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Wii U Launch Guide

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, and Epic Mickey 2

by Zack Kaplan - November 12, 2012, 1:31 pm PST

Disney magic on this page. 

The list of Wii U launch titles continues with Sega's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. 

Sonic & All-Star Racing Transformed

Developer:Sumo Digital 
Players: 1-4
Off-TV Play: Yes
What is it?: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the sequel to  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. This launch title features racing on land, in the air, and on the sea. Racing Transformed has 20 playable characters including Sonic favorites, Ralph from the new Disney animated feature Wreck-it Ralph, and even NASCAR racer Danica Patrick. 
GamePad Use:The GamePad can be used as a steering wheel with its gyroscope. It also features a mini-map and rear-view mirror, exclusive touch screen mini-games including one with a Monkey Ball theme, the ability to switch between the TV and GamePad, and exclusive multiplayer modes.
Staff Approval Rating: 39% (12th)



Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper


Developer:Techmo Koei 
Players: 1-2
Off-TV Play: Yes
What is it?: This crossover of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors is all about traveling back in time to save fallen warriors to take down the monster Hydra. It features co-op play and characters from many games including Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. 
GamePad Use:Off-TV play is available along with split screen multiplayer which uses the GamePad as one of the screens.
Staff Approval Rating: 15% (16th)






Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Developer:Junction Point Studios 
Players: 1-2
Off-TV Play: No
What is it?: Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is the sequel to the Wii-exclusive game Epic Mickey. Players control Mickey, and Oswald in co-op, and attempt to repair Wasteland from earthquakes while investigating the truth behind The Mad Doctor.
GamePad Use:The GamePad features a map to help guide you along your way, as well as the ability to equip sketches, Epic Mickey’s version of a power-up.
Staff Approval Rating: 49% (6th (tie))


Talkback

CericNovember 12, 2012

Ninja Gaiden 3 I might actually try eventually.  Though I'm wary about the M rating.

geoNovember 12, 2012

I wonder if nintendo network ID works like an xbox live ID or like a battlenet ID.  If it's like xbox live, whoever gets a launch system will get the best chance to get the best names.

MrPhishfoodNovember 12, 2012

I have dibs on MyBodyIsReady

thedefalcosNovember 12, 2012

Zach: I thought it was confirmed that Black Ops 2 will have 4 player split screen. The back of the game box has a Wii- mote with the # 4 on it. That usually means "up to four wii motes can be used."  What's going on there?

thedefalcosNovember 12, 2012

Not sure what happened to my last reply, but I'll try it again.

Zack: I thought it was confirmed black ops 2 was 4 player. I saw the back of one of the boxes and it showed a wii-mote with a "4" on it. Usually means it's four player split-screen.  What say you?

That could mean it actually has 5 player split screen, as it's been confirmed you can play splitscreen with one of the screens being the GamePad. 

CalibanNovember 12, 2012

There's an awful lot of noes for the "off-tv play" feature. Huh, thought it was supposed to be a feature obligatory to all games even if it was just when playing by ourselves.

EasyCureNovember 12, 2012

gahhhhhh I need to stop reading about games I can't afford!

thedefalcosNovember 12, 2012

Caliban:  Don't do that to me.  5 player split screen would be so awesome. It would be worth getting the console for that option on that game alone. I think Sonic Racers has 5 player split and I know for sure Sports Connection does.


Maybe that's why BLOPS 2 supports the classic controller as well as the pro.


I really wish somebody would confirm this!

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorNovember 12, 2012

Can we get confirmation on ACIII having 3D?  I looked all over the box today and there's nothing on it.  If it really is, it's a Day-One purchase for me, as it'd be the only Wii U game in 3D for me to check out my new TV.  If it's not, I likely won't ever get it...

TJ SpykeNovember 13, 2012

Quote from: Caliban

There's an awful lot of noes for the "off-tv play" feature. Huh, thought it was supposed to be a feature obligatory to all games even if it was just when playing by ourselves.

It's not required at all, and I am glad it's not since it might scare off developers. Games have to use the GamePad, but that could be as simple as having a map displayed or something like that.

Quote from: Caliban

There's an awful lot of noes for the "off-tv play" feature. Huh, thought it was supposed to be a feature obligatory to all games even if it was just when playing by ourselves.

Well, some games make significant use of both screens, like ZombiU, so they'd be losing some of their functionality being played that way. It's still upsetting that some of the ports from 360/PS3 that were designed for single screen play don't have it, though.

CalibanNovember 13, 2012

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Quote from: Caliban

There's an awful lot of noes for the "off-tv play" feature. Huh, thought it was supposed to be a feature obligatory to all games even if it was just when playing by ourselves.

Well, some games make significant use of both screens, like ZombiU, so they'd be losing some of their functionality being played that way. It's still upsetting that some of the ports from 360/PS3 that were designed for single screen play don't have it, though.

I can understand such choice with ZombiU, as it's part of the gameplay in that it's trying to put you into a stressful position. What you said about the ports is what I was trying to refer. I guess we're just going to have to wait until we can get the games on our hands just so it's confirmed.

TJ SpykeNovember 13, 2012

It's already been confirmed. It is up to each developer what they will do with the GamePad screen. Hell, I think the only first party game that even uses off-TV gameplay is New Super Mario Bros. U.

I think some of Nintendo Land can be played that way. There's really no reason the Donkey Kong game couldn't. I may be wrong though.

There are still a decent amount of games that can be played that way. Mario of course, Darksiders, the EA Sports games. It's a major selling point for me, and I'm glad to have a few games that do it, even though more maybe should.

PlugabugzNovember 14, 2012

I got excited for TVii right up to the moment that they forgot to announce anything for not-America.

BlkPaladinNovember 16, 2012

Well Nintendo said they were considering bringing it to the other markets. And the ND showed the TVii icon so it is probally a good bet its coming to all markets. (Which may be another reason for the delay.)

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