Nintendo's newest console is suffering from a lack of quality games to play, just like every new console ever released ever. But don't worry--there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A big, bright, beautiful light, wearing... a Mario hat. And jumping. And it's Mario. And he's bringing you games. Starring Mario.
What games are we talking about? Well, there are plenty to choose from, and we've listed the ones worth getting excited for. Some are known, while others have yet to be fully revealed. Even so, they're coming--sooner than later--and we have faith that they'll make you regret saying you regretted getting the Wii U.
Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails (Q4 2013)
An evil army of genetically altered lab rats and mice have taken over a gigantic space laboratory, kidnapping cats and imprisoning them so the rodents can take over the Earth without their mortal enemies standing in their way. However, one intrepid kitty has summoned his master to the lab in hopes of saving both the Earth and all of felinekind. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails.
Only in the indie gaming world could a story this crazy see the light of day, but oh man are we happy it exists. Riding the wall rails while shooting every rat we see looks like a blast, and if there's one thing we can't get enough of, it's cats. Cats keep the Internet going, after all, so we have to save the kitties to save the Internet!
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (February 2014)
Retro Studios' latest project was teased for quite some time, and ideas ran through our heads. Metroid? Star Fox? Something else? At the E3 Nintendo Direct, we learned it was "something else:" Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. At first we felt a bit let down, then we realized it's the perfect first Wii U game for Retro.
Why is that? Simple: Retro nailed Donkey Kong Country Returns. The game is easily one of the best on the Wii, so sticking with something familiar on a brand new system is the perfect way to learn the differences in development. Once Tropical Freeze is out, they can use their new-found knowledge to make the new Metroid game we all really want. Oh, and it also helps that the Tropical Freeze E3 demo was really fun. Fun games are good too.
Armillo (Q1 2014)
Super Monkey Ball meets Marble Madness and throws in armadillos. That's the easiest way we can describe Armillo, an interesting indie title coming to the eShop. Players control a space armadillo (which sounds incredibly awesome and should be a real thing) and guide him through intergalactic obstacles courses in both 2D and 3D. This game sounds insane, but we're in.
Within this seemingly simple game is an in-game currency for upgrading your space armadillo (it just gets better and better!), full boss battles, and multiple parallel universes to explore. It sounds like an epic RPG, but it's Super Armadillo Ball with a few twists. Armillo sounds like a great time, and we're looking forward to rolling our space armadillo around for awhile. SPACE ARMADILLO!
Knytt Underground (Q1 2014)
The Knytt series is a shining example of the power of indie games. Originally the work of a man known as "Nifflas," Knytt began as a freeware game, eventually becoming so popular it grew into a full lineup of games, including full PC releases and console ports. Knytt Underground, ported to PSN in 2012 and now coming to the Wii U, is the first of Nifflas's games ported to the home consoles, but we highly doubt it will be the last.
Knytt Underground gives players a precise and fun platforming experience, mixing "zen-like gameplay" with a unique graphics style that's simply beautiful. The world is completely open and able to be explored how you want to explore it right from the jump. It's an ambitious title, but this is a man who built a small empire from freeware; we're not too worried about it being a great game.
Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Q1 2014)
We spent a lot of time in our youth playing games like Sword of Vermilion, Final Fantasy III, and Super Mario RPG. The 16-bit RPG, once a big part of our gaming lives, seemed like a lost art...but a small team called WaterMelon is looking to change that with this tasty game. Pier Solar has been developed from start to finish as a classic 16-bit RPG, with not a single sprite taken from another source. We can't wait to see how it turns out.
Pier Solar boasts some impressive numbers: 50 hours of gameplay, 300 locations, and 800 unique NPCs to name a few, and they're all made even more impressive when you consider the 16-bit coat of paint that surrounds it all. We've been waiting for a retro RPG to knock our socks off, and it looks like we'll get our wish soon enough.
Project CARS (Q1 2014)
Racing simulations fans all have their favorite series, but even the most hardcore fans know their series’ flaws. None of them have truly nailed an authentic driving experience, with both floaty controls and major lag between input and action commonly named as big issues. Project CARS is looking to change all that and develop the first true racing simulation, and so far it seems like they’re on the right racetrack.
Despite using the same game engine as Need for Speed: Shift, Project CARS has somehow eliminated those two major issues, boasting tight controls and near-nonexistent input lag. Of course, there could be other problems that have yet to come to light, but we’re certainly not going to worry about that until we have to. It sounds like Project CARS may be the racing game fans have been waiting for; let’s hope it actually turns out that way.
