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Submitted by legendoflex 1206d ago | opinion piece

Wii U Has the Best Damn Launch Lineup Ever

GenGAME writes: "One of the most telling signs is the palette of genres that have representation even just in the day one lineup. Almost every prolific genre is on the way: you’ve got a side-scrolling platformer, an arcade games suite, a whopping five action-adventures (all of them of AAA quality), two action games, a survival horror shooter, a Call of Duty HD experience, four sports games, a racing game, a puzzle game, an arcade fighter, an arcade tank battle game, three party games, and a fitness game." (Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, New Super Mario Bros. U, NintendoLand, Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed, Wii U, ZombiU)

richierich  +   1206d ago
Well I dont think it would be that difficult to have the best launch lineup compared to other what other consoles had in their lineups
shivvy24  +   1206d ago
half the launched titles will be available on other console before the wiiu come out , i dont count cod, ac3 etc as launch titles
ElectricKaibutsu  +   1205d ago
I can see where you're coming from. I doubt these games will be system sellers to people who already own a 360, PS3, or decent PC. But for people who will be buying a Wii U anyway, these games certainly add a lot of value. Even if a person owns a 360 or PS3, they'll want to play games on their shiny new Wii U. They want to feel like they're getting their money's worth. It's kind of like when the 3DS launched with barely any games. The Ocarina of Time and Star Fox remakes sold great. Everyone had already played those games, many times probably, but people wanted to actually enjoy the system they bought.

All these multiplat games coming to the Wii U will ensure it won't collect dust like so many Wiis did.
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Nerdmaster  +   1205d ago
Launch... titles. Titles available at launch. Will they be available at launch? Yes. Exclusive launch titles? No. Still launch titles? Yes.
AO1JMM  +   1205d ago
ok (rolls eyes) because you do not count them as launch titles then they aren't.

fermcr  +   1206d ago
"Wii U Has the Best Damn Launch Lineup Ever"


The best WiiU launch titles are multiplatform. As for the console's launch exclusives i don't find them very interesting (one or two exceptions).

No WiiU for me at launch. Maybe later one, depending the games they put out.
shivvy24  +   1205d ago
exacty , just cause theres many multiplatform titles are being released doesnt make it the best launch , they need exclusives to make me buy one because i would rather play AC3 using a normal controller than a tablet thingo , but what i want is like a game that makes gook use with the tablet controller things and is unique ! from what ive seen , its a no buy for launch but maybe depending on the games it releases in the future
LX-General-Kaos  +   1206d ago
After sifting through the titles to be available. I completely agree that the Nintendo Wii U entertainment system brings to the table the greatest launch lineup of all time. Day one alone is littered to the rim with 1st and 3rd party AAA quality gaming experiences. One of the most diverse selections of titles ever available for a console launch. Many being exclusive at that.

Nintendo has done the right thing, and have truly listened to its Elite fan base. Many of our prayers, and requests have been answered immediately. Literally delivering titles for Everyone. Everything from fighting, to racing, to platforming, to survival horror. And many many more.

Others can truly learn from what Nintendo is doing here. Take notes on how to launch a console properly, and make sure there is a wide range of gaming experiences available right out of the starting gates. All for a low affordable price for the hard working consumer.

Rated E For Everyone
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richierich  +   1206d ago
Seriously dude are you being paid by Nintendo
edgeofsins  +   1206d ago
I think it is hilarious every time he says "Wii U Entertainment System". Just saying that whole line is funny to me. I do really look forward to the Wii U though.
guitarded77  +   1206d ago
@ richierich

If he isn't, he should be committed.

On topic: We can say it's the best launch line-up, because we've already played many of the games, and know the quality of them. ME3, Darksiders 2, Ninja Gaiden, Skylanders, CoD, Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K13, AC3, Batman AC, etc have/will all be available to play before the Wii U hits stores. All Nintendo has to do is have a couple good exclusives (which they do with NSBU, Zombie U and Scribblenauts) and they pretty much have the best launch line-up ever. To be fair, no other console has been in the position of Wii U where devs/pubs have a huge back catalog of games already designed and ready to publish for new hardware. Anyway, 25 days left... can't wait to get mine, I've already made a spot for it in between my PS3 and XBOX.
Muffins1223  +   1206d ago
Almost all those game will already be on the 360/ps3 weeks before its launch...
Wigriff  +   1206d ago
I'm seriously stoked for Mario and Rayman. As I stated the other day, I have been on the fence about getting a Wii U near launch, and then I saw this:

