23 titles confirmed for Wii U launch day

Nintendo's talk of a Wii U launch window lineup is all good and well, but which games will you be able to buy and play when its new console launches on November 18? There'll be 23 titles in all, Nintendo confirmed this morning, including the likes of New Super Mario Bros. U, Ninja Gaiden 3, Darksiders II, Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Skylanders Giants, and Batman: Arkham City.

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Nintendo's talk of a Wii U launch window lineup is all good and well, but which games will you be able to buy and play when its new console launches on November 18? There'll be 23 titles in all, Nintendo confirmed this morning, including the likes of New Super Mario Bros. U, Darksiders II, Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Skylanders Giants, and ZombiU.

Ladies and gentlemen, your launch day lineup:

The Wii U comes in 2 models, a $300 Basic bundle in white and a $350 Premium kit in black.

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    September 26, 2012 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, 23 titles confirmed for Wii U launch day.

    Nintendo's talk of a Wii U launch window lineup is all good and well, but which games will you be able to buy and play when its new console launches on November 18? There'll be 23 titles in all, Nintendo confirmed this morning, including the likes of New Super Mario Bros. U, Ninja Gaiden 3, Darksiders II, Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Skylanders Giants, and Batman: Arkham City.

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      September 26, 2012 6:08 AM

      No Pikmin 3 for launch? Awww :(

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        September 26, 2012 6:17 AM

        I know that feel bro. :(

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        September 26, 2012 7:06 AM

        It was already pretty much confirmed because Japan won't even be getting it until 2013.

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      September 26, 2012 6:16 AM

      Man, we've come a long way since 1995 when the Playstation launched with 2 titles. Ridge Racer and Battle Arena Toshinden.

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      September 26, 2012 6:20 AM

      Not the Wipeout 3 I was hoping for.

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      September 26, 2012 6:26 AM

      I'm kind of interested in one game.

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      September 26, 2012 6:35 AM

      So.... ZombiU and NSMBU? Maybe Scribblenauts Unlimited?

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        September 26, 2012 6:51 AM

        Nintendoland and Mickey 2 might be fun. And what about AC 3? BLOPS 2? That should help carry the load. Not exclusives, no, but they are indeed arriving at roughly the same time as the other versions.

        Anyone who thinks this is a terrible launch lineup doesn't remember what all the other console launches have been like.

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          September 26, 2012 6:54 AM

          I couldn't stand Mickey 1 and 2 just doesn't look like it changed enough, we'll see about it though. Will be going for the Delux edition and I know my wife will play the fuck out of Nintendoland it even if I don't.

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            September 26, 2012 7:00 AM

            Go for it, man. I'm not an early adopter type but if the system achieves even a GameCube level of success I'm sure I'll get one.

            There's way too much FUD surrounding this system, and it's not grounded in the facts. Like I said in the other thread, we've got people blasting the Wii U as "5 year old technology", when it's been confirmed to have 4 times the RAM and a much better graphics card than the 360 or PS3. It's bullshit and I hope things turn around.

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              September 26, 2012 7:05 AM

              Yeah, most of the stuff coming out from Nintendo isn't pushing the hardware at all and the stuff coming from 3rd parties is mostly ports (save Ubisoft, who seems to have a real hard on for this). It'll be interesting to see what stuff designed from the ground up for it looks like next year.

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              September 26, 2012 9:29 AM

              There seems to be a certain segment of the gamer population who will automatically write off Nintendo and their hardware regardless of actual facts.

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          September 26, 2012 7:02 AM

          I remember watching a video of Nintendoland and thinking it looked terribly boring, but I haven't seen much else of it.

          I'd get AC3/BLOPS 2 on Xbox personally. Not that I care, I doubt I'll be getting the Wii U anytime soon - I'd rather wait for the inevitable price drop or bundle next holiday season.

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          September 26, 2012 1:57 PM

          AC3 looked great at E3, running the same, if not better, than the other consoles. The only reason not to get it would be because we're still not sure how smooth DLC is going to work on Wii U.

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        September 26, 2012 7:28 AM

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          September 26, 2012 8:47 AM

          Does the zombie game have bacon in it?

          Or ninjas?

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            September 26, 2012 9:30 AM

            Nope. But it has the coolest multiplayer mode I've seen on a game in years. Sending out waves of zombies to kill your opponent is way too fun.

