now you know what games you’ll be playing on your shiny
new Wii U this November, and for the first several months you own it. So what
do you think? Are you excited about these games? Is this a strong enough line-up
for a system launch? Is there anything missing? Sound off in the comments
below.