5 Most Anticipated Wii U Launch Titles
It’s hard to believe that in just two short weeks, the Wii U will start the next generation of consoles on November 18th. There’s a big selection of launch titles to choose from that day, but we wanted to highlight our 5 most anticipated to show you which ones you should be keeping an eye out for.
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ESPN Sports Connection
Though it may be a little surprising to see a mini-game collection on this list, ESPN Sports Connection has the potential to be an amazing Wii U launch title. Combining Football, Golf, Kart Racing, Soccer, Tennis, and Baseball, this title is about as close to a Wii U Sports as you can get. Don’t just take our word for it though, we included the video above to show you the fun that could be had with the game.
As for the other big mini-game collection coming at launch, Nintendo Land, the attractions we had a chance to play around with did leave us a little disappointed, so hopefully ESPN Sports Connection delivers where Nintendo Land didn’t.
New Super Mario Bros. U
When all’s said and done with the Wii U, New Super Mario Bros. U will finish in the top-selling games for the system and for good reason. Not only does it feature the same addictive gameplay seen in past New Super Mario Bros. titles, it takes full advantage of the Wii U’s features, such as the ability to play on the GamePad itself, rather than the TV screen.
The GamePad also allows for five-player action, with the GamePad user tasked with placing blocks in the game world to help everyone out. Or, as everyone is bound to do, you can place them in the way of your of friends, causing them to die. This mode is a tonne of fun, especially when you see just how good this game looks in HD.
Out of all the Wii U launch titles, this is the one that should be getting your money.
Launching a brand new IP on the same day as a new console is a bit of a risk, but ZombiU has a lot going for it. The zombie-shooting action that the game features is extremely tense, especially when you become surrounded by a group of people who just want to kill you. If you do manage to kill all the zombies, collecting all the items they drop is also a very easy experience thanks to the GamePad acting as your inventory.
If you don’t manage to ward off the waves of zombies though, you don’t just respawn at your last checkpoint. You spawn as an entirely different person, starting your journey in a new area. This aspect of ZombiU will help players actually care about who they play as, rather than treating death as just another game mechanic.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Just like ESPN Sports Connection, this may be a bit of a surprising choice. It appears on the other systems just 5 days earlier, but the game will be a true test for the Wii U. With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 having such a huge online presence, it will let everyone know how the system handles its online functionality.
Adding to that, the promise of Wii U-specific multiplayer modes and controls has us very interested in how this game will stack up against the other versions.
Nano Assault Neo
We wanted to include one Wii U eShop title in the Top 5 and our pick goes to Nano Assault Neo. Some of the other titles in the well-represented launch of the eShop include Cloudberry Kingdom, Toki Tori 2, Chasing Aurora, Little Inferno, and Puddle, but something about Nano Assault Neo has really caught our attention.
This is mostly in large part due to the fact that while the 3DS version, just called Nano Assault, was good, it was severely lacking because it was a twin stick shooter on a system with one stick. Cue the Wii U GamePad with its dual analog sticks and it turns Nano Assault Neo into a game that could be Nintendo’s answer to the amazing Geometry Wars and Super Stardust series’ on XBLA and the PSN respectively.
Despite us only highlighting 5 Wii U titles at launch, there will be many that you should think about picking up. Ports like Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 should all impress, whereas other titles like Scribblenauts Unlimited and Tank! Tank! Tank! look like they will be really good.
Only time will tell if all of our anticipation pays off, so check back soon for reviews on the Wii U and Wii U launch titles.
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