Nintendo’s Official List of 23 Launch Games for the Nintendo WiiU

In a press release this morning, Nintendo officially announced the 23 games that are launching alongside the Nintendo WiiU on November 18th. While there are a total of 52 games scheduled to release before the end of March 2013, these 23 games are what consumers get to choose from when they pick up their WiiU’s. I’ve consolidated the list to only games coming at launch, so you don’t have to weed through all 52 titles. The most important titles of this bunch are Nintendo’s own first-party titles:

  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  •  Nintendo Land

The Deluxe WiiU ($349.99 USD) will, of course, be sold with a copy of Nintendo Land, and it seems Nintendo learned the valuable lesson of having a Mario game available for gamers on launch day. Sadly, Pikmin 3 and LEGO City: Undercover are both missing from this list, but will hopefully be released by Christmas. Next, the big three third-party publishers (Electronic Arts, Activision, and Ubisoft) are showing a lot of love for Nintendo’s next console:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Transformers Prime
  • Wipeout 3
  • FIFA Soccer 13
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • ESPN Sports Connection
  • Just Dance 4
  • Rabbids Land
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU

It is a little disheartening to see EA only push one game out the door for the WiiU on launch day, but Madden 13 is scheduled to follow in November at some point. The two most interesting titles (to me, anyway) in that big lump of great games  is ZombiU and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Now, I’m not the biggest Call of Duty fan, but if there ever was a game to “hook ’em young”, it’s Call of Duty. The part that actually interests me though is the use of the gamepad controller and if the online will be as functional as the other platforms (or along the unfortunate lines of the Wii). ZombiU seems to be the third-party face of the WiiU, as it was touted heavily at E3. The varied use of the gamepad controller is the high-point in Ubisoft’s zombie game, and could set the standard for other popular games with a similar theme.

The last group of games is no less important. Publishers like Namco Bandai, THQ, and Warner Bros. are all showing support out of the gate with titles such as:

  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 WiiU Edition
  • SEGA & Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed
  • Warriors OROCHI 3 Hyper
  • Darksiders II
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

It may be an unusual port to bring over a year after it’s release but Batman: Arkham City was one of the most heralded games from 2011. Even though the new content doesn’t seem overwhelmingly stellar, another excuse to visit Arkham City is never a bad thing. With Darksiders 2 being relatively new, gamers may have skipped it on the other consoles and they have a prime opportunity to grab it when they pick up their WiiU.

If you plan on picking up a WiiU at launch, let us know what you intend on buying with it.

Source: Nintendo Press Release


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Author: Don Parsons View all posts by
Starting out as a founding member of Gamingcore Podcast, Don ventured on to start Gameciety; which began as a podcast, and ended as a blog. Don now handles's PR work, is part of the reviews staff and has various other little projects he does for the site.