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              September 26, 2012 9:38 AM

              I'm hoping it's awesome. The concept is sound, I'm just tired of zombies.

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      September 26, 2012 6:41 AM

      I hope ZombieU isn't a big disappointment because it's the only reason I'm considering standing in line to get the system on release.

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        September 26, 2012 6:49 AM

        If they curb the production again and the demand matches that of the initial Wii you should be able to sell it profitably at least.

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          September 26, 2012 6:53 AM

          It'll be sold out through the "launch window" I'm sure, the question is how fast the next 10 million units go.

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        September 26, 2012 6:50 AM

        I'll probably be doing the same :/

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          September 26, 2012 7:03 AM

          I already confirmed a friend to be a big loser with me and brave standing outside in a Northern Alberta November morning :(

          Maybe if it's minus 30 I'll be the only one there.

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            September 26, 2012 7:08 AM

            Yeah, it'll be an early morning for a Sunday that's for sure. Hopefully not too much snow on the ground :/

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      September 26, 2012 6:51 AM

      lol a bunch of ports

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        September 26, 2012 6:54 AM

        We live in a multiplatform age. I'd challenge you to tell me how many notable exclusives the 360 has this year besides Halo 4 and Kinect.

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          September 26, 2012 6:58 AM

          I agree, but when launching a console people don't want ports. They want exclusive/first party

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            September 26, 2012 7:04 AM

            That's true. I still say it's a decent launch. Remember, this is what the 360 had: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_launch#Titles

            Doesn't exactly blow you away, does it?

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              September 26, 2012 7:12 AM

              At the time it did, because all of these titles had very much improved graphics, which is important to a lot of people (not so much me)

              The Wii U has none of that. The games are ports, don't look any better, and in every case I've seen, the tablet additions are complete gimmicks that don't actually add anything to the game.

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          September 26, 2012 9:06 AM

          Yes, except for a console launching at the end of 2012... I don't want ports of games that run on my 6 year old consoles. You know, the ones I already own.

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            September 26, 2012 9:12 AM

            ^^^^^ Ding ding ding. The kind of people who play the games that are being ported to the WiiU already own said games and consoles.

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            September 26, 2012 9:19 AM

            Exactly. There is nothing wrong with ports, it's just not really what you want to see on a brand new piece of hardware. Actually the whole console in general is kind of a tough sell. If you are not blown away by the idea of a controller with a screen.. you are essentially paying $300+ for current generation hardware which is being released with last years games.

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              September 26, 2012 6:08 PM

              A, it's not current generation hardware. It has 4x the RAM and a graphics chip that is several generations more advanced. Will it be eclipsed by the next Xbox and PlayStation? Probably. But that doesn't make it current gen hardware.

              B, no one buys a console just for the launch titles, at least I never would. You buy it because you know Ninty is going to make some great games for this thing, and the multiplatform stuff is going to have some neat features that the existing consoles are not capable of.

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                September 26, 2012 9:55 PM

                It reportedly won't run unreal engine 4. Get ready for dumbed down Wii u ports once the UE4 games roll out.

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        September 26, 2012 7:00 AM

        JohnnyRey post.

        Everyone complained about Wii's lack of multiplatform titles, then they turn around and complain when they have them. Guess they can't win.

        Also, I count 6 exclusives in the list.

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          September 26, 2012 7:13 AM

          No one complained about muliplatform games. Who would want that on the Wii, with it being underpowered? People complained at the lack of quality first-party titles and/or exclusive third party titles that made use of the unique hardware.

          it looks like the WiiU is going to have the same problem

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            September 26, 2012 7:26 AM

            People complained about a lack of third party support on the Wii, multiplatform or exclusive - it didn't matter. Also, the only thing the Wii really had going for it was quality, first party titles. What are you talking about?

            You say the Wii U is going to have the same problem. This is based off of... what exactly? You've already came to this conclusion 2 months before the console is released? Pretty knee jerk reaction there Johnny.

            The Wii U is by no means looking to be the perfect console. There are a ton of things I wish Nintendo did differently and I think they deserve a lot of the flak they are receiving. However, your constant thread shitting on everything related to Wii U is getting pretty old man.

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              September 26, 2012 7:30 AM

              I'm glad you are buying one, I really hope you enjoy it. But I think It's a bit naive to think this won't have the same issues the Wii did, considering they once again are releasing a "new" console at the end of the current gen's life cycle. (which is less powerful then current gen, and will be a generation behind in another year when the new consoles come out.)

