Wii U Launch Games Destroy PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS and Vita Launch Titles

by Ben Salter Featured 41 Comments 44 Votes 6883 Views 14/09/2012 Back to Articles

The Wii U launch line-up may be full of ports and late multiplatform releases, but it’s still considerably better than anything we’ve seen from the current generation of consoles and handhelds.

The Wii U launch line up is substantially more impressive than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3’s offerings, and more recently the terribly boring debuts of the 3DS and PS Vita.

The Wii U’s Big Guns

The Wii U launch line-up is fairly consistent throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The big game -- the one that will sell hardware -- is New Super Mario Bros. U, despite the 3DS offering only three months prior. Nintendo learnt its lesson from the third party focus it employed with the 3DS. In a baffling attempt to give third parties the spotlight, Nintendo held-back its big guns. The result: nothing worth playing at launch.

While Pikmin 3 would have been exciting, the Wii U only needed one key franchise, and Mario is always a winner. Then there’s NintendoLand, the Wii Sports of this generation, packed in with the Premium Edition. Whilst it won’t offer much in terms of single-player longevity, it will be the “free” social game that gets everyone from your friends to elderly grandparents semi-interested in the Wii U.

Outside of strong first party support, Ubisoft’s ZombiU will set the tone for a more mature audience, as will Activision’s slew of titles including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, 007 Legends and Transformers Prime. They may be multiplatform, but it’s important that they’re on Wii U in full force.

Snaring what could be the most impressive version of Assassin’s Creed III, not long after the PS3 and Xbox 360 launch, was also crucial. It’s not a stretch for multiplatform gamers to wait an extra month, especially with so many other games released in the busy October-November period. Ubisoft will ensure it becomes the second best-selling publisher at launch with the exclusive Rayman Legends.

Talking about Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City as Wii U launch titles is a little disappointing, but they are both Game of the Year contenders and there’s conceivably a large audience with a Nintendo preference yet to play them.

Perhaps most importantly, if the 3DS and Vita have taught us anything, the months following release, through until the end of March, are assured of quality. Aliens: Colonial Marines and Monster Hunter will be released in early 2013, Then there are the likes of Lego City: Undercover, Darksiders II, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Marvel Avengers, Sonic & All-Stars Racing, Fifa 13, NFL 13 and Epic Mickey 2.

A full list of Wii U launch period games can be found here.

vs. Xbox 360

The Xbox 360’s launch drawcard was Perfect Dark: Zero, which wasn’t all that bad, but hasn’t been remembered fondly, and wasn’t reason enough to invest in Microsoft’s ploy to get the jump on Sony. There was also Call of Duty 2, but that was before the franchise became the entertainment juggernaut it is today.

Outside of those the options were baron, with a long list of ports -- namely ‘06 sports games -- and little that wasn’t available on the last generation Xbox, such as Gun. While it certainly wasn’t a terrible launch, it doesn’t quite have the same exclusives as the Wii U, and there’s no contest when it comes to the ports.

vs. PlayStation 3

If you bought a PS3 at launch -- which I must confess, I did not -- you owned Resistance: Fall of Man and Motorstorm. The latter was solid, whilst Resistance received mixed reactions, as it wasn’t for everyone in the same vein as a Mario game.

The PS3’s launch was plagued with delays, with Oblivion, F.E.A.R. and Rainbow Six: Vegas all missing the Pal launch.

It had an array on ’07 sports games, Call of Duty 3, and a bunch of titles that were released on Xbox 360 several months earlier, including that beyond awful Sonic The Hedgehog game, which signified that Sega’s once iconic character was not going to make a grand comeback with the new generation.

vs. 3DS

Whilst a handheld and a home console are not directly comparable, we can still assess the quality of the titles based on how they performed, or will perform, on their respective platforms.

The 3DS launch was abysmal, and can be attributed to the premature $100 price cut just four months later. There was nothing to play. The only “must have” game was the watered-down port of Super Street Fighter IV, simply because there was nothing else even remotely worth your time.

Nintendogs + Cats was Nintendo’s big attraction, and it only appealed to a minority of its newfound casual audience. While lucrative, it isn't the market investing in new hardware at launch. The Nintendo faithful, the Mario, Metroid and Zelda fans, were snubbed at launch. It was almost insulting, particularly as an Australian, where Pilotwings Resort was delayed until the following month.

Rayman 3D was decent, but as a 12-year-old game, most had played it and didn’t want to pay for it again. Other dodgy ports, like Asphalt, Ridge Racer and The Sims 3 all deserved to be burned.

It’s promising to see Nintendo has learnt from its mistakes. The Wii U launch line up is clearly superior to the train wreck that was the 3DS launch.

vs. PlayStation Vita

Vita is only worth a comparison because it’s the most recent platform to launch. It was almost as bad as the 3DS’s debut, but at least Sony gave gamers something they could enjoy in Uncharted: Golden Abyss, even if it did insist on frustratingly useless rear touchpad controls.

