Just a few hours ago, Nintendo unveiled its complete launch lineup that it had in store for the new and exciting WiiU console. They’ve got lots of games of many genres, and overall the lineup is looking great. They’ve got a lot of AAA titles from big companies on the list, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition. The entire list of games available either on launch day or during the launch window (Nov. 18, 2012 to March 31, 2013) is available for your viewing pleasure in an orderly table below. To skip to a particular game, just click the title of the game.
Funky Barn is a cute cartoony farm simulation game that was previously published on the 3DS. As you can tell from the screenshot, the game is not some ordinary farming game. Shear your sheep by dropping them into the shearing machine and it will cannonball out; apparently, animals can be beamed up to a UFO. It’s a bit goofy, but still seems like it’d be decent fun, especially for the more casual and younger demographic.
Striving to improve upon the things that made NBA 2K12 great, NBA 2K13 will have an enhanced my player mode and completely new gameplay features; You will be able to “pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent.”
Apparently in 007 Legends you start in the watery depths, you are James Bond- unconscious, unsure how you arrived where you are, just that you’re fighting with everything you’ve got to stay alive. You will then recall the epic moments from the past 50 years. The missions you play are reimagined from the most iconic film scenes from the movies up to half a century ago.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
A hugely anticipated title by many Call of Duty fans, Black Ops 2 brings the proven COD shooter style of doing things to the table, except with some tweaks like updated graphics, new game modes, an updated perk system and some other interesting new stuff like weapons and an all new campaign.
Transformers Prime will be released exclusively for the WiiU, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS systems. It takes place alongside the events of the second season of the Transformers Prime cartoon series, involving the two sides battling over a meteor made of “Dark Energon”.
If you’re a fan of the Wipeout TV or video game series, you’ll be pleased to hear that Wipeout 3 is on the list of launch titles for the WiiU. It’ll be the Wipeout series of games with a few tweaks, along with updated graphics.
The story behind Skylanders Giants is “Thousands of years ago, the Giants fought epic battles in Skylands but were banished to Earth. With a new threat looming, it’s time to bring them back to join forces with the Skylanders.” It sounds pretty awesome, and if it’s coming to the WiiU that probably means it’ll have updated graphics as well, and maybe even a few gameplay adjustments.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
In this first person shooter game, the player will go on hunting trips. There’s several modes, including “Quick Hunt”, “Action Zone” and “Career Mode”. There’s penalties for shooting non game animals, such as failing. There’s twelve exotic locations with twenty six animals to hunt, not bad.
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
This is a pro fishing tournament game, in which the player (obviously) participates in fishing tournaments. Just like the older Wii versions, this game will have full motion control as if there’s an actual fishing rod in your hands. There’s plenty of contests and game modes to choose from, as well as plenty of rods, boats, lures, etc so you can totally customize your experience.
Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate
Wanted to try Monster Hunter, but didn’t want to have to buy a PSVita? Well now you can! Coming exclusively to 3DS and WiiU systems, we will all finally be able to play the game that we’ve been craving for so long, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. A cool feature in this game is that the WiiU version can share save data with the Nintendo 3DS, meaning you can play it at home on the big screen and even play it while on the move using your handheld console. It’s even be fully Nintendo Network capable so you can play with friends if you wish.
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
The Rise of the Guardians Video Game is based on the film. It will allow the player to “lead the Guardians in their battle against Pitch.”
Ben 10: Omniverse
Based on the Ben 10: Omniverse cartoon series:
“Ben: 10 Omniverse, players will be immersed in exciting action-brawler gameplay featuring the new art style inspired from the show. Gamers will have the power to switch forms and battle as one of 13 playable alien heroes, including never-before-seen aliens like Bloxx and Gravattack, as they work with either Ben or Rook to defeat the evil plans of a fierce villain, intent on destroying the world.”