That pretty much decided it for me. lol
jonboi24  +   1206d ago
Sucks Rayman has been delayed till next year.
HammadTheBeast  +   1206d ago
PS Vita had a better launch lineup.
lilbroRx  +   1206d ago
Vita doesn't even have a good lineup now, and its been out for a while.
GenericNameHere  +   1206d ago
And how do we know the Wii U will not have a shitty lineup after that?
camel_toad  +   1206d ago
I'm assuming Reggie hasn't ever actually caught you in his bushes or up in his tree outside his house.
AlucardFury  +   1206d ago
They haven't answered my prayers, cross game chat, a unified achievements system tied to an account. If its true that NSMB U won't have online play, that't a huge turnoff since I don't live close to my friends.
shivvy24  +   1206d ago
Half the launch titles are already available on other consoles !
Bluenuts9  +   1206d ago
I'm not trying to be a douche, but I think it's actually a huge thing that companies are happy to release ports on the Wii u and not changing a ton in those ports. Plus let's be honest, the original titles are looking damn good (or at least in my opinion). I know I'm looking for to my Wii u :)
slapedurmomsace  +   1206d ago
I have to ask, why always Nintendo Wii U entertainment system? I mean is it homage to the NES/SNES cause I'm pretty sure even Nintendo dropped the entertainment system.'s a great line up of games, I can say that with 100% confidence cause I've already play half of them.
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humbleopinion  +   1206d ago
Unfortunatelly, reading into the article it seems that the WiiU has the WORST launch lineup ever.

I am trying to think what launch game can actually encourage a holder of any current gen gamer to migrate to the WiiU, and the only game I can think of is New Super Mario Bros: Rayman was delayed (and was never a killer up anyway - check out the unfortunate sales of the previous game), Nintendo land looks like another new franchise for the casual gamer (just like every new Nintendo IP on the Wii), ZombiU is looking like it's riding on gimicks towards being another Red Steel, and the rest of the launch games are mostly ports of existing games available on other consoles - some of them were already confirmed to be lacking many features (like Fifa 13).

So there's New Super Mario Bros. But this game won't cater to existing owners of PC/PS3/Xbox 360, or otherwise they would have bought a Wii in the first place, it's not a game that will turn anyone.
And as for the non-casual Wii owners (are there any?), even for them it seems that yet another NSMB title is not enough to push them towards buying a new Nintendo console since this time it's not the cheapest console on the market but rather the most expensive console on the market (which pretty much turns off the vast amount of casual players who bought the Wii before). These people have much more compelling reasons to migrate to the cheaper PS3 or X360, who already share most of the WiiU catalog and additionally have a huge back catalog that the WiiU will not be able to compete with in many years time.

So who's left to buy a WiiU? Gadget lovers? long time Nintendo fanboys? These two archetypes would have bought the WiiU regardless of any games it would have gotten... and actually it's getting pretty much nothing.

But the main problem is not the games that the WiiU is getting, it's mostly about the games it's not getting: where are games such as X-Com, Dishonored, the new Need for Speed, Far Cry 3, Hitman, Medal of Honor and others? What is the point when the WiiU seems to lack all the big holiday titles (save for AC3 and COD)?

You can't even compare this to the new experiences that were available on both the X360 and PS3 on their launch (the PS3 was actually hit pretty hard by critics for a weak launch lineup - and it still had far better options than the WiiU).
Even the Wii had Zelda for launch, whereas no exclusive title of a similar caliber is available for the WiiU. It's quite sad how Nintendo messed it up - they should have made sure that games such as Bayonetta 2 and Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 were available on launch to make the WiiU perhaps a more compelling option to gamers.
WiiUalpha  +   1205d ago
LOL that big long post and its meaningless because it is written out of ignorance and nothing more.

First you claim it sucks because its getting ports then you want to know why it isnt getting more ports. Which is it? Then you want to act like Wii U getting games that started development before it was even announced is some how a bad thing. Just pure stupidity.

PS3 had better options then Wii U? You mean with its 1 exclusive game and ports from other consoles. So 1 exclusive and ports is okay but 5 exclusives and some ports is complete garbage? See an entire post wasted because it was written out of ignorance.
humbleopinion  +   1205d ago
WiiUalpha, you seriously misunderstand...