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                September 26, 2012 7:47 AM

                Everything we've seen puts it, minimally, better than current gen. If rumors of Sony and MS wanting to (or being forced to) wait out this gen a little longer are true, we could see the next Nintendo console 3 years into the PS4/720 life-cycle, about when the Wii U would be getting pretty underwhelming ports.

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                    September 26, 2012 8:12 AM

                    Yeah I've read that, I also read that it's slower GHz wise but is based on Power 7 architecture which just means that Tecmo needs to learn how to utilize a better architecture.

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                    September 26, 2012 8:18 AM

                    http://www.slashgear.com/wii-u-more-powerful-than-360-and-ps3-claims-5th-cell-13238519/
                    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-08-30-how-powerful-is-the-wii-u-really
                    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/118011-Wii-U-Powerful-Enough-For-CryEngine-3

                    It says right there in your article that the only downside is having a CPU that is slightly less than the 360. Meanwhile, it has double the available memory and a much improved GPU.

                    I think everyone knows it's not going to be 3x as powerful as the current gen, but trying to cherry pick your links in an attempt to call it less powerful is silly.

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                      September 26, 2012 8:23 AM

                      The point is it's going to be outdated when the new consoles come out. So if they are going to do that (again) at least have some good first-party games/exclusives.

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                        September 26, 2012 8:42 AM

                        Well yeah, I don't expect the same massive differences but definitely will be the slowest of the bunch. Hopefully we see good things from the big N software wise down the line.

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                          September 26, 2012 8:46 AM

                          Right, and thats fine, IF they had third parties on board for exclusive stuff, not just ports. It's just a shame. =(

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                            September 26, 2012 8:50 AM

                            Well you've got Zombi U and P:101 already, if they had EA and Activision sending an exclusive Nintendo's way at launch we'd have pretty much the best possible lineup ever.

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                            September 26, 2012 9:43 AM

                            Where's the article where their 3rd parties say they are only going to do ports?

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                              September 26, 2012 9:46 AM

                              Where is the article that says they won't? Not sure why everyone things third parties are all of a sudden going to start making exclusives for nintendo. Take a look at the Wii.

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                        September 26, 2012 8:48 AM

                        No, the point was that it wasn't less powerful than current consoles as you originally stated

                        I do agree that it will probably be outdated when new consoles come out, but how much remains to be seen. Hopefully it's enough to not be back in the same situation the Wii is in right now.

                        Also, Nintendo has always been pretty good about first party games so I'm not sure what you are on about there. I believe 9 out of those 23 titles listed above are actually exclusive to the system - which isn't too bad relative to other console launches.

                        ESPN Sports Connection
                        Game Party Champions
                        New Super Mario Bros. U
                        Nintendo Land
                        Rabbids Land
                        Sing Party
                        Transformers Prime
                        Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
                        ZombiU

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                          September 26, 2012 8:55 AM

                          Lol! Thank you for listing those. You've done all of my arguing for me.

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                            September 26, 2012 9:03 AM

                            Well someone has to, as you're pretty bad at it.

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                              September 26, 2012 9:05 AM

                              I agree. Listing those has made a better argument than I ever could.

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                      September 26, 2012 9:42 AM

                      That Eurogamer article is really well-written, I think I'll use it as my defacto response next time I see a "lolz it looks like a N64 game!" comment about WiiU titles.

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            September 26, 2012 9:33 AM

            You realize how silly it is to predict the entire future of the console based on launch titles, right?

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              September 26, 2012 9:46 AM

              I'm basing it nintendo's history.

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              September 26, 2012 1:25 PM

              Yeah, if that were true most consoles that have "won" the generation would've been a flop.

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                September 26, 2012 6:15 PM

                The DS had a shitty launch, worse than this, and it ended up the second best selling system of all time, behind the PS2.

                I'm not saying the Wii U will achieve that level of success, I'd be shocked if it did. But this launch is not really cause for doom-and-gloom.

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                  September 27, 2012 4:00 PM

                  The DS will become the best selling system of All time before the end of the year.
                  The PS2 is pretty much not selling anymore while the DS still sells million units a year.

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        September 26, 2012 7:30 AM

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      September 26, 2012 7:31 AM

      I will buy one when Bayonetta 2 is released.

