Nintendo has released a video showing the third-party games coming this year to Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Among the third-party games that will be released on Wii U in 2013 are several games from Ubisoft, including Watch_Dogs, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 2014 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Watch the above video to find out which other third-party games will launch on Nintendo platforms.
Below is a list of games that are scheduled to arrive this year on the Wii U in Japan. Some of the games listed – like Rabbids Land and LEGO City Undercover – have been available for purchase in the West for a while, though the country will be receiving a number of Wii U titles before other regions. There will be more Wii U games announced during E3 week next month, including a new 3D Mario and Mario Kart, which are rumored to be launching this year.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
New Super Luigi U (DLC)
F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition
New Super Luigi U (disc)
Sniper Elite V2
Lego City Undercover
Yakuza 1&2 HD for Wii U
The Wonderful 101
Wii Party (new title)
Wii Fit U
Sonic Lost World
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Last night, Nintendo announced that, unlike previous years, it will not be hosting a traditional press conference at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). However, Nintendo will still be a part of the upcoming expo, in which it plans to hold smaller events and showcase its new video games. To avoid confusion, via its official Twitter account, E3 confirmed that Nintendo will indeed be at E3 2013.
Hey, everyone! To avoid confusion, yes, Nintendo is still at E3 and we’re looking forward to their news and games. #E32013
— E3 Expo (@e3expo) April 25, 2013
The Pokemon Company has revealed to MCV that the next twelve months will be among the biggest in Pokemon history. The Pokemon Company is planning to launch a number of new Pokemon related titles, a new TV series, events, a film and new toys throughout 2013. the Pokemon Company will then release the long-awaited Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for the Nintendo 3DS, which is the first ever worldwide release of a major Pokemon game.
“Undoubtedly 2013 is a key year for us to grow and usher in a new era for Pokémon with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and the introduction of new characters as the launch platform.”
“We believe these games will appeal to all generations both veterans and newcomers to Pokémon.”
- The Pokémon Company International’s marketing director Anthony Cornish
Developed by Next Level Games, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, also known as Luigi’s Mansion 2, launches next week exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Interestingly, the upcoming game’s producer, Ken Yeeloy, claims that he and his team at Next Level Games didn’t hear about the “Year of Luigi” until the Nintendo Direct online presentation in February, which was when Nintendo announced to the public that 2013 belongs to Mario’s green-garbed brother.
“We found out about the Year of Luigi at the same time you did. We woke up that morning and found out through the [Nintendo direct] video!”
-Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Producer Ken Yeeloy
New figures have come to light that show that Wii U software sales during January were worse than PlayStation Vita software sales. The Wii U only managed to sell 34,000 games (this includes bundled Nintendo Land), while the PlayStation Vita sold 46,000 software units. The Xbox 360 sold the most software in the UK, with 810,000 sold. The PlayStation 3 followed closely behind with 545,000 pieces of software sold. The Nintendo 3DS sold less software than Wii and Nintendo DS in January. Here’s the figures.
- Xbox 360: 810K
- PlayStation 3: 545K
- PC: 228K
- Wii: 182K
- Nintendo DS: 139K
- Nintendo 3DS: 112K
- PlayStation Vita: 46K
- Wii U: 34K
- PSP: 13K
- PlayStation 2: 2K
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released 19 years ago, February 2nd, 1994, in the U.S. Because the game was released on that particular day, its publisher, Sega, says the second of February is “Hedgehog Day.” Via its official blog, Sega yesterday said that, although it’s not ready to go into any specifics, great Sonic ‘stuff’ are coming this year. Although this is just a rumor for now, sources who claim to be close to Sega said that a new Sonic game for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be revealed this month.
On February 2nd in 1994, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released in the US, and it was dubbed “Hedgehog Day”. For the past few years, we’ve revived this day as a holiday for all Sonic fans. We’ve got some great stuff coming up this year, but we’re not ready to talk about it just yet.
In a third quarter financial results briefing, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said the company will bring approximately 10 key Nintendo 3DS titles overseas in 2013. Some of the titles Iwata was referring to include Fire Emblem Awakening, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration Training and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins - all of which are exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and will be released in the first half of this year. The first installments in the sixth generation of the main series of Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, are also launching this year, but they are nine months away from making their worldwide debuts on the Nintendo 3DS.
We have already announced that “Fire Emblem Awakening,” “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity,” “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon,” “Brain Age: Concentration Training” and “LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins” will be released in the first half of this year. For the overseas Nintendo 3DS markets, this year will be a good harvest time of what we have developed for these two years. We plan to intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles on our own in order to change the Nintendo 3DS system from a handheld device just to play the Mario series to the one to enjoy a variety of games. Naturally, we will keep the momentum of already-released titles with much sales potential by, for example, having them digitally distributed.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unleashed Wii U news in an installment of Nintendo Direct today as he outlined Nintendo’s future plans for the console. Iwata revealed how the Wii U launch lineup will be bolstered by a long list of top game franchises headed for the new console. These are games that longtime players and newcomers alike will love to play, and everyone will be experiencing them in new ways, thanks to the integrated second-screen experiences enabled by the Wii U GamePad controller. Iwata also detailed a number of enhancements designed to make the Wii U game experience more social, even if people are not playing in the same room.
