When the Wii U launches in Japan, on December 8th, Nintendo TVii will be made available for Japanese consumers from the get-go. Nintendo confirmed earlier this week that Nintendo TVii is coming next year to select regions in Europe. The built-in, convenient application will be activated next month for Wii U owners in North America.
Developer Frozenbyte has released the launch trailer of the beautiful Trine 2: Director’s Cut, which is exclusive to Wii U. The game can be purchased for $19.99 from the North American Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The game will be available for download on Wii U in Europe on the new console’s launch date, November 30th, in that continent.
Today marks the release of the first new video game console in six years. Nintendo’s Wii U has finally launched in the U.S. The new console boasts full HD graphics and a unique controller called the Wii U GamePad, which hosts a wide variety of features, including a traditional gaming layout, motion controls, a microphone, speakers, a camera, a TV Control button, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen.
The Wii U releases in Europe on November 30th and Japan on December 8th.
Tomorrow Corporation has released the second trailer for its first Wii U game, Little Inferno. Little Inferno is a game in which children purchase a wide variety of items, then toss them into a fireplace, and watch them burn. Little Inferno will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop at Wii U’s launch this Sunday, November 18th.
When Nintendo’s Wii U launches in Australia on November 30th, Australian consumers can purchase a total of 21 games alongside the brand-new console. In Australia, the Wii U Basic Pack can be purchased for $349.95, whereas the Premium Pack will sell for $429.95.
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Nintendo Land
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
- Marvel Avengers: The Battle for Earth
- FIFA 13
- Rabbids Land
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
- Darksiders II
- Sports Connection
- Just Dance 4
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Limited Edition)
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- Transformers Prime
- 007 Legends
- Tekken tag Tournament 2
- Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Paper Mario: Sticker Star launches November 11th in North America, December 6th in Japan, and December 7th in Europe. The Japanese box art of the game features Mario holding a book and a sticker, whereas the North American box art displays the mustachioed hero holding his hammer, which is a crucial item in previous Paper Mario titles. Which design do you prefer?
Warner Bros Games Montreal has confirmed that Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition will be a day one launch game for Wii U. The game was previously scheduled to be released during the Wii U launch window. Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition contains all the downloadable content from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, and will be available on November 18th.
“Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition harnesses the power of the Wii U system and the Wii U GamePad with features that allow fans to further immerse themselves in the role of Batman like never before. WB Games Montréal evolved the incredible hit game by Rocksteady into a truly unique experience on Wii U.”
- Warner Interactive president, Martin Tremblay
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.
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.
Neko Entertainment’s Puddle, a physics puzzle game in which players must guide a puddle of fluid to its destination by tilting the environment, is coming to Wii U. The game is currently only available for download on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, but will arrive on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U at the console’s launch.