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
A game that’s more for the casual gaming demographic such as families, Family Party includes over 30 “unique party games” that will take advantage of the powerful WiiU hardware and new controller. They’ve even gotten a bit creative and included what they’re describing as 1 on 3 multiplayer challenges. This game targets the whole family, with its combination of card, arcade, and sports games.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
This is the sequel to the hit Disney game, Epic Mickey. It’s set some time after the original, the Mad Doctor has somehow returned! The Mad Doctor came back to Wasteland, claiming that he’s changed and that he wants to repair the damage he caused them. They agree to let him help, but then Wasteland starts being damaged even more than it was before. Suspicious that the Doctor isn’t holding up his end of the bargain, Mickey Mouse is contacted again, in Wasteland’s second time of need.
Mass Effect 3
Need I even do an introduction for this one? Yes? Fine. Mass Effect 3 is an Action RPG developed by Bioware and published by Electronic Arts. It was originally developed for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but now it’s headed straight for the catalyst of modern console gaming, the WiiU. There’s three campaign modes: Action, Story, and RPG mode. There’s loads of gun customization and skill point spending, making for quite the interesting combination of genres.
Madden NFL 13
Madden fans will be incredibly pleased to hear that Madden NFL 13 will be coming to Nintendo’s WiiU console. It’s an NFL football game based on the National Football League. Apparently, they’ve switched it up a bit this time, with updated graphics and changed gameplay mechanics and controls.
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13
As you can see, if you’re looking to play some sports games you’re in luck, the WiiU has plenty in its launch lineup, oh lucky you. There’s been a lot of tweaks to the FIFA series since FIFA Soccer 12, such as their all new 1st touch control system, or the heavily enhanced artificial intelligence system they’ve created. You can earn, buy, sell and trade players in order to create the ultimate team. You can even compete with friends, due to the live challenges based on real soccer games system.
Trine 2™: Director’s Cut
Enjoyed Trine 2? Then you’ll love Trine 2: Director’s Cut. It’s quite the extension onto the original version of Trine 2, with WiiU exclusive content. It’s even going to make use of the WiiU’s special controller, adding a touch element to the puzzles and platforming you’ll find here. There’s also a new multiplayer game mode, called “Magic Mayhem”, which sounds quite interesting indeed. Whether or not you’ve played Trine 2 yet, the director’s cut will be worth picking up due to the new singleplayer and multiplayer content, as according to the developer Frozenbyte: “
“The Director’s Cut edition will be the biggest, most fully realized version of the game yet”
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
A sequel to Bit.Trip Runner, Bit.Trip Runner 2 is an all new game in the series. With completely changed graphics and an all new art style, as well as various gameplay improvements, the second installment in this series appears to be a vast improvement over the first from what we’ve seen. The levels shown were designed in a more interesting way than in the first, with different, more exciting obstacles.
Zumba® Fitness Core
The Zumba Fitness core video game is a dancing workout game, with over 40 songs to choose from and over 20 dance styles that you can use to play, you won’t be bored and you’ll be getting some great exercise, at the same time!
Jett Tailfin is a racing game, but instead of racing cars you race fish! It’s fairly simple, there’s a boost, powerups, etc, just like most racing games. Except, you’re underwater. Jett Tailfin was originally for Tegra 3 devices but is now coming to the WiiU and Nintendo 3DS.
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition
Fan of fighting games? Well then, you’ll love what Namco-Bandai has in store for you! Tekken Tag Tournament 2! Not only is it coming to WiiU, but it’ll be on the system with some… interesting additions. Some of these additions include Nintendo character costumes and special game modes (ex Player and enemies getting bigger and smaller due to mushrooms). The WiiU pumps out nice looking textures with a great, smooth framerate which is the perfect sort of thing that you want in a fighting game, a smooth 60fps framerate. Good job, Namco-Bandai.
TANK! TANK! TANK!
Yes, TANK! TANK! TANK! is every bit as insane of a game as it sounds, judging by the video I found. The tank you control is insane, the weapons you have are insane, the cartoony graphics style is insane, and the boss monster shown there is also insane. Since they’re clearly demonstrating a multiplayer aspect in the video, we can safely say that multiplayer will be a part of the game, which is fantastic. It looks like it’d be a ton of crazy fun to play with some friends, especially with those ridiculous weapons.