I'm saying the launch sucks because it doesn't offer enough unique experiences like the Xbox 360 of PS3 offered. Most of the games are just ports

I'm saying it sucks even more because *even* the ports are not showing enough 3rd party developers rallying behind the WiiU. This signals to me as a potential customer that it's going to end up just like the Wii, with no proper 3rd party support. It would have been easier for me to purchase one if I knew that companies like Rockstar and Epic won't ignore the WiiU this time around.

So these are two different concerns: one is about the present, one is about the future. I'm not complaining that it's getting ports - I'm complaining that it's not getting enough ports as well as not enough exclusives. It's failing on both fronts.

The PS3 didn't have the best launch ever, but it still had Resistance and Motorstorm as exclusive titles, which showed how Sony is serious about introducing new IPs this gen.
And these released alongside the exclusive Ridge Racer 7. So that's 3 good exclusives total. It also had Genji and Gundam as exclusive games, although these turned out to be very good.
The Wii on the other hand... what exclusive new IPs do we get around launch to cater to the core gamer on the WiiU? Nintendo Land!? Give me a break.

And that's just the launch window. Before the PS3 released we had tons of announced exclusives and third party publishers rallying behind it. We knew that we will get Final Fantasy and GTA before we got the PS3, but we don't have this kind of confidence with the WiiU, now do we? The only ignorance here is the ignorance of the fanboys who don't see these facts.
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xflo360  +   1205d ago
ive pre-ordered my nintendo wii u entertainment system with zombie u and ac3. Loves me some nintendo!
rpd123  +   1205d ago
"littered to the rim" does not make sense. "Full to the brim" or just "littered" would make sense.
MostJadedGamer  +   1205d ago
Except most of those games are already coming on the PS3, and 360 before the the WiiU comes out. There is very little to convince a PS3 or 360 owner to move on to the WiiU.
Schawk  +   1206d ago
O yea baby nearly time
DivineAssault  +   1206d ago
its a decent line up.. To say its the best ever is pushing it unless the wii was your only console this entire generation
Ilovetheps4  +   1206d ago
Not sure if you even know what was released alongside the Wii. The Wii had some good games release with the console. It had a great Zelda game launch with the console alongside some other good games. Zelda alone made me buy the Wii about a month after launch. I bought a PS3 at launch, but was underwhelmed by the launch titles. In my opinion, the Wii had the strongest launch of the three. What happened after launch is a different story though.
GuyManDude  +   1206d ago
I think what DivineAssault meant is that if a person only owned a Wii this gen, then said person might believe this will be the best launch lineup ever since they haven't played the ports.

However, someone who has a 360 or a PS3 won't be as enthused since they've likely played and beaten a number of these launch titles. For them this launch probably won't seem overly exciting.
WiiUalpha  +   1205d ago
Out of the 40-50 launch games only 5 or so are ports that are already out. You kids need to stop acting like Wii U is getting 20-30 ports of existing games because it isnt.

Games on Wii U and not on SP3/360 already
Tank tank tank
Bayonetta 2
Pikmin 3
Wonderful 101
Monster Hunter

Okay and ones on PS3/360
Mass Effect 3

Now I am no math expert but to me you'd have to be pretty stupid to look at what is coming out and claim that most of it is already on another console

IN cases like that, you do not make anyone look bad but you.
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Burning_Finger  +   1206d ago
considering most of the line ups are ports.
AO1JMM  +   1206d ago
Multiplats are by their very nature "ports". So that isnt a bad thing in anyway, especially with the added gameplay dynamics.
Bluenuts9  +   1206d ago
I totally agree, having solid ports that aren't stripped down and aren't just similar in name, is actually a good thing. Day one console buy for me!
legendoflex  +   1206d ago
Pretty much every launch lineup consists of ports. At least this one has AAA games that are not sports or war games.
dubal-e  +   1206d ago
yea we know, whats new?
AWBrawler  +   1206d ago
I approve this article
metroidfusion2  +   1206d ago
Its funny how people bitch about everything the wii didnt have then the wii u has everuthing and more yet people still bitch but when everything is said and done everyone will shut the fuck up can't wait for e3
Cupid_Viper_3  +   1206d ago
Well the only problem is that the Wii U DOESN'T have EVERYTHING! it certainly offers more than the Wii, but can you please name me which console from this Gen and the last one that didn't offer more than the Wii?

This Idea that just because the Wii U is offering more than the weakest console made in the last 10 years (Wii U) then everyone should shut up and not be critical about it just doesn't sit well with me.

