The Wii U has gotten a lot of flak lately because of the lack of sales and software for the system. While both of the problems are a reality for Nintendo’s struggling platform, you can always count on Nintendo to release games that truly flip the page. It goes without saying that Nintendo does take a while to release its latest in-house software for any platform, may it be the 3DS or the Wii U, but you can always count on them delivering top notch, high quality titles every time (well, mostly). The real problem for the lack of games is that developers are hesitating to develop exclusive games for the system, as sales of the Wii U are still not up to par. To add salt to the wound, just yesterday Ubisoft announced that it won’t be developing a sequel to ZombiU. The story can be read here. As said before, Nintendo will not disappoint when it comes to their first party software for the system. Wii U owners will be pleased that a couple of titles are coming up in the short few months ahead. And we are here to discuss the games themselves. Here are the list of upcoming Wii U exclusives:
Pikmin 3 – August 4th 2013
First and foremost, Pikmin 3. When Shigeru Miyamoto made his iconic entrance to announce the game back at E3 2012, fans waited patiently for the game to be released, and waited long they have. Pikmin 3 will be released next month, on August 4th- a full year after it was announced. The key features are:
- Similar game play like past Pikmin titles, and you’ll still be in charge of a 100-strong swarm of Pikmin, with some additional features.
- The new rock Pikmin adds a harder-headed creature to your flock, enabling you to break hard objects more easily.
- There are also four leaders this time round – a group which doesn’t include Captain Olimar, for reasons Miyamoto said were being kept secret.
- The game can be controlled with the standard Wii controller and nunchuck, or the GamePad, which serves as an overview map of the game.
- This map comes into its own when managing your four leaders, adding more strategic depth to the game by allowing you to spin more plates.
- Specific body parts on enemies can now be targeted, such as eyes or shells, and the Nunchuck can be shaken to charge your shot.
- A new mode – Challenge mode – was also revealed, in which you must collect as much fruit as you can from the map.
- co-op gameplay
The Wonderful 101 – September 15 2013
Earth is under attack from an invasion of enormous aliens, and the only thing that can protect the planet is a group of unlikely, yet mighty, heroes with special abilities. Unfortunately, the aliens are too powerful for the heroes to fight individually. They must join forces and work together to defeat their common enemy in The Wonderful 101, a unique “Mass-Hero Action” game from the creative minds at Platinum Games.
The Wonderful 101 is truly a unique game from Nintendo. While easily matching the style of play of Pikmin, the gameplay revolves around the player controlling a large group of superheroes to fight off an alien invasion threatening the city. By using the Wii U gamepad, players can command the superheroes to combine into various forms, such as a large fist, a giant sword or a protective gelatinous flan. These forms can be used to fight off enemies or interact with the environment. The GamePad can also be used to see areas that is not viewable on the main screen. The game will also support a local 5 player cooperative mode.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The original Gamecube game was released back in March 2003. This time, in October 2013, Nintendo will be remaking the game in beautiful HD. The cel-shaded look of the game will benefit from the HD enhancement and it will breathe new life into the game. Several improvements are going to be implemented including the crucial ability to speed up boat travel, which is essential for getting around in the game. It will be exciting for new fans of the game and nostalgic for those who want to relive this epic journey of Link. Now let’s hope Nintendo gives Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword the HD treatment it deserves.
Wii Party U – October 2013
Wii Party U is a new game from Nintendo that follows the roots of its predecessors. It is the sequel to the 2010 Wii game, Wii Party. Wii Party U is a multiplayer video game consisting of a standard board game with mini-games, similar to the Mario Party series that has spanned 9 games. Over 80 different new mini-games will be available. Multiple people can play mini-games using the gamepad. One of the reasons why the Wii was so popular was because of its bundled game, Wii Sports. Friends and family could come together and easily pick up and play the game without much difficulty. With the upcoming game Wii Party U, Nintendo is once again bringing the family and friends closer in the living room to play fun and addictive minigames together.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – November 2013
Nintendo releases yet another Donkey Kong game for the Wii U after quite recently releasing an updated port of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the 3DS. This time around the game’s story focuses on a group of Viking creatures, such as walruses, owls and penguins, that invade Donkey Kong Island, forcing Donkey Kong to go against them with the help of his friends, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong. The game continues the side-scrolling platform game play of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D , in which Donkey Kong and his companions must travel across a variety of levels to reclaim their home from the vikings. This game is set to be another one of Nintendo’s faithful side-scrollers which will give the player hours of fun.
