There Are More Games on Wii U Than You Think

If you think there are no games on Wii U, you are wrong.

The old argument “there are no games for Wii U” is rendered moot when you consider the sheer number of titles on the system already available.

In fact, Nintendo lists a very healthy 88 games, all but eight of which are already released and ready to buy either on eShop or in stores. And despite all the negative arguments against Nintendo’s latest console, the breadth of titles that are on the machine make it the most robust console launch in history.

Nintendo’s first console, Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in 1983 with only three games. They were Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. and Popeye. The console was only available in Japan and took two years to hit shelves internationally. In those two years, only 18 games were made for the system.

The follow-up console, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in Japan with only two games in 1990. In 1991 the system started shipping internationally, however in that one year only five games were made available.

The story was similar for Nintendo 64 which launched in Japan and the US with just two games, Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Twelve months later the console shipped to European countries however only six games were available at that point.

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Nintendo GameCube which launched in 2001 had a slightly different story. In Japan, the console had only three games on day one, and two months later for the US launch the number of titles ballooned to twelve. Titles included Crazy Taxi, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Luigi’s Mansion. Eight months after GameCube release in Japan, the console hit stores in Europe and there was a respectable 20 games available for the system.

Nintendo’s most successful console, Wii, had a better launch and like its GameCube father it had a different launch story.

Wii hit stores in the US before Japan and when it did there were 21 games on day one. Some of the highlights include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Rayamn Raving Rabbids, but it might be cute to point out that Call of Duty 3 was along for the ride, too.

Six months into Wii’s lifetime the console enjoyed over 40 game releases which is half the number Wii U has achieved in the same timeframe.

To suggest Wii U has “no games” is not only incorrect, but an insult to the hundreds of developers feverishly working overtime to get their games on the system as quickly as possible.

And if you think “surely PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 had a better launch than Wii U”, I’m here to tell you that you are wrong.

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Xbox, Microsoft’s first console launched with 12 titles, the same as GameCube’s US launch. However, one year later when the system was avalible worldwide, the total Xbox games were less than 20. Some of the highlights were Halo: Combat Evolved and Max Payne.

Xbox 360 launched in 2005 and was up against Nintendo’s Wii system in regards to volume of titles at launch, however launched with less titles. Microsoft clocked 19 games on the system at launch, and six months into the consoles’ life only 30 games were made available.

Sony’s gaming efforts date back earlier to 1994 with the launch of PlayStation. That console enjoyed eight titles at launch in Japan, and a full year later only eight titles made it to the US launch. PlayStation went on to release over 1,100 titles over its long life, however in the first six months only three games were released outside the first eight.

PlayStation 2 launched in 2000 with a decent array of ten titles, two less than its competitors. Six months after launch, the library had grown to 29 titles with highlights being Ridge Raver V and Eternal Ring.

PlayStation 3 fared a little better at launch with a total of 13 games released, of those only five were available outside of the US. Six months on shelves saw PlayStation 3 enjoy only 28 games in its library.

So what is the lesson here? I could give you a philosophical insight into how the mainstream media fuels fanboyism, leading to more money for media companies, however I think the main thing to take from this revelation is that Wii U is not in the dire state of emergency some alarmists would have us all believe.

Eighty eight games with at least twenty already announced to come is a respectable number. You might not like every one of those games, you might not think they should have been released in the first place, you might not think any of those games are going to convince you to buy a Wii U. None of that matters because for every entitled brat seeking yet another first-person shooter, there’s a level-headed person picking up a game that exists today and enjoying it.

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The fact is there are many games on the Wii U today, right now. Plugging your ears and screaming the opposite will not change that fact, so let’s stop pretending the Wii U is some kind of ghost device that does nothing. Besides, launch titles don’t matter. The thousands of games that come later are the ones that define the console.

List of Wii U Games

Here is a list of all games currently on Wii U at time of writing. Note that not all games will be avalible in every region, and applications such as YouTube have been omitted. This list is from Nintendo.

  • The Wonderful 101*
  • Pikmin 3*
  • Bayonetta 2*
  • Rayman Legends*
  • Disney Infinity*
  • Fast & Furious: Showdown*
  • Resident Evil Revelations*
  • Sniper Elite V2*
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Xevious**
  • Solomon’s Key**
  • Kung Fu Rabbit**
  • Mega Man**
  • Kirby’s Adventure**
  • Excitebike**
  • Donkey Kong Jr.**
  • Wii U Panorama View**
  • Ice Climber**
  • Super Mario World**
  • Rayman Legends Challenges**
  • Injsutice: Gods Among US
  • Toki Tori 2**
  • Zen Pinball 2**
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • The Croods
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted U
  • Lego City: Undercover
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition
  • Runner 2: The future Legend of Rhythm Alien**
  • WiiStreetU powered by Google**
  • Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2**
  • Puddle**
  • The Cave**
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Wii Fut U*
  • Game & Wario*
  • Jeopardy!
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • 007 Legends
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyber
  • Rabbids Land
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • ZombiU
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Just Dance 4
  • Batmand: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
  • Skylanders Giants Wii U
  • Darksiders II
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • ESPN Sports Connection
  • Game Party Champions
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • NBA 2k13
  • Transformers Prime
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • SiNG Party
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Ben 10 Omniverse
  • Chasing Aurora**
  • Cloudberry Kingdom**
  • Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition**
  • Nano Assault Neo**
  • Wipeout 3
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut**
  • Little Inferno**
  • Funky Barn
  • Madden NFL 13
  • FIFA Soccer 13
    • * Releasing soon
      ** Only on eShop

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  • supersmashbros

    I just bought the Wii U and i really like mine.