Tengami (Q1 2014)
Tengami is a shining example of what a Wii U indie game can truly be like. Set in a 3D Pop-Up Book version of ancient Japan, each landscape in Tengami looks like it belongs on the shelf of Japanese arts and crafts store. Every last piece of the world is a masterfully-crafted work of paper art, art that can be manipulated at our will in order to complete puzzles and get through the game. What’s not to love?
The indie scene is bursting at the seams with fresh ideas at the moment, and Tengami is leading the Wii U charge. We’ve never seen something so unique, and we’re excited to find out what kind of mysteries this paper world wants us to solve in it. It’s all of the fun of origami without the debilitating paper cuts. Sign us up.
Mario Kart 8 (Spring 2014)
We knew the next Mario Kart would be at this past E3, and we know that we enjoy playing Mario Kart, but somehow, we were still blown away. Mario Kart 8 brings a lot of new ideas to the table, and thinking about it makes Spring 2014 seem so far away.
Anti-gravity racing makes its Mario Kart debut, while gliders from Mario Kart 7 and motorcycles from Mario Kart Wii make their return. Driving on walls and ceilings may sound confusing, but trust us when we say there's a lot of fun to be had. From this early standpoint, Mario Kart 8 may indeed be great.
Watch Dogs (Spring 2014)
We’ve seen Aiden Pearce’s remarkable hacking ability in every trailer for Watch Dogs so far. He’s hacked bank accounts and ATM machine, turned off security cameras, and used Chicago as a weapon against his enemies. What we have yet to see, though, is how Ubisoft is implementing this game for the Wii U GamePad.
Will we be able to pinpoint exactly what we wish to hack via a touch of the screen? Will the personal information we’ve seen pop up about NPCs pop up instead on the GamePad, leaving the TV screen unobstructed? Ubisoft hasn’t shown us any Wii U Watch Dogs gameplay yet, but we want to see it. If it looks cool enough, the Wii U version might turn out to be the one to play.
Another Castle (TBA 2014)
Taking one of the most iconic phrases in gaming and running with it, Another Castle is classic platforming with a roguelike twist. We play as Andy, a random guy looking for a random item. It could be a weapon, a piece of clothing, or even a sandwich. Whatever it is, he must traverse a randomly generated castle to find it. When he does, he doesn’t actually get the item (it’s in another castle!), but he can find it and use it to his advantage in future playthroughs.
To summarize: random guy platforms his way through a randomly-generated castle to find a random item to use in a different quest for a random item in a different randomly-generated castle. Did you follow that? We think we get it, but we know we want to try it and soon.
Bayonetta 2 (TBA 2014)
When we thought of possible Nintendo exclusives outside of their normal library, one of the last names that popped into our head was Bayonetta. This was an ultra-sexy, ultra provocative game suited for a more adult crowd; surely Nintendo wouldn’t try to sweep up rights to a sequel, right?
Wrong. We were all stunned when Reggie announced Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive, but then we remembered how cool the original game was, and we became hungry for more. We thought we’d never get a Bayonetta sequel period, let alone a Nintendo exclusive, but it’s coming, and we’re ready for more witchy action.
Child of Light (TBA 2014)
So Ubisoft decides it's going to take the majority of the team behind Far Cry 3 and, instead of creating more Far Cry, create a brand new game called Child of Light. Child of Light is a classic turn-based RPG, said to be inspiried by Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger, developed with the UbiArt framework that powered the gorgeous Rayman Origins and Legends games. Hold us, we're going to faint.
The story follows a young and not-sleepy girl named Aurora who must find her way back home while restoring the sun, moons, and stars after they've been stolen by the malevolent Queen of the Night. No small task, but Aurora will make friends along the way who will aid her in her quest, both in and out of battle. What more need we say? Make sure this game is on your radar next year.
The Lego Movie Game (TBA 2014)
We've played a ton of Lego games based on movies, but now we have The Lego Movie Game, which is a game based on an original Lego movie. Despite the role reversal, we're confident that the boys and girls at TT Games can build an incredible Lego gaming experience no matter the source material. Take a look at Lego City Undercover to see what we mean.
There's not a lot of information on the Lego Movie, let alone the game, so we're not sure what exactly we'll be doing yet. However, as we mentioned above, just the prospect of a new Lego game from TT gets us excited. It may be tough to follow up a powerhouse IP like the Marvel Universe, but the sky's the limit. We're anxious to hear more in the coming year.