Nintendo Land looks like what you’d get if you mixed Animal Crossing with a theme park, a sort of laid back, more casual game as is typical of Nintendo, but still quite fun if you’re willing to look past the childish art style that makes the game look more appealing to the average family. It’ll have a bunch of areas, all modeled off of different Nintendo games, which sounds really neat in and of itself.
New Super Mario Bros. U
The latest installment in the New Super Mario Bros series, this version is coming to the WiiU. What makes it special? Well for one, the fact that you can play through it with four people co-op seems pretty awesome, plus the tweaked enemies and the totally new levels as shown in the trailer seem absolutely fantastic.
NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
It’s great to see Nintendo finally catering to the more hardcore section of the gaming audience, or shall we call this demographic the “less casual”? Anyway, as I was saying, it’s always good to see that Nintendo is finally acknowledging that a lot of gamers like this sort of thing, so they put this into the launch lineup. This sort of 3D beat-em-up type thing reminds me a bit of the combat system from Batman: Arkham Asylum, in a good way. The combat looks fun and smooth, the graphics look pretty decent and the dialogue is good enough to get a pass. What’s not to like?
Like Karaoke? Well then, is this the game for you. SiNG PARTY is quite interesting as a karaoke title, because it actually goes ahead and makes use of the WiiU controller’s screen, the game uses it to display lyrics, which is a stroke of genius. It’ll make it a lot easier for the person singing while also freeing up lots and lots of screen real estate on the bigscreen. They’ve also made it so you compete with your friends/family, not with some AI which is rather nice as well.
LEGO City: Undercover
As the lego video games are, LEGO City: Undercover is a bit more of a casual game than some of the rest in the lineup, but the gameplay actually looks really, really fun. Flying helicopters, being a in police chases, backflipping through the air from point A to point B, it just looks pretty awesome. Oh yeah, and did I mention that they actually created a special UI just for the WiiU controller?
Wii Fit U
Now, I’m usually not one who’s into these exercise type games, but I can tell that Wii Fit U does seem to do a great job at making this sort of exercise fun, with their awesome calorie burning minigames. One that looked especially useful was the sledding one, as it would be fun while burning A LOT of calories. And since you can still use the game even on the WiiU controller’s screen without the bigscreen, you can play the game while others are using your television. It’s quite convenient really.
Game & Wario
Game and Wario is one of those WarioWare games with tons of minigames packed inside. Not much is really known about this title yet, so your best bet is to watch the video and discern what you can from there. However, one thing that is for sure: This is definitely a spiritual successor to the WarioWare games.
Pikmin 3 is a crazy looking adventure/strategy game where you lead the Pikmin on some sort of adventure (they haven’t told us what sort just yet). Apparently Pikmin 3 will contain ALL OF the previous Pikmin types, as well as some new types. This game looks absolutely incredible. The beautiful looking world and creatures, coupled with the immense variety with gameplay is quite interesting. If I were you I’d keep my eye on this one, as it may very well be the most interesting game in the launch lineup.
The Wonderful 101
The Wonderful 101 is a really, really odd looking action game. I’m not really sure what genre you’d call it, other than action. Although it looks like it has some neat gameplay elements to it, some parts of it are also so ridiculous I hardly even believe that they’re in the trailer. Maybe I’m just not into this sort of game…. whatever sort it is?
Aliens: Colonial Marines
A hectic space shooter based on the Alien series of movies? I’ll take it. So far it’s looking pretty good, no glaring flaws from what I’ve seen, other than the fact that it may be a tad too dark in some areas, but I’m sure that’ll be ironed out before release.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
This game looks sort of like Mario Kart, but with Sega characters instead of Nintendo ones. However, it actually seems to fill the role better than Mario Kart does, as its powerups look cooler, its graphics are at that of the WiiU, and there’s a lot more vehicle variations than there are in Mario Kart.
Nano Assault Neo
WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper
This game looks really, really neat and is definitely taking advantage of the WiiU’s upgraded hardware, the amount of enemies on the screen in a 3D world is virtually unheard of, and yet here they are, doing it on a NINTENDO console, of all places. Getting more and more skillful with the techniques to take down that many enemies would definitely be useful to you, as it appears that there’s quite a lot of them around you at all times.