Super Mario 3D world – December 2013
Not to be mistaken with Nintendo’s smash hit Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, this time around Mario returns for yet another 3D adventure similar to the free roaming gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy, with mechanics of a 2D side-scroller. 4 playable characters will be available: Mario, Princess Peach, Toad and, of course, Luigi. Each of the four characters possess unique abilities and control differently: Mario has average running speed and jump height, Luigi jumps higher and falls slower, Peach can jump and float through the air for a short period of time, and the Toad runs the fastest. The player can select any of the four characters to use before beginning a level, and up to four players may explore the same level simultaneously with each character, sharing from a pool of extra lives. Along with returning items such as the Fire Flower and Tanooki Suit, one new item that’s introduced is the Cat Suit, which allows players to climb up walls, run faster, perform unique attacks and climb to the top of the end pole. The game also features functionality with the gamepad, allowing players to rub the touchscreen to reveal hidden blocks or items, as well as hinder enemies to assist the player. The game will likely be another classic in Nintendo’s long run of Mario titles.
Wii Fit U – December 2013
Wii Fit U is the successor to the Wii games Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. This time around, the game will utilize the Wii U gamepad along with the Wii balance board and the game is bundled with a pedometer. Like its predecessors Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, Wii Fit U focuses on engaging the player in physical activities, including yoga and strength training, through use of the Wii balance board, a platform peripheral in which the player stands upon during play that measures both the player’s weight and center of balance. Wii Fit U introduces activities that incorporate the gamepad into their gameplay, as well as activities that were featured in the previous games. This game will likely appeal to the audience outside of the core gamers. As seen from the gameplay, the fitness simulator offers some fun alternatives to exercises that are usually boring.
Mario Kart 8 – Spring 2014
Mario Kart was first released back in 1992 and since then, 10 Mario Kart games have spawned from the company- the most recent core one being Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS. The Mario Kart series has always been critically acclaimed because of how accessible and fun it is to play. Motorbike and 12-player racing will be back from the Wii version together with airborne and underwater racing from the 3DS version. Wii U owners would be glad to know that Nintendo will be releasing Mario Kart 8 next year with some added features. First off, the game is in GLORIOUS High Definition, so you can see the red shell and the blasted blue shell coming from a mile away. Secondly, Nintendo has introduced anti-gravity to its race tracks. Mario can now drive in whichever orientation he wants cause, well, he’s Mario. The anti-gravity element has been done in other racers before so it’ll be interesting to see how Nintendo keeps the experience fresh in their latest kart installment. The game will feature local and online multiplayer for up to 12 players.
An interesting fact: The number 8 in the title represents a mobius strip, and is going to be featured as a track in the game. It fits really well because… well read what a mobius strip is about then you’ll understand 😛
Special mention: Rayman Legends – September 3rd 2013
As mentioned in this morning’s article, Rayman Legends was supposed to be a Wii U exclusive which was to be released on February 26th in North America. The company went under public fire when it was announced on February 3rd that Rayman Legends would no longer be a Wii U exclusive, and that it would be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360. Yes this game may not be a Wii U exclusive anymore, but it is worth mentioning that it was in the beginning. It’s a pity for Wii U owners that it had to be delayed so long for the company to port it to multiple platforms, but since Rayman Origins was such an excellent game, I think it’s great that now everyone can experience the latest Rayman game as it looks to be simply amazing. The Wii U version will have several unique features featuring the gamepad where players can control Murfy with touch controls, using the gamepad’s touch screen. Murfy can perform various actions such as cutting through ropes, activating mechanisms, grabbing hold of enemies and assisting in gathering Lums. These offer a range of levels in which co-operation is required to progress, such as levels that mix platforming for Rayman and friends with rhythm gameplay for Murfy.
Nintendo is aware of the predicament they are in currently in terms of software available/coming for the Wii U system, and I’d like to believe that they are working hard on remedying the situation that the company is in right now. Nintendo isn’t a company that abandons their fans, evident in Satoru Iwata’s plea in telling fans to be patient while Nintendo works out the problems. Players will have plenty of exclusive titles in their hands soon, and it’s safe to say that they will be more than satisfied by Nintendo’s efforts. Now it’s just the matter of waiting for a brand new Metroid, StarFox, Zelda and a Pokemon MMORPG!! MAKE IT HAPPEN NINTENDO!
This HAS to happen someday