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The Wii U: Games

Category: Gaming, Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: 02:09PM

I suggest you read bp9801's article, Nintendo Announces Wii Successor - Wii U before this one. Also, I'm calling the console the Wu and while I don't know if I am the first to do so, I am certain I won't be the last.

This new console brings from Nintendo its first HD offering, supporting full 1080p HD and multichannel audio. So what exactly is it that we'll be seeing in 1080 vertical lines and 5.1 surround sound? Watching the videos found at Nintendo's E3 website you can see some of the games coming to the console (Wii U Demonstration)

  • Chase Mii is a game similar to tag that supports up to four players with Wii Remotes and requires one on the new Wu controller. The Wu controller, with its screen, offers to that player a private look at the world, allowing them to run and hide where the other players, on a TV, cannot screen cheat.
  • Battle Mii features three players in the video. Two with Wii Remote attempting to hunt down and shoot the third, on the Wu controller, who is in a ship, and capable of shooting back. Again, this is utilizing the Wu controller screen to give a private perspective of the world.
  • Shield Pose currently appears to be a single player game, using only the Wu controller. There are three pirate ships that fire suction cup arrows at you in a specific rythm. Your goal is to raise the Wu controller up and have it aligned with the screen in such a way as to catch the arrows, so they don't hit you, as though it were a shield. This game also demonstrates the motion tracking of the Wu controller as it  would display images not beyond the field of view of the TV screen, and not just a different perspective.

Not on the Nintendo site, though still shown at E3, there is a video where you can see either the Wii titles or Wu versions of New Super Mario Bros, Go, Wii Sports, Wii Fit, a shooter that uses the Wu controller for a rifle scope, a game having you throw Ninja stars by swiping them off of the Wu controller touchscreen, a Legend of Zelda game, most likely a Wu designed build of Skyward Sword. Edit: In a video interview by Gametrailers with Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, this is referred to as just what a Legend of Zelda game could look like on the Wu (around the 0:25 mark). Comparisons of this video to video of Skyward Sword show a clear difference in art style. Skyward Sword is more a return to the Wind Waker cell-shaded styling, while this Wu demo appears to be of the Twilight Princess styling.

Naturally we'd expect there to be Nintendo games on their upcoming console. At the Nintendo E3 site you can view a Third Party Developer video:

  • Darksiders 2
  • Dirt
  • Aliens Colonial Marines
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Tekken
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (working title)

It would appear the Wu will not initially suffer from a lack of hardcore titles, as many state the Wii does. Engadget also lists Batman: Arkham City and an Assassin's Creed game as coming to the console, though they were not shown in the video.

UPDATE: The video of the third party titles did not contain video of the games rendered on the Wu. More here: The Wii U Games NOT All From Wii U.

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ClayMeow on June 7, 2011 04:33PM
Chase Mii, Battle Mii, and Shield Pose are NOT games. They are technical demos. Nintendo has repeatedly stated this. Same goes with New Super Mario Bros Mii - just a tech demo, and should not be taken as an indication of a future game.
Guest_Jim_* on June 7, 2011 05:05PM
Could you provide a link to where Nintendo says these won't be games? Preferably something from Nintendo itself, as they actually list New Super Mario Bros. Mii as a game at their site (http://e3.nintendo.com/hw/#/software), though any source you give me I will read.
ClayMeow on June 8, 2011 07:17AM
Just watch the press conference. I'm not saying there won't be a Mario game, it's just they stated that the one they're showing shouldn't be taken as being a demo of one. Everything right now is conceptual.
Guest_Jim_* on June 8, 2011 08:58AM
Changed "coming games" to "game play and experience possibilities." Also added a note about them all being tech demos. Think that's fair for a maybe, maybe not?
ClayMeow on June 8, 2011 09:57AM
Yeah, I mean as has been said, it's still at least a year out, so everything at this point is still up in the air.

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