The Wii U is about six months from release, and we already have many confirmed Wii U launch titles. When the console hits the store shelves later this year, one of the most important aspects will be the games that are available with it. The good news is that we already have many confirmed Wii U launch titles, some of them being big franchises that are coming to Nintendo’s new console. Here’s a breakdown of the current Wii U launch titles that have been confirmed.
Developer Voliton Games has confirmed that Darksiders 2 will be a Wii U launch title. Darksiders 2 is an action-adventure game where the player controls Death himself. Darksiders 2 will be first released on other consoles this Summer.
Killer Freaks From Outer Space
Killer Freaks From Outer Space is the first exclusive title for the Wii U from Ubisoft, and it’ll be part of Ubisoft’s Wii U launch lineup. The game was first showcased at E3 2011 with the unveiling of the Wii U, and is a first person shooter. For more, check out the Killer Freaks From Outer Space trailer.
Assassin’s Creed 3
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 will be released on most platforms in Fall 2012, and will be available for the Wii U as well. Recent details reveal that the Wii U controller will be used in various ways, such as details character bios, map and inventory screen, and will function as the “Animus” of Assassin’s Creed.
Ghost Recon Online
The latest Ghost Recon title, Ghost Recon Online, will put heavy empahsis on multiplayer, and was one of the first games to be showcased for the Wii U. Ghost Recon online had a special Wii U reveal trailer showing a team of players cooperating on a mission. This is anther Ubisoft title that will be available for Wii U launch.
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City has been received well by gamers, and the title is currently being ported to the Wii U by developer Rocksteady Studios. Batman: Arkham City continues where Batman: Arkham Asylum left off, this time, the battle has been moved into the streets. While the game is slated to be a launch title for the Wii U, the full Wii U features will be unveiled at E3 2012.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Developed by Gearbox, Aliens: Colonial Marines will be released this Fall on all current gen consoles and on the Nintendo Wii U. The developer has stated that the Wii U version will likely be the best looking version of the game, and that they are very excited about the new controller.
DiRT is the only racing that that will be available for the Wii U launch. The Codemasters’ developed rally racer will be released on other consoles as well. DiRT for the Wii U will also feature co-op, where it’s rumored that one player will use the Wii U controller and play the rally navigator with a map, while the other player drives the rally car.
First party Nintendo Mii game
As part of the Wii U launch titles, Nintendo will be including a Mii-game that they have been using to showcase the features of the Wii U. The Mii game, which is still unnamed, has a series of mini-games that utilize the Wii U controller in various ways. It’s akin to the Wii Sports and Wii Play titles that Nintendo released for the Wii. The official name of the title is yet to be revealed, those details are expected at E3 2012.
Namco Bandai have revealed that they are working on a secret Tekken fighting game that will ready for the Wii U launch. The new Tekken game is expected to be fully revealed at E3 2012. In a recent interview with NintendoGamer, Namco mentioned that Tekken Wii U would run at 60 frames per second and have very low input lag.
Other possible Wii U launch titles
Nintendo has so far only confirmed one game as part of its Wii U launch lineup, but many suspect that the company will have at least one major first party game as well, like Super Mario or a new Zelda. When it comes to third party Wii U launch titles, we expect a lot of announcements at E3, especially the annual franchises from EA Sports that should make their way to the Wii U. Titles like Madden NFL 13, FIFA, and others.
As you can see, there are currently 9 confirmed Wii U launch titles, and it’s likely that we’ll see more games announced as we move closer to the Wii U launch this Fall. Of the 9 Wii U launch titles, only one game (Killer Freaks From Outer Space) is an original and exclusive title for the Wii U.