There’s no denying Wii U had a pretty great launch line up. Some say it was the best ever, I say there was more quantity than quality. Either way, there was some good games to play and truly something for everyone. With the launch (and 2012) out of the way, now’s the time to ask what games we have to look forward to in 2013.

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Pikmin 3

Pikmin 2 was released on Gamecube way back in 2004 and Pikmin 3 was originally intended to be a Wii game. We’ve been waiting a long time, we know Mario creator Shigeru Myamoto is steering the ship so it’s going to be awesome. He had a clumsy and somewhat awkward demonstration of the game at E3 2012, showcasing how the game used MotionPlus and not the new Gamepad. Pikmin 3’s graphics at E3 2012 certainly didn’t impress me- it had been confirmed it runs at 720p but it really didn’t do anything to allay fears about Wii U’s graphics being any good. Thankfully in a December Nintendo Direct episode, Iwata introduced some new footage of the game looking much sharper, shinier, and more detailed.

Game & Wario

Why we couldn’t just have a new WarioWare game is beyond me. From what I’ve seen Game & Wario looks to be more like a mini-game collection instead of a micro-game collection. Still, it’s in the same vein as WarioWare so it’s bound to have crazy ass stylised graphics and wacky humour. Always a fun combo. And for the love of god if you have not  played either WarioWare Inc. or WarioWare Smooth Moves, go and play them. They’re very unique and really funny. Game & Wario is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.

Rayman Legends

I’m sure you’ve downloaded the demo from the eShop so you’ve played as much as me, but I was disappointed in NSMBU so I’m extra excited for Rayman Legends. I missed out on playing Rayman Origins on console, I did play in on 3DS and I loved it. I love a good side scrolling platformer, especially one that looks this good. Legends was initially meant to be a launch game for Wii U but Ubisoft held it back, saying they needed more time to deliver a game that lives up to peoples expectations. It’s currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.

The Wonderful 101

Here’s a game I didn’t know much about at all. After reading a fair bit of E3 coverage I got confused between this and TANK!TANK!TANK!. I couldn’t tell you why, but after seeing some footage and an awesome trailer I’m looking forward to 101 big time. It seems a bit like Pikmin with more action, more guns, and more humour. Pikmin in the sense it’s strategy based action from a kind of three quarter down view. It certainly seems cool and it’s a Wii U exclusive, too. No PAL release window has been given but North America is getting it soon, we should certainly have it in 2013.

Project C.A.R.S

It’ll be great to finally play a decent driving game on a Nintendo machine. Cars is an acronym in the title of this game because, as best I understand it, the community is testing the game and pitching funding toward its development- hence Community Assisted Racing Simulator. How this ties into the Wii U version I’m not sure, because PC owners are playing early versions now, but I can guess perhaps a heavy focus on DLC and possibly a very complex set of customisation tools for tracks and cars. I hope someone can shed some light on this for me. Regardless, the game looks amazing and there’s a ton of cars already announced, so I’m certainly looking forward to using my Gamepad as a rear view mirror sometime in 2013.

Need For Speed Most Wanted

Sure it’s a port, but Wii U needs some driving games so I’m pumped for NFSMW. Other versions have received some great reviews, and while I can’t say it’s my most wanted (hehe) racing port, if I can’t have Forza Horizon I’ll take this. No release date has been announced but you would think given it’s already out on 360 and PS3 it’ll be on Wii U in 2013.

Wii Fit U

Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus sold countless millions across the world. They were system sellers, it’s that simple. I’m sure fans of the series will be looking forward to new things to do with the balance board, I know I am, and this time round there’s also a new accessory called the Fit Meter. It’s no Vitality Sensor, but it looks interesting and will no doubt make the Wii Fit experience more immersive. I think I’ll download this one (how annoying was it having to get the Wii Fit disc out every time you wanted to weigh in?) and buy the Fit Meter separately. Wii Fit U is coming quarter one 2013. Now, will I buy a black balance board to go with my black Wii U…

Aliens Colonial Marines

I love a good first person shooter. A GOOD first person shooter. Aliens Colonial Marines looks like it’s going to be one. The developer, Gearbox Software have said the Wii U version will be the best looking version, so there’s a nice bonus. They’ve also said they’re looking at interesting ways to use the Gamepad. Goooood. Anything set in the Alien universe piques my interest by default but after seeing some gameplay footage it’s hard not to look forward to this one. It should be out quarter 1 2013.

Lego City Undercover

Besides one of the Lego Star Wars games on the 360 (I can’t remember which one) I haven’t played a Lego game on a console. When this game was showcased as a Wii U exclusive at E3 last year I groaned. A Lego game? It’s for kids. But as information trickled through and I got to read what true Lego game fans were saying, I started to get excited for what looks to be a unique, funny, interesting Lego version of Grand Theft Auto. Here’s hoping. Lego City Undercover should be out quarter 1.

So plenty to look forward to, just from games that have already been announced. I’ll wager a new Mario Kart will also be announced at E3 and be out by Christmas 2012.

I’ll also point out that right now, Australians still can’t play Trine 2 on Wii U. It’s not on the eShop. I don’t care why, I have my money in my hand and I want to give it to Frozenbyte, but I can’t. So as of this moment I’m looking forward to Trine 2 as well.

What are you excited for? Leave a comment here on rustyshell. You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell and Miiverse: zinger_AU

  • haduken

    Australians also aren’t able to play mighty switch force either…