Nintendo’s gutsy move to barge into the HD console war half way through a generation has thrown a spanner in the works of video game releases this year.
Nintendo Wii U will feature state of the art high definition graphics, the potential of which can produce twice as powerful games as the PlayStation 3. Aside from raw power, the console also sports a large touchscreen controller which adds functionality to all Wii U games that has never really been seen before.
Still, there’s tonnes of great games coming out this year before the Wii U is released – the question is, should you run out and buy them on your current console, or should you wait for the Wii U and it’s undoubtedly enhanced version later in the year? To make this decision easier, we’ve put together some games that are so attractive on Wii U, that you must wait before you buy them on your current consoles.
Genre: Action/Adventure Release Date (PS3, X360): June 29, 2012
Vigil Games is bringing Darksiders II to the Nintendo Wii U, presumably as a day 1 launch title. Published by THQ, the developers have confirmed the game will use the Wii U controller in unique and interesting ways. Vigil was among the first developers to get their hands on the Wii U development kit and actually had a demo of the game ready for E3 last year, which took them a mere two weeks to bring over to the new console.
In the months since, the developers confirmed the title had reached “visual parity” with the other consoles, though they were hardly finished. They went on to say the Wii U version will be the “definitive version”. That’s reason enough to wait a couple of months, we think.
Genre: Third person shooter Release Date (PS3, X360): TBA 2012
Tactical Shooters will be Wii U’s strong point and this year’s free-to-play title from Ubisoft, Ghost Recon: Online already looks all kinds of epic on Nintendo Wii U.
Details are sketchy on how the title will work with it’s PC counterpart, but it seems that you will be able to connect to friends who use the PC version. The Wii U version is also likely to ease up on the “rental” aspects of the in-game items (such as the ability to “rent” better guns, for a real-world price, for a limited time). But the coolest reason to wait a while for the Wii U version to come out is how Ubisoft are using that touchscreen controller.
Not only is it your hub to all your weapons, maps, and player data, it also uses the built in microphone and stereo speakers to use voice chat, independent of the TV/sound system sound. This is a great feature as you can kiss your nerdy headset goodbye and actually interact with other people in the room. The video below speaks for itself.
Genre: Action/Adventure Release Date (PS3, X360): March 23, 2012
Ninja Gaiden in indeed a cool series, and this one will be the hardest to wait for as you’ll find the game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as early as next month. Still, the Wii U version is sure to be worth the wait for a couple of reasons.
Team Ninja are adding in a couple of different control styles for the Wii U version, and will allow players to use the touchscreen to slash through enemies, not unlike how the Nintendo DS’ Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword works. There are other advantages, though. Team Ninja, the developers of the game, have confirmed that the HUD (heads-up display) will only appear on the screen during battle.
This is because HUD’s are so 1999, and displaying a health bar, while functional, is ugly. With the Wii U controller, however, the health bar can be moved down to the touchscreen, leaving all the action in glorious 1080p high definition clear from distractions. Since Ninja Gaiden 3 is one of the most gorgeous games to be announced thus far for Wii U, we think this is a very, very good thing.
Genre: FPS/Horror Release Date (PS3, X360): October 2012
Aliens: Colonel Marines is said to be the “true sequel” to James Cameron’s masterpiece, Aliens, and follows a team of Marines who are sent to search the U.S.S Sulaco in search of Ripley. The game is set for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but there are a couple of compelling reasons to wait that little bit longer for the Wii U version.
Again, it’s largely thanks to that innovative touchscreen controller. The development team have confirmed that players will be able to play through the entire game on the controller alone, with the TV switched off if they like. This puts an incredibly powerful home console game in your hands, allowing other family members to watch TV at the same time.
Secondly, the screen can be used (while using “TV+Controller mode”) as the in-game motion tracker – a must have for hunting Aliens. The motion tracker will work as you might expect; you can sweep the controller around as you would a real motion tracker, looking for signs of life infront, behind, below or above you.
It sounds like Gearbox, the developers of Aliens: Colonel Marines are excited about Nintendo’s new console. Randy Prichard told website Kotaku, “The Wii U is really bad ass. We have a lot of great ideas that we’re already working on.” back in June last year.
If you haven’t picked up Batman: Arkham City yet, wait a few more months for the Wii U version to come out. While not a great deal of information has been announced for the Wii U version, Martin Tremblay, President of Warner Bros Interactive was justifiably excited about the Wii U.
He has been quoted as remembering the first time he laid eyes on the new console; “I was very excited,” he said. “It is a new way of engaging gamers. It is a new way of broadening the audience of gamers in the future. It is absolutely exciting.
“This new console will allow us with our key franchises from LEGO to Batman to really shine in new ways.”
Batman: Arkham City was announced for Wii U at E3 last year, but quite some time has passed since it’s release on other consoles and whenever the Wii U will actually become publicly available to own. Because of this massive time gap, there is a lot of excitement about how the game will be enhanced for Wii U. At the very least, it’s likely it will be some kind of “special edition”, complete with obligatory bonus discs and freebies. Remember, good things come to those who wait – and wait we shall.
Nintendo has already garnered quite a strong third party following for Wii U, and apart from Pikmin 3, no first party games have been announced. Rumored already is Mario, F-Zero and Zelda are ready to ship on day one. This could mean the Wii U will launch with one of the highest calibre of launch titles of any video game in history.
What other games are you looking forward to on Wii U? Are there any games out that you want to see enhanced by the new controller?
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