  • Cowboy006

    I just hope the wii u can keep up with the games that ps3 and xbox360 will be getting along the way. Mostly because just like the wii u, the die hard fanboys will purchase the new ps4/720 right away, by the majority of us will remain on our current counsels until Sony or Microsoft give us a real good reason to upgrade to the new systems. If Wii U can keep up, Nintendo’s exclusives will give great reasons to jump on board with the wii u. It can give people the great Nintendo experience, and bring the hardcore gamers right along with for the ride.

    • http://aussie-gamer.com/ Tynan Muddle

      The only problem with enticing the ‘hardcore’ gamers is that there really aren’t that many of them. If there were, GameCube would’ve sold more than PS2 because it had more ‘hardcore’ titles on it, whereas PS2 focused on the ‘casual’ market (back then, ‘casual’ meant sports titles).

      So Nintendo need to make the family friendly games. I will say this, though. I don’t think I’ve never played a Nintendo game that I’ve thought “this is for five year olds”. They balance the games pretty well — Mario is fun an easy, but an 8 year old wont get past Level 4. Zelda can be challenging, but you can be a kid and just spend 90 hours in one area, cutting down grass and it’s fun for some reason haha

    • Jayden Williams

      But what is ‘hardcore’? I mean, really?

      Is it someone who plays gritty, “realistic” shooters with naked ladies and swearing? Because that’s pretty pathetic if that’s your definition.

      If I were to describe what it meant to be a ‘hardcore’ gamer, I’d say you’d be someone who enjoys gaming so much you wouldn’t care whether it was Sony, MS or Nintendo. You’d enjoy all three, and all the games on their systems.

      People often confuse ‘hardcore’ and ‘mature’, but they’re not even close to being the same thing :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.lee.7737 Robert Lee

    You missed out Deus Ex:HR DC.

    • http://aussie-gamer.com/ Tynan Muddle

      There are actually a lot of games that have been announced, but I just kept the list to mentioning the ones Nintendo posted on their website.

  • WiiU

    There may be a handful of games, but the problem is there’s nothing to warrant purchasing the console. That’s why sales are shitty. Everybody already owns all the VC titles in one iteration or another. The majority of everything else is available on other systems. I haven’t touched my Wii U since January. Come on Nintendo, let’s get those exclusives out already.

    • http://aussie-gamer.com/ Tynan Muddle

      Depends on taste I guess, but I think there is something for everyone. Shooters, fighters, racers, RPGs, puzzlers, platformers… I mean, it has all the genres covered.

  • http://japandaman.com/ Japandaman

    I just bought it on Friday and I loves it! And to the article, hear, hear!!

    • http://aussie-gamer.com/ Tynan Muddle

      What games did you pick up?

      • http://japandaman.com/ Japandaman

        To be honest, nothing. I got the Premium so I got Nintendo Land, was going to pick up a pre-owned Monster Hunter but I need to wait until yesterday EB to release it. You know they hold stuff when someone trades it in?

        • Jayden Williams

          Yeah, sadly this is the case. My house mate has traded in at least one Wii U game, and the store manager’s told me they’re just keeping it in the back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristian.kouvo Kristian Kouvo

    Nintendo devices are all genius design and solid quality. We got (in our family) two 3DSXL’s, three DS lite’s, one DS, one Wii and one Wii U – not to mention the old Game & Watch games. :D And we love them all. <3 :) *

    One thing am missing and hoping to get soon is a HIGH CAPACITY BATTERY for the tablet. Please Nintendo make one soon available (I don't want the Nyko crap).

    [* There's also few Playstations around (3x PS1 & 2x PS2 & 1x PS3) + other consoles/devices: Atari 2600 Jr, Vectrex, Sega Megadrive, Dingoo A320 (handheld), C64+1541 and few PC-machines, but Nintendo machines are our top favs.]

    • Jayden Williams

      This guys gets it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Stirling/779298447 Lauren Stirling

      You’re my hero.

    • http://aussie-gamer.com/ Tynan Muddle

      I agree with the battery thing. I doubt they’ll ever fix it though, knowing Nintendo haha

  • yienwae

    I enjoy playing on the U. We have a 360, but my the only game my son plays on that is Transformers Fall of Cybertron (which is a nice looking game). I am playing between Batman Arkham City AE (I played the 360, which was really cool), Need For Speed Most Wanted U and ZombiU (although I am taking a short break because of my hesitance to go into the Nursery right now).

    There are games out for the U, but with my family’s income, we have to prioritize what we want to get between the U and our 2x 3DS’s. My son wants LOZ Windwaker HD and the 3DS LOZ Link to the Past 2. I am looking forward to Watchdogs and possibly Deus Ex. Deus Ex will be my first time playing on any console if I get it.

    • Jayden Williams

      Fall of Cybertron is indeed a nice looking gaming, and I’m glad to hear your son is enjoying playing it! :D

    • http://aussie-gamer.com/ Tynan Muddle

      See, that’s the kind of thing that happens in the real world: people don’t buy 88 games and complain they’re bored, they buy two or three games and play them every day for years.

      To that end, there are already a bunch of games that can fit the bill. Even something like NintnendoLand.

  • Kaihaku

    It’s not that the Wii U doesn’t have games, it’s that it doesn’t have a single “must have” exclusive. Nintendoland is fun but it’s not a Super Mario 64 or a Wii Sports. I’m confident that the “must have” exclusives are coming, hence owning the console, but so far there’s nothing exclusive to the Wii U that really gets me excited….aside from Nintendoland and then only if there are 3+ people in the room ready to play with me.