Oddworld: New N' Tasty! (TBA 2014)
We’re over the moon that Abe and his Mudokon brethren are coming back to gaming. The Oddworld games back on the original Playstation are two of the most unique and memorable games on the system, mixing excellent platforming and puzzle solving with plenty of laughs. How many other games allow you to make your character fart with one push of a button? Not many, we say.
Oddworld New N’ Tasty is only the first Oddworld game, Abe’s Oddysee, but we’re pretty confident that Abe’s Exoddus will also get the HD treatment should New and Tasty perform well. We certainly hope so, as we’d love sustained success of HD remakes to turn into a possible brand new Oddworld experience, as it’s a franchise well worth re-acquainting ourselves with.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (TBA 2014)
Stranger’s Wrath took a whole new approach to the Oddworld formula when it launched in 2005. There would be no platforming here, just a straight action-adventure game centering around collecting and apprehending bounties for “moolah.” It was yet another way to immerse us in Oddworld, and once again the game succeeded.
Stranger’s Wrath incorporated some new design ideas that some games still use today, like the quick transitions between first and third-person gameplay throughout. Other ideas, like “live ammunition” or ammo made from living fictional creatures with different attributes, have yet to be emulated, but we don’t think they’d fit anywhere else but Oddworld. If you have yet to play Stranger’s Wrath, make this HD upgrade your excuse to do so.
Sacrilegium (TBA 2014)
We want to like Sacrilegium. We want to get excited for a new survival horror game where the focus is said to be on story and atmosphere. We love a new setting, and there aren’t many games set in modern-day Romania. We want to kill some modern day vampires, if only to flush out our lingering disgust for Twilight. Sacrilegium sounds like it has everything we could want, but we’re hesitant for one major reason: TopWare Interactive.
TopWare really upset us with Two Worlds. That was supposed to be a major challenger to the Elder Scrolls’ throne, but instead turned into a total mess. Two Worlds II mended some of the fences, but the damage is done. If Sacrilegium can put TopWare back on the map, then bring it on, we would love that. For now though, we’re going to keep an wary eye on this vampire killing adventure.
Shadow of the Eternals (TBA 2014)
You might have seen Shadow of the Eternals on this list before; we kept it on until the first Kickstarter was cancelled thinking the game was done for too. Nope, says Denis Dyack and Precursor Games, Shadow of the Eternals is indeed coming, and with a new twist: instead of the planned 12-episode arc, it's now going to be an 8-10 hour playthrough. We're already feeling better about it.
We want to love this game, Precursor. We want this game to come out and amaze us just as Eternal Darkness did on the Gamecube years ago. We want to be scared out of our minds as we play, and we want to be hooked from pillar to post. We're rooting for you, Shadow of the Eternals, and we're waiting for your arrival.
Super Smash Bros for Wii U (TBA 2014)
Just like with Mario Kart 8, even though we knew that Super Smash Brothers was coming to E3 2013, we had no idea what we were in for. While it wasn't playable on the show floor, there were enough videos and screenshots to make us crazy. We needs us some Smash, and soon.
Beautiful new visuals. A tweaked battle system (example: Bowser's upright stance and faster movement). Cool new stages like the boxing arena (Little Mac?) and Skyloft from Skyward Sword. Best of all, three new characters: the psychotic stoneface Villager from Animal Crossing, the weapoized-yoga stylings of Wii Fit Trainer, and the Blue Bomber himself, Mega Man. Our jaws still hit the floor every time we watch the trailer.
Human Element (TBA 2015)
Human Element takes the zombie apocalypse motif and asks a simple question: what is the biggest threat during a zombie outbreak? You may want to answer “the zombies, duh,” but if The Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that the survivors can be just as unpredictable and dangerous as the living dead.
Robotoki, a new developer led by former Infinity Ward lead Robert Bowling, plans to explore that question in their own way. By highlighting the effects of a zombie outbreak on those trying to survive it, Human Element will try to show us a zombie threat in a way no one else has. It’s certainly an interesting path to take, and anything that branches away from the usual “oh no zombie shoot it” themes we’re used to is okay by us.
X (Monolith Soft game) (TBA 2014)
When the January Nintendo Direct ended with the teaser for X, we held our breath. Xenoblade Chronicles was a title Western gamers fought tooth and nail to bring to the States, and to see our passion rewarded with yet another game from the same studio makes us proud.
