The Wii U Launch Title Buying Guide

For those who enjoy decapitations:

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

While the original game received a lot of flak from fans and critics, Nintendo and Team Ninja are looking to renovate the series with a coating of polish and a number of exclusive extras for the Wii U. Dismemberments, tons of blood and the sexy female ninja Ayane, Razor’s Edge is a game that you’d never think Nintendo would publish. It appeases hardcore gamers with refined gameplay, a number of new weapons and abilities, and touch screen functionality that should speed up the already fast paced combat. It’ll also be more difficult, so try not to slam the gamepad too hard.

You should also probably watch… Beverly Hills Ninja.


For those who can’t afford any other games:

Nintendo Land

A lot of Wii U purchasers will be receiving this one free. Others will walk away with an inferior color and hard drive, forever cursing the fact they didn’t get their pre-order in soon enough. As proven by the surprisingly large floor space dedicated to it at E3, Nintendo Land is actually a lot of fun. Twelve different games are included, most of which are based on pre-existing Nintendo properties. Not every game is a winner, but as James’ previews testifies, many are surprisingly addictive. Luigi’s Ghost Mansion is the highlight of the multiplayer games, with one player controlling a ghost on the gamepad and the others using Wii Remotes to track him down. An invisible ghost is a fitting display for showing off multiplayer gameplay where a player has a screen all to themselves and one that could certainly keep couches full for hours. Donkey Kong’s Crash Course is a single-player highlight that would be right at home in an arcade — if only as a redemption game. It’s shaping up to be a must-own game, if only to quickly try out the various features of the console. Don’t worry if you didn’t pre-order a deluxe console; it can still be had for only $59.99 by itself.

You may also enjoy… JSRF and Sega GT 2002.


For those who don’t need no stinkin’ Rayman:

Rabbids Land

Rayman Legends may be missing from the Wii U’s launch library, but the rabbids-centric side of the franchise will be represented. It’s fairly fitting too since the original Raving Rabbids was a surprise hit for the Wii’s launch and Ubisoft no doubt wants to meet or better yet, exceed that benchmark. The rabbids and their bunny-eared spaceship are out to take over an amusement park. Normally, the Gamepad can be used to display special versions of the main mini-games. Some have simplified graphic schemes, while others allow you to use the tablet to interact with the on-TV world by aiming and drawing. Like some other Wii U launch games, you can also just go from playing the main game on the TV to the tablet if someone absolutely has to watch Monday Night Football or what have you. Rabbids Land looks like another fun mini-game collection for the series that makes use of the system’s unique hardware fairly well.

You should probably still play… Rayman Legends


For those who believe themselves to be a god:

Scribblenauts Unlimited

The classic Nintendo DS franchise is back, but this time on a console! Scribblenauts from 5th Cell is bringing the handheld experience to…basically another handheld system that plants you in front of a television. The core mechanics of the series are still intact as players will use the gamepad (the bottom screen) to type an object and adjective that will populate the world on the Television (the top screen). This will be the first time anyone witnesses the charming puzzle solver in beautiful high definition and will feature a number of fun and creative objectives to complete. There are always many ways you can complete a level, but hopefully what you bring to the world doesn`t turn on you. Being god isn`t an easy job.

You may also have the urge to… burn ants with a magnifying glass.


For those who like their music belted out by awful singers:

Sing Party

As Dack recounted in the last Podcast, Sing Party can make for both a very fun and very awkward experience. It could consist of singing co-ed with that special someone or a group of friends or you could be a male roped into singing Carly Rae Jepsen in front of a leering group of people. It could go either way, but really, isn’t that the point of Karaoke? Yet another game to make the Wii U a multiplayer experience out of the box, Sing Party uses the GamePad, which is really a genius (if not obvious) use of the tablet controller. It may not feature the best soundtrack, with tracks by Selene Gomez and The Wanted (plus “Party Rock Anthem”, why must it be on every dance/karaoke game?), but it should be the quickest way to get a party started on the Wii U — especially in a co-ed household.

You should also listen to… The Black Eyed Peas.


For those who like wrecking it:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed

This is one game that should succeed as Sonic & All-Stars Racing will be the only racing title during the Wii U’s launch. It certainly helps that the developer will be taking full use of the system’s second screen as there’s a handy mini-map available, racer rankings / placement, a popup for weapon tracking and motion controls. On top of that, Sega will be adding exclusive multiplayer modes and streaming abilities to the game, creating an experience that feels right for the system. This will be the most colourful and lively racer this holiday season with a huge catalog of characters to play as from Sega’s classic franchises.

Was this based off… Speed Racer and Redline?


For those who like the same thing yelled repeatedly:

Tank! Tank! Tank!

