Wii U launches with solid collection of games
A video-game console is only as good as the games you can play on it, and Nintendo lined up some 23 top titles for the release of the Wii U. Some of them are Wii U versions of games that were made for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but developers have found ways to make the gameplay unique using the GamePad controller. The best example of this is Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Warner Bros.), which turns the GamePad into the Batcomputer, giving players a way to easily select gadgets and check for clues.
Games available on other systems include Activision bestsellers Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Skylanders Giants, Darksiders II (THQ), Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney), FIFA Soccer 13 (Electronic Arts), Mass Effect 3 Special Edition (Electronic Arts), Scribblenauts Unlimited (Warner Bros.), Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Sega), and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai).
Ubisoft released six titles on November 18, including ports of Assassin’s Creed III and Just Dance 4. Two of those titles were developed specifically for the Wii U. Rabbids Land is a party game featuring wacky, slapstick characters, and ZombiU, a survival-horror title in which the only way to spot the flesh-eating creatures is through the GamePad.
Four games published by Nintendo made launch day. New Super Mario Bros. U is, as expected, essential. It’s presented as one big world, complete with secret paths to other areas of the map, and includes new power-ups like the flying-squirrel suit. Nintendo Land has an amusement-park theme with a collection of games for up to five players. These are more than just minigames, too. Some activities are fairly extensive, and range from puzzle solving to action to shooter.
Key Wii U titles confirmed to be available before the end of March include Lego City: Undercover (Nintendo), Pikmin 3 (Nintendo), and Rayman Legends (Ubisoft).