“The fun of video games is not only just playing games, but also sharing experiences together with people – even though they live far away, their skill levels are different or their experience does not happen at the same time,” Iwata said. “We want Wii U to be the system that brings everyone together.”
- Two Zelda Games: Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series, revealed two entries in the series for Wii U.
- Super Mario is on His Way: The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development team that created the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS is working on a new 3D Mario action game for Wii U. The game is scheduled to be playable at this year’s E3.
- Buckle Up!: Nintendo is also working on a new installment of the hit Mario Kart franchise. This game is also planned to be playable at E3.
- Yarn Yoshi: The team that created Kirby’s Epic Yarn is hard at work on the first console game to feature Yoshi as the main character since 1998’s Yoshi’s Story for Nintendo 64. Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story, is supervising the development of the new game, which is set in a fanciful world of yarn and textiles.
- Wii Fit U Communities: New features coming to Wii Fit U include letting players create user communities on Miiverse from within the game. Community members can discuss exercises, BMI or weight changes and other health topics with other players as a way to encourage one another to reach their fitness goals. Similar functionality for other games is also planned.
- Pikmin 3 Photos: The upcoming Pikmin 3 game includes a feature that lets players use the Wii U GamePad as a camera to share the same perspective as Pikmin and take close-up pictures of landscapes and creatures in the game and share them in Miiverse.
- The Party Continues: A new installment in the Wii Party franchise is planned to launch this summer. The game features various play styles, including one that lets both players compete head-to-head using just the GamePad.
- RPG Mashup: Nintendo has begun many collaborations with outside development partners to bring the best franchises and experiences to Wii U. In one such partnership, Nintendo and Atlus are working on a collaboration that features the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei franchises. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
- A New Game from Monolith Soft: Tetsuya Takahashi and the team at Monolith Soft that worked on Xenoblade for Wii are working on a new game. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
- More on the Way: Iwata shared a new trailer for The Wonderful 101. That game and GAME & WARIO are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2013. Iwata also showed a new video for Bayonetta 2. That game and the new Super Smash Bros. installment are still on the way, but will need more development time before details can be revealed.
- Virtual Console for Wii U: A spring system update will add Virtual Console software to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The service will launch right after the spring update and will include a selection of NES and Super NES games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the future. The prices for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games for Wii U will be the same as they were for the Virtual Console on Wii. People who have already purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or Super NES Virtual Console game and transferred it to their Wii U console can buy the enhanced Wii U version of the same game for the reduced price of $1 for NES games and $1.50 for Super NES games.
- Classic Games for 30 Cents! To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicom in Japan (which was known as the NES in the United States), Nintendo is making one NES or Super NES game available each month now through July at the anniversary price of just 30 cents. Each game will be available at that price for 30 days, and the first is the NES game Balloon Fight, which is now available in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Social and System Enhancements
- Miiverse Expands to Smartphones: Starting this spring, people will be able to browse Miiverse from their smartphones. Initially the experience will be browser-based, but Nintendo plans to create a dedicated Miiverse app in the future.
- System Updates: Two major updates are on the way, one in the spring and one in the summer. The updates will introduce a wide range of functionality, such as Virtual Console capabilities and shortening the time it takes users to launch software or return to the menu screen.
Below is a list of upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games that will launch in the U.S. and Canada during Q1 of this year. Brand-new titles, such as LEGO City: Undercover, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Rayman Legends and Toki Tori 2, will launch on Wii U in the coming months. Several Q1 Nintendo 3DS-exclusive games, including Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, will be released in digital form on the Nintendo eShop and in physical form at retailers.
- The Amazing Spider-Man™ Ultimate Edition
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
- The Croods: Prehistoric Party!
- Need For Speed Most Wanted
- LEGO® City: Undercover
- Aliens™: Colonial Marines
- Rayman® Legends
Nintendo eShop for Wii U
- BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
- The Cave™
- Fist of the North Star®: Ken’s Rage 2
- Toki Tori 2
- Zen Pinball 2
- Etrian Odyssey™IV: Legends of the Titan
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
- The Croods: Prehistoric Party!
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D
- Monster High™ Skultimate Roller Maze™
- NARUTO® Powerful Shippuden
- Brain Age™: Concentration Training
- Fire Emblem Awakening
- Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon
- Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
- Bloody Vampire
- Witch’s Cat
- Coaster Creator 3D
- Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D
- Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue
- Deer Drive Legends
- Brain Age™: Concentration Training DEMO
- ATV Wild Ride 3D
- Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2
- Nano Assault EX
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D