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Wii U Release Date and Launch Window Games

Marcus Estrada

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when making a console or handheld is making people want it enough to justify a purchase early on. This is generally handled by trying to come up with the best list of launch day and release window games possible. Although Nintendo has not announced the entire launch day lineup, they have at least given us some information.


In regards to confirmed day one releases we have: NintendoLand, New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, and Lego City Undercover. NintendoLand also comes as a pack in game with the $350 Deluxe Set Wii U bundle. It was also announced that Lego City Undercover will come with a minifigure of lead character Chase McCain with pre-order. For now this is all we know about day one Wii U games.


Now let's move on to the much larger list of "launch window" games. There are over 50 games coming for the system in this time frame and here's a list of many of them:

  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin“s Creed 3
  • Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Darksiders II*
  • Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games
  • FIFA Soccer 13
  • Funky Barn
  • Game Party Champions
  • Jeopardy
  • Jet Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assasult Neo
  • NBA 2513
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • Pikmin 3
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rise of the Guardian the Video Game
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited*
  • Sing Party
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii Edition
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Toki Tori 2*
  • Transformers Prime The Game
  • Trine 2 Director“s Cut
  • Game & Wario
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wii Fit U
  • Wipeout 3
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU
  • Zumba Fitness

Beyond that, Bayonetta 2 was announced as being a Wii U exclusive. Unfortunately this title wasn't announced as being a part of the launch window. Regardless this is quite a lot of games set to arrive for Nintendo's system. Some games are old, some are new, but it looks like there will be a fairly good amount of choices.


Update: Darksiders II, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Toki Tori 2 have been announced as being release day titles by their respective companies.



Do you want any of these games on Wii U? What titles do you want to see on the system?

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