Wii U launching with 23 games

Nintendo names nearly two dozen day-one games for latest console, nine more by November's end

When the Wii U launches in the US November 18, it will do so with a lineup of nearly two dozen games, four of which will be published by Nintendo itself. Nintendo of America today detailed its list of 23 launch games, as well as another nine to follow by the end of November, and 20 more expected before April of 2013.

On the first-party front, Nintendo is ushering its system out the door with New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Sing Party, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (which the company is publishing for Tecmo Koei). By the end of the system's launch window (which Nintendo has defined as extending through March), the company will have added to that list with Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, Game & Wario, Lego City: Undercover, and The Wonderful 101.

Ubisoft leads the third-party charge with six separate titles for the system's November 18 debut, followed by Activision with a quartet of its own offerings. Both publishers were also strong launch supporters of the original Wii, with Ubisoft releasing a half dozen games for the system (including Rayman Raving Rabbids and Red Steel) and Activision chipping in with entries of its biggest properties, like Call of Duty 3, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam. This time around, Ubisoft's slate is led by ZombiU, Assassin's Creed III, and Just Dance 4, while Activision is bringing over two of its biggest titles of the year, Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

The full list of launch day and launch window games (arranged by publisher) follows below.

November 18
Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Activision
Skylanders Giants - Activision
Transformers Prime - Activision
Wipeout 3 - Activision
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two - Disney Interactive Studios
FIFA Soccer 13 - Electronic Arts
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition - Namco Bandai Games America
New Super Mario Bros. U - Nintendo
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - Nintendo
Nintendo Land - Nintendo
Sing Party - Nintendo
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed - Sega
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper - Tecmo Koei
Darksiders II - THQ
Assassin's Creed III - Ubisoft
ESPN Sports Connection - Ubisoft
Just Dance 4 - Ubisoft
Rabbids Land - Ubisoft
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 - Ubisoft
ZombiU - Ubisoft
Scribblenauts Unlimited - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game Party Champions - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Chasing Aurora - Broken Rules
Cloudberry Kingdom - Pwnee Studios
Madden NFL 13 - Electronic Arts
Trine 2: Director's Cut - Frozen Byte
Mighty Switch Force HD - WayForward
Tank! Tank! Tank! - Namco Bandai Games America
Nano Assault Neo - Shin'en
Little Inferno - Tomorrow Corporation
Toki Tori 2 - Two Tribes

Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - Gaijin Games

"Launch Window" (Before April 2013)
Funky Barn - 505 Games
NBA 2K13 - 2K Sports
007 Legends - Activision
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 - Activision
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing - Activision
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game - D3 Publisher
Ben 10 Omniverse - D3 Publisher
Family Party: 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade - D3 Publisher
Mass Effect 3 - Electronic Arts
Game & Wario - Nintendo
Lego City: Undercover - Nintendo
Pikmin 3 - Nintendo
Wii Fit U - Nintendo
The Wonderful 101 - Nintendo
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Sega
Jeopardy! - THQ
Wheel of Fortune - THQ
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth - Ubisoft
Rayman Legends - Ubisoft

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
Anybody remember when then N64 launched with 2 games? Granted 1 of them was incredibly phenomenal.

Nintendo has stated their will be more in the launch window (even launch day supposedly) than what has already been announced.

Either way, that's a very well packed launch day. I'm worried it might actually be overkill. Accumulative sales may be fantastic but individually they will appear low simply because there are so many for a clean stale install base.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 8 years ago
I would be happy but, reality is there's nothing in that list that actually needs buying.

I'm going to hang back and see what Nintendo do this time around. I got burned on the original Wii, which hasn't been switched on for a very long time.
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Steve Ball Software Engineer, Ubisoft Montreal8 years ago
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Wesley Williams Quality Assurance 8 years ago
23 games on launch day with that kind of 3rd party support is excellent. However, a lot of the success might well hinge on Nintendo Land, because outside of the cross platform releases, we're really only left with these titles to show off the new controller.

New Super Mario Bros. U - Nintendo
Nintendo Land - Nintendo
ZombiU - Ubisoft
Scribblenauts Unlimited - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 8 years ago
I think Nintendo is on the right track. These launch titles will give Nintendo goers (people who only buy Nintendo consoles) to try stuff they missed because of lack of third party support. And alot of these games will benefit from enhanced features that the WiiU can provide.Nintendo has a solid system, with a comfortaible price and plenty of games at launch. I dont see where it is they fail. Besides, if they can make a guy like me buy it on day one, it means a load of people will buy it. Im usually put off by high prices and usually wait for price drops. So Im pretty Excited... BRING ON THE WiiU!! I just burned by the fact that I cant pre-order mine until after christmas.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
Ummmm where is Monster Hunter, announced to be comin in March?
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 years ago
ZombiU is the only thing on that list I would want to play. I already have a 360 and PS3 so cross-platform games don't do it for me. It is nice that the system is launching with so many games. As Jim pointed out we have come along way from the N64's baffling two game launch.
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senar koraltan Product Owner (with game/digital design, project management & commercialization skills) 8 years ago
That's the only game I see worth buying a Wiii U for!
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
Hmmm interesting move by EA coming up (surprised this hasn't been reported on the site actually) is that Mass Effect is being released as a trilogy on PC, 360 and PS3 at the same price point as ME3: Wii U.

Where did this horrendous lack of strategy come from? Why would anyone bother investing in the Wii U version if they are going to feel like they are being ripped off?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
Patrick, I have a feeling that the trilogy will be on Wii U and that the ME3 on Wii U we've seen so far has just been part of the trilogy package. ME3 was supposed to be a launch day title but it's been pushed back....I wonder why?

Also to note, the PS3 version of the trilogy doesn't release this year.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
I've heard a lot about how late (everyone else apart from EA *cough*) got the final hardware specs so I attributed the delay to that. Also far too much detail about the content of ME3:Wii U has been detailed including official cover art and the fact that they are putting in a full animated comic on the front to stop people being confused as to what has happened in the story.

Why would they go to all of this trouble and PR if they knew this was going to happen? And why would they not announce the Wii U version along with the others, particularly as the PS3 version was announced?
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers8 years ago
The breadth is far better than a lot of launches of the past (having plenty of easy ports helps) but the real test of the system will be small number of exclusives that look to really take advantage of the GamePad. Depending on how they are received, it could change the way people think about the Wii U.
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Elikem Jubey8 years ago
Wipeout 3?

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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam8 years ago
That's Wipeout the TV series, not Wipeout the sci-fi racer.
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