Call Of Duty: Black Ops II‘s release date is November 13th for existing platforms, including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, and November 18th for Wii U. However, consumers are already receiving their pre-ordered copies of Wii U’s version of the game from online retailer Amazon, although the new console launches in a week.
Wii U’s version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches alongside the new console on November 18th. “The game is not natively 1080p,” says its publisher, Activision. This means that the Wii U will be able to upconvert the resolution to 1080p, but it will not be native. Activision also confirmed that if you pre-order the Wii U version of the game, you’ll receive the Nuketown 2025 bonus multiplayer map for free.
Slash Gear writer Don Reisinger, the same person who tried to convince people not to pre-order Nintendo’s upcoming console, admits Wii U’s launch lineup is impressive. Reisinger likes the fact that Wii U will launch with “kid-focused titles,” like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U, as well as games for adults, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III.
I have to say, I’m awfully impressed. I know that I’ve been somewhat tough on the Wii U here on Slashgear, saying that you shouldn’t preorder the device just yet, but perhaps this game lineup could change my mind. For once, Nintendo seems to understand the importance of third-parties, with 19 of the titles coming from a company other than the Mario maker.
I’m a firm believer that game libraries define video game consoles. And I’m also a firm believer that without a solid launch lineup of titles that appeal to all kinds of gamers, it’ll be difficult for a console to get off the ground.
The Wii U’s launch lineup appears to check all of the boxes gamers would expect. There are the kid-focused titles, of course, but you’ll also find some adult games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III. Add that to the new Darksiders and Arkham City and I think you have a solid game lineup.
And for those of us who still look back fondly at the old days of console launches that included all kinds of fighting games, having Tekken Tag Tournament 2 available on launch day just feels, well, right.
Activision has announced during the Wii U Preview event in New York City that Skylanders Giants, Wipeout 3, 007 Legends,Transformers Prime and Call of Duty Black Ops 2, which was leaked prior to the event, are Wii U launch window titles in North America.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U will have exclusive features like off-TV play and multi-player with one player using the TV and the other the GamePad.