Pikmin, Wii Fit and New Super Mario Bros. lead the charge for Wii U

Nintendo focuses on games at E3, Ass Creed 3, Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition confirmed

At a presentation at the E3 Expo, Nintendo revealed a host of new and established games for its Wii U console.

The presentation began with the announcement of the long-awaited Pikmin 3, which will integrate the Wii U controllers screen to expand the game's strategy mechanics.

Nintendo also unveiled new iterations of its established franchises - New Super Mario Bros. U and Wii Fit U - and two new IP: a singing game with the working title 'Sing', and NintendoLand, a minigame collection based on classic Nintendo games and characters that showcases the various functions of the Wii U.

Nintendoland is reminiscent of Wii Sports, which was bundled with the the console. Nintendo made no announcements regarding pricing, but confirmed that the game would be available day-and-date with the console.

The Wii U's third-party slate featured a number of graphically intensive games that weren't released for the Wii. The presentation focused on Batman: Arkham City , which will be released in a modified "Armoured Edition" that integrates the controller's screen in a number of ways.

Other existing games that will be re-released for Wii U included Darksiders, Mass Effect 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Aliens : Colonial Marines. Ubisoft will be one of the key third-party publishers for the Wii U, announcing a diverse slate of games that included Assassin's Creed 3, Just Dance 4, two Rabbids titles, and and a new IP called ZombiU.

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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University5 years ago
I strongly got the feeling all three console manufacturers are holding off until next year. Microsoft and Sony obviously don't want to play their next-gen hands just yet, and Nintendo didn't seem to want to play their first-party hand just yet.

Mario, Wii Fit U, Sing, Nintendo Land will bring in the family market and ensure a strong start if the machine is priced well, but relying on Zombie U and titles available on other systems to bring in serious gamers is very risky. Pikmin 3 will draw in Nintendo fans, but there's no blockbuster title on the horizon. Not just no blockbuster for launch, but no real, exciting blockbuster announced.

Nintendo might be happy to play the long-game here. They seem confident Wii U will take off on the strength of what was shown today. But they're definitely holding back the big guns, and I don't see them being brought out for another 12 months.
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek5 years ago
As a consumer I was extremely disappointed with the Nintendo conference, I was hoping this conference would be the turning point for me to get really pumped to buy a Wii U. Honestly it just left me not wanting it even more. The fat lady will sing on launch day but in terms of marketing Nintendo are really not attracting me as a core gamer.
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Kevin Patterson musician 5 years ago
I was hoping Nintendo would give me a rush of excitement that would inspire me to buy their new console. Alas, the only game that was new and exciting to me was Zombie-u, but not enough to make me spend the dough for a new console.
I was seriously hoping for a real update to Super Mario 64, and that didn't happen. Pikimin looks interesting, but it's not the consoles Killer App.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
As I noted elsewhere, some of the criticism of the Wii U lineup fails to grasp an important FACT: like Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo has slapped the rose-colored blinders on and is clearly targeting the consumer who only owns their console(s), which is why you saw Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3 and a bunch of other current gen games noted at the conference as huge system movers.

Like it or not, many Wii-only gamers have either NEVER played these titles before (*gasp!*) or have only seen or heard of them through print/online content or friends that have been there, done that. I was pretty annoyed that no one picked up on this, instead choosing to report through the usual "Well, why should I play a game that I played before?" lens.

Passing that onto your readers (some of whom just MIGHT want to play some of those games they haven't yet because, again, they may only own a Wii) as it's some sort of gospel is one reason why there's a bit of a divide in how game journalism is seen as unimportant by some who feel the games they might like are constantly looked down upon simply because they're arriving a few months to years after they initially appeared elsewhere. FACT: There's NO shelf life on a decent game experience at all. So let's try and respect that while rethinking how stuff like this is covered.

This job we do is not all about US and I say we need to think about that once in a while just out of fairness. I think all those jaded games journalists need to step outside of their heads and think about those folks who might want to be informed about what these versions of the games will bring them rather than be so critical because we're not willing to reactivate our sense of wonder.

That said, the conference wasn't exactly spectacular. It should have opened with the amusement park theme and closed with Pikmin 3. It seems as if whenever Nintendo lets Miyamoto loose too early, the stuff after that drags a Wii but too much (har har). Well, at least Ubisoft has what looks like the go-to lineup covering every base...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 6th June 2012 3:54pm

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
Nintendo know exactly what they are doing.
The Wii U hardware will be priced to be good entertainment value.
Their catalogue of some of the very best video game IP in existence will be rolled out as and when they want to maximise the USP.
Their strategy is very clear: provide entertainment. Things like the inter webs will just be bolted on as and when necessary but are not core strategy.
Obviously techie journalists, early adopters and fanboys for other platforms look down on this with distain. But it is what the public want.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers5 years ago
There are certainly some consumers that own a Wii and do not own an Xbox 360/PS3. However, I think it's right to be skeptical that many of those consumers have been waiting to experience games like Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City and Ninja Gaiden 3 on a Nintendo system. There's also the issue of attention and marketing these games will get - most of them have already gotten a major push for their first release - are the companies really going to pony up for another major marketing spend later this year?

Like it or not, the industry is very "of the minute" - a game could be considered wildly successful if people are still actively talking about the experience 3-4 months down the line. The Wii U is supposed to be the console to bridge the divide with core gamers that may have lost interest with the Wii over the course of it's lifetime, and offering experiences that many of those consumers have already had in one form isn't likely to get them excited.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Well, let's all see what the sales do, then come back here and chat. I'm betting a bunch of games do well again, among those non-jaded Nintendo-ONLY (that's the important factor) consumers.

I think I'm the only one here who's previously worked in the game retail trenches for a few years and as there are a few game shops nearby, I still poll people in the area (for my own purposes) about what they're interested in from time to time. I did a bit of that this week and can say that there are indeed a number of consumers who aren't multiple console owners and yes, don't care a whole lot about "of the minute" like you guys and gals IN the industry do.

In English: these are the folks who HAVE NOT played any of the "old" games coming (and certainly NONE of the new ones) because they don't own a PS3 or 360 and may also only have read/seen reviews and/or heard from friends telling them about what they're missing. If I were one of those consumers, I'd be interested in seeing what all the fuss was about, not saying, well, "My friends played the game, so I don't need to..."

Just because YOU won't be playing these games certainly doesn't mean someone else won't who's going to go in fresh because they also don't care about a game's shelf life. That and a game like Mass Effect 3 will get replayed a few times if a new user really gets into it.

Eh, we'll see, I suppose. Of course, if sales are good, I'd love to see it acknowledged that these people DO count more than they're given credit for (which seems to be none). If sales stink, I'll be the first to go bake up a crow...
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