Darksiders 2 is definitely my most anticipated game in this WiiU launch lineup, as their execution of how well they’ve ported the game from the weaker consoles to the more powerful wiiU is something that could make or break their port. For example, if all they’ve done is a barebones port, it’s probably not worthwhile picking up here, unless you haven’t played it yet. However, if they do something like update the textures or add a special UI for the screen on the controller, it’ll definitely be worth a try.
Wheel of Fortune
Just some shovelware, it’s the game Wheel of Fortune, based off of the TV series.
Just some more shovelware, it’s the game Jeopardy, based off of the TV series.
Toki Tori 2
If you like platformers, then this is the game for you. It’s more of a casual platformer, but that’s also a good thing because kids will be able to play it without too much trouble and unnecessary obscenities. This game’s art style and gameplay are both pretty cute, and I think if you have children this would be a good game to add to the collection.
Assassin’s Creed III
Another one of those highly anticipated AAA titles that are in this freakin’ awesome launch lineup, Assassin’s Creed 3 is one of the few that are actually original, and not just ports of games from other systems. This game looks pretty sweet, I especially like how they’ve switched it up to the time period around the American Revolution, as I personally find that to be a pretty neat time in history, and the gameplay behind this game just looks sweet. Oh yeah, and the graphics aren’t half bad either.
Just Dance 4
Like dancing games? Well then, you’ll probably want to take a look at this video, as Just Dance 4 is definitely a game that you’ll want to play if you’re a fan of dancing. It also has standalone mode, so even if the TV is occupied you can still dance to your heart’s content.
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
Marvel Avengers is a superhero brawler. It features 2o different characters, ones such as Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America. Players can use motion gameplay to execute some “explosive” attacks, and play with either friends or AI in many game modes.
Hm, as soon as I see a Rabbid it makes me nervous, they tend to be just slightly insane…. This installment looks even more hilarious and insane than the last, so definitely keep an eye out for this gem in the collection.
Once again, if you like sports games, you’re in luck: Nintendo’s got a cornucopia of them that’ll be coming out during the WiiU launch period, so you will not be disappointed. This title in general seems to be fairly promising.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 is leading edge, it’ll help you set and achieve your weight loss goals in an engaging manner. Connect online with friends to compete, which will also provide some motivation to do well.
ZombiU is a WiiU exclusive Zombie shooter, as shown in this trailer. Other than that, fairly little information is available about the game so you’ll just have to take what you get from this trailer for now.
Rayman Legends looks like a pretty awesome platformer. I’m not really sure exactly what it’ll be like just yet, but from what we’ve seen in the trailer it’s looking pretty darn good. Especially some of the more unique gameplay when we’re getting closer to the end of the video, like where it temporarily switches from 2D platforming to a 3D view then when you’re done falling back to a 2D view again, it’s pretty neat and helps the immersion of the game.
Another game that I’m really anticipating for the launch of the WiiU, Scribblenauts Unlimited. I’ve never actually played a Scribblenauts game before, but even just the idea of being able to create just about anything you can imagine, in order to solve the problems that are posed to you is just so awesome. I really hope that this game is as good as I think it’s going to be, because that would be quite a timesink I believe.
Game Party Champions
Game Party Champions is, as you can see, a relaxing “party” game that’s full of various minigames that you can play which hopefully will amuse you for a little while. It’s nothing incredible, the graphics are just alright and the gameplay is fine.
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
Liked Batman Arkham City and Arkham Asylum? I sure did. Well, what could be better than the games coming to WiiU, with additional content? This release is set to contain all of the content from other releases, a Battle Armoured tech mode and more. I believe it also has some updated graphics, which should make playing it on the WiiU a bit nicer than it is on other consoles.
In conclusion, the WiiU has a freakin’ awesome launch lineup, and I do sincerely hope that the games will do the console justice. Most of the games listed here are just great, and some of them are simply alright. I think that it will definitely be worthwhile to preorder a WiiU if that’s what you’re considering, because that way you’re not going to have to deal with shortages, brick and mortar stores being sold out, etc. Oh yeah, and because of the fact that the launch lineup is so massive and full of great games, you’ll have plenty of great stuff to play while you’re waiting for more to come out.