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        September 26, 2012 7:47 AM

        I'm definitely picking up Bayonetta 2 day one. That and Metal Gear Rising should make up for the huge disappointment that was Ninja Gaiden 3.

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      September 26, 2012 7:35 AM

      Needs F Zero

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        September 26, 2012 9:05 AM

        is planned by nintendo, miyamoto said great stuff could be done, no more than that

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          September 26, 2012 9:05 AM

          there was one slight rumor i think but if nintendo says it's a good idea then it's definitely on the radar already

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        September 26, 2012 9:10 AM

        duh-dil-duh. Duh-dil duh, duh-dil-duh-dil-duh-dil duh-dil-duh. Duh-dil duh, duh-dil-duh-dil-duh-dil duh-dil-duh. Duh-dil duh, duh-dil-duh-dil-duh-dil duh-dil-duh. Duh-dil duh, duh-dil-duh-dil-duh-dil duh-dil-duh.

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      September 26, 2012 7:42 AM

      Wonderful launch. And by wonderful launch I mean lots of titles available elsewhere.

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      September 26, 2012 9:14 AM

      I liken Nintendo to one step above Leapfrog or something nowadays. Completely casual, different kind of company than they used to be. Which is fine....but I can't get dissapointed in their offerings anymore

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      September 26, 2012 9:28 AM

      NSMBU, ZombiU, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and TTT2 are probably the ones I'm gonna go with. Can't wait for the WiiU!

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      September 26, 2012 10:02 AM

      Deluxe Edition w/ Nintendo Land
      Will get Mario u, Zombi U, Mickey 2.
      Will wait for reviews on Ninja Gaiden 3, Rabbids Land, Scribblenauts, and Tekken Tag 2.

      I've primarily been a Nintendo console owner since the beginning until getting into pc gaming when Battlefield 1942 came out. So for me, Wii U will be a great complimentary console to my pc.

      If you're looking for quality software (even Batman which is a year old) I think this could be a great launch line up. I wonder if everyone will bitch and moan this much once Durango/Orbis launch games are announced (at E3 2013 perhaps?) and it's all a bunch of enhanced ports for current gen holiday 2013 titles.

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        September 26, 2012 6:18 PM

        PC/Nintendo gamers represent. It's a good combination that has been serving me well for decades.

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      September 26, 2012 1:36 PM

      Zelda, Metroid, and Galaxy are the only games that will get me to purchase a Wii U.

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        September 26, 2012 1:57 PM

        Well one is already confirmed and the other two are highly likely.

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          September 26, 2012 2:19 PM

          Yup ... I'm sure they'll eventually come out ... but I haven't seen anything else that would make me want a Wii U yet :/

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            September 26, 2012 4:45 PM

            Platinum Games Pikmin-like game looks really fun. I think I'll purchase this sometime in the second half of 2013.

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      September 26, 2012 3:24 PM

      So much I'll have to wait to get em all

      CoD BLOPS II
      DarkSiders II
      Ass Creed
      ME3 (Not now there is a trilogy though)
      Zombi U
      Scribblenauts
      And maybe NSMBU

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      September 26, 2012 3:25 PM

      can't wait to pick up my "platinum games machine" at launch

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        September 26, 2012 4:58 PM

        I am oddly intrigued by the reworking of Ninja Gaiden 3 for WiiU. It sounds like they set out specifically to make it not suck anymore, and bring it inline with the first 2 games (xbox versions).

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      September 27, 2012 7:08 AM

      Geee you youngsters don't know anything, I remember the N64's launch with a whopping 2 games!! Yep Super Mario 64 or Pilotwings, 1 game was great the other sucked.... Oh and don't forget that 1 month delay between new games (waverace was the 3rd and only release for the 2nd month) for a while on that system, these kids now a days get spoiled with there day 1 launch days. 22 games pfft, we didn't need 22 games to keep us busy with a brand new system, I remember beating Mario 64 4 times that month, thats all we needed to keep our interest in our shiny new system back in the 90's....

      Oh and now for the real horror...... WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE ONLINE GAMING BACK THEN!!!

      Sorry to scare any young readers that might have read my comment.

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      September 27, 2012 3:53 PM

      That"s one of the best launch day EVER for a console... PERIOD.
      I'll buy at least 5 games on that list : Mario, Zombi U, Asssassin's Creed 3, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament 3.