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Nintendo Specifies Launch Day Wii U Titles

23 games will be available on day one.

This morning, Nintendo clarified the specific titles that will launch alongside the Wii U. Previously, we had only known of the launch window titles; however, that launch window extended out all the way into March of 2013. Day one Wii U consumers will be able to choose from a total of 23 titles, which include the likes of New Super Mario Bros. U, Assassin's Creed 3, and Black Ops II. Click through for the full launch list!

  1. Assassin’s Creed® III
  2. Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition
  3. Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
  4. Darksiders® II
  5. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  6. EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13
  7. ESPN Sports Connection™
  8. Game Party Champions
  9. Just Dance® 4
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U
  11. NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
  12. Nintendo Land
  13. Rabbids® Land
  14. Scribblenauts™ Unlimited
  15. SiNG PARTY
  16. Skylanders Giants™
  17. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™
  18. TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 Wii U Edition
  20. WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
  21. Wipeout 3
  22. Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
  23. ZombiU™

While games like Mass Effect 3 and Rayman Legends were expected day one, players will have to wait it out a little while longer. At this time, it's not clear when these titles will drop, but based on the dates specified on titles like Toki Tori 2, Mighty Switch Force HD, and Nano Assault Neo, the Wii U eShop will open up before the end of November.

Stay tuned, as we'll have updates on release dates as they become available.



Joaquim Mira Media Manager

09/26/2012 at 10:10 AM

That's a huge selection. There would be 5 games from that list that I would get if I could, but I think I'm just going to get Darksiders 2, and ZombiU. If I can get a console on launch day that is.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

09/26/2012 at 11:03 AM

Solid launch lineup. There are only two games on the list I'd consider purchasing, so I think it's a good thing I decided to pass on the launch window. But it's an impressive selection, especially if you only owned the Wii and haven't experienced games like Darksiders and Ninja Gaiden before.

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Angelo Grant Staff Writer

09/26/2012 at 11:52 AM

Congrats Nintendo, this is how you properly launch new hardware. Unless ZombiU is amazing, I don't see a system seller on there as far as I'm concerned, but I see plenty of appealing titles for launch day purchasers.


09/26/2012 at 12:17 PM

This is a really great lineup. This launch day lineup covers so many bases. You have several casual games for the kids and parents, you have music and dance games for those fans, you have a fitness game, a few sports games, a fighting game, you have Warriors Orochi for that Warrior's niche, and then you have several core mature games and AAA blockbusters. It covers a lot of bases and it's probably the best launch lineup I can remember.

I won't be buying the system though (I'm going to have $100 going to Halo 4 collector edition already this holiday season). Hypothetically if I were to get the system day one I'd buy Mario Brothers, ZombiU, AC3, Call of Duty, Batman, Darksiders, Nintendoland, and Ninja Gaiden.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

09/26/2012 at 02:38 PM

I'd advise holding off a bit on the new Ninja Gaiden. It's being handled by Spark Unlimited. They aren't known for consistently cranking out quality titles.

Also, Halo 4 is the only FPS I'm interested in this year, but I'm waiting for reviews. It looks amazing, but you never know. Heck, my backlog is gigantic. I might even just wait for a price drop. You know one is coming eventually.

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