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A look at the Wii U's upcoming third-party games

7:41 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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It might not seem like it to some, but when Nintendo's Wii U video game console launched in November of last year more than 30 games launched with it.  Of those, all but four were third-party titles.  Since that time, however, it's been as if the flow of third-party titles for the console have slowed to a mere trickle.

Looking ahead with 2013 almost a third over, it appears that game publishers are ready to turn the faucet on nearly full blast yet again as the Wii U has a number of notable third-party titles on the horizon.  This includes new games and exclusive information from Disney and Ubisoft.

"Disney, Ubisoft and our other third-party partners have a great lineup of exclusive games and unique experiences for fans of all ages," said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America's vice president of Licensing.  "Their creativity spans every audience and genre, creating new ways to play that can only be experienced on Nintendo platforms." 

Based upon the Pixar motion picture by the same name, Disney Interactive is bringing the aviation adventure game Disney's Planes to not only the Wii U, but the DS and 3DS as well.  The game will expand beyond the storyline of the Disney's Planes film, offering players the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of flight as one of the popular characters from the film.  Nintendo has the release date for this title as August 6 - three days before the film itself releases into the cinema.

Disney is also bringing its upcoming multi-platform title Disney Infinity to Wii U, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS on August 18.  Disney Infinity combines Disney's most popular franchises with interactive figures that come to life in the game.  Just like rival company Activision's Skylanders games, players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

"Wii U offers our developers unique tools to showcase our fun franchises," said Javier Ferriera, Senior Vice President, Publishing at Disney Interactive.  "No matter which Nintendo system you own, every member of the family will have fun playing." 

Confirmed for the Wii U from Ubisoft is Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, which is set to release on August 20.  Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist on Wii U will deliver a unique gaming experience that puts players in the role of special operative and 4th Echelon leader Sam Fisher.  Showcasing enhanced game-play features using the Wii U GamePad controller, the game allows players to operate innovative gadgets, take out enemies and move through the environment, and intuitively switch between weapons, among other features.  The GamePad touch screen, along with motion-based inputs, are sure to immerse fans and gamers alike in this thrilling modern-day adventure. 

Additionally, Ubisoft is bringing Rayman Legends online for the first time with a new demo, including the full online challenge mode.  The online challenge mode is made up of four levels, including "Murfy's Dungeon," exclusive to Wii U.  New challenges are added daily and weekly, and each comes with its own individual leaderboards.  The demo will be available in late April and lists the game as having a September 1 release date.

"Wii U gives both games a second-screen experience that fans will enjoy," said Tony Key, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft.  "The genres are different, yet both games share fun game play and replayability."

Other third-party titles on the docket for the Wii U include:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (May 7, Square-Enix)
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (April 18, WBIE)
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Spring, WBIE)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (May 21, Capcom)
  • Ducktales: Remastered  (Summer, Capcom)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Summer, Capcom)
  • Fast & Furious: Showdown (May 21, Activision)
  • Sniper Elite V2 (May 21, 505 Games)
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe (First-half 2013, Renegade Kid)
  • Spin the Bottle (Summer, Knapnock Games)
  • Scram the Kitty and his Buddy on the Rails (Late 2013, Dakko Dakko)

Nintendo also has a number of first-party titles also in the works for the Wii U.  This includes The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Pikmin 3.  Both titles are expected to release at some point this year, though neither have solid release dates announced by the company.


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