Likewise, WipeOut 2048 was enjoyable and at least Rayman Origins was a port from the same millennium. Everybody’s Golf was surprisingly addictive, Ridge Racer was better than the 3DS monstrosity and Little Deviants offered some family fun.

Its biggest problem has been the period following launch. Besides the localisation of Gravity Rush, there’s been nothing worth playing on Vita. While it beat the 3DS, if you weren’t a diehard Uncharted fan, there was little enticement to buy a Vita at launch, and really, there still isn’t.

Wii U is Best

By comparison to the four most recent platform launches (as the Wii’s successor, it was not included), the Wii U is starting to look pretty good. Yes, we’re heading back to New Super Mario Bros too soon, and Mass Effect and Batman are a little old, but they’re all fantastic games. If you have to rehash software at launch, at least rehash the best available.

By Ben Salter

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TBH never have i wanted to buy more then 4 games at launch with ANY of my OTHER consoles, keep in mind i have had one of everything.. im very impressed, all year i was changing my mind about buying one but im pretty excited now :)
not surpised by this nitendo
showing why there the top console
Extremely pleased with the Wii U.
Getting New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Rayman Legends, ZombiU, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and possibly Bayonetta 2 :D

Massive step up from the 3DS launch.
Vita had an OK lineup for a handheld, at least compared to the 3DS. OK, nothing special, but still pretty awesome for a launch product.

But Wii U really does blow them all away.
When Ninty said they learnt from the mistakes of the 3DS launch they sure did mean it. Competitive price point and HUGE array of launch titles. I tip my hat to you Ninty, a job well done. :D
"Destroy PS3, Xbox 360".... yeah, also 6 years later.. SIX YEARS!

rancid13 said: "Destroy PS3, Xbox 360".... yeah, also 6 years later.. SIX YEARS!



It's important that you read the full title :)
WiiU launch titles are pretty average really. New Mario will just be Old Mario in HD and for me the only killer title will be ZombieU and thats if it reviews well. The rest are ports or FIFA.

360 owned WiiU comparing launch titles

Perfect Dark Zero - Was good at the time especially online.
PGR 3 - Great racing title with the in-car view which was new on console.
Kameo - Great at the time
Condemned - 360s answer to ZombieU at the time.
Need for Speed Most Wanted - Again awesome
Amped 3 - Best snowboarding game
Plus there was a FIFA title.

Further on we got

Dead Or Alive 4
Fight Night Round 3
The Elder Scrolls Oblivion
@OllyEbbz

PGR 3, Amped 3, Most Wanted, FIFA and DOA were all pretty average.

PDZ was crap. I think you've said that on the forums before? Condemned and Kameo were probably the also decent games.

Beta said: @OllyEbbz
PGR 3, Amped 3, Most Wanted, FIFA and DOA were all pretty average.
PDZ was crap. I think you've said that on the forums before? Condemned and Kameo were probably the also decent games.




PDZ is crap now but at the time was really good and online was fun with jetpacks.
PGR3 was an awesome title at the time and featured the immersive and stunning cockpit view first seen on console. Amped 3 for me is still the best Snowboarding game available. Most Wanted again yeah it wasn't a wow but it was good fun. Dead or Alive 4 was a must have for me so to was Oblivion. I'd agree FIFA was average but i was mearly pointing out there was a FIFA title available.
WiiU has an impressive launch title in ZombieU (hopefully) but what else that we haven't played that has that must buy quality? Launch window is a different story and of course WiiU would beat 360 and PS3 here its coming into an already established HD world that PS3 and 360 had to and helped create. PS4 and 720 are gonna leave it in the dust.
Don't think the launch is amazing as you make it out to be, but it certainly is a solid launch lineup.

Beta said: Vita had an OK lineup for a handheld, at least compared to the 3DS. OK, nothing special, but still pretty awesome for a launch product.

Agreed on that one. I really think it would have done quite well on launch if it had a big title like the Wii U gets with New Super Mario Bros. U (Uncharted doesn't count)
Rayman Legends is a port.
Nintendo Land is a port.
Scribblenauts Unlimited is a port.
Lego City Undercover is a port.
Game and Wario is a port.

Blob said: Rayman Legends is a port.
Nintendo Land is a port.
Scribblenauts Unlimited is a port.
Lego City Undercover is a port.
Game and Wario is a port.

New Super Mario Bros. U is a port of a game that came out last month.

Blob said: Rayman Legends is a port.
Nintendo Land is a port.
Scribblenauts Unlimited is a port.
Lego City Undercover is a port.
Game and Wario is a port.



???
Definitely grabbing a few games for Wii U.