It's the nature of people to critical, and it is a Journalist's JOB/Duty to report to and inform their audience. Are you implying that the Wii U is above critism?

How does the Wii U offer "everything" yet lacks key features that 6-7 year old consoles were criticized for not having?
Bluenuts9  +   1206d ago
I honestly don't think that's what he was trying to say, I think he was more saying that it could be the greatest system in the world and people would still hate it just because it's not PS or Xbox. Just how I took it though, and you're totally entitled to your opinion.
metroidfusion2  +   1200d ago
What key features lol there is still much to learn about the system but like I was saying peopke have been and still are complaining that the wii didn't or doesn't have whatever they are bitching about but the wii u has all of the things they were bitching about and more and the wii u shits on this gen ha lol do your research you dumbass kid go suck the deer scat out of bambis ass then go french kiss your mom then go cry into a corner and fill up my cup your tears are delicious ha lol and I think the wii u shits on next gen but ya know what we will have to wait and see
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bubblebeam  +   1206d ago
Breaking news! Sony and Microsoft to release their new consoles just after 20 games get a 90 on metacritic and can all be launch titles, thus having the best launch lineup in history!!

But seriously, how many of those games are Nintendo exclusive? How many of those haven't been released already?
I'm not trying to hate on Nintendo, I would say the same thing if it were Sony or Microsoft.

For people who don't already have a PS3/XBOX 360, then I wouldn't argue with the headline at all. What Nintendo NEED to do is convince us PS3/360 gamers that we should get one.

Oh well, when HD Metroid and HD Zelda are released, I can see many PS3/PC/360 gamers getting a Wii U. I think most gamers on this site probably forgot they grew up with Nintendo.

360 fanboys and PS3 fanboys have one thing in common; they both grew up with Ninty (at least I hope so).
GuyManDude  +   1206d ago
I wouldn't say that. Anyone older than 30 could have grown up with Atari, Coleco, Intellivision, or Magnavox.
DeadlyFire  +   1205d ago
Hey now I still remember playing Super Mario Bros. on NES.
ufo8mycat  +   1205d ago
Not that impressive

Take out the casual games
Take out the games already on PS3/360

Hmm not that impressive at all actually.
ninjabake  +   1205d ago
For a launch/launch window? Yeah its pretty decent, a lot of variety there. Think about the past launches and launch windows and compare them and its clear the wii u's lineup has a solid quantity in comparison. The comparison shouldn't be between wiiu and 360/ps3 IMO but between other launch/launch windows seeing as tho the launches are normally just ports and sparse exclusives.

Lets be fair here. Give the wii u time
Schawk  +   1205d ago
What are people ecpecting a list of 20 totally new games never seen before on any console? if any console deserves these ports its the wiiU because nintendo dident get these games on the wii as it was underpowered.

Now lets wait till the next consoles come from the other 2 companys and see what games come on launch, i bet most are PORTS, and i bet the first game for the ps4 will be? U guessed it UNCHARTED . lol
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josephayal  +   1205d ago
The WII U is Next SNES/PS2
WiiUalpha  +   1205d ago
Of course it has a great launch line up. The only people trying to convince people otherwise are Sony fanboys. Just look at some of the responses here." It needs 20plus exclusives before its good in my eyes but PS3 only launched with 1 and I run around here all day calling it the best console ever."

When PS4 launches I'll be sure to point out how every multi plat doesnt count and its one or two exclusives are useless. See how many of you trashing Wii U change your opinion when its Sony we are talking

Sony never launched a console with the number of exclusives Wii U has. If you cant admit the truth, then you are nothing but a fanboy
oldskool79  +   1205d ago
I think this is a great launch who cares if it's a port or multi platform. But I think Nintendo has a great plan what big 1st party games do you guy think they are holding close to the vest. Cause its not like the Wii U was created yesterday SONY & Microsoft will get punched in the mouth next year when they announce what ever they bring to the table. They need more than HALO and Uncharted.
wiiulee  +   1205d ago
honestly wiiu does have the best game lineup in history....nintendo got third parties to release all their major games on the wiiu...i know haters and sony and ms fanboys will say those are already release on their systems but so what...these are games that are on a new system with new buyers and not only that as a nintendo console owner ..i've never played those before you start hating..use whatever is left from your brain to think before hating
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oldskool79  +   1205d ago
^^^^^^Im in the same boat I'll walking out of Wally World 12:02am 11/18/12 :)

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