The brief footage we saw resembled an MMO more than anything else, but that doesn’t matter to us. It’s Monolith, and it’s a new RPG game. The pedigree alone tells us we should be excited for it.
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (TBA)
Two major turn-based strategy franchises are joining together on the Wii U…and that’s about all we know about this game. Shin Megami Tensei meets Fire Emblem, though we’re not sure how, or in what time period, or even why.
It may seem silly to put a game with so little information known about it on a list like this, but when it’s names like Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem it’s hard not to get excited about it. The idea that Persona Team is working with the team responsible for the recent smash hit Fire Emblem: Awakening is too good not to get excited about. SMTxFE was noticeable absent from E3 2013, so unfortunately we’ve only our thoughts for now.
Shovel Knight (TBA)
As much as we have with video games now, nothing beats going back and re-living one of the 8-bit classics of yesteryear. What starts as "oh, haven't played this in a while, let's pop it in" can quickly turn into "holy crap, it's six hours later, where did the time go?" Some current games try to relive those glory days with retro 8-bit graphics and sound, but we don't think anyone's gotten a handle on the 8-bit feel like the minds behind Shovel Knight.
The entire concept of Shovel Knight just screams 1980's campiness: the Shovel Knight wields his trusty Shovelblade against the evil forces of the Order of No Quarter, flipping enemies like pancakes and digging up treasure. Based on what we've seen, we can't believe we hadn't seen it already back in the NES days, but whenever we end up getting it, Shovel Knight looks like a blast.
The game called Teslagrad centers around a young man who uses technology called Teslamancers to help him ascend the desolate Tesla Tower. The common thread there points directly at what Teslagrad is all about: electricity, magnetism, and all of their astounding properties. Teslagrad's clever puzzles and sharp platforming make this an indie to watch on the Wii U.
Perhaps the coolest thing about Teslagrad lies in its storytelling: there are no words throughout the entire game. No spoken words, no lines of text, nothing. Every story beat in this game is portrayed visually through cutscene; you'll never be TOLD what's going on in Teslagrad, you'll be SHOWN. We love that approach, and it reminds us of a sixth grade teacher who used to say "don't tell me, SHOW me." Someone got the message, and Teslagrad is the result.
Yarn Yoshi (TBA)
Kirby’s Epic Yarn brought Kirby back to the spotlight in a big way, and the studio behind it is looking to replicate that success with Yoshi, Mario’s pet dinosaur. Yarn Yoshi has only had a few screens see the light of day, but what we’ve seen is a visual pleasure, and we can only hope there’s more where that came from.
Part of what made Kirby’s Epic Yarn so good was the creative ways that fabric was used to manipulate the game world. Things could be zipped or unzipped, untied to extend, and more. If Yarn Yoshi brings more of that unique and innovative gameplay to Yoshi’s world, then we’re confident Yarn Yoshi will be as good as Kirby was.
Zelda Wii U (TBA)
All we know about the next Legend of Zelda game is that it’s coming to Wii U and Eiji Aonuma plans to speak about it at E3 2014. There was a video at E3 2011 where Link fought a giant spider in a cathedral of some kind, but we don’t know if that’s related to what Aonuma and his team are cooking up. Frankly, we hope so, because that spider looked like a total badass and we want to beat him up.
All we can do now is speculate, and we have a wild idea: what if, since Skyward Sword is the official beginning of the Zelda story, this new game is the official END of the Zelda saga? A final resolution to the Link/Zelda/Ganondorf struggle where the evil is finally destroyed and the world can live happily ever after? No? Not going to happen? Oh well, we tried.
The following games can all be played right now on your Wii U, and you're probably looking for games to play it on anyhow, so get to it!
Zumba Fitness: World Party (November 22)
Get ready to shake that money maker across the globe when Zumba Fitness: World Party lets us dance all over the world! The dance/exercise hybrid has taken the gaming world by storm, each version selling like hotcakes to the Zumba dances who don't like leaving the house (we feel your pain.)
We're interested to see how the Wii U GamePad will factor into the rump-shaking. Will we be able to switch songs on the fly? Perhaps we can choose to switch moves mid-routine and make things harder or easier. We don't know for sure, but we'll be intrigued to see how Zumba works on the Wii U.
