I might not get all these right away, but damn it, I kind of want to!
As I type this, I'm within 24 hours of getting my Wii U. I believe I have gone past mere excitement and hit total and complete fever pitch. I'm treating this like Christmas, but not like, Christmas when I'm a teenager. No, this is like "5-year-old Neal about to pee his pants at the prospect of a Game Boy with Super Mario Land 2 at Christmas" excitement.
So, it seemed apt to make a list of games I'm eyeing, along with the reason why I'm eyeing them.
- Nintendo Land
I'm stupid excited to get together with friends and play the competitive/cooperative games. The amount of fun I had with this at events is absurd. Aside from that, I'm curious to see how the theme park overworld works, too.
- New Super Mario Bros. U
So, it's like Super Mario World? And it has a Challenge mode? Wait, what? I can play it in bed! Well, alright, I'm in.
- Madden NFL 13
I can also play Madden in bed? I'm in. I also weighed my options versus the Madden NFL 13 I have on 360. To me, it's more important to have off-TV play and the cool pre-snap stuff on the GamePad. 360/PS3 can keep their physics engine and card game.
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
I was enraptured by Scribblenauts at E3 2009. When the game came out, I was a little underwhelmed. Finally, after a few other entires, 5th Cell seems to be going back to why I was excited for the series. The idea that it is on a home console makes it a more communal experience, and the open world-esque nature of the game is very appealing.
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Five-player local play will probably happen like once, but I'm floored by how cool that could be. Also, I can play it in my bed.
I keep hearing how much it's like Dark Souls, and that doesn't 100% appeal to me, but the brutal nature of the single-player and the fun I've had with the multiplayer seems to make this a worthwhile purchase even if I might not totally get into it.
- Skylanders Giants
I can play Skylanders in my bed? I am so down with that. Though I'll have to check if the included portal is wireless or not. That might be a weird downfall for Skylanders on Wii U. If Off-TV Play is still closely tethered to the system, it might lose part of the appeal.
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Every now and then, a fighting game appeals to me. It happened with the 3DS launch with Super Street Fighter IV, and I think it will happen again with Tekken Tag 2. I haven't enjoyed a Tekken game since Tekken 3, but the goofy Nintendo flavor seems like it will make this game the best version of an already pretty solid game.
- Chasing Aurora
To be totally honest, I don't know much about this game. It's got birds. It's developed by the guys who made And Yet It Moves. It's got unique single-player/multiplayer using the GamePad. I'll try it.
- Trine 2
I avoided playing this when I heard it was coming to Wii U, because it's nice to see a beautiful 2D side-scroller in the vein of Lost Vikings come to a Nintendo platform. Also, I can play it in bed.