There are three big topics people really want to find out about when it comes to the Wii U. Those are the release date, the price and the games that will be available on launch day. Today Nintendo of Japan announced they will be talking about the software lineup that will be available for the system. However, they had the following to say about release date and price:
“Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3.”
The information comes straight from Nintendo and I’m a little disappointed, but not surprised. The company did the exact same thing for the Wii and the 3DS. I seem to remember during the lead up to the Wii that E3 showcased a lot of the games and features for the system, but it wasn’t until September when we finally heard when the system would be available and how much it was going to cost.
The information we’ll probably get is that it will launch during the holiday season and that it will be less than $300.
Well, we’ve known for a while the list of games that Japan would be getting later this month when the 3DS launches there. We’ve also known for a bit now what games that Europe would be getting when the system launches on March 25th. Now, we finally know what Nintendo will be launching with the 3DS here in North America on March 27th. There are 18 games slated for launch that date. 13 of them are from third party publishers and 5 of them are from Nintendo and it looks pretty good.
First Party Titles:
- Pilotwings Resort™, an aerial adventure featuring airplanes, hang gliders and rocket belts. Players soar above tropical Wuhu Island in 3D as they complete missions or snap pictures.
- Steel Diver™, a submarine game that involves strategy and combat. The 3D visuals give players the sensation that they are looking into a miniature aquarium as they control the sub’s speed, depth and pitch, and fire torpedoes.
- nintendogs™ + cats, a game that lets players interact with realistic puppies – and kittens – in a variety of fun ways. There are three versions of the software, each with different starting breeds: French bulldog, toy poodle and golden retriever. But in each version players can unlock and enjoy more than 20 different breeds.
Third Party Titles:
- Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM
- The Sims™ 3 from EA
- Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
- LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ from LucasArts™
- RIDGE RACER® 3D from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
- Super Monkey Ball™ 3D from SEGA
- BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE™ from Square-Enix, Inc.
- SAMURAI WARRIORS®: Chronicles from TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.
- Asphalt™ 3D from UBISOFT
- Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
- Rayman® 3D from UBISOFT
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT
The third party lineup is virtually identical to what we’ve seen in the other territories, but we’ve got five games coming from Nintendo and they’re all pretty good. I’m excited about Pilotwings and Steel Diver. I’m definitely going to be picking up Lego Star Wars III as well. What launch titles will you be picking up to go along with your new system?
Source: Nintendo Press Release