Let me start by confessing: I don’t own a Wii. But I’ve loved Nintendo since the days of N64 and GameBoy Color (my first console and portable, in fact), and I enjoy playing the Wii with friends. But the interactivity of the motion controls just wasn’t enough to get beyond my biggest complaint about it: it just wasn’t designed for serious gamers.
This time around, Nintendo looks to change that with a very titillating mix of both cartoon classics and adult-oriented action blockbusters right out of the gate (full list here), which should appeal both to casual and devoted gamers. There are still a lot of questions marks about Nintendo’s next console, but its very solid launch line-up has me more than interested. In particular, the 5 games below have piqued my excitement.
Nintendo Land leads the list. As the spiritual successor to Wii Sports, my fingers are crossed that Wii U will come with Nintendo Land. Utilizing your Mii, you’ll visit a theme park with rides based on famous Nintendo characters. This game is designed to show off just what the new console is capable of, so it should be a very enjoyable way to acquaint yourself with Wii U’s controls.
Second on the list is ZombiU. I’m a sucker for anything zombie-related, but that’s not why ZombiU made the list. This M-rated bloodbath integrates motion-controls and the two-screen capabilities of Wii U into a tried-and-true genre. The game looks to show off what the Wii U has to offer in an edge-of-your-seat survival adventure.
The third game I chose is Wii Fit U. It’s much more fun to work out and easier to stick to a fitness plan when you can exercise, track progress, and play fitness-building games from the comfort of your living room. Wii Fit U builds upon the very successful Wii Fit, but it includes quite a few improvements, including games based around the motion-sensitive GamePad. Wii Fit U sounds like a great way to get in shape.
Fourth on the list is another “serious” game: Assassin’s Creed III. The open-world parkour, stealth-based gameplay, and engrossing storyline have made this series a fan favorite. While the last three games have all been focused on Ezio, I, for one, am thrilled to start a brand new section of the saga. Set during the American Revolution, this game helps put the Wii U on a level playing field with the PS3 or Xbox 360. And if it makes use of the GamePad’s second screen or motion controls, this is the console to have it on.
Concluding the top 5 is New Super Mario Bros. U. Despite the title being a mouthful, there shouldn’t be anything complicated about this game. Expect more of the addicting side-scrolling platform action that’s made Mario a hit since the original NES.
Honorable Mention: Tekken Tag Tournament 2. If you’re a fan of fighting games, this is undoubtedly near the top of your Wii U wish list. Enjoy epic multiplayer beatdowns from a familiar series, plus a Snoop Dogg soundtrack. The only reason this isn’t in my top 5 is that I’m unsure if it will use motion controls. If it does, it’s a must-have.
Which launch titles are you looking forward to on the Wii U? Add your favorites as a comment below.