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Nintendo Confirms 23 Titles for Wii U's North American Launch

by Tyler Ohlew - September 26, 2012, 7:15 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

That's over $1380. How much does a lung sell for now?

Early this morning, Nintendo of America confirmed 23 games will be on store shelves for the November 18 launch of Wii U. The total is a slight decrease from our initially projected 27 titles.

Making launch day are:

  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • SiNG Party 
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • ZombiU
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • FIFA 13
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Transformers Prime
  • Wipeout 3
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Darksiders 2
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • ESPN Sports Connection
  • Just Dance 4
  • Rabbids Land
  • Your Shape 2013
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition.

Check out our launch day feature here to see when your favorite titles are expected to see release.

Nintendo Announces 23 Games Launching with Wii U on Nov. 18

An additional 29 games are planned through the end of March.

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 26, 2012 – Nintendo is unleashing the largest launch-day video game lineup in its history for its new Wii U™ home console. When Wii U launches in the Americas on Nov. 18, 23 games from Nintendo and its third-party publishing partners will be ready to play as well. These include Nintendo-published games like Nintendo Land™, New Super Mario Bros.™ U, SiNG PARTY™ and NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor's Edge, as well as third-party powerhouses like ZombiU™ from Ubisoft, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II from Activision Publishing, Inc., Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive, EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13 from Electronic Arts and Scribblenauts™ Unlimited from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

"We're making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and that a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO. "We have something for everyone, from new franchises to creative new approaches to familiar favorites."

The high-definition Wii U system is available in two versions in the Americas, and each comes with a touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller. The Basic Set will be offered in white at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the United States, while the Deluxe Set, which includes higher storage capacity, additional accessories and Nintendo Land, will be offered in black at a suggested retail price of $349.99 in the United States.

Wii U owners who connect their systems to the Internet also unlock a vast array of features to enhance their gaming, social and entertainment experiences. This includes features such as Nintendo eShop, which allows users to buy and download games directly to their systems, and Miiverse™, an online gaming community that lets players interact in new ways and share playing tips. Wii U owners in the United States and Canada will also have access to Nintendo TVii, which lets users access multiple sources of entertainment through a convenient GamePad interface.

Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games for launch day and beyond.

Publisher   Title   Launch Date
505 Games   Funky Barn   Launch Window*
2K Sports   NBA 2K13   Launch Window
Activision Publishing, Inc.   Call of Duty®: Black Ops II   Nov. 18

  Skylanders Giants™   Nov. 18


  Wipeout 3   Nov. 18

  007™ Legends   Launch Window

  Cabela's® Dangerous Hunts 2013   Launch Window

  Rapala® Pro Bass Fishing   Launch Window
Broken Rules   Chasing Aurora   November
Pwnee Studios   Cloudberry Kingdom   November
D3Publisher   Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game   Launch Window

  Ben 10 Omniverse™   Launch Window

  Family Party: 30 Great Games®: Obstacle Arcade   Launch Window
Disney Interactive   Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two   Nov. 18 
Electronic Arts   EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13   Nov. 18

  Madden NFL 13   November

  Mass Effect™ 3   Launch Window
Frozenbyte   Trine 2™: Director's Cut   November 
Gaijin Games   Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien   January 
WayForward   Mighty Switch Force HD   November 
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.   TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 Wii U Edition   Nov. 18

  TANK! TANK! TANK!™   November
Nintendo   New Super Mario Bros. U   Nov. 18

  NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge   Nov. 18

  Nintendo Land   Nov. 18

  SiNG PARTY   Nov. 18

  Game & Wario™   Launch Window

  LEGO® City: Undercover   Launch Window

  Pikmin™ 3   Launch Window

  Wii Fit™ U   Launch Window

  The Wonderful 101™   Launch Window
SEGA   Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™   Nov. 18

  Aliens: Colonial Marines™   Launch Window
Shin'en   Nano Assault Neo   November
Tecmo Koei America Corporation   WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper   Nov. 18
THQ   Darksiders® II   Nov. 18

  JEOPARDY! ®   Launch Window

  Wheel of Fortune®   Launch Window
Tomorrow Corporation   Little Inferno   November
Two Tribes   Toki Tori 2   November
Ubisoft   Assassin's Creed® III   Nov. 18

  ESPN Sports Connection™   Nov. 18

  Just Dance® 4   Nov. 18

  Rabbids® Land   Nov. 18

  Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013   Nov. 18

  ZombiU™   Nov. 18

  Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth   Launch Window

  Rayman Legends®   Launch Window
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment   Scribblenauts™ Unlimited   Nov. 18

  Game Party Champions   Nov. 18

  Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition   Nov. 18

* Launch window is defined as the period beginning Nov. 18, 2012, and ending March 31, 2013.

Broadband Internet access is required for online features. For more information, go to http://support.nintendo.com. Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

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SorenSeptember 26, 2012

NSMBU, ZombieU and FIFA 13 day 1 for sure. That plus the systems basically means $500 spent on launch day.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusSeptember 26, 2012

That is a pretty impressive and diverse launch lineup. It almost hits every single major genre.

EasyCureSeptember 26, 2012

some good titles here that I personally wouldn't spend money on, but would like to try...

makes me wish i thought ahead, preordered a second system for a family member as an xmas gift, that way they could get three games and I could borrow them at a later time :-)

For the uninitiated, Wipeout 3 refers to the ABC obstacle course game show, not the Sony F-Zeroesque games.

That's an awfully crowded launch, but i'm not one to complain about having a diverse selection of games to choose from.

*phew* This actually cut down my day one purchases  quite a bit, but I will need to pick up the rest over this launch window period... *checks budget spreadsheet* ... I'm screwed.

LouieturkeySeptember 26, 2012

Quote from: Kairon

*phew* This actually cut down my day one purchases  quite a bit, but I will need to pick up the rest over this launch window period... *checks budget spreadsheet* ... I'm screwed.

May be a good idea to wait then.  Play the games you have and then pick up more.  That way, they may go down in price by the time you are even able to play them.

SarailSeptember 26, 2012

Quote from: Soren

NSMBU, ZombieU and FIFA 13 day 1 for sure. That plus the systems basically means $500 spent on launch day.

I'll see you online in FIFA, Soren. ;)

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