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
American video game and entertainment retailer GameStop has apparently stopped taking pre-orders for upcoming Wii games. The reason for this is because GameStop supposedly wants to have more virtual space available for Wii U pre-orders. The Wii is over six years old, and Nintendo confirmed that it’s no longer developing new Wii titles. However, there are publishers that are still bringing games to the aging platform, including Xseed with the localization of Pandora’s Tower for North America and Disney Interactive Studios with Disney Infinity, both of which will be released this year.
Update: Pandora’s Tower Now Available For Pre-Order From Amazon And GameStop
Toward the end of last year, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Mercury News that although the Wii U is currently being sold at a loss, to make a profit on its new console, consumers need only purchase one Wii U game. It turns out that this claim is incorrect, as Mercury News updated the article with an excerpt saying that Nintendo actually needs to sell more than one Wii U game to make a profit on the new Wii U console.
In a story about Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, Fils-Aime incorrectly said that Nintendo makes a profit on the Wii U console after consumers buy one piece of software. The number is more than one, but the company declined to say the exact number.
Kotaku made a list of multiple third-party games that are coming out next year, 2013, but haven’t been confirmed for Nintendo’s new Wii U console. However, keep in mind that the Wii U will be receiving some major third-party games early next year, including Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, Rayman Legends, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Early 2013 third-party games that aren’t confirmed for Wii U are listed here:
- Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
- BioShock Infinite
- Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
- Crysis 3
- Dead Island Riptide
- Dead Space 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
- Metro Last Light
- Remember Me
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Tomb Raider
A Japanese Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow, December 5th, at 5 a.m. CST. The broadcast will focus on Wii U, which launches in Japan in three more days, whereas the European and North American Nintendo Direct broadcasts will divulge information regarding upcoming games for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
You can watch the Japanese Nintendo Direct here.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime gives reasons for as to how the new Wii U console differs from Kinect for Xbox 360. Fils-Aime claims that there are not a lot of games to play on Kinect. Fils-Aime says the controllers for the Wii U are a lot more precise than Kinect. He also says the new console offers a much richer multiplayer experience, compared to Microsoft’s Kinect.
Online gaming publication CVG has noticed that third-party Wii U games all show a significant mark-up when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. The publication spoke to an analyst who concluded that the premium price tags are commonplace for new consoles. Popular titles such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are around ten pounds more expensive than their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts. Will this put you off purchasing third-party games for Wii U?
If you’re looking to secure yourself some cheap Wii U games before the console launches in North America on November 18th then Newegg is offering $12 off all video game pre-orders for games that cost $49.99 and over. All you’ll need to do is enter this promotional code EMCJNNH224. Be warned the code expires on October 4th, so be sure to get those pre-orders in quickly.
Nintendo announced last week that there will be 23 physical Wii U games available for purchase on the new console’s launch day. However, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed which digital games will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U’s debut.
Tomorrow Corporation, the developer of fantastic WiiWare title World of Goo, confirmed its first Nintendo eShop title, Little Inferno, is a Wii U launch title. Unlike World of Goo, which was given an E rating by ESRB, Little Inferno is rated T for Teen.
This weeks Enterbrain software and hardware charts are in from Japan and they once again show that the Nintendo 3DS is undoubtedly the dominate format. The Nintendo 3DS’ nearest competitor was the PSP which sold a mere 14,921 units. Sony’s competing format, the PlayStation Vita, could only muster up sales of 9,295 units. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts:
- [PSP] Final Fantasy III
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [PS3] Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
- [3DS] Shin Egokoro Kyoshitsu
- [3DS] Medarot 7 Kabuto Ver. / Kuwaga Ver.
- [PS3] Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- [PSP] Tiger & Bunny: On Air Jack!
- [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2
- [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History
- [PSP] Hunter X Hunter Wonder Adventure
- Nintendo 3DS: 61,382
- PSP: 14,921
- PlayStation 3: 11,440
- PlayStation Vita: 9,295
- Wii: 5,742
- Nintendo DS: 1,020
- PlayStation 2: 1,014
- Xbox 360: 448