Nintendo Land (Free cause of Premium)
The Wonderful 101
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
ZombiU
New Super Mario Bros. U
Lego City Undercover

Maybe BLOPS 2 [Shifty]

OllyEbbz said:New Mario will just be Old Mario in HD



Don't know what you've seen of it, then. [WTF] It's definitely not just 'old Mario'. From what I watched during the Nintendo Direct last night, it's completely new and has a lot of new innovative ideas mixed into the gameplay.

I think the reason we didn't see too much innovation in New Super Mario Bros. 2 was because they were holding back on New Super Mario Bros. U.

kangle4 said:

Blob said: Rayman Legends is a port.
Nintendo Land is a port.
Scribblenauts Unlimited is a port.
Lego City Undercover is a port.
Game and Wario is a port.


???



Making fun of OllyEbbz saying mentioning Mario and ZombiU then saying "The rest are ports or FIFA."
K, fair enough.

Blob said: Rayman Legends is a port.
Nintendo Land is a port.
Scribblenauts Unlimited is a port.
Lego City Undercover is a port.
Game and Wario is a port.



Wasn't covering Lego City as its not a launch title. Other than that none of them interest me, their nothing to shout about. I should of worded it better but for me i haven't been to sleep all night and it's 9am here in the UK [WTF]

OllyEbbz said: PDZ is crap now but at the time was really good and online was fun with jetpacks.


Well considering "at the time" Perfect Dark already existed. PDZ does not stand up to its forebear at all.

Skarteh said:

OllyEbbz said: PDZ is crap now but at the time was really good and online was fun with jetpacks.


Well considering "at the time" Perfect Dark already existed. PDZ does not stand up to its forebear at all.



No it wasn't anywhere near as good as the original, i never said it was but when the 360 launched the game was reviewed fairly well and was a lot of fun online.
Going back to it now though isn't a good idea as its god awful.
But isn't this apparently 'next-gen'?

So compare it to the next batch of console launch titles.

iSR said: But isn't this apparently 'next-gen'?
So compare it to the next batch of console launch titles.


Not really.. this is a gen behind!

iSR said: But isn't this apparently 'next-gen'?
So compare it to the next batch of console launch titles.


What, so next-gen the hardware is going to make games even better? I doubt it, "higher-end" games mean longer development cycles, and if the next XBOX and PS want to wow gamers, they're going to have to sacrifice either volume of games, quality of games, or that "wow-factor." The Vita is a good example; it had a high-quality game at launch (Uncharted), but even Sony can't churn out that many "HD" games to continuously support the system. Nintendo, on the other hand, has no problem supporting the 3DS on all its lonesome. (*)
To be honest I'm not really a big fan of any of the launch games. Maybe if it wasn't another recycled side-scrolling game I would be keen for Super Mario. Probably just going to stick with Nintendo Land till some good releases or maybe grab ZombieU
@abujaffer - I understand what you mean, but comparisons should generally be kept within the paramaters of a generation. Which for Sony and Microsoft isn't out yet.

While we're at it, how does the Wii U's launch titles compare to the Atari's? :P

iSR said: While we're out it, how does the Wii U's launch titles compare to the Atari's?


"While we're at it," would be the correct way to begin that sentence.

Don't worry abu, he doesn't type correctly, therefore he's wrong. [MOG]
Damn firefox auto-correct.

That's a thing right? [Shifty]

iSR said: But isn't this apparently 'next-gen'?
So compare it to the next batch of console launch titles.



^this
I really cant wait for the WiiU.. Gonna be amazing [Derp]
what a crap line up but it is good for little girls though :)

gammaray13 said: what a crap line up but it is good for little girls though


So I take it you won't be first in line at a midnight launch somewhere? ;)
I'm gonna go to the midnight launch.. It will be my first ever midnight launch [Derp]

M@ndyz said: I'm gonna go to the midnight launch.. It will be my first ever midnight launch


The Wii was my first midnight launch. The Wii U will be my second. :D
It wouldn't be a new Nintendo console launch title without having a Super Mario game in there.

M@ndyz said: I'm gonna go to the midnight launch.. It will be my first ever midnight launch



I'm definitely going to the midnight launch! [Derp]

Can't remember how many i've attended... loads though [Derp]

It's rare for a store in Adelaide to do any midnight launches. :( Will have to see if any EB's do it this time around.

Wished I lived in Melbourne. :'@
We're lucky to get a breakfast launch here in Perth :P

l3ailey said: It's rare for a store in Adelaide to do any midnight launches. Will have to see if any EB's do it this time around.
Wished I lived in Melbourne.


what you on about here in Adelaide we have midnight launch all the time

iSR said: @abujaffer - I understand what you mean, but comparisons should generally be kept within the paramaters of a generation. Which for Sony and Microsoft isn't out yet.
While we're at it, how does the Wii U's launch titles compare to the Atari's?


Compare it to the NES, and then we're talking. :P
Nothing in the launch tickles my fancy. ZombiU will be interesting, but seems very gimmicky.

That said, I've never bought a console within a year of it being released.

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