Super Mario 3D World (November 22)
The first non-2D Mario adventure for Wii U is Super Mario 3D World, an adaptation of the 3DS's Super Mario 3D Land. A new suit in Cat Mario, 4-player co-op featuring Luigi, Toad, and Peach (Super Mario Bros 2, anyone?), and a slew of brand new challenges await in this next Mario game.
While it's not the genre-pushing Mario Galaxy experience we were hoping for, Mario 3D World still looks like a strong Mario game. After all, Super Mario 3D Land is one of the top experiences on the 3DS, so expecting the same thing to happen here isn't a stretch at all. It may end up being the cat's meow! (Sorry for that...)
Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!! (November 12)
We love the Adventure time cartoon, so convincing us to play a four-player co-op dungeon crawler based around the show would not be a hard sell. However, we also appreciate honesty, and the title of the game is probably the most honest moniker we’ve ever seen. Explore The Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!!! Genius.
The four-player co-op dungeon crawling reminds us of games like Gauntlet and Diablo, and that is some quality company to keep. Granted, we don’t expect this game to be as deep as those two franchises, considering this is based on a cartoon known for its silliness and absurdity, but we won’t complain if it is. The more time we spend exploring the dungeon, the better. Why? We don’t know.
Wii Sports Club (November 7)
Wii Sports in HD. There’s not a whole not more we can say about Wii Sports Club. The driving force behind the revolution that was the Wii is coming to Wii U digitally, with all of the same sports intact. The only big change is how players can go about purchasing the game: either buy all of the sports for one fee, or buy each one separately for a smaller fee. That way, we needn’t worry about sports we’re never going to play cluttering up our screens and distracting our eyes from the real attractions. Thanks, Nintendo.
We still recommend getting the entire package, because even though you don’t always play Wii Boxing, sometimes you’re just going to want to smack your friends around with floating boxing gloves. (Seriously, how do they stay up there?!). Wii Sports Club will offer a free “play it once” type of pass for each sport, but who wants to do that? It’s Wii Sports! We know it, and we love it, so why not re-experience it in HD?
Call of Duty: Ghosts (November 5)
There were plenty of questions about the next Call of Duty coming to the Wii U, but Activision recently quelled any doubt: the Ghosts are real on Wii U, and it will launch the same day as the other systems. All of the high-octane explosion-y action we've come to expect from Call of Duty will be available to the Nintendo supporters in full glory.
We're really excited about this, if only to be come more acquainted with Call of Duty Dog. If Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer wanted to add an exclusive Call of Duty (Ninten)Dog feature to the Wii U version, where we can walk and feed and brush and bathe the German Shepherd hero, we're all for it. We'll even teach him awesome tricks to perform after he kills an enemy.
Wii Fit U (November 1)
Brush off those Balance Boards, because Wii Fit U is coming to once again get you up and make you sweat. New activities, new exercises, and more will be waiting to test our physical limits.
A built-in pedometer will read out activity and submit to the Wii U GamePad, allowing us to keep track of our exercise even when we're away from the game. Best of all for those of us just starting (or resuming) our workouts, Off-TV play allows up to keep our embarrassing weight and BMI figures to ourselves, away from prying eyes. That privacy will go a long way in making people more willing to play, believe us.
Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD (October 4)
When the HD remake of Wind Waker was announced, Iwata explained that the Gamecube’s subpar lifetime sales meant that some may have missed this excellent Zelda game. As sacrilegious as it sounds, he’s exactly right. Everyone, Zelda fan or not, should have played Wind Waker, and those who didn’t are now getting a second chance.
Technically the game is out now on the eShop, but those waiting for the retail version to hit still have to wait a little while. It's tough, believe us we know. Some of us are waiting, while others have played the digital version and are so keen to tell us about it...it's unfair, really. We're going to go check the eShop for...things...and...stuff...
Just Dance 2014 (October 8)
What started as a simple dancing game utilizing the unique Wii Remote controller has blossomed into a juggernaut annual franchise for Ubisoft, and 2013 will be just as funky as ever.
Just Dance 2014 brings new modes, new dances, and a whole new tracklist to the dance floor, including the classic Ghostbusters theme song. We may be more excited to dance to that than anything else, because bustin' makes us feel good. Who you gonna call?!
Skylanders Swap Force (October 13)
Not to be outdone by Disney Infinity, the current figurine-based champion is bringing a new game to the table this year in Swap Force. Last year introduced Giants, and this year introduces the Swap Force, sixteen figurines whose top and bottom halves can be mixed and match to make up to 256 different combinations.