It should be obvious what you’re getting with this one. Aspiring to be nothing more than an arcade shooter (and it literally is, with cabs being released in Japan) where players blow each other away with tanks, Tank! Tank! Tank! could be one of the most pure gaming experiences at launch on the console. Anyone who’s played Tokyo Wars, which this game is a spiritual successor to, will be right at home. The game also takes advantage of the Wii U’s functionality, by taking a picture of each player with the Wii U Game Pad (you’ll have to pass it around) and using it as an avatar for their tanks. This one could be a sleeper hit.

You may also enjoy… Three’s Company.


For those who like fighting games and virtual volleyball:

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 provided a lot of thrills and bikini-clad spills a couple of months ago on the 360 and PS3, but now it’s heading to the Wii U with some system-specific content to tempt series vets and newcomers alike. The biggest exclusive is Mushroom Battle mode, where size-changing mushrooms drop down in intervals during a fight. If you’ve ever wanted to be a Super Kuma against a small King, now’s your chance. There will also be Nintendo-themed costumes, which makes us ponder dressing up a panda bear as Wario, or putting Nina in Princess Peach’s giant pink dress. The Gamepad will also be used like the 3DS’s bottom screen in many fighters. You’re able to tap sections of it to do particular moves, but unlike a lot of those, you can’t just spam the moves from any position. Also, unlike the 360 and PS3 versions, mini-game wackiness is back in the form of TEKKEN BALL. Volleyball is back in the Tekken-verse, ironically in the version of it that lacks bikinis as pre-order bonuses. It looks like TTT 2 Wii U will not only make use of the hardware fairly well, but also provide enough bonuses to make it at least worth a rental for those who have the game already.

You may also enjoy watching… DOA: Dead or Alive or the Olympics.


For those who like anything involving robots in disguise:

Transformers Prime

If you’ve got a Transformers fan in the house hooked on the Hub’s hit series, this is the game for them. TP gives you third-person fighting action featuring the Autobots and the Decepticons with a noticeable visual upgrade from the Wii game. There isn’t much known about what the Gamepad will be used for, but so far, it appears to allow you to do stat-tracking so you can see just who’s in the lead during multiplayer battles and also upgrade your character just by tapping on on-screen button. Transformers Prime seeks to satisfy those craving some robot vs. robot fighting, and so far, it appears that the game will do just that.

You should watch… anything but the last two Transformers films


For those like wizards and archers and/or Dungeons and Dragons:

Trine 2: Director’s Cut

Trine 2: Director’s Cut is the definitive version of the follow-up to the excellent Lost Vikings-esque puzzle-platformer series that took PC and PSN players by storm a few years ago. The graphics are even more intricately-detailed in the sequel, and the director’s cut version features content that hasn’t been seen on other platforms. This is the only version of the game that supports touch, which allows you to do things like attack using touch commands, or draw things on the environment that you need to progress – like a bridge. A new multi-player mode called Magic Mayhem has been announced, but there isn’t information about it out yet.Thankfully, it is known that T2DC will be the only console version of T2 with the Goblin Menace DLC available to it. T2DC is another eShop-exclusive for the system, ensuring that there will be some excellent games to play on the system even if store shelves are stripped bare.

You should probably watch… at least one LOTR movie after playing


For those who only like pressing one button:

Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper

The third installment of the ever popular Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors crossover, which combines and twists both Japanese and Chinese history into its own fiction, will be your only source for large scale battles on the Wii U. Hack and slash your way through literally thousands upon thousands of soldiers in order to complete your objectives. Playing as an army of familiar playable characters, Warriors Orochi will continue to throw enemies at you until no one is left standing. Battle your friends online with one-on-one multiplayer or play cooperatively using the Wii U`s gamepad functionality of a second screen.

You may also think… you know everything about East Asian history.


For those who work out in the nude:

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 13

While it may have started out on the Nintendo Wii, Your Shape hit its stride on the Xbox 360 using the Kinect camera. Ubisoft has decided to bring the series back to its roots with Fitness Evolved 2013, featuring a new set of exercises and entertaining games. While it does feel like a step down for anyone who has played the past two games, it’ll still deliver heart-pounding and sweat-inducing workouts that’ll have you burning all that unnecessary fat. With a new navigation system that takes place on the six inch tablet, Your Shape will be easier than ever to access routines in. Grab your Wiimote and ready your body.

You may also want to visit… the gym.


For those who like to see London in shambles:

ZombiU

Arguably the biggest game at launch, ZombiU is the only third party exclusive that really matters, offering a true survival horror experience. It’s not a Resident Evil, nor is it a Dead Island; ZombiU is its own unique blend of action horror where death is unavoidable. It’s a scary and difficult game that swaps back and forth between different survivors in London where the world has been hit with an inevitable zombie outbreak. The only thing we wish it had, though, is online multiplayer as, while it’s entertaining to send hordes of undead enemies at your friend when he’s on the couch next to you, it would be a lot more fun to do so across the world.

You may also have sudden the urge to play… Cricket


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