Nintendo announced during the last Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct, which took place in January, that a new 3D Mario platformer and Mario Kart for Wii U are scheduled to be playable at this year’s E3. Also during the online presentation the company touched on the next original The Legend of Zelda game for its latest console.
Although none of them were given official names, pre-order pages for all three games have already popped up on Walmart’s website. The retailer is listing these three Wii U games for pre-order: Mario 3D, Zelda 2 (RPG) and Mario Kart U. Note that “Zelda 2 (RPG)” isn’t referring to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake, as that title has a pre-order page, too.
Pre-orders for upcoming Wii U-exclusive The Wonderful 101 are now being accepted by retailers. To pre-order the action video game from GameStop, go here, or click here to pre-order it from Amazon. Nintendo has yet to confirm a release date for the title, but it was initially classified as a launch window game, which is the period beginning November 18th, 2012, and ending March 31st.
Capcom USA is currently holding a promotion for those looking to purchase the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Those of you who pre-order the game with Capcom USA will be eligible to receive a free Wii Classic Controller Pro to play the game with. The free accessory is only available to those that pre-order and there will presumably be a limited stock quantity.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were revealed earlier this month, and both of them will be released this year exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for the two role-playing games. If you want to encounter the legendary four-legged deer, Xerneas, pre-order Pokémon X here. If you want to catch the legendary Y-shaped bird, Yveltal, pre-order Pokémon Y from the online retailer here. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will launch worldwide in October.
Although Wii-exclusive Pandora’s Tower launched last year in Australia and Europe, thanks to publisher Xseed Games, the action role-playing game will finally be released in North America this Spring. It was rumored yesterday that GameStop no longer accepts pre-orders for Wii games; however, this is not true, as consumers can pre-order Pandora’s Tower from the American video game retailer. Consumers can also pre-order the game from online retailer Amazon.com. Based on both retailers’ listings, the game’s price tag is $39.99.
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
Pre-order Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate from GameStop to receive a case that features artwork of three Castlevania characters – Trevor, Simon and Alucard. The game launches next year and is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS.
Pre-order the game from GameStop here.
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.
UK retailer GAME has just begun taking pre-orders for the cute yellow Pikachu Nintendo 3DS XL console which was confirmed for Europe a few months back. The handheld will set you back a reasonable £179.99, but the release date has yet to be announced.
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.