You heard right: if all sixteen Swap Force figures are collected, players will then have 256 possible Skylanders characters at their beck and call. That's a brilliant strategy, but can this idea match up with Disney's plethora of household names? We can't wait for the war to start!
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (October 18)
When Lego Batman 2 introduced a more varied library of DC superheroes, we couldn’t help but wonder: what would happen if the Marvel universe received the Lego treatment? Well, our questions will soon be answered with Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and we’re ready to see it.
Lego Hulk, Lego Thor, Lego Iron Man, and more will be gracing our screens soon, and now with the Wii U we’ll have even more ways to play. We’re really hoping for some cool villains too, like Lego Dr. Doom or Lego Galactus. Seriously, a giant Lego person dressed as Galactus would be hysterical, we think that should happen.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Lost World (October 22)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Lost World is one of three new Sonic games exclusive to Nintendo platforms, thanks to an agreement announced during the last Nintendo Direct. What do we know about this new Sonic game? Well, aside from it being a Wii U/3DS exclusive, not much at all.
From the few glimpses we've gotten, it seems Sonic will embark on a new adventure in a world split into six regions. Six silhouettes have appeared on Sega's website, so perhaps these six figures have something to do with the world itself. If it were up to us, the six figures would be the final bosses of each region, the Robot Masters to Sonic's Mega Man. Can that happen? Please?
Batman: Arkham Origins (October 25)
When the Wii U launched, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition lets Wii U owners experience the latest Batman adventure with new and unique features, thanks to the GamePad controller. Now, with Batman: Arkham Origins on its way, Wii U fans will no longer be a year behind; the unique Wii U features will allow for an interesting third option right when the game launches.
Set before the original Arkham games, Origins features a younger Batman still learning the tricks of his trade. It wouldn’t be a Batman game without some trademark gadgetry, and all of it will be enhanced with the GamePad’s second screen just as they were in Arkham City Armored Edition. We’re excited for Arkham Origins to begin with, but we’re also interested to see if the Wii U version can become the version to own.
Wii Party U (October 25)
Originally planned for this summer, Wii Party U recently saw a brief delay to October, but that doesn't make us any less interested in playing it. After all, as Miyamoto himself once said: "a delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever."
We're mostly interested in how Wii Party U will use the Wii U GamePad in new and exciting ways. The few minigames we've seen already, like the GamePad-only slot car racing game from the E3 Nintendo Direct, have piqued our interests. Basically, the Wii U GamePad has a lot of potential, and there are few games that are actually using it to the fullest. If anyone can show us what is possible, it's Nintendo themselves.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (October 29)
The Assassins and Templars have waged a war all throughout history, and while we’ve been privy to a few of the biggest conflicts, we’ve seen nothing yet. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag takes us on a journey to the 18th Century Caribbean, in the Golden Age of Pirates.
Sailing and swashbuckling on the open seas is the name of the next game, as we play the part of Captain Edward Kenway, grandfather to Assassin’s Creed III’s Connor and one of the most dangerous pirates of his time. We’re looking forward to some good times as pirates, but we hope the next AC game lets us be ninjas so we can finally settle the “pirates vs ninjas” debate.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (October 29)
Pac-Man in a full 3D adventure...we know it's happened before, but the nostalgic part of our souls always needs some time to adjust. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures looks to bring the yellow wonder to the Wii U on a quest worthy of other 3D platformers. It's a tall tale trying to compare to the likes of Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, but if anyone can do it, Pac-Man can!
The game ties into the new kids' TV show of the same name, so many of the elements seen there will be present in the game. Licensed games don't normally fare well, but again if anyone can break this trend and make things happen, it's the guy who's been gobbling dots for almost 25 years.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (October 22)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was one of the better games of 2011, but there was plenty we would fix. We wish there was more opportunity for stealthing around. We'd want a few touch-ups in the scenery. Most of all, we'd want those stinkin' boss battles fixed or axed completely. We never asked for those subpar battles.
Eidos and Square Enix heard our pleas, and the Director's Cut will address these plights on the Wii U sometime this year. Though the game may been the same story, we still can't wait to jump right back into this world and experience it all over again on Nintendo's home console. We just can't get enough of Adam Jensen and company.
What do Wii U want to play?
See? And you were just dusting off your "I might have to dust off my Wii U" joke. There are SO many games coming, odds are you won't even have time to play them all.
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