Nintendo has vowed to learn from its 3DS launch mistakes by supporting the Wii U with a solid - and more importantly, diverse - lineup right from day one (or close thereafter). "We expect to have great first party titles but also great software support in general for Wii U when it comes out later this year,” confirmed Nintendo of America's VP of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt, in a January 2012 interview with Industry Gamers. "I think with Wii U we want to make sure we have great software right at launch."
At E3 this year we finally got some more concrete details on the collection of launch games and it was looking mostly good. Nintendo officially revealed Pikmin 3 and announced New Super Mario Bros U which just might be the first new Mario launch game a Nintendo console has seen in sometime. The company also has the minigame collection/virtual theme park Nintendo Land, but we remain a little skeptical of that one.
What are the third party publishers bringing to Ninty's table? Here's a sample of the Wii U games we've seen so far:
Aliens Colonial Marines (Sega): Nintendo hasn't lied to you about the Wii U's future game library, but it has let you assume A LOT...
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft): Assassin's Creed 3 confirmed for Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3.
Darksiders II (Vigil Games): Darksiders II: Vigil Games confirms Wii U launch title will feature “added abilities”
ZombiU (Ubisoft): Watch our recent gameplay demo
Project P-100 (Platinum Games): Watch us play the unique title
Ninja Gaiden 3 (Tecmo Koei): Ninja Gaiden 3 will be Wii U launch title, PS3/360 get the game February
Rayman Legends: Our E3 hands-on
Skylanders Giants: Our E3 hands-on
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition: Our E3 hands-on
Super Smash Bros. Wii (Nintendo): Super Smash Bros Wii U - Characters that must join the next game's roster
Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Wii Fit U, and Mass Effect 3 were just a few more of the seemingly launch titles on show. Though we'll only know once we played them, in theory this list of games looks way stronger than what the 3DS launched with.
Probability: N/A. Adding “Wii U” next to a rundown of compatible systems seems to be the trendy thing to do for game developers right now. Until we have working copies in our hand, however, it's difficult to tell which studios are actually on board